Can you be allergic to Tattoo Ink?

Can You Be Allergic To Tattoo Ink?

From peanuts to bee stings and cat hairs, a small percentage of people could also suffer an allergic reaction to the ink used in their tattoos.

While this allergy is uncommon, there is a possibility of serious health consequences. At times, a reaction can be noticed immediately, but often does not surface until 48 hours or even a few weeks after getting the tattoo.

Most times, this allergic reaction is misinterpreted for normal tattoo healing as individuals will often experience the same symptoms. Allergic reaction of a tattoo ink can often present itself in a few different ways: localized swelling and redness, rash, small blisters or pustules with oozing, itchiness, and irritation.

It is important to keep allergic reactions in mind whenever you are looking to get a tattoo. Interestingly, the color red has been most associated with the cause of an allergic reaction.  This is mainly due to the use of iodine in the color.

With the red ink being the most common of the ink associated with reactions, it is not the only culprit in this. Every color ink posses the possibility of causing allergic reactions, but with some colors like yellow, green and brown, adverse reaction is more common.

For anyone that is concerned about the adverse reaction of tattoo ink, should try and contact their tattoo artist in order to get the ingredients present in this ink. After this, a dermatologist will be able to help you determine if any of the ingredients present in the inks has any high risk factors that might cause allergies.

Most tattoo artists usually offer to carry out a test spot behind the ear to confirm if it can return with an adverse reaction. If you are taking this route, then you will need to wait for a week to confirm if an allergic reaction as not appear immediately.

After the test, if you notice an allergic reaction to your tattoo, then you should probably see a dermatologist immediately to get a diagnosis. In most cases, the tattoos will need to be cleared off to treat the allergic reaction.

In order to remove the tattoo, the laser tattoo removal is the best option to get rid of it and then you can resolve the allergy once and for all. However, laser tattoo removal of allergy caused ink might as well have  its own complications. Precautions should be taken if you intend to remove a tattoo with irritating inks. You can either take the antihistamine before treatment to having an EpiPen available. However, it all depends on your medical history.

At Rochester Tattoo Removal Clinic we offer free consultations and will be glad to attend to all your inquiries regarding the laser tattoo removal. Contact us today to find out we can help you.