Can a tattoo cause an allergic reaction?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some people may develop an allergic reaction to certain pigments used in tattoos. This is true for the chemicals in the ink used in temporary henna tattoos as well as in permanent tattoos. No matter how sanitary and safe a tattoo artist may be, an individual's skin may react to certain chemicals or metallic pigments in the ink. If you develop symptoms of an allergic reaction after you get a tattoo, it's best to see a doctor.

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