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Tattoo Allergic Reactions

There are many risks to consider before getting a tattoo, the most serious of which include the possibility of contracting a virus like HIV or hepatitis. However, even if you choose a reputable tattoo parlor and an artist who uses sterile needles, you’re still not 100% safe. Tattoo inks can cause severe allergic reactions that result in swelling, irritation, rashes and other skin problems.

Free Tattoo Infection Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed a skin infection or other injury after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

What Causes a Tattoo Allergy?

Tattoo inks contain unregulated ingredients and chemicals that you may be allergic to. Toxic substances like iron oxide, mercury sulfide, aluminum and manganese have all been found in tattoo dyes, and an allergy to one of these ingredients can cause an allergic reaction once the ink is injected into the skin. Red ink is the most common cause of tattoo allergies, although any color can cause a reaction.

Types of Tattoo Allergic Reactions

  • Acute Inflammatory Reaction – Many times when people get tattoos, the skin around the tattoo site becomes red, swollen and irritated. This is an acute inflammatory reaction, and occurs as the result of irritation caused by the tattoo needle and dyes. Most inflammatory reactions are not serious, and typically subside within 2 to 3 weeks.
  • Photosensitivity – When exposed to sunlight, some tattoos may cause an allergic reaction, particularly those that contain yellow ink. Certain yellow and red dyes have been found to contain cadmium sulfide, an inorganic compound that can cause an allergic reaction when mixed with the sun.
  • Dermatitis – Some of the most commonly reported tattoo allergies include allergic and photoallergic contact dermatitis. In most cases, these reactions are caused by the presence of mercury sulfide, which is found in some red dyes.
  • Lichenoid Allergic Reaction – Rare allergy most often associated with red tattoo ink that causes small bumps in and around the tattoo.
  • Pseudolymphomatous Allergic Reaction – Delayed reaction caused by sensitivity to certain tattoo inks (usually reds, blues and greens).
  • Granulomas – Small bumps that result from a tattoo allergic reaction. Red inks usually cause granulomas, but they may also be caused by purple, green and blue pigments.

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

Signs of a tattoo allergic reaction may include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Rash
  • Bumps
  • Flaking
  • Skin appears scaly
  • Purple or red nodules around the tattoo site

What to do if You Have an Allergic Reaction

If you notice any of the above-listed symptoms after getting a tattoo, you should contact your doctor – not the artist – immediately. Your doctor will need to see how serious the problem is, and determine the best treatment for the reaction. If there is a skin infection, antibiotic medications will likely be prescribed.

Do I Have a Tattoo Infection Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tattoo Infection Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Tattoo Infection Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed a skin infection or other injury after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Tattoo Infection Suit and we can help.

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