Can we have allergic reactions ?

Published on : 29 November 20213 min reading time
Tattoos, although they are very fashionable nowadays, can have serious consequences for the client. Allergic reactions are one of the common complications that occur after an ephemeral or permanent tattoo session.

All about allergic reactions

Tattooing is an ancient practice that uses inks and needles to decorate the skin of tattoo candidates through personalized designs unique to each individual. The inks are, for those who don’t know, made up of a long list of toxic products, copper, chromium, mercury and others. Very rare and unpredictable, allergic reactions can occur at any time after the tattoo session. And although covering your body from head to toe may be your dream, you should not forget that they can very quickly become a real nightmare. And even if the first danger of this realization concerns the possible infections, the allergic reactions remain the second possible complication. They are generally linked to the red, pink or black ink used during your session.

How do the tattoo allergy present itself ?

Tattooing is not without risk and as mentioned above, allergic reactions are among the most frequent complications after a tattoo. They are not visible from the first session, but rather a few weeks or even years later. But how do they manifest themselves? If a tattooed person has an allergic reaction, the tattooed area becomes increasingly hard and often even painful. These swellings are mostly itchy and sometimes more or less important lesions can be feared. These reactions can in other words contribute to the deformation of the tattoo itself. Also, they can occur immediately or in the future. Moreover, you will have to ask your tattoo artist to take the patch test that only a professional can offer. After all this, he will proceed to a complete diagnosis to quickly find the appropriate treatment.

What are the precautions to take into account?

Allergic reactions or tattoo allergy are not always known in advance. In this case, the first thing to do is to confide in a professional, rather than an amateur. This is actually a kind of guarantee to stay healthy throughout the session until the healing. But that’s not all! You should also respect all the instructions given by your tattoo artist. Among these, you can for example wash the tattooed part two to three times a day. Indeed, this regular cleaning process must be done with soapy water to avoid any risk of infection on the tattoo. Once the tattooed area is dry, you should apply a healing cream. The latter allows the scar left by the needles to disappear easily and quickly. You must then avoid using sea water or swimming pool and exposing yourself to the sun rays. Also, the precautions to be taken into consideration vary according to the tattoo to be planned, temporary or permanent, but in all cases, you must absolutely avoid colored tattoos.

Basically, we can say that summer is not the right time to get a tattoo. Winter is, on the other hand, the best time for this tattoo. Indeed, it is the best time to accelerate the healing of your tattoo. Also, for the treatment of these reactions, local corticosteroids, antihistamine treatment or oral corticosteroids are most often used.

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