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I got a tattoo 1 week ago. Only the places where white ink was used are swollen. The rest is flat. Is this an allergic reaction to the white ink?

I got a tattoo 1 week ago. Only the places where white ink was used are swollen. The rest is flat. Is this an allergic reaction to the white ink?

Yes, probably.: The most common allergen is red ink, but you can be allergic to any color of ink. Hydrocortisone cream and tincture of time may solve the problem; if not, a dermatologist will have to inject a steroid solution into the swollen areas (not as bad as it sounds). If that fails (which is rare), the only other option is removing the pigment, which can be done with specialized lasers. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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What to do about tattoo inks and allergies?

What to do about tattoo inks and allergies?

Need more info: You don't tell me what allergies you suffer from. Several tattoo inks can cause skin allergies that present themselves as redness, oozing and itching an can be quite severe. If you have a problem with a tattoo, see an allergist or dermatologist for proper evaluation and treatment. Sometimes the only effective treatment is removal. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are any any allergies relating to tattoo ink?

Can you tell me if there are any any allergies relating to tattoo ink?

Yes: The tattoo inks contain a variety of substances that have allergic potential. By fa the most common ink to cause allergic reaction is the red ink. Red contains several compounds that may sensitize you and create a chronic allergic condition noted as a raising of the tattoo, intense itching, chronic itching, redness around the tattoo and granulomas. If you are allergic you can not have laser tattoo. ...Read more

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Do people with allergies such as rhinitis and urticaria have higher chance of tattoo ink allergies? how do I get tested for tattoo allergies?

Do people with allergies such as rhinitis and urticaria have higher chance of tattoo ink allergies? how do I get tested for tattoo allergies?

Tattoo: According to the European Annal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in a 2007 study there was not an association with increased allergic response (contact dermatitis) in people with allergic rhinitis or urticaria. Actually two diffferent mechanisms rhnitis is IGE mediated and local reaction is through local cell mediated reaction. ...Read more

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What could cause an allergic reaction to tattoo?

What could cause an allergic reaction to tattoo?

The dyes: It is usually an allergic contact reaction to one or more of the pigments used in tattoos. Since there is no strict regulation on the kind of pigment the artist puts into a person's skin, finding the culprit may be difficult unless you know what types of pigments were used. ...Read more

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Can you tell me can I get an allergic reaction from henna if i've already gotten a tattoo?

Can you tell me can I get an allergic reaction from henna if i've already gotten a tattoo?

Yes: A professional tattoo ink isn't henna so if you became allergic its not due to that ink however henna is not always safe. On occasion it causes a darkening of the skin, a thickening of the skin and allergic reactions on the skin. Henna allergy would cause itching, swelling and redness on the areas of application. If this is happening wash it off and do not use henna anymore ...Read more

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If I have an allergic reaction from black henna , will I have a bad one when getting a real tattoo ?

If I have an allergic reaction from black henna , will I have a bad one when getting a real tattoo ?

No: Henna is not related to the pigments used in tattooing although one can potentially become allergic to metallic pigments and other dyes used in tattooing. ...Read more

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I recently got a tattoo that has the color pink in it. No obvious sign of allergic reaction near it. But body has been feeling itchy. Allergic reacti?

I recently got a tattoo that has the color pink in it. No obvious sign of allergic reaction near it. But body has been feeling itchy. Allergic reacti?

Possibly: How long has it been since you tattoo? All signs of irritation should subside by six weeks. Is there any associated rash? If so just check with your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more