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Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by bird_in_nc@yahoo.com on 10/23/05
NC

Has anyone ever experienced this?

I got a tattoo last Saturday around my ankle. I've been cleaning it with Ivory soap and using lubriderm lotion. Well, I noticed a few days ago that my skin was blistering and it hurts like hell to clean and moisturize. I went by the tattoo parlor yesterday, and they told me I gave myself a chemical burn because I used ivory instead of an antibacterial soap. :| They said the blisters would heal on their own and that I could get my color touched up once I'm finished healing. I went to the doctor today, and he gave me a cream that's used to treat burns and will cause scabbing. (He also said he highly doubts that it was the ivory that caused this.) The pharmacist told me that regardless of what I use to treat the burns, it's going to scab over.

Has anyone experienced anything like this? I can't find any info on the net about cases like this, and even though I want to treat the burns, I'm worried that my tat will end up looking horrible or even need retouching. Can I even get it retouched with the reaction I'm having right now?



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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Krystof on 10/24/05
Agawam/Northampton MA

All I can say is that Ivory soap shouldn't have caused that. If what your artist said is true, sounds like your artist is covering some tracks. Your post is somewhat vague, so it's hard to tell what actually caused it, could have been a reaction to the ink (usually red if its going to happen at all), the ointment (sometimes happens with tattoo goo, but alot of people have great success with it), or it could have been exposed to something different that you're not saying, perhaps you weren't aware of it.


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by cindy from IP: 69.134.5.98 on 02/10/06
nc

I had my husbands name put on my hand yesterday. It was done in red ink. I noticed today that it is like blistering. I have been washing it 3 xs a day and putting neosprin on it. What should I do? Is this sserious


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by taz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 02/10/06
MIDWEST

Yes! I have run into that problem!I am a tattoo artist and, as such, I recommend Ivory (the plain ol bar soap not the liquid) to my clients. For most people Ivory is perfectly safe however on very rare occaisions an unlucky individual (like ME!!) is allergic to the mostly gentle and benign ingredients in Ivory.If I bathe with Ivory I immediately start itching and rapidly peoceed to swell up like a tampon in a sauna! (sorry!) My hide starts breakin out and I end up looking like someone threw sulphuric acid on me(don't get any ideas Gabe) Switch to a nonscented non allergenic soap like neutragena and see if that helps...T


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Cherry from IP: 69.224.99.29 on 02/13/06
Northern CA

Just like the last post, it could have been your body's allergic reaction to the soap. There are too many variables to pinpoint. But a chemical burn? Not likely. But I'm not a doctor. Maybe your doctor just took your word for it and perscribed the burn ointment... In any case I would try changing soaps and switch to vitamin e oil or a tattoo salve. Eucerin ( drug store or walmart) is a really good one, thick and loads of moisture, that we use all the time. Perhaps you can alternate between the burn stuff and that will help with scabbing. Just be sure that you use antibacterial on your hands before cleaning your tattoo or putting your fingers in a tin or jar to avoid cross contaminating anything. Oh, and stay very far away from that tattoo shop in the future!


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by teh2711@yahoo.com from IP: 69.114.150.95 on 04/21/06

I recently gota a tattoo a week ago and noticed blistering...I have multiple colors and as said above ONLY the red areas have the blistering....I guess it is the red ink after all...what a relief...except now i have to get a touch up


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Davey Phoenix from IP: 71.2.42.28 on 04/23/06
New Jersey

Dial anti bacterial hand soap has often worked great for me. Dont get the new scented sh*t though..just the regular stuff.


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by rnv from IP: 70.250.152.56 on 02/20/07
Tx

I recently got a large tattoo on my back, between my shoulder blades, I also had a blistering and burning problem.... I have 3 other tattoos and have never had anything like this! The area's that blistered are areas that had grey tones and reds, I am hoping that it is an allergic reaction to the red inks.... It's been 2 days since I awoke feeling like my back was on FIRE and hurt like I've never hurt before.... I have been washing with a mild antibacterial soap and moisturizing with neosporine or A&D ointment, both I've used before with no problems. It's gotten better but the blisters have not gone away........ any suggestions???


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by tattooConnect.com from IP: 65.9.103.137 on 02/21/07
Miami

A tattoo is a wound, if you wash your "flesh" with chemicals like a soap your body may react and break out. Not only red but most inks are metal based, cobalt, led, arsenic, sink, not only can cause reactions like blisters, they are known to potentially to give you cancer when present in your body (Don't know of anyone that has passed away from tattooing though)

Neosporin is know to produce common reactions such as:
skin lesions, urticaria, edema, contact dermatitis, burning, stinging, tenderness.

I personally clean my tattoos with green soap (5 times a day), and let them just dry.
The first 2-3 days I apply A&D after cleaning them..

Another thing to consider when possible is to use plastic wrap material rather than paper towel, specially when going to bed because the tattoo won't stick and it will seal the tattoo until your wash in the morning. You can get at office max a huge roll of plastic wrap for 2 bucks.


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 66.142.234.25 on 02/21/07

You CANNOT get a "chemical burn" from Ivory bar soap!!!

IMPOSSIBLE!!!
You may ( but its very rare) get a slight allergic reaction form Ivory.

The problem was probably Neosporin!


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Christina from IP: 64.140.44.2 on 08/27/07
Colorado, USA

I recently got my ankle tattooed with black, grays, and blues. One blister formed on the back of my ankle. It was the first time I have ever had a tattoo blister. It was in the gray area and some of the non-inked skin. It would occasionally leak whatever was inside it but fill right back up. Initially, I had been washing it with a soap and fragrance free cleanser for lack of another product. I think the cleanser caused the reaction if it was not simply an allergic reaction. My skin is quite sensitive. Good to know blistering is not as rare and alarming as I thought.


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Riddle from IP: 68.54.255.249 on 05/22/08
maryland

My Husband just got more done to his tattoo on his back last week and a few days later blisters began to appear. But it's weird because they not only appeared on the section he just had tattooed but on the healed part he had done a few weeks ago and below the tattoo.We used A&D and neosporin to heal it and washed it with a mild soap. He's in so... much pain! The one blister is huge and swollenand red all around it. What did you use to heal your blisters?
HELP!!!


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Riddle from IP: 68.54.255.249 on 05/22/08
maryland

My Husband just got more done to his tattoo on his back last week and a few days later blisters began to appear. But it's weird because they not only appeared on the section he just had tattooed but on the healed part he had done a few weeks ago and below the tattoo.We used A&D and neosporin to heal it and washed it with a mild soap. He's in so... much pain! The one blister is huge and swollenand red all around it. What did you use to heal your blisters?
HELP!!!


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by TheProphecy from IP: 66.178.151.190 on 01/07/09
Oregon, USA

I also recently got a tattoo... full back piece.

During a shading session the artist grabbed the wrong bottle of cleaner and used TOOL cleaner on my skin.

Now I have had 3 days of fire under my skin. I've also felt sick and my back is seeping/scabbing/blistering.

Thank God it's only about a 6" x 6" shaded area because it's looking like a lot of the ink is coming out.

From those who think they had a chemical burn, how long did heal time take?


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Ali from IP: 158.96.4.13 on 07/02/09
Sacramento, California

Re. blistering and treatment:
Different things work for different people. I have four tattoos. The first two did not blister. The third and fourth did. The last one I got just 5 days ago, and it blistered the next day. What I have found to be most effective - _for me_ - is to treat it like a burn. Stop using any ointments, creams, lotions. Wash it regularly with soap and water, and _gently_ apply witch hazel (a natural, mild astringent cleanser) to the blistered areas. The blisters have all either reduced or disappeared. A couple of spots have already scabbed over and healed, and are just fine (thin detail lines, not thick areas). Whatever you do, it is best to not drain the blisters, as the fluid (usually just white blood cells and plasma) protects the new skin that is growing underneath the blister. Opening a blister leaves the area unprotected and can lead to infections and scarring. (Per the AMA's Family Medical Guide.)


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by tattooedsleeve from IP: 75.50.96.56 on 10/26/09

I have been getting a sleeve worked on. This past session has turned out a nightmare. He inked the upper/inner bicep and the area that goes around the top of the armpit(where your arm and shoulder meet in the front), as well as a small chest plate. We used a topical gel anethetic. The bottle says , apply to broken skin, external use only and apply sparingly. Well, he got the first part right. He used way too much, in my opinion(a whole bottle for this small area) and thought that if he put some in the ink it would be better, so basically injected the stuff into my skin. Between the area being worked on(always tender), I now have, a full week later, what look like lesions in several areas. These are generally the areas where there is contact with clothing(which probably exacerbated the situation), but I have never had a reaction like this. The areas ooze yellowish crud, then dry out and I want to scream. I have never been in such pain on my skin before, now i know how burn victims feel. I put A/D ointment only on it for the first week. Yesterday, at his suggestion i started mild sea salt compresses, which helps for the moment, but then it dries out and i want to scream/cry again. Finally, today, i had some bacitracin. Since there is no risk anymore of the ink leaching out, I lightly coated the open wounds with bacetracin and lightly covered the sores with a large gauze pad. This way they are protected and they won't rub against my clothing. Much as I"d like to, i can't walk around w/o a shirt on all the time. But to my eyes, this definately look like a chemical burn and i'm certain that the gel is the culprit. I'm a bit disturbed in that when i called my artist yesterday he backtracked and tried to pin all of this on me and the fact that I didn't keep it wrapped in saran wrap for three days. But all other tatts i've had i've unwrapped when i get home, showered and coated with A/D and been fine and after a few days switch to euricin.Had my other bicep done earlier in the year by someone else, also with a gel and while it hurt like a mofo for about 24 hrs, it didn't blister or gape and produce open sores...I don't know what to do> i can go to my friend who is a dermatologist(and also inked) but now I'm sort of upset with the artist and there is still work to be done. Is it weird to go to someone else to have them finish? it's mostly the color that's left to be done. I"m mostly just afraid than pissed. But he should have read the bottle. I guess if he doesn't use the gel to finish we should be ok. Thoughts?


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by mandlk@yahoo.com from IP: 128.104.105.169 on 03/09/10

Allergic reactions can develop over time. First tattoo OK, second hurts, third terrible blisters. Same thing with ointments and other meds, you can use them for years and then suddenly they cause a rash or hives, or other reaction.


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RE:Chemical burns from tattoo?

Posted by Shards89 from IP: 124.186.72.90 on 04/01/11
Toowoomba, Queensland Australia

Yes!!! I recently got a tat of a guitar to represent my dad, and it blistered! None of the colour stayed in, except the lining! It took me a week to heal once I got rid of the infection that had started with the blisters. I found Savlon too work wonders! You may find you scab badly and panic. Its okay. You body just needs time to heal. Use a gentle antibaterial cream and ensure you keep it clean. Then once the blisters disappear, you may find your skin is dead dry! And Itchy! Savlon cream worked wonders in healing. It only took two days to get rid of the infection! Thank God! I was in some major pain! It sucked soo Badly!!!!

I have just had it finished and am hopin that it doesnt happen again. If it does, then I won't get it done again... I wont go through it a third time. I have my Svlon in hand incase. But I would like to find out why it did this. Mine was on my ankle :( I know im not allergic too te materials cause I had my first tat done about two month before hand and it is the same ink... and also the cleaning product. I dont understand why It blistered but it will take a little bit of time. Just keep it clean!


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