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Can Tattoo Allergies be Avoided?

woman with tattoosTattoo allergies may be a concern when you are considering taking the leap for that cool tattoo.  When considering whether to get a tattoo or not most people don’t realize that they may experience an allergic reaction to the tattoo.  Though this is rare it can be scary and it will take away from the experience of getting that much wanted tattoo.

Rare as it is tattoo allergies are getting more attention because tattoos themselves have become much more mainstream.  Once something associated with the Harley Davidson crowd,  men and women of varying ages are using it as a form of expression.  Older folks are not as willing to put up with discomfort without complaining to a doctor, usually their dermatologist.

Tattoo allergies are usually considered an allergic reaction to the ink being used for the tattoo.  The ink has materials that let’s face it are foreign to the human body.  Some past inks that are not used as much are red and yellow inks that used to contain mercury in them.  Today there still are inks that can trigger allergic reactions though.  They may contain cadmium, nickel and chromium.  As someone getting a tattoo odds are you are not reading the ingredients on the bottle of ink the tattoo artist is using so you need to be ready to ask them.

Sadly the truth is you may not be able to avoid tattoo allergies even with research.  Many times the allergic reaction does not take place until maybe years later so testing yourself beforehand may seem like a safe bet for avoiding tattoo allergies but in reality it isn’t a guarantee.

When a tattoo allergy manifests itself a rash and possible inflammation occurs on the tattoo site.  Some people see this reaction based on the weather and even when they may be sick with a fever.  Itchiness can also be a sign that may show up more during hot weather.

If you do develop a tattoo allergy you can try over the counter creams to treat your rash like hydrocortizone and antibiotic creams.  As a safer bet you may want to consult with your dermatologist first because some information online suggests that the creams themselves may be causing the bad reactions.

Besides not getting a tattoo at all 😉 making sure your tattoo artist uses acceptable practices for cleanliness won’t hurt.  If you are predisposed to allergies already odds are that you may end up experiencing tattoo allergies so researching ink ingredients and discussing them with your tattoo artist may also help you avoid tattoo allergies.  Please keep in mind though that a tattoo allergy is statistically rare.

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