Saturday, September 13, 2008

ALLERGIC REACTION TO TATTOO INK...

A few times a month a patient will present with a new skin condition that arose after getting a tattoo.  The most common complaint they have is itching but I have seen some cases so severe that it appeared verroucous, or "wart like". Some patients will tell me that their new ink caused "eczema". Occasionally I'll have to take a biopsy to rule out psoriasis or sarcoidosis but the vast majority of time theses cases do prove to be an allergy to the tattoo ink. I have seen allergies to blue (Cobalt) , green (Chromium), purple (Manganese) and yellow (Cadmium sulfide) colors but the most common color associated with tattoo ink allergies is red (Mercury).  Patients with tattoo ink allergies are not candidates for laser tattoo removal and instead have to use topical therapies or have the tattoo surgically excised. Here are some pictures of tattoo ink allergies:

                  ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO TATTOO INK

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