What to do if you have an allergy to a tattoo and how to check if it is in advance?
An allergy to a tattoo may not occur immediately, but in the third procedure or after a year. It manifests itself in the form of allergic dermatitis, swelling of the skin around the pattern, may be accompanied by shortness of breath. There is a rash, peeling, sometimes ulcers appear. Unlike the healing process, with allergies, the skin itches, blisters appear.
If there is the slightest suspicion, it is recommended to consult a dermatologist for advice and treatment. To detect an allergen, the doctor conducts a skin test – takes a scarified test.
Symptoms to see a doctor:
- the appearance of redness around the tattoo, itching and burning, accompanied by pain;
- urticaria, rash, blisters;
- temperature rise;
- difficulty breathing – swelling of the throat.
An allergy to a pigment, including paraphenylenediamine, may occur a month or even a year after the procedure. Hot weather can provoke a reaction, when the dye under the skin heats up and changes its structure.
Visually, allergies are determined by the swelling of the skin, which does not subside during the healing period, but only increases. Blisters and scabs may appear. Lack of timely treatment increases the risk of infection. In severe forms, the allergy goes away with laryngeal edema, angioedema. In addition to local inflammation, tearing, pain in the eyes, allergic cough, runny nose can develop.
The main triggering factor is a dye, especially containing mercury. If the master violates the proportions of the components or uses expired ink, allergies can occur to the tattoo ink. To avoid this, you should contact well-known salons where qualified craftsmen strictly adhere to dye mixing technology and application techniques, use high-quality pigments.