Old 24-02-2015, 05:10 PM   #1
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I thought I'd join this and see if anyone had any real information to help me.

I had a half sleeve completed in full colour March 2014. For the last few months the purple sections have had a delayed allergic reaction. The areas bubble, blister, scab over then do it all over again. The last couple of weeks it is literally red raw and untouchable.

I take piriton each day, my GP tried me with steroid cream that didn't work, 2 weeks of strong steroids, didn't work, in fact its worse now. Im now waiting for a dermatology apt that I had to fight for a month with my GP to get! I think she disproved of the cause of my pain. Maybe they will know about this sort of thing, but even if they do I wont get to see them for many weeks and at the point of wanting to tear my arm off!!!

The last couple of days Ive taken to covering it in clingfilm so it doesn't scab over but it is red raw, burning and I cant even allow my clothes to touch it.

ANY ADVICE?

Having spoken to my tattoo artist, they have only seen this once before but much milder case, where they re did the area with distilled water to flush it, but at present theres no way in the world I could go near it with anything!!

She also mentioned a link to red hair dye. I do dye mine red which I stopped a couple weeks back but its not helped.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who has experience of this.

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Old 24-02-2015, 05:11 PM   #2
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Old 24-02-2015, 06:42 PM   #3
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That sounds fucking shit! My sympathies, I hope it settles.

I have had a recent reaction on my year-old forearm tattoo but it didn't seem to be related to one pigment, as it happened in the black, blue and orange sections (though on tattooed skin only, so it was definitely something to do with the ink). It was raised itchy bumps in clusters. In my case the steroid cream I use for my eczema settled it down within a week or so, but it got quite itchy and cross before then.
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Old 24-02-2015, 07:48 PM   #4
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red ink is known for causing reactions. depends what elements the purple ink contained to cause your skin a reaction, perhaps similar.

see your gp to get some steriod cream to see if it settles the bumps etc down. the fact that its raw could indicate a bacetria infection in that area in which steriod creamw ill help with to settle things down. dont use cling film either, you want the area to breathe.
in meantime keep dry and use aloe vera gel 99.9% from holland and barrets. thats what i did when i reacted to some of my red ink which im getting lasered now.
if that fails get referred to a dematologist. gd luck
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Old 24-02-2015, 08:21 PM   #5
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see your gp to get some steriod cream to see if it settles the bumps etc down. the fact that its raw could indicate a bacetria infection in that area in which steriod creamw ill help with to settle things down. dont use cling film either, you want the area to breathe.
She's already tried both topical and oral steroids, she says that in her post. And if it was a bacterial infection (which it doesn't sound like) steroids would make it worse, not better, as far as I understand it, as they suppress the inflammatory response - which is how the body deals with infection.
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Old 24-02-2015, 11:00 PM   #6
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ahh yea yr quite right, using my phone and didn't read her post correctly.
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Old 25-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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I tried to add photos but this wont allow me I don't think! If they appear then it worked! One was to show how it started blistering back in November, how it dries and peel each day (which it is not doing in last 24 hours as it remains raw) and one to show how red it is. It really doesn't do it justice its much reader to the eye not on camera, but bear in mind the petal shown is only purple, no pink or shading. The base colour is the colour the reaction is making my skin. It must be super sensitive now too as you can see I reacted to the tape I used trying to just cover it for a while which doesn't normally happen!

Time to chop it off and have a hook attached!

Today it is so much worse Im actually going to hospital. GP cant help, NHS specialist will be 6-8 weeks and it is literally like a chemical burn now. Purple covers about 1/4 of my upper arm so is significant in size and causing my arm to tighten up and no use it fully..... a nightmare now!
Lets hope hospital doesn't just roll there eyes as my GP did because it was a tattoo related issue!
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Ive not tried aloe but everything else to date reacts so I have to leave it just as it is. Aloe may work to sooth it, thanks
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Old 25-02-2015, 01:07 PM   #9
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that looks preety bad, almost looks like eczema or dermatitis. lets hope the hospital can help, hopefully they can get a dermatoligst out to have a look at it there n then
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Ive not tried aloe but everything else to date reacts so I have to leave it just as it is. Aloe may work to sooth it, thanks
out of interest when it was healing what ointment did you use? wondering if reaction was caused at that time.
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