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skin bumps underneath tattoo

Posted by souleye on 10/28/05
california

I recently got a tattoo covering my left forearm, and have just noticed today that there are pimple-like bumps that have formed on my skin underneath my entire tattoo. I am concerned because I am not sure if this is normal during the healing process, the tattoo is only 5 days old and started peeling a couple days ago. I have been using lubriderm as recommended. Are these goose-bumps forming underneath my tattoo anything I should be concerned about?



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RE:skin bumps underneath tattoo

Posted by knife68 on 10/28/05
Baltimore MD

You seem to be having a slight allergic reaction to the lotion it is not uncommon.Just give the tattoo a good cleaning making sure to get all the lotion off the skin and let it dry up for a few days it will not hurt the tattoo.After a day or two you can reapply a small amount of lotion maybe once or twice a day if needed.In the future make sure you clean your tattoo thoroughly between lotion treatments or you could use other products for healing.I reccomend Aquaphor to all my clients it is a great product you can find at any drugstore,pharmacy,grocery store etc.. Usually it will be with the hand lotions,I have had great results with it,but with any product you use 3 times a day for 4-5 consecutive days it is a lot for the skin to handle and cleaning between treatments is the best thing for it.Hope this helps and good luck..

P.S You should also check with your tattooer for help with any problems that arise, that is what they are there for..


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Posted by wendy from IP: 134.241.91.97 on 11/14/06
Mass. USA

I also have bumps under my tattoo lately. However...I have had my tattoo for over 6 months and they are just now forming. They seem to be gettting a little bigger and it itches. Any thoughts on what I should do/ What it could be?


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Posted by mac from IP: 70.31.142.107 on 11/14/06
kitchener

hey guys I have had my tattoo for 3 weeks now and also have the bumps... I have not had them with anyother tattoos ... i am thinking that they might be keilods under the skin.... also way thinking that when they shave your skin befor a tattoo that it may be the hair growing back?? anyways I am not to sure..


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Posted by guy real from IP: 161.149.63.106 on 11/15/06
Los Angeles, CA

I have been researching this myself. I just got some new ink and there were slight bumps over parts of the tattoo. Mine was also on the forearm.

I am inclined to believe that my reaction might be due to a slight allergic reaction to the ink itself. The reason I think this is becaue I have other tattoo's that have had no adverse affect at all. The difference is the artist and more than likely the ink itself.

here are two links that can help you out a little
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-204.html

which describe sympoms similar to those described here and
http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/aa121602a.htm

which give some background into the exactly what is in many of the commerical inks available today, although the exact content of the inks is a trade secret guarded by each ink comany respectfully.

From what I understand there are also many tattoo artists that mix their own inks.

If you continue your search you will find that there are specific adverse reactions associated with most every color.

There are some companies working on tattoo inks that have more natural incredients than the one's currently available but it will be a while before they are available.

I'm in the process of getting in contact with my old tattoo artist to see exactly what type of ink he used. I might end up taveling to tattoo artists with my own in, to make sure there are no adverse reactions, but I could also be terrible wrong.

hope this helps a little
Guy


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Posted by *** from IP: 203.63.234.162 on 01/04/07
aus

I have a large amount of tattoos and have also had this problem.

small bumps, sometimes clustered, sometimes spread out, underneath my tattoo. This can occur in both new and old ink, although i dont know exactly what it is i have had it on some of my tattoos, and some of my freinds who are also tattoists get it also, i recommend NOT using any creams if the tattoo is old, and NOT itching it! IT WILL GO in most cases within 2-4 weeks, sometimes less. If it is a new tattoo, in some cases this may be a more severe problem, reaction to the ink, infection etc so please go and see a doctor then your tattooist (in that order)

**please keep in mind that this is only a general example, and in anycase you should always see a doctor to avoid a more serious infection developing**


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RE:skin bumps underneath tattoo

Posted by Casey from IP: 84.223.111.127 on 03/10/07

I have ink on my right side just next to my breast and it has started to form these little bumps after about 5 months of no issues with healing or anything. They haven't gone AWAY that I've noticed, but there may be a few more. Is this normal, or should I ask an artist? The one who did this work is back stateside, and I'm abroad for the next two months (Italy). Any thoughts?


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Posted by russafella from IP: 71.164.38.193 on 04/21/07

I just scratched off a bump on my tattoo and where the bump was is now a little circle that looks really black, almost like really really dark black ink i'm wondering will this go away once it heals or will it remain like this?


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Posted by russafella from IP: 71.164.38.193 on 04/21/07

I just scratched off a bump on my tattoo and where the bump was is now a little circle that looks really black, almost like really really dark black ink i'm wondering will this go away once it heals or will it remain like this?


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Posted by tim@paintedangle.com from IP: 70.230.254.92 on 04/22/07

Russ, sounds as if you have completely removed the layers of skin in that spot and uncovered the raw pigment. Yes it will eventually heal but you will be lucky if it doesn't scar.


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Posted by islandcoast from IP: 68.159.97.102 on 04/23/07
westminster south carolina united states

i have had my tattoo for about a week and i today i woke up and i had one bump that looked like a pimple but it was larger. i popped it and it felt like A and D ointment came out. but afterward it bled a little. it looks like there is a hole in my tattoo now. should i be worried.


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RE:skin bumps underneath tattoo

Posted by Pharma1 from IP: 24.64.223.203 on 08/12/07

Try applying a very small amount of cortisone cream to the afftected area.


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Posted by miked from IP: 76.84.155.224 on 09/06/07
Lincoln, NE

Sigh, I never thought I'd be posting in the "trouble with tattoo" forum, but my tattoo has also developed these. Also a forearm tattoo. Are anyone else's green tattoos? I only ask because my friend had this problem once, and his was primarily green. Mine is a dead fish with an olive on the ribcage, and guess what....It's primarily green. I've been using Benedryl, but to no avail. The bumps are becoming more prevalent, and widespread. I've got other tats that are green. Although, now that I'm typing this, I just realized that most of the other green based work I have is from artists other than my regular guy (Jerry Owen-Kool Tattoo). Damn those inks!! Well, hopefully it'll all heal up well.

miked


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Posted by Autiga from IP: 66.191.152.72 on 09/10/07

Green Ink on the forearm + a touch up 3 months after the original, (i bled a little, so some bled out) and now bumps. Funny thing, everyone's symptoms match mine -- Although the bumps have gone down in size since they appeared (about a week ago) they are getting a bit more numerous since they first appeared. I just recently got put on an antibiotic for a small nipple ring infection, and since I've been on it, the bumps have gotten smaller -- I've got about 2/3 of the medication left to take, (doxycycline by the way) and an update to come upon finishing the medication -- Any body who'd had them, and then had them go away, any other advice would be wonderful!


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Posted by alan.wine from IP: 68.186.243.152 on 11/14/07
Ludlow, MA

I'm having the same problem on my forearm. Seems like it's only on peices of work (parts of my sleeve) done the same day. Got it done almost a year ago. Very weird. Mad itchy. Hydrocortizone is doing nothing for me. Anybody have any answers, please email, alan.wine@yahoo.com THANKS


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Posted by Julie Cuntagious from IP: 70.16.209.107 on 11/20/07
Nashua, NH, United States

Alas, I have the bumps too. Mostly on my shoulder, but then again, my knew tattoo covers half of my upper back and my shoulder (seven hours worth). My ink is pink, purple, and blue primarily. When I popped a bump, I got just blood, and no hair. Probably going to call my artist tomorrow. Mines about a week old, and all my peeling is almost done.


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Posted by J3NN from IP: 70.160.80.20 on 01/31/08
VA

I've got some bumps on one of my tattoos, it's on my cover-up, and only the part that was covered up, the bumps have been there for a really long time now, they look like tiny blisters and they don't hurt or anything. I had the tattoo for about a year or so before i noticed the bumps. Does anyone know what it could be and why it only happens on the covered part?


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Posted by davzev@hotmail.com from IP: 68.194.104.52 on 02/01/08
NY

Hi all. I'm a lawyer and I just settled a case for a client of mine where his skin became raised and irritated under his tattoo - exactly as you all talk about. My client has communicated with people on this site about what he went through (his skin reaction has lasted a couple of years) and he told me I should take a look here, so here I am. If anyone would like some legal advice, feel free to ask - I'm happy to advise for free. And who knows, you may have a case.

David Zevin, Esq.
Law@ZevinLaw.com


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RE:skin bumps underneath tattoo

Posted by saraybe from IP: 71.207.172.2 on 02/01/08
alabama

I just got the bumps as well. I noticed them yesterday. I just got done with the 2nd session of my coverup tattoo. It does itch, I am going to go and see my artist tomorrow. I will post back what she has to say about it. I hope it is nothing major, that would suck!

Mine is on my upper left hand arm. It is a large koi fish and only some of the head is along with the tail and a few of the scales. I really don't understand what they are. But they are small bumps and the skin there feels tight to me.


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Posted by gareth from IP: 81.77.138.208 on 02/23/08
belfast

hey i have the same problem my tattoo is on my forearm and there all loads of little bumps which itch like hell


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Posted by Janer from IP: 65.39.82.254 on 02/23/08
Phoenix

In most cases it is a sensitivity to your after care product. Can also be form having the area shaved or hairs growing back in. Also SUN! Try washing the area and doing a dry heal for a few days and then use a fragrant free white lotion like Lubriderm or Curel. Another case is detergents or dust mites from clothing rubbing the area or dirty sheets.


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RE:skin bumps underneath tattoo

Posted by eng3l from IP: 141.155.194.210 on 03/20/08

i've read through all these posts and i noticed alot of things in common:

--tattoo on the forearm
--green color
--was shaved before inked


im having the same issue. i got the cancer symbol in black with green stars around it. its 2 months old now. i'm thinking the shaving part/growing hair is a main thing because only the section where my hair begins to grow is getting these bumps. i dont have alot, just a couple in the green, and only 3 or 4 in the black, but they're noticable. i use "tattoo goo" lotion. i tried keeping it dry for a while, but it hasnt changed. they dont itch or hurt, but i dont want to pop them and scar.

anyone find a way to fix this yet?


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Posted by J Anderson from IP: 68.55.148.52 on 03/29/08
Maryland

I got my third tattoo Feb. 8,2008 and just a few days after I started with the red bumps that look like pimples and are still getting them almost two months later. Some have gotten big and once popped there is blood. Some of the smaller and had some pus then blood. A lot have healed and gone but only more take their place. I didn't have this issue with my first two. My problem one is on my lower back and it is like a vine outlined in black with three clovers in green and two small red roses. Is there anything to put on this that will keep these bumps from getting bigger and sore? Is there anything that will resolve this issue or do I have to let it take it course?


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Posted by girlytech from IP: 63.170.80.131 on 04/03/08
portland, or

I got a tattoo of a feather close to two weeks ago. After about 3 days I would say, I noticed that there were two raised bumps down the quill of the feather; within a few days after that more appeared clustered and slightly smaller around the outside and what seems like the black shading parts of the feather itself. They don't itch or hurt or seem to have any different coloration other than the tattoo itself - so it doesn't seem like it's an infection or allergic reaction of sorts. The feather is just black and gold - no green like some of the other posts. It's located on my back, laying along the uppermost part of my shoulder blade (a common thread seemed to be forearm tats). The bumps do not seem to be ingrown hairs coming back from when the site was shaved, or pimples, or anything of that sort - the best way to describe them would be like a bunch of moles - which randomly decided to pop up at the tattoo site.


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Posted by brendan.s.delaney@gmail.com from IP: 205.162.194.4 on 04/05/08

I just got a tattoo of a samurai committing sepukku on my upper arm. About 4 days after I got the tattoo I got a bump and it started spreading. These little pus filled bumps itch like crazy. I was really worried at first. I talked to my tattoo artist and found out that this happens due to an allergic reaction with the lotion i was using (which was lubriderm). He told me to switch lotions. I also have been using pure aloe vera on these bumps, because this was recommended I will let you know what happens.


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Posted by Brendan.s.delaney@gmail.com from IP: 205.162.194.4 on 04/13/08

I got my bumps to go away.! so what you do is stop putting lotions, soaps or any other things on the tattoo. at mornings and at nights rub on pure aloe vera. My bumps went away after 7 days so be patient.


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Posted by bleedin9 from IP: 69.132.123.26 on 04/14/08
USA

I got a new tattoo a few weeks ago. It's not my first by far but during the healing process I developed white bumps under my tattoo [my tattoo is on my forearm like many of yours], some would bust open on their own and some would be pus, others would be clear pus mixed with blood. They finally went away after my tattoo healed.

Now where my problem differs... this morning I noticed a bump in the lower middle area of my tattoo, it's really red and hot [we all know hot means infection], and my arm is hurting like hell. Also the skin is raised where the bump is. However, if I rub my hand along my arm away from the bump, I feel a knot under my skin and it's fairly big, but it's not raised on my skin... yet. Hopefully it won't and will go away] It almost feels like a "charlie horse" feels under the skin. But I'm kind of doubting this one will heal on it's own. This has never happened with any of my other tattoos, even with ones on my hands or my other forearm. So, I have no idea what it could be, but it's scary as hell might I add.

If anyone has had any similar things happen with their tattoo, email me, please! I don't check these boards often, but I need any advice or information that I can get before I have to go to the extreme of going to the doctor.


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Posted by jessss from IP: 4.244.211.88 on 04/18/08

hey all, i'm having a similar problem

about a week ago i got my first tattoo, it's black ink and it's on the underside of my wrist. after the top layer of scabbed ink came off, i noticed a tiny bump that leaked clear fluid from a pinprick sized hole when i pressed on it. it does itch, but i can ignore it. i don't know what color the actual bump is, as it's under the black ink.

if anyone else has any advice for healing these bumps, i'd love to hear. i think i'm just going to wash it and do a few days of dry heal, or maybe add some cortisone cream in case it's an allergic reaction. i do have sensitive skin, so that might be it. i'll let you know how it goes.


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Posted by fendrgoddess from IP: 69.208.150.215 on 04/18/08

I had the same bumps, like tiny moles, pop up on the back of my neck. The tattoo is a green clover and I've had it for a little over a year. I don't know when they first started appearing, but it wasn't before the first 3 months I had the tattoo and it healed beautifully . I asked my dermatologis about them and he said they were probably skin tags, because i had two others, but he didn't really look at them close and to be completely honest, he was a crap doctor :)There are about 5 of them now and sometimes they just go away and another one shows up about every month or two. I can feel them but they are painless, and they are the same green as the surrounding skin, and just barely raised up, not like the skin tags had been. I didn't have the problem with either of my other all black tattoos, but i got those here (indiana) and i got this one on a trip to Georgia. However, my friend kellie got the same tattoo on her lower backat the same time from the same artist, and she hasn't had any problems with it.


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Posted by ostrich939 from IP: 74.78.62.144 on 06/02/08
NY

I also have a similar problem, my tattoo is probably about a month old.

It's on the top and inside part of my foot. When the scab came off the outside black parts of the tattoo were still raised...

Now, i have a bump right in the middle, or maybe 3, of my lilly (also black), and some of the parts that were raised along the outside are still raised like little bumps. It doesn't hurt or itch, but I have no idea what they are because I had another tattoo by the same person with none of this.

Ha, however if i try to pop one then it hurts like a pimple would but it doesn't pop just stays there...

I would LOVE to know what's going on, as I haven't been lubricating for awhile now.


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Posted by rebingles from IP: 70.110.243.95 on 06/04/08
phila pa us

i got a tattoo on my back on monday the scab has already started peeling but i have bumps on certain parts of my tattoo the bumps are like white and they hurt and itch. What should I do?


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Posted by johnson81697@yahoo.com from IP: 24.127.61.205 on 07/06/08

I have had my tat for about 3 months now. It healed nicely and even after a touch up, healed well from that. I recently went to the beach and used spf 50 sunscreen on it. Since it is on the top of my foot and I wear flip flops everyday, I usually rub spf 25 on the tat everyday. After returning from the beach (where I got massive sunburn and some slight sun poison) I noticed little bumps on my tat and they were very itchy. They are usually better in the morning and worse at night. (Weird). Still no better. I admit that I scratch it and the bumps are always worse after I do... (go figure). Anyway, I have been putting TattooGoo on at nights b/f bed, doesn't seem to be helping much. It is a color tat and one of the green leaves is one of the worst spots. But some of the black is horrible as well. So I am not convienced that it is a color thing. Someone mentioned using pure aloe vera.....think I will try that. Nothing else is helping....


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Posted by Joanna from IP: 24.30.3.111 on 07/08/08
Covington, GA

I got my tattoo 4 weeks ago, a purple butterfly on my lower back. The healing process seemed to go great with no problems. I got past the REALLY itchy stage without digging my nails into it but as of today I was gently rubbing over it with my fingers and I noticed I could feel A LOT of bumps. My husband said some were white (with heads he thinks) but it is hard to tell because of the purple/red/black. I tried to call the guy that did it and had no luck. I used aveeno fragrance free lotion and it seemed to work great. I am not applying it as much as I was as I thought most of the healing process was done as the guy who did it said I could come in at any time now for my touch up. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by onbrokenwingz@gmail.com from IP: 71.230.110.56 on 07/10/08

I think you guys are describing different things.
The people with the bumps after months of having your tat, You have some sort of skin infection. I know I went through it when they started appearing after a year! Antibiotic cream will heal it in about a week or two. I went to the doctor the first time and he prescribed some cream that cost 70 bucks for barely a weeks worth...i have found that neosporin works just as well.
If it's the same thing. They WILL NOT go away on their own. It'll keep spreading but staying within your tattoo. I let it go for 2 years and it just kept spreading. It healed up without harm to my tat though.
The people seeing the bumps just after a tattoo shouldn't worry to much.


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Posted by lyss from IP: 24.3.1.4 on 07/27/08

can someone please advise me..
i got a tattoo about a week ago. its on my back area.. anyway.. theres a part of it that formed a bump underneath thats sore like a pimple. but it hasnt like got huge, nor got a head or anything. it is directly under nothing but ink. what do i do?

do i just keep cleaning the tat and putting the lotion on daily? while just letting whatever it is go away on its own? or do i mess with it or possibly have it checked by someone?

ugh


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Posted by Tattoobydoo from IP: 68.54.56.25 on 07/27/08
Ft. Myers, FL

Its probably just an ingrown hair. i have tattoos that are years old that i still get little bumps on.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. if you're really worried, go see one.


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Posted by Tattoobydo from IP: 68.54.56.25 on 07/27/08
Ft. Myers, FL

Also, i hope this doesn't start a heated discussion, but in my opinion and experiance, you shouldn't be putting "lotion", or anything scented, dyed, creamed, or otherwise altered on a tattoo less than three weeks old. At my shop, we have people use Aquaphor, twice a day, and rub it in till it looks dry. Doctors have people use it for minor cuts, scrapes, and even eczema, as it really helps relieve itch and moisturize without saturating the skin.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a liscensed physician. You should follow the directions of your own tattoo artist or doctor concerning your tattoo's aftercare.


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Posted by bltsfan01 from IP: 67.125.132.42 on 08/13/08
Fresno, Ca., US

I am also having bumps and irritation on a new piece on my forearm. Only in the heaviest of the black lines though. The color parts have been no problem. I believe i may have had a reaction from an antibiotic and sun exposure combined. If a medication says avoid direct sunlight...they are not freakin kidding!


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Posted by Lables from IP: 99.251.127.100 on 09/05/08
Canada

I had the same problem and a drop of Tee Tree Oil on the Tattoo reduced my bump by 80% the first day I used it.


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Posted by justagirl from IP: 70.50.25.142 on 09/22/08
CA

I have a tattoo on my right inner forearm that is about a year and a half old now. I had touch ups done on it a year ago, and everything healed just peachy. It is a combination of vibrant shades of blue. The rest of my forearm is tattooed aswell, as of about three months ago with a variety of colour. I noticed one small tiny little bump that almost appears to be an air bubble coming through the blue of the original tattoo, but with no other side effects. No itching or discomfort, I just noticed the bump because of it's texture and being visible when I got the other tattoos done. Now though, three months later I have got about a dozen of these tiny bumps all in the same blue part, but no where else on my arm. I have a variety of other tattoos, going back about 8 years now, and have never experienced any of this. It freaks me out a little. I mean I always healed well with all of them, and this one was no different for the first year, has no other effects, so it's pretty weird.


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Posted by NSab from IP: 69.249.254.77 on 09/27/08

I would advise letting the Art air out no A&D or anything foe few days. You may have over applied the Bacitracin or A&D or whatever and clogged your pores. If they go away just get a good lotion like Lubriderm non scented, Always wash your hands always before applying. Never touch with dirty hand or let anyone else with new Ink. If it is actually an infection , see a DR. asap.


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Posted by Tam Tam from IP: 196.46.71.251 on 10/01/08
South Africa

Let the tattoo dry after you shower before applying the recommended ointment. The bumps appear when moisture is "trapped"under the skin.. Completely normal and will vanish when healed.


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Posted by Tam Tam from IP: 196.46.71.251 on 10/01/08
South Africa

Oh should mention "drying time" should be around 45 minutes


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Posted by Clay McCay from IP: 74.243.127.106 on 10/02/08
sav ga

When in doubt....wash ALL the slimey stuff OFF.

Use soap and water ONLY until the bumps go away. You could get a very serious infection if not careful.

could be nothing more than zits from ointment...or it could be a staph infection and to be safe, you should use soap and water only.

a well applied tattoo will heal fine with no crappy ointments.

If anyone is really concerned, always see a doctor.

But, if you catch it early...just drying it out with soap and water should clear it up. sometimes I have people wipe it down ONCE with isopropyl alcohol. then start with soap and water...

ointments can clog pores and trap dirt if not done properly and again...if the tattoo was applied well, you don't need to do anything besides keep it clean.

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Posted by ariel from IP: 24.89.225.190 on 11/16/08
Canada

Hey, I am VERY concerned about bumps under my tattoo. I got a new tattoo on my side about a month ago and it is completly healed but I noticed there is 5 bumps formed under my tattoo. They are slightly itchy and seem to be getting bigger. What can this be? What should I do?! I have other tattoos by a different artist and this has never happened.!


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Posted by animegirl313@aol.com from IP: 24.0.230.136 on 12/26/08

I got my first tattoo on my left shoulder about 2-3 weeks ago. It's basically done pealing and scabbing over but I noticed about 3-4 days ago a bunch of little bumps (kinda like little bug bites or pimples) under my tattoo. Some of them pop and they just bleed. I don't think it's an allergic reaction to the lotion I'm using or they would be all over the top of my shoulder plus they aren't in the whole tattoo just part of it. I'm not sure what they could be. Can anyone give me a guess or some advice on them?


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Posted by bri from IP: 98.210.39.131 on 02/19/09
marin california

i have like 25 yr old tats.the one on my right forearm always welts up and itches like a mofo.like once a yr or so.only last for a hour or so and its mostly on the out line.i used to trip out on it yrs ago like i was gonna die or sumtin.i think it might be to a reaction from systemic poison oak from a huge wildfire i was stuck in dring a wildnerness mt bike ride.i pretty much just dealt wit it after all these yrs. i will most likely never be able to figure it out.


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Posted by bri from IP: 98.210.39.131 on 02/19/09
marin california

i have like 25 yr old tats.the one on my right forearm always welts up and itches like a mofo.like once a yr or so.only last for a hour or so and its mostly on the out line.i used to trip out on it yrs ago like i was gonna die or sumtin.i think it might be to a reaction from systemic poison oak from a huge wildfire i was stuck in dring a wildnerness mt bike ride.i pretty much just dealt wit it after all these yrs. i will most likely never be able to figure it out.


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Posted by bri from IP: 98.210.39.131 on 02/19/09
marin california

i have like 25 yr old tats.the one on my right forearm always welts up and itches like a mofo.like once a yr or so.only last for a hour or so and its mostly on the out line.i used to trip out on it yrs ago like i was gonna die or sumtin.i think it might be to a reaction from systemic poison oak from a huge wildfire i was stuck in dring a wildnerness mt bike ride.i pretty much just dealt wit it after all these yrs. i will most likely never be able to figure it out.


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Posted by bri from IP: 98.210.39.131 on 02/19/09
marin california

i have like 25 yr old tats.the one on my right forearm always welts up and itches like a mofo.like once a yr or so.only last for a hour or so and its mostly on the out line.i used to trip out on it yrs ago like i was gonna die or sumtin.i think it might be to a reaction from systemic poison oak from a huge wildfire i was stuck in dring a wildnerness mt bike ride.i pretty much just dealt wit it after all these yrs. i will most likely never be able to figure it out.


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Posted by nightingale from IP: 71.171.66.118 on 02/26/09
Virginia

Hey all, I am an apprentice and most recently we had a lady come in the shop who was getting tattooed by a scratcher. She had a huge peace frog on her leg which was a well past the healing stage. There were bumps within the tattoo, about the size of a marble, that were not painful or itchy and went away when she took a shower but returned shortly after. Pretty ugly looking things. Well, neither I or my mentor had ever seen anything like that so told her to go see a doctor. We asked her to let us know when she found out but never heard from her again. Then about a month later a young girl who also got ink from a scratcher, not the same scratcher though, had a similar problem. She fortunately had already been to see a doctor and was told she had an allergic reaction to the red ink (she had two cherries on her leg and with them swollen like they were it looked like two cherries poking through her skin) and the only way to get rid of it was to surgically remove the entire tattoo. Ouch.


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Posted by edskskd from IP: 68.43.244.116 on 02/27/09
U.S.A.

this is actually dead skin that builds up and makes little bumps that look like goose bumps. i have had these my whole life and i dont even have a tattoo. my dermatologist said that it is pretty tricky to make go away but she gave me some moisturizer and ill have to see how it works


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Posted by visions from IP: 76.97.147.182 on 03/10/09
usa

morons some of u might be having a reaction to the pigment but if its a pimple like bump its most likely staff witch u can get from a dirty studio or simply applying ointment with dirty fingers


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Posted by bunnylover from IP: 72.147.114.36 on 03/25/09
USA

I had a tatto that was a yr old keep doing this and I had to take a stiff round of powerful antibiotics because it was staph. It really itched bad and I had lots of bumps.


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Posted by bunnylover from IP: 72.147.114.36 on 03/25/09
USA

"visions" you are the moron......you cant even spell staph. staff is a bunch of people who work somewhere. sheesh


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Posted by br00t4l3ddy from IP: 216.220.216.193 on 04/02/09
san marcos, california, US

I've had my tattoo for about 3 weeks. its a picture of the grim reaper holding his scythe with a red rose on the bottom corner. the scabbing process has been done for over a week, but the bumps that appeared haven't gone away. I tried dry healing for a couple of days, but it hasn't helped at all. it seems that only one person has come up with an answer, and its the aloe vera solution. I'm going to try it and I'll let you know what happens.


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Posted by WadeWade from IP: 68.111.48.28 on 04/03/09
Baton Rouge

I the bumps on my forearm tattoo also but they are really tiny and i have had this tattoo for about a year now and i just started noticing it. And its seems only to be where i have Orange ink that glows in a black light. If anyone has info plz E-mail me.


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Posted by courtz512 from IP: 24.39.145.202 on 04/03/09

hey, my question is the same i have noticed small red bumps im my tattoo. i consulted an artist and was told my tattoo is healed. but im a little worried because this is my second tattoo and i didnt notice this with the first one. so shoul i be scared, also should i seek medical advice?


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Posted by illmatic81@comcast.net from IP: 71.238.207.225 on 04/04/09

i dont have any bumps but have raising and scarring ( which i think is most from senstive skin and lil bit of over working.

the raising is only from the yellow inks. my artist mixes his own ink. I just know that if i do go back to him, not to get yellow ink. i do get worried of infection. but i have no fever or redness around the tat. I have psoriasis and i think that is contributing to some of the probs. I just need to make sure that i tell me artists that i have sensative skin and not to go so hard on it.

im waiting atleast a year for touch ups since i hear thats a good time to wait to let most of the scarring and things settle.


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Posted by illmatic81@comcast.net from IP: 71.238.207.225 on 04/04/09

im gonna get back to the artist and see if he thinks its anything serious that needs a docs look.


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Posted by GE from IP: 97.81.208.246 on 04/21/09
sparkle city

I got my second tattoo less than three weeks of my first.Before my artist had did my tattoo he shaved the area,he didnt do this to the first.After a one to two months I had begin to notice some bumps on my tattoo.My tatto is on my forearm so very visible.I have already talk to my artist three times since noticing.First he said use less creme or whatever i was using.The second he told me because he shaved my tattoo before doing it,that it is probably the hair trying to grow back.They haven't seem to leave yet though what should i do???


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Posted by Amber from IP: 209.202.23.33 on 05/19/09
Winnipeg Canada

Hello all! I have had a rose tattoo between my breasts for 3 years now. I noticed that every summer the darker spots of my tattoo (where there was shading done followed by red ink) get little bumps following the pattern. It's like I have a 3D rose!

In the winter, my skin goes back to normal and I have no issues. Once the sun touches my tattoo come summer time, the bumps start up again and they are itchy.

Does anyone else think that maybe it's a reaction to the sun? I was thinking that the darker pigment is reacting with the sun and forming raised bumps almost like keliods.

Any suggestions?


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Posted by dirtysoul from IP: 24.235.223.39 on 05/25/09

hmm... that's got me wondering, i got a tattoo on my left shoulderblade when i was 12, i'm now 19, there are very small, slight bumps under my skin under the tattoo, only where the tattoo is, i'm really not sure what they are, but they've been there since my tattoo has healed. I want to get my tattoo redone because it's faded quite abit in some areas, is it even possible to have ink replaced on top of it, even tho i have these bumps and i don't know what they are??


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Posted by oakley from IP: 76.121.133.70 on 05/31/09
washington

i got my tats about a month ago now and they healed just fine. There stars on my wrist. 2 of them are nautical stars and one is purple/black and one is green/black. Well about a week ago I noticed 2 little bumps right on the outline of the star with green, although its in the black area of it. What a coinicidence that I happen to get the bumps on the only star with green in it.

My bumps are small kinda like pimples but there is no redness, they do itch just a little but don't bother me unless I bump them, I was thinking maybe my body was just trying to push the ink out in that particular spot. They seem smaller now than when I first noticed them so hopefully soon they will be gone I hope they don't come back.


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Posted by Amber from IP: 209.202.23.33 on 06/01/09
Winnipeg Canada

Hey guys. I first noticed my bumps when the tattoo was about a year old. I never used to expose my chest (yes i know how bad that sounds lmao) but now that i do in the summer, it's like as soon as i get a little sun on the tattoo these bumps get worse and a lot more itchy!!! I have 11 tattoos in all and the only one that has these bumps is my rose that's between my boobs.


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Posted by cortney from IP: 98.236.191.122 on 06/17/09
pittsburgh

i've come across the same issues, i have a tattoo on my upper right arm that would randomly get little itchy bumps, they would spread if i itched. eventually they went away but do reappear maybe once or twice a year. i've had 3 other artists this hasn't happened to any of their work on me.

i just got that same arm tattooed (forearm this time) by the same artist. its a few months old, a couple weeks ago i had a small cluster of hives related to stress (not under the tattoo but near it) next thing i know the hives are gone but those little bumps appeared under the newer tattoo! the tattoo takes up from my wrist to the middle of my upper arm but there's only about ten bumps. They are well spread out, pretty tiny and it seems like they're only on the black outlines. The other day i noticed there was the same type of bump about an inch away from the tattoo. The tattoo above it hasn't been affected by the outbreak. some of the bumps seem to have a greyish spot on them. hopefully theyll go away and not leave anything scarred or miscolored!


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Posted by turbotransam from IP: 24.155.253.151 on 06/24/09

Reading over all of these, and i am not a doctor, but it souds like its an allergic reaction, or unsanitary upkeep of the healing tattoo. I have one bump under my new tattoo, which is black and on my upper chest. I doubt there is a link to the location and color, as everyones skin is different. Hopefully when i stop using a&D ointment, washing it with soap and water 4 times a day or more, it will go away. If not, i will see my doctor who is a good friend of mine, and relay the message as it seems im not the only one who is concerned.


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Posted by caseyearls@gmail.com from IP: 99.166.49.254 on 06/29/09
San Francisco

I have raised areas in my tattoos, too, but:

1) they range in size from 1/4 inch to more than an inch long;
2) they do not itch - they hurt on the surface when I run my hand over them;
3) all tattoos on this arm are more than 2 years old;
4) they are all on the outside of my right arm (ink on underside of right arm, on left arm, and on leg and back are all fine);
5) the lumps are all on green or blue ink sites;
6) I never got the lumps until after I had a stroke, so I don't think it could be allergies to lotion, sun exposure, or food intake.

Does this sound familiar to anymore?


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Posted by Evil E from IP: 70.77.227.41 on 07/16/09
Canada

I too was concerned with the white pimple like bumps forming on my tattoo.I have 49 tattoos and with the biggest one that is a half sleeve on my right arm these bumps appeared after like 8 months.I did research on line but obviously i was going from site to site getting various different answers and after reading all these comments i got a little scared and went to my doctor.The Diagnosis is called keratosis pilaris.Which is a common skin condition,there are ointments that can be used to help the appearnce of the skin but doesnt really heal the skin.AS it's a dry skin condition where the hair follicles get clogged and leave your skin with a sand paper like feel.I would suggest using a pumice stone on the rough areas to soften the skin but you may wanna be careful as not to wreck your tattoo..other than that it is not serious,contagious or a disease,it's just a common skin condition.If you are wanting more info on this just type in "Keratosis Pilaris "on your search engines and it will give you a more detailed explanation.Hope this has helped you guys and gals with this concern.Evil E


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Posted by sue from IP: 92.251.130.247 on 07/22/09
ireland

have a lotus flower on my wrist for a number of months recently got itchy and when i felt the area i noticed i could feel small bumps like goose bumps on the tattoo but not really visiable to the eye one night it was very itchy and i scratched it but mine just whe dry in those areas and made the bumps visible i think its more of a skin irratation then anything else a good antiseptic cream should clear it but when its dry i use a Moisturizer cream just got one on my fore arm and he shaved it and i have notived tiny red lumps around the ink line skin feels quiet dry too i hav other tats that have given no problems i suppose stick needles and ink into your arm and there are bound to be side affects sometimes


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Posted by Tulsamedickate from IP: 166.222.143.129 on 07/27/09
Tulsa, OK, USA

I have had my ink for almost 2 years, but about 3 or 4 months ago I started getting these little "air bubble" looking bumps in my tattoo. They dont itch or hurt either. They go away just as fast as they show up, they also peel a little bit...
I have tried just rubbing A&D on it, all sorts of lotion, I even went in an talked to a tattoo artist about it, so if anyone is having these some symptoms and have found a method to fix it please let me know...


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Posted by abovabove as below from IP: 72.197.155.118 on 08/11/09
oside ca

i get as well as some friends similar bumpage,
it will come and go in spots uusuallyon the green spectrum of ink,
never could get a ststraightoforwardnswer for it, so i started looking into it with another buddy that also dose tattoos and from what i remember of HS chem and other adv Hs science, is that there might be sosomethingn that green family of pigment that wewhethere natural source ie a mineral or chemical source that is reacting with i guess sosomethingn us and is making pours form something of a cacallushat causes an ingrown hair type infection, that is causing the razor like bumps. but im not a dedermatologistr ink maker so, yea


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Posted by TinkerBell from IP: 216.119.22.2 on 08/13/09
Twin City Ga USA

I have had my tattoo for 4 years now. A year after I got the tattoo it developed moles all over the tattoo no where else. Well they look like moles. Also the tattoo was homemade. But I showed the tattoo to several tattoo artist and they said they have never seen anything like it. I went to the health department and they said it was not cancer but its a health department they are not that smart. Does any body know what it could be and the cause of it?


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Posted by mmikii from IP: 75.61.104.68 on 08/28/09
lake county

I have had my tatto for about 5 mons. i got 2 tats back to back one on my upper arm and one on my foot same ink the one on my arm is fine but the one on my foot has these little itchy bumps i ve had for bout a month what is it and why dose it itch so much??????????? Help!!!


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Posted by andressguillen@gmail.com from IP: 75.50.102.129 on 09/01/09

I got a rose on my forearm about 6 months ago and the shaded parts have started to get really itchy and when I scratch it bumps spread throughout the black parts. I am also pretty sure that it can be a reaction from the sun, since black absorbs light.

Not a doctor either but too poor to afford one. : ( maybe when school starts I will go to the nurse.

People who just got their tattoo's in less than 1 month should stop freaking out, its just a little allergic reaction. However, I find it really strange that its happening to me 6 months afterward when all the healing is done.

If anyone figures anything else out email me at yourfalseidol@yahoo.com. Im curious to what is happening


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Posted by poppysflower from IP: 71.163.145.154 on 09/07/09

hi i just got my first tattoo so im prolly just paranoid but yea i got stars on my face and ive noticed on the biggest star closest to my eye there are bumps like pimples or small scabs or sumthing im kinda scared if this could be damaging or permanent nd wut i should do
ps im using tattoo goo as recomended


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Posted by Itskellay@yahoo.com from IP: 173.74.44.139 on 09/08/09

I have the bumps...
I got my secone tat about a week ago and its a pink flamingo on the outside of my lower left leg. Correction: I got the shading and filling about a week ago. I've had the outline for about 2 months. When i got the outling I got these bumps but it wasn't nearly as severe as they are this time around.
It looks like asevere case of acne, whiteheads and all. I thought they were ingrown hairs due to the shaving. However I've plucked hairs out and the bumps are still present, and are now travelling all around my calf and even up my leg.
I called me tatoo artist and he said the Eugerine healing ointment could be the cause since the ointment blocks the oxygen flow into the pores. I stopped using it for about two days now and it seems to be getting worse.


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Posted by asucanegra45@yahoo.com from IP: 24.131.134.228 on 09/15/09
st paul mn usa

my tattoo is over twenty yrs old and i have the same bumps that outlines my tat on my upper part of my arm,it started this summer thought maybe it was the sun but now it's showing on my tattoo i have on my leg.help me out it's starting to FREAK ME OUT!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by babywantasleeve from IP: 75.38.68.211 on 09/15/09
bakersfield,ca,usa

i have strech marks on my upper and lower arm im sick of wearing 3/4 in sleever anyway my question is can i cover them with a sleeve the strech marks are very thin ..please help


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Posted by js from IP: 97.85.176.17 on 09/22/09
st. louis, mo

I also have these bumps, but my is my upper left arm. its the start of my sleeve, but i thought i got the bumps because my mom has a cat and i'm allergic to cats and there's cat all over this house lol. and i also have eczema on this arm on my underarm. so i just figured it has something to do with that. i just use my cream and now they're going away


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Posted by manthababii from IP: 68.218.215.216 on 09/24/09
jacksonville,fl

I've had my tattoo for a lil over a month. Around sunday I got a bump over a part of the tattoo. I left it alone but it itched really bad. Around wed [yesterday] it was itching so bad I picked at it, the top of the bump just came off and it looked like a piece of ink. When I looked at the spot where the bump was, there was like a hole, and when you looked in it, you could see , what looked like, a layer of the ink. I cleaned it and put a bandage over it. Today I took it off and there was a dot of ink on it. I just put another one on, and not even 30 mins later I could see a dot of ink through the top of it. I don't know if it could get infected when its been over a month. So what could I do? What could be wrong with it? And will the hole cover back up ?

Please help. Thanks.


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Posted by SSlim from IP: 68.206.4.50 on 09/28/09
port arthur, texas, usa

i have all the same littl ebumps all over my tattoo, as well as a few really big ones dat i popped and it was pretty much like a pimple and now its like a big black hole. it only itches in one spot and its raised like a rash almost. some are really tiny and some a fairly large, and it kinda concerns me. mine is on my inner right bicep, and i didnt kno if its jus because its a really sensitive spot. if anyone has any idea jus hit me up... slugger2909@yahoo.com


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Posted by Prophecy from IP: 208.19.12.76 on 10/02/09
Oregon, USA

Since December I have had about 45 hours of black ink put into my skin. (full back piece, vamp bite on neck, cover up on my left shoulder). I didn't notice any bumps through my back piece or neck. THEN, I got my shoulder cover up done. Of course the artist shaved the area so I assumed the bumps that appeared were little ingrown hairs. My bumps are small, don't itch, but they are annoying just because I want to show off my new ink.

Anyway, I was on a low dose of Doxycyclene for about 4 months because I had a staff infection last winter (diagnosed that I had MRSA from working in a hospital). Upon seeing a doctor, I was told that having taken antibiotics, I may need to take a pro-biotic to rebuild my immune system properly. ALSO, Doxy specifically can make you have a reaction to the sun which can result in the small bumps.

I'm sure this isn't very useful, but something to keep in mind if you've been on meds.

BTW, rather than lotion, I use Bag Balm on my tatts.


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Posted by JustMe from IP: 70.189.164.99 on 10/02/09
Las Vegas nv

Hey i read alot of the posts here and alot of your tatts seem really fresh... i had 2 tatts done 1 on each forearm they're both names in old english that go all the way down the forearm these tatts are about 2.5 yrs old and just 2 days ago on both forearms i started to get these bumps throughout the outline and they itch like hell and they start to bleed. My tatt is all black so i dont believe these bumps have anything to do with color, i just have no clue why after 2 yrs it would do this. I have 6 tatts in all and all of them are older then the 2.5 yr old forearm tatts. but yet the forearm tatts are the only ones that have ever done this, all of my tatts are done by different artists in different cities, both forearms were done by the same guy at a place called kats like us in las vegas. If anyone knows of a legit reason why this has happened feel free to email me at idleaire2008@hotmail.com as i probably will never find my way back to this page again. P.S it might be something simple as 2 days ago we bought some ferrets, so maybe its just a small alergic reaction to them, however givin the amount of people on here with this problem i hardly doubt that.


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Posted by PeachYlicious from IP: 97.115.47.87 on 10/03/09
Washington

Hey everybody..I got tattooed on my shoulder blade and a couple weeks afterward I got these bumps..not just under it but also in the non tattooed area around it. They itch like crazy and look like pimples with the white head on it and everything. I was thinking maybe and ink allergy but I'm pretty much at a loss..any ideas?


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Posted by Chicchan from IP: 76.93.47.134 on 11/04/09
anaheim

Hey there guys. i had the same experience with a tattoo i got about 4 years ago. i got a skull tattoo on my right shoulder, everything seemed fine until 4 days after i got it. after the 4 days, a few red bumps(pimple like) boils appeared on my chest, upper back, later spreading on my lower back, and on my neck. they itched. I went to the doctor, hospitals and dermatologists for about a whole year, i took tablets, antibiotics, ointments, yet no help. soon i thought maybe it was the ink that was causing this problem.

so, my thought was, since it was the think, maybe i should remove the tattoo to solve the problem. i also talked to a friend of mine who knows about natural medicine. what he said i may have is MRSA, or staph infection. i did my research that most tat inks, have mercury, copper, led, and other hazardous metals that can cause allergic reactions to some individuals, not all. unfortunatly i was one of them.

Again, i chose to remove my tat, got it lasered off, and took garlic Pills. Garlic is known to clean the blood cells and the entire system in our bodies. i took garlic pills for a whole year,while getting my tat removed. after the tat was completely removed, i kept taking the garlic pills, after a few months, the red bumps, abcesses and boils dissapeared eventually. they never came back, yet it feels good not having them again. i'm not a doctor or whatever, but i did what i had to do to make symptom go away.
after those months of agony, i thought of never getting another tat ever again.my conclusion, maybe tats aren't for everybody, every person has a different body chemistry.

maybe some one out there wants to get rid of these annoying itchy red bumps after getting a Tattoo. that was solution, lasered off, and taking garlic pills 3 times a day, until the tat was erased completely and red itchy bumps disapeared. hope this helps.


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Posted by pandapantzz@yahoo.com from IP: 98.228.190.129 on 11/28/09

After reading this there seems to be two different types of bumps forming. Little red goose bumps and welts. A lot of this looks to be allergies to the ink or in grown hair or people who are just freaking out because it's their first tattoo.

There are many causes to the many different reactions. It would be great if people, after taking the oppertunity to complain about their irritations, would blog about how they went away or if they recived medical attention, what the diagnosis was.


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Posted by chris from IP: 206.123.240.216 on 12/06/09
USA

Had my tattoo 6+years now. The black outline completely raised up around the whole thing and inside. I thought the thing was going to pop out it was so prominent. Itchy too. I put some generic hydrocortisone cream on it and within a half hour it was better. I think it's just the body under stress reacting to irritants and foreign matter. I've had a lot of skin problems lately and this is just par for the course.


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Posted by Sara from IP: 89.242.7.17 on 12/07/09
uk

Hi, been reading the site and I also have red like blisters which itch like crazy. Had some rework done to an existing tattoo and they seamed to appear under the new work about 3 weeks later. The ink is black and the tattoo covers my upper left arm. Didn't have to shave or anything like that, so don't think it could be anything to do with hair regrowth. Went to the doctors and he has tried me on 2 different types of steroid cream and also steroid tablets for 5 days. Nothing has worked so far. Going back to doctors again in a couple of days. These spots/blisters what ever they are, are driving me crazy.


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Posted by 20 year vetran artist from IP: 74.62.71.184 on 12/12/09
terre haute in usa

i have been tattooing for twenty years and have seen these so called red pimple looking bumps this infection is better known by the title staff infection! come on people the answers to your health issues should be answerd by doctors not the crummy come backs of this stupid site it is clear to me that who ever is answering your questions on here has very little expertise in the tattoo industry. i am no doctor and do not claim to be one staff is a bacteria that is present on nearly 50 percent of the us population reputable tattoo parlors should not be blamed for such infections staff is everywhere not to mention several differnt strands of it it can live on a counter for 3 days now imagine u are in a gas station touching money counters door handles ect u jump in your car get to work home or where ever u grab your lotion ointment or what ever the artist has recomended an apply it to your new tattoo what YOU DIDNT WASH YOUR HANDS PROPERLY BEFORE YOU APPLIED IT !!!!!!!! this is just one example of how you can become infected it really earks me that this site has said nothing of such infections there are risks in breaking the skin get some one that knows sumthing and gives a damn to answer these questions


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Posted by appalachian from IP: 76.5.135.81 on 01/01/10
northeast TN

Thanks for the info everyone. My tatts are from 5-20 yrs old. The 5 year old tatts started getting these itchy bumps around and under them about 3 months ago and are still coming and going. They are in the blue green inks. They do look like moles and itch like heck especially at night. Too weird! So glad to think that they are not cancer or something because I was beginning to wonder. But several of you have described the same thing so I'm hopeful they will disappear just like they came. Some are permanent though, you can tell. When you scratch them they bleed, when they go away some just look like white heads or something like that. Some of them look like a translucent mole. They seemed to appear when I took off a few pounds, mine are down my right leg, the designs on my thighs are the effected areas where the inks are greens and blues. Oils with vitamin E take the itch away. I'm going to try the tea tree oil. Thanks a lot.


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Posted by hollie from IP: 95.150.104.3 on 01/07/10
england

i got a tattoo on my lower back about 11 months ago and i have 3 big bumps in it and iv had them for ages i put vasealine on them but it dosnt seem to do anything. sometimes they itch and somtimes they sting so any one got any advice for me please but dont say just leave it it will go away becuase i already have left it for 11 months thankyou :)


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Posted by adf@asdf.com from IP: 173.80.247.62 on 01/09/10

Yeah like the guy a few posts above said it is quite unbelievable that nobody recognized this as very likely being a staph or possible MRSA infection. definitely needs to be checked medically because the MRSA can get quite nasty. It is very easy for people to pick these up after getting a tat. It is picked up during the healing process so it isn't so much the shop's fault although the shop is responsible for giving proper aftercare directions stressing the importance of thorough handwashing and not letting anyone else touch your tattoo.


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Posted by scissorkitty from IP: 99.255.79.70 on 01/15/10
Southern Ontario, Canada

Hey there!

So, like many people, I have a new tattoo on either arm, both on my inner forearms. (up near the elbows.)
It's been 5 days.
After getting the tattoos, i used aloe vera gel to moisturize for a few days. I was a bit of a dummy- even though i checked with my artist first, 'cause my skin is VERY sensitive, and my aloe gel turned out to contain alcohols.. which totally irritated the skin around my tattoo. Since then, i started moisturizing with a series of different lotions, before finally settling on Burts Bees- an all-natural moisturizer. Things were going well, the tattoos "skimmed over" and then started peeling.. and then yesterday i noticed a rash starting on the skin AROUND my new tattoos.

I washed carefully, and tried applying some different antibiotic creams- no effect. So i tried a cortisol creme- takes away the itch, and i can SEE a difference. The rash is like a pinkish tinge to the irritated skin, and that skin is covered with little bumps, like raised hair follicles.

After reading this, i think the problem is largely my own. These are my first tattoos, and I'm sure I overloaded it with lotions early on.. and then continued to do so. I'm going to let the cream I have on it- the cortisol one- soak on it.. and just let it be for a bit. I'll be sticking to short sleeves/no sleeves for the next few days, I guess! I think i was "trapping moisture", as one wise person pointed out. The rash looks a bit like "prickley heat".

Next tattoo, or once these start looking normal again, i'll invest in a proper tattoo-care product, so I have it on hand from the get go. AND I'll go sparingly with my applications, instead of slathering it on like a paranoid little girl. :)

thanks for all the advice and input!


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Posted by scissorkitty from IP: 99.255.79.70 on 01/21/10
Southern Ontario, Canada

Okay! So, i posted earlier about the bumpies... here is my solution!

As i thought, I had totally over-saturated my skin with lotion. DON'T USE A LOT!! That's the key, and I totally missed it. Anyway, my skin freaked out. It was CRAZY itchy, especially at night, so I started using a HydroCortisone creme on it, which worked okay, after stinging, but made my tattoo look funny and blurry (luckily just while the creme was actually ON it. When I washed it off, the tattoo itself was fine.)

Anyway, what I ended up realizing is that, being as my tattoos are close to the crook of my elbows, and I sleep with my arms curled up, the lotion that I was putting on at night was never seeping in all the way, and was getting WAY over heated, due to my closed arms. It was hot, lotiony skin against hot, un-lotiony upper arms, and that created a prickely heat rash! I laid off all lotions for 2 days, just washing with a very mild soap if my tattoos felt too dry.. and after that, now they look FANTASTIC and all the rash is gone! I still don't put lotion on at night, 'cause I don't want that sort of situation again. When I do apply lotion- I wash them, let they dry for A WHOLE HOUR, and then apply A VERY SMALL AMOUNT of Curel lotion to the TATTOOS ONLY.. and rub it in until it's totally dry. THEN i can wear sleeves or whatever.

Good luck, guys!


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Posted by demon_sacrafice from IP: 76.190.215.176 on 02/08/10
OHIO

ive recently got a new tattoo i have many more but ive never had this problem.Its red diamond that covers my right hand.the bumps started forming 1 week after i got it and they itch.is this some type of allergic reaction to the lotion i use(curel healing lotion)?Please someone let me know.it will be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by jking from IP: 98.212.39.148 on 02/12/10
Indiana

Hey guys, I just wanted to add my two cents. I have pretty sensitive skin (am prone to rashes, chaffing, etc) and two tattoos (one on each upper arm, each about the size of a dollar bill).

I've had some of the "red bumps" that the posters are talking about. On one tattoo I got nothing of the sort, but on the one that had a bit more ink I did have the bumps pretty bad. My advice, which helped me is to just start washing less (3 times a day MAX and make sure all the soap is washed off!) and applying less lotion/ointment (less each time and only 2 times a day or so MAX!).

When I got the one which had the bumps touched up, it developed bumps again in the same exact place, but by using less lotion/ointment and washing a bit less, the bumps were not even close to as bad. I think we all just have certain areas on our skin that are prone to reaction. Don't freak out, and stress over it, thats only going to make things worse!


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Posted by k33 from IP: 198.30.32.89 on 03/02/10
ohio

Ok, so i got a tatto of a star below my stomach on the right side right below my waist line on the 25th. The next day I woke up to a big bump not on the tattoo but a few inches below it, and it's as hard as a bone almost and is only sore when i bump it against something. My friends who have tattoos told me this is normal and that it should go away in a few days but I still have it. Is this normal? or does anyone have any idea what it is?


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Posted by abam from IP: 129.44.190.26 on 03/08/10
mass

hey all, i just discovered the red bumps last night and at first there were only two. the more i rubbed the area, the more it seemed to itch and it's spread throughout the tattoo now since, but only itches when i touch it. i got the tattoo last november, had it for 4 months now and what a coincidence...it's on my left forearm! recently i was drawing in the lines with a green pen to see what it would look like if i added color to it which was probably a dumbass thing to do and now i'm worried that may have caused an infection but wouldn't my tattoo have healed by now? im going to try the aloe vera and garlic pills which do clean blood as some one has previously stated.

i understand that doctors may have to get involved but i wanna try things my way first. I've had bad run-ins with "doctors" thinking they know what's wrong with you but some have no freakin clue and the first thing they wanna do is stick you with a needle of their own and shove prescription antibiotics down your throat.

At any rate, i will defy the urge to jump on a gurney and take matters into my own hands for now. i will report back promptly and for all those worry warts remember...they didn't come up with that specific term "worry warts" for no reason. perhaps this is all a product of our society's endless struggle against stress. keep your heads up and on a swivel :)


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Posted by christina from IP: 69.144.217.38 on 03/10/10

Same thing for me too. I've had my new tattoos (two blue, yellow, and red sparrows on my hips) for 8 days now and just a couple days ago I had about 2 red, zit-like bumps by the left one. I popped them because they looked like whiteheads... I knew I should've just left them alone.
Now there are many more itchy, annoying bumbs... but they're mostly around the right bird now. (I was putting a little more A&D on the right one cause it was healing slower than the left.)
I've done some research and I think the bumps are forming because I am putting too much A&D ointment on them. I'm going to stop using the ointment completely and just use some mild lotion every once in a while when they need some moisture. Aloe Vera sounds like an excellent idea also! I love that stuff!

Anyway, I think the best advice I was given is to NOT SMOTHER THE TATTOO. It needs air, and periodically a THIN layer of ointment. My artist told me if you can see the ointment on your skin, there's too much. I really think that's why I have these bumps. I didn't really think putting too much A&D would cause this, but it makes sense.
Hope this helped.
Peace out.


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Posted by naenae from IP: 98.155.139.135 on 04/06/10
hawaii

after a week of having my tattoo on my upper outer thigh it broke out with a red bumps and slight rash only on the tattoo. the tattoo is only black ink with a little black shadding. I was told to stop using anything on it so i did. this did not help and neither has anything else. i've been to the dermatolgist and they can't seem to figure out what it is either. it doesn't spread just get's bigger bumps with out the cream the dermatologist gave me then goes back down. i have had this tattoo for about 7 weeks now and am at a complete loss and worry state on what to do to fix it. any idea's or recommendations please.


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Posted by madddyy from IP: 86.9.84.20 on 04/07/10
Cambridge, uk

ARGH this has been reasuring to know im not the only one!!! i got my tattoo 6 days ago, a red rose i drew myself on my lower back.. and it came up with lumps under the tattoo a couple of days ago.. the lumps have like doubles in amount and they are SERIOUSLY itchty!!! my friend says not to worry and he had the same and that they will go away but SERIOUSLY!!! i want them gone now its driving me insane!!!!
does anyone know any cream in the uk that will speed up the healing prosess n make the lump n itchyness go away?
:C
NOT KOOL!!!
its looks so sexy but its a fucking pain!!!
LEMME KNOW ASAP PLEASE GUYS!
x_moonbay_x@hotmail.com

maddy
xx <3 xx


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Posted by julia tennant@ cableone.net from IP: 67.61.9.172 on 04/08/10
Wellington,Ala. USA

My granddaughter has itching bumps under the skin on her arm after her recent tattoo, What can we do for it? Thank You Grandma Tennant


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Posted by city_ghost from IP: 76.102.114.139 on 04/09/10
CA

I read all of the comments prior to this and it seems common for green ink on your arm to form little bubbles, closer to expected, maybe?

I've had my tattoo on my right forearm for a little over two years and about two months ago i noticed a little bump, it looked like a pimple or a mole on one of the characters, i didn't pay it any mind at first but i noticed maybe a month later one bump was now a few, and it seemed to spread only on the far right side of the tattoo, at one point i popped one, and it bled like a mole would have, but i am still really unclear as to why they would only breakout in that specific area, i think checking with my old artist and doctor would be best for now, thanks to all your stories.

Also i've got six other tattoos including four on both of my upper arms/shoulders, and they're absolutely fine, different ink (black) but they're a couple of months newer than my forearm one. Lastly, i've noticed that my forearm tat always looked as if it was just done, as opposed to my others which seem to be more "into" the skin (if that makes sense).


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Posted by city_ghost from IP: 76.102.114.139 on 04/30/10
CA

new update on those ol' problematic tattoo "bumps". i noticed within the last couple of weeks that they have started to dissipate, the clusters were gone first, then the bumps themselves began to scar over, really weird, its almost as if i just got the tattoo. I've not really done anything to much different in terms of hygiene, except changing soaps, i used to use liquid body wash, and every once and awhile Zest bar soap. Now i use irish spring bar soap, and it seems to have a much better effect on my skin, in terms of ridding my forearm of all those random bumps. this may or may not work for others, but i figured i would provide insight on this issue, for your convenience. good luck!


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Posted by cosmicsparkle from IP: 72.64.253.151 on 05/08/10
US

Do I detect a TATTOO PLAGUE?
Husband has same red bumps that appears and dissappear-for about 10 years now. His doctor said to "get another tattoo over it". Also on
FOREARM
WTF people?


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Posted by cmf09xx@hotmail.com from IP: 96.18.64.246 on 05/26/10
North Dakota

I have a similar problem. It was my second tattoo. It's located on my forearm and it is just black and white ink. I have accumulated white bumps on top of the tattoo. The bumps took about a year to appear, and when they get dry and break open they bleed. All three of my tattoo's are by different artists, however, this is the only one that is giving me problems, my other two are just fine.


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Posted by Tatu from IP: 210.185.11.136 on 05/27/10
New Zealand

It's very likley that you have been tattooed with a product that is dispersed in or contains acrylic co-polymers.co-polymers can become hard and brittle when exposed to UV radiation over time and this is probably what is happening in your tattoo. Little clumps of hard plastic are forming in your tattoo due to polymerisation. Go back to the tattoo artist and complain so that he or she can then complain to the manufacturer as that is the only way the manufacturer will start thinking about the end users health, when it hits their profits!


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Posted by julsnick3 from IP: 69.2.171.20 on 05/27/10
MD

i just got my first tattoo three days ago on my lower back and it's starting to get bumps underneath of it too. until now i have been using neosporin on it not thinking about it i figured it was close enough to a&d it would be ok. but as i've seen on here and other websites it's bad for tattoos. will my tattoo be ok since i've been using that? and what should i do about the bumps they don't hurt or itch i've just been trying to leave them alone? plzzz help!


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Posted by Saviour_self@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 194.176.105.41 on 05/27/10
Nottingham, England

On my ribcage tattoo i had these in only part of the tattoo, it turned out it was a bad batch of grey wash. me and three others had it who got tattooed recently.
I work at nottingham queens medical so went up to see the guys in dermatology and they said that it would just scar (it did) and that there wasnt much i could do about it.. ur injecting something directlyinto your skin, shit like this happens from time to time i guess.

I also had it slightly more recently where a bright red was used on my forearm


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Posted by bnoviello666@gmail.com from IP: 68.196.161.124 on 05/30/10
NJ

Hey guys,

I've actually had these bumps on my forearm as well.although with blue, purple and black ink. I've had them before and they've gone away, just leave them alone (as hard as that is) and most of the time they go away, or at least mine have. Also, if you HAVE popped them I usually use some hydrogen peroxide to cleanse it and then wash it with mild soap, adding small amounts of A+D before covering it with a bandaid. The Itching stops and they feel a lot better.

Hope this helps~!


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Posted by krystal from IP: 173.20.147.192 on 06/03/10
ga

so i got my fourth tattoo on my right shoulder and it has 9 bumpsn in it and 2 on the outside im really geting worried! there are really painful and my tattoo is still trying to heal its only been a week but usually by not its not so painful its the bumps makeing it so painful. i poped one in the tattoo and that the one that hurts most. the two on the outside have a black center.im really worried cause i was getting over a staph infection on my arm but i got the tattoo any way the doctor told me it looked fine my artist told me it looked like it would heal fine but it seems to get worse and worse im worried. could it just be a reaction even though 2 of the bumps are out side of the tat? and yes ive been iching like crazy... i ich in my sleep!!!


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Posted by mystic@iconz.co.nz from IP: 210.185.20.250 on 06/03/10
New Zealand

Hi, a lot of you people are having the same reactions, that's clear, but to pinpoint the actual cause you need to get back to the artist and find out the exact name and brand of the color that you are having the reactions to and then come back on the forum stating that information. Only that way will a pattern show up as to the problematic colors and brands and then the problematic ingrediants can be pinpointed! Short term reactions are not something to be worried about but if you are having these reactions 3 months on then it needs investigating.


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Posted by Tlaloc from IP: 69.105.110.250 on 06/08/10
Los Angeles

now i dont feel alone. It seems like others also go through this.
I also got a tat on my arm. Ying and yang. all black. i think the Ink was called "ever bright" or something like Dat.

Anyway, i got a tattoo 2 months ago. i also have developed these weird pimple looking reddish bumps after a few days of gettting the tattoo. Weird things yet they annoy the hell out of me when i start sweating in a hot day.

I have never had skin problems ever since i got this thing on my arm. i am slowly removing it on my own.(keep your negativity to yourself) So far the tattoo is already fading and the bumps are decreasing. :] som person on top of this forum posts above mentioned something about garlic pills. i just eat plain garlic and i gotta admit, most of the bumps seemed to dry out and dissapear. jaja. seems to me that most of your People have allergic reactions to the Inks perhaps? Idk. Ima do da same thing the Person above mentioned. remove da Tattoo and eat garlic. jaja but i will give this a try so far im seeing good resuslts Peace Out
my email is: tlaloc_chak@hotmail.com


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Posted by parrotlady from IP: 216.77.6.162 on 06/17/10
Boynton Beach, FL

I have many tattoos and many have green. I don't have any of the bumps you all mention, I've just developed far more moles in places on top of the tattoos that were not there.

Are they from disturbing the skin, or are they there from previous sun exposure? I really do not know. I had one that was right in the eye of one of the birds on my back. The entire top of my back has birds that are mine on it. Anyway it was this crusty mole that I thought was cancerous. The doctor froze it and it fell off. Nothing serious and had tiny affect on the tat, which I had fixed later.

I hope I don't develop this issue. I've not gotten a tat in a while that was big enough to have this happen, but now I'm tempted to do something with green again to see.


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Posted by xjulezx from IP: 94.3.43.18 on 06/23/10
Glasgow scotland

Hi there ive had my tattoo for 2 weeks now and a few days after I got it done I got two pimple like spots red ones and one of them is sore and I still have them. The tattoo studio gave me bepanthan to put on it for the healing process and I still wash it and put the cream on it regulary so im not sure what could have caused this I also have eczema but not usually on my bicep where the tattoo is x


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Posted by LK from IP: 24.45.63.7 on 07/07/10
Ridge, NY USA

Hey. I have tattoos of birds on my feet and I get itchy bumps all over them. My tattoos are a year and a half old and I'm not that worried since this happened last summer and I am convinced that its a reaction between the green ink and overexposure from the sun. the bumps are only on the turquoise part of the tattoo and they only itch sometimes. I am a lifeguard outdoors in the summer. Last summer It kind of freaked me out. After being in the sun they appeared and came and went throughout the summer. Once the summer was over they went away for the entire fall/winter/spring without any scarring (which is good because last summer I DID scratch down to exposed pigment). When they reappeared like aweek ago I was a lot less worried though. It looks kinda gross but I'm not too worried. Seems like some of you are having similar problems, but are possibly more freaked out (understandably) because its the first time its happened on a new tattoo. For others of you, it may be a more serious problem especially if the bumps are large, red, or on a new tattoo. I am not a doctor but my advice is to RELAX, and dont put anything on your tattoo unless you speak to your tattoo artist and/or a doctor.

p.s. i do put sunscreen on my tattoos but i do think its a reaction from the sun and not the sunscreen


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Posted by Miko Sinn from IP: 72.89.170.148 on 07/13/10
earth

I got my first color tattoo on my forearm about 3 months ago. I also noticed recently tiny white bumps. My other tatts are b&w...Hell, I got them so long ago I don't remember getting tiny white bumps. I think I might be having a reaction to this super high sunblock spf 90+...I find it odd that most of us who have this problem have it on our forearms.


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Posted by ed from IP: 99.151.46.63 on 07/13/10
liberal ks

i got inked a year ago, for the past days ive notice small bumps in the area of the tattoo, i start thinking of a potential infection i start picturing my chest black, rotten. then i thought it might be, maybe , some sweat or grease trapped there that maybe because of the ink could not reach the surface and i said to myself what if in the future , if i dont do nothing , this thing cause me some serious problem , then i took a sharp blade and i cut the surface and poured out some blood and water then i put some alcohol and put a bandage i also took a pill to prevent infection. i did it and dont know the outcome ill wait i hope it will be ok.
i would appreciate if you have a thought on this one and more if you could contact me
thank you
frankly ed


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Posted by aohara389@g.rwu.edu from IP: 71.190.206.16 on 07/14/10

Just like everyone else I have little bumps too. They are only under part of my tat (which is on my forearm). I'm getting concerned because they are increasing in quantity. I've had this since january and have had no trouble.. which is why I don't think it is an allergic thing. Is it possible that the sun could cause this? The bumps are only on the outside of my forearm which gets the most sun exposure. I sure hope they go away. If I discover anything I'll be sure to post back.


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Posted by Creativeinky from IP: 195.200.245.254 on 07/17/10
NY

Guys, You all need a good aftercare. All my clients use TattooGenie and it works like magic for them. I think there's free trial spray. Check their website for that.


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Posted by mostwanted2383@aol.com from IP: 97.15.117.26 on 07/18/10
deer park, Ny

Hey everyone......I don't think anyone considered that before you get a tattoo you shave!!! Since I've started to have facial hair and have had to shave I've always had the same problem.......you get these little bumps that look like they have a milky colored puss inside! So I don't think anyone needs to get scared......these are just ingrown hairs! Trust me......if its an infection or a real bad reaction to the ink you'll know the difference! I've gotten these bumps under every single tattoo I've ever had and the only thing common between them was that I shaved the particular ara before getting the tattoo! I hope this helps!


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Posted by mostwanted2383@aol.com from IP: 97.15.117.26 on 07/18/10
deer park, Ny

Hey everyone......I don't think anyone considered that before you get a tattoo you shave!!! Since I've started to have facial hair and have had to shave I've always had the same problem.......you get these little bumps that look like they have a milky colored puss inside! So I don't think anyone needs to get scared......these are just ingrown hairs! Trust me......if its an infection or a real bad reaction to the ink you'll know the difference! I've gotten these bumps under every single tattoo I've ever had and the only thing common between them was that I shaved the particular ara before getting the tattoo! I hope this helps!


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Posted by tattoo_man70454 from IP: 64.136.27.226 on 09/01/10
hammond la

use a&d ointment all your new tattoo . the bumps will go way thay will not kill you are hurt you . make shur you clean the tattoo and around the tattoo real good with soap and water .and my lawer you cant make a case out of this .you are a joke of a lawer if you think you can it not the artists falt . we do the tattoos and tell you how to take care of it but we are not baby sitters. it up to you to take care of your tattoo. and useing too much ointment will do this . just lay off the ointment and let it dry you will be fine im not only a artist but im all so a emt with a firedept


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Posted by Drexel Lake from IP: 98.122.98.70 on 10/06/10
USA

I have this problem but I saw them before I applied Bacitracin. I haven't seen this posted anywhere but in my case I believe the few bumps are from shaving the area before tattooing. I see they have shave creams and powders for this. Think about it. In most cases this area has never been shaved so it only seems to reason this is another possible cause. One of my bumps is outside the ink area so I don't think it's the ink and them being there before the ointment tells me its not that. Today is day two. It's not getting worse. Something else I didn't notice and bleeding, oozing, scabbing or anything else other than these three small bumps.


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Posted by Breezy from IP: 71.98.211.121 on 10/27/10

I just got my first professionally done tattoo (a dream catcher the size of a dinner plate in between my shoulders) and I began to have this reaction after using A+D, Jergens and Vitamin E oil. I believe, for myself anyways, it's safe to say that it's nothing serious. The bumps broke out all around my tattoo really bad a few days after I went from A+D to Jergens, but my tattoo was still scabbed/peeling so the bumps weren't in it yet, but now I've noticed them in it. I get the same bumps when I shave my armpits and don't put on the right deodorant. Since I've stopped putting so much product on it, the bumps have gone down and even disappeared a lot. My suggestion is to hold back a little bit on what you're using and if it doesn't clear up to go see a doctor. I'm not expert, but this is just some of my input lol


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Posted by MercedCali209 from IP: 76.241.27.198 on 11/02/10
California, USA

I also have these so called bumps on my forearm, Ive had them before but they just went away by itself, but my newest tattoo is on my forearm and these pimple size bumps are blistering up, it doesnt hurt or itch, it just feels and looks wierd its been 2 months now and i want to finish the tattoo, but Im scared that if i do, I would even get more bumps than what i already have. is there any cream or pills to counter attack this problem?


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Posted by lil evil from IP: 66.30.5.225 on 11/12/10
Medford,Ma USA

I am telling everyone that this all sounds like a reaction of your skin to the ink. The older ones may not be but rest assured you will want to see a doc ASAP to save that TAT if even possible assuming the antibiotics work.


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Posted by cmoe89 from IP: 66.87.0.171 on 11/16/10

i got my tattoo done last month and i have these pimple like things that i pop and its puss that comes out should i just leave it alone and see what happens? all of it is under the tattoo as well. is this just a reaction to the ink? or should i go get it check out on? Thanks.


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Posted by psycho_joker@msn.com from IP: 173.89.223.56 on 12/27/10

I'm having this problem too, but my ink is black and grey. It started with one bump right before the peeling stopped, but it popped and went away. then another came in and it's getting pretty big and hasn't gone down, now there are more popping up. I'm worried this might be an infection and i'm not sure what i can do to get rid of them. i would think an allergy would have presented itself sooner. i'm just concerned my first tattoo is going down the tubes. as of tomorrow i'll have had it two weeks.


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Posted by gothiccowgirl@live.com from IP: 174.253.196.233 on 03/08/11
salem, oregon

I have had my new tat for about 6 wks now and the bumps initially started after 5 days.... started as pimple like bumps around tat and quickly went into the tat. At first I popped them cuz they had white heads. Found out I shouldn't do that :-( they have since changed to large deep under skin bumps that are very painful. I've had to pop them a few times since cuz it seemed to be the only way to reduce pain. Only thing I'm doing is cleaning with an antimicrobial soap and using sensitive skin lubraderm lotion. But still they aren't going away :-( they have been way reduced in number for some time but won't go away. I need help! Any advice from anyone please? Thanks


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Posted by Jaycal21@gmail.com from IP: 67.164.83.55 on 05/17/11

I have just gotten a new tattoo about a month old. BUMPS all over my tattoo and its dry i don't know how to solve this problem. PLEASE email me if you have any solutions! My artist said lubriderm should help and i've been applying generously and its slowly working but they're still around my whole arm. I would really appreciate it if someone can help. Email Jaycal21@gmail.com


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Posted by Shannon S. from IP: 173.70.139.191 on 05/24/11
NJ

I have 1 Tat, back in 2008 it was raised and itchy and irritated on and off for over a few weeks at a time, I did internet searches of why this could happen with many people having the same issues. I figured I had somehow developed an allergic reaction for a tattoo that was 10 years old and tried using over the counter creams, with no help. I went to the dermatologist and had them biopsy the tattoo and they diagnosed me with sarcoidosis. She gave me a steroid cream and the bumps went away in an instant. Well now I deal with the symptoms of my dieses. If you are having problems get tested before major damage is done to your heart and lungs. Good luck.


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Posted by lossofcolor from IP: 208.54.175.68 on 06/12/11
coldsprings tx

these little sore bumps i get them all the time on my tattoos tattoos as recent as three weeks to like six months. i had one that was so bad off. it was like that for two years stright.. theres ink out there with high volumes of iron and every skin is diffrent its going to react diffrent. the ink may cause itchy bumps under the ink in your skin. but when they pop up on me. i scratch it. and what happens it gets worse. and then worse. but when i leave it alone. it goes away. pervent yourself from scratching it. if it irrtates you badly. grab some lotion and rub on there sooth the small irrtation...but you got to realize your putting pigments into your skin..ink. its like a scratch on your arm that has a unknow peace of dirt on it.. any kinda infection is possable... your taking a chance every time you get ink into your body.


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Posted by Puck from IP: 76.246.199.155 on 06/20/11
Rodeo Ca Co Co Co

Okay, I recently oh around 6 weeks ago went to Needles and Threads in Pittsburg and had an old prison tattoo covered. At first it seemed to be healing just great. But......now I have these rather good size raised bumpy lumpy skin. Some peoples say it looks 3d. I say it looks f'n 3rd rate lol. But really what in the f caused this to my beautiful new. Any suggestions on what? to do about it...... Really Puckett......BamBam......@\%#*/@ ~~~~~~


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Posted by Puck from IP: 76.246.199.155 on 06/20/11
Rodeo Ca Co Co Co

Okay, I recently oh around 6 weeks ago went to Needles and Threads in Pittsburg and had an old prison tattoo covered. At first it seemed to be healing just great. But......now I have these rather good size raised bumpy lumpy skin. Some peoples say it looks 3d. I say it looks f'n 3rd rate lol. But really what in the f caused this to my beautiful new. Any suggestions on what? to do about it...... Really Puckett......BamBam......@\%#*/@ ~~~~~~


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Posted by jeepchick from IP: 24.170.246.5 on 08/05/11
Hagerstown, MD United States

I've had my tattoo for 3 months now and it has never gone away. All my other tattoos are fine...it's just one that has the bumps.


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Posted by marquis from IP: 24.206.24.19 on 10/01/11
marsh harbour abaco bahamas

I've got these white bumps forming underneath my tatts ive read up and have seen that plenty of other people have had the seem problem but theirs is on their forearm but i have 1 on my forearm which had no bumps but i recently got two more tatts both which had the bumps form 1 on my bicep n 1 on my underarm but these were done by a different artist the the previous i would like to know is there a difference in the ink that causes this problem or the machines? or whatever causes this problem so i can know before i get my next tattoo .The bumps dont itch or form a rash.they just dont appeal to the great detail in these two and i want to get rid of them. and radther want to avoid more of them


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Posted by Just me from IP: 108.3.151.223 on 10/14/11
MD

O.k. I'm not a doctor or anything of that nature, but here it is. I have in the past suffered from the same little bumps everyone talks about. I rub sunblock lotion on and go out in the sun and I get the bumps all over my torso. They itch like hell and if you scratch them they often spread. I noticed 5 days ago I had the same type of bumps covering the black portion of my ink that is approximately 6 months old. As someone said previously, I had shaved the portion of my tattoo about 2 weeks ago 2 times that week. Hair on my arm grows at a slower pace. Anyway, the bumps on my tattoo were all over my nice ink and I knew the bumps were identical to the heat rash I get in the summer when exposed to sunlight or wearing sunblock. My solution was this: I cleansed the area effected by these bumps with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol. Do not worry alcohol will not damaged the ink if the tattoo is cured. As you rubbed the cotton with alcohol you will notice dirt. I then applied a prescribe ointment given to me by the doctor for the heat related bumps called TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE Ointment USP, 0.5%. While I applied the ointment when the itching seem to kick in, I used calamine lotion and vigorously spread it around the affected area and it seem to rid of the itch. I repeated this about 3 to 4 times a day. It's been 2 days and I can already see that the bumps seem to be drying off and residing back to the original state of the surface of my skin. Good luck.


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Posted by Just me from IP: 108.3.151.223 on 10/14/11
MD

O.k. I'm not a doctor or anything of that nature, but here it is. I have in the past suffered from the same little bumps everyone talks about. I rub sunblock lotion on and go out in the sun and I get the bumps all over my torso. They itch like hell and if you scratch them they often spread. I noticed 5 days ago I had the same type of bumps covering the black portion of my ink that is approximately 6 months old. As someone said previously, I had shaved the portion of my tattoo about 2 weeks ago 2 times that week. Hair on my arm grows at a slower pace. Anyway, the bumps on my tattoo were all over my nice ink and I knew the bumps were identical to the heat rash I get in the summer when exposed to sunlight or wearing sunblock. My solution was this: I cleansed the area effected by these bumps with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol. Do not worry alcohol will not damaged the ink if the tattoo is cured. As you rubbed the cotton with alcohol you will notice dirt. I then applied a prescribe ointment given to me by the doctor for the heat related bumps called TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE Ointment USP, 0.5%. While I applied the ointment when the itching seem to kick in, I used calamine lotion and vigorously spread it around the affected area and it seem to rid of the itch. I repeated this about 3 to 4 times a day. It's been 2 days and I can already see that the bumps seem to be drying off and residing back to the original state of the surface of my skin. Good luck.


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Posted by alexisreinem@yahoo.com from IP: 173.114.248.10 on 10/18/11

This is my 6th tatoo I got my 5th one and then got it covered on my upper thigh. Two days after I got my tattoo covered I broke out in red acne looking bumps all around my tattoo. I was told that I got it covered to fast and it wasn't all the way healed yet so I irritated my skin because of the color ink and maybe how deep the tattoo ink went in my skin. The bumps itched a lot but finally went away but left tiny little scars all over my thigh. I used mederma to try to reduce the scars the I've had my tattoo now for 3months and I just got another bump but lower down on my leg I thought it was a misquito bite because its no where near my tattoo but then it stopped itching and is turning into a bruce looking acne scar. I was so paranoid that I went and got tested just in case. I didn't have anything! What do I do this tattoo is a nightmare and is fucking up my leg!!!!! Help me!


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Posted by Unit3960 from IP: 65.246.1.5 on 11/17/11
Bel AIr, MD, US

A doctor I am not, but do love the tats. Months after getting a pretty nice size cover up on my upper right arm, I started developing the seemly famous little itchy bumps that everyone seem to inquire about. I scratched, it spread. I tried every solution I read on forums to help me get rid of them. None seem to work. After carefully looking at these bumps, I noticed that they look identical to the little bumps I would get during the summer (somewhat identical to heat rash) so I applied a prescribed ointment called Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment USP 0.5% that had been given to me for the heat rash. It is petroleum based and on the contrary to what I have read on many forums, this petroleum based ointment, dried the bumps in approximately 3 days. I had to endore the itching slightly but not as bad as when I applied other solutions. Bottom line, I was able to get rid of these annoying itchy rash on my tattoo with this Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment.
Now here is something to think about, I noticed that everytime I shaved my tattoo area (I wanted the area to be nice and smooth looking to display my tat better) within days, I woulds start getting these bumps. Could these bumps be realted to some sort of ingrown hair effect around the tattoo area? remember the area is already affected by scarring of the epidermis by the needles. By shaving the hair when the hair is attempting to grow perhaps it is causing this skin irritation. As I said, I am no doctor, but it is food for tought. One thing I do know first hand, is that the ointment works!!!!


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Posted by Dixiechic from IP: 174.131.135.153 on 12/20/11
NC

I have 17 tattoos, two of my tattoos had this reaction, it seemed to be the two that has the most red/black ink and shadding. The infection can come from may reasons, smothering the tattoo with clothes/too much ointment. Not washing it enough and getting any kind of bacteria in it. I dabbed my bumps with peroxide 3 times a day and it cleared right up. Myn got really ed and swelled up. So it's best to catch it early. Hydrogen peroxide wont really hurt the tattoo or the ink. Myn turned out fine. For itching use a small amount of itch cream and keep it clean with hand dial like antibacteria soap and only DRY it with PAPERTOWELS!!!! A new paper towel each time to prevent germs. Hope this helps.


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Posted by Jocelyn from IP: 208.54.86.217 on 01/16/12
Texas

hi im 18 i just got a tattoo of a rose on my collarbone area. I noticed these little tiny bumps on it i have about 5 nut their all spread out. Am i doing something wrong? This is my first tattoo im kinda scareddd :/ pleaseee help mee!


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Posted by Oliver from IP: 108.75.145.190 on 01/17/12
Roswell GA

Sorry to tell you guy but theer is slot of things that may be the problem and "red reaction" is most likely not the problem it's most likely staff infection it's very common actully since everyone is a carrier but because of thet we are highly suseceptable. But the reason you might be having a breakout is your either not cleaning it or you didn't clean it when you first got your tattoo, in the unlikely case dirty or broken autoclave meaning staff is the least of your problems but there is help go to your doc and have them look at it, its very rare but it happens and also if you have staff you need to tell your tattooer so he can fix the problem doesnt go most likely they will give you antibiotics, but you also need to tell your tattoo artist if it is staff, so he can keep people safe


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Posted by philip from IP: 75.14.7.228 on 03/13/12
Mission, Texas, USA

Hey I have a similar problem, I got my tattoo a month ago. I applied vitamin A and D ointment to my tattoo and nothing else after i got it. Then these bumps, somewhat red, started appearing all over my tattoo. About a week ago I started using a cream called Tattoo Goo (Tattoo after care lotion).
Could it be that the vitamin A and D ointment clogged up some of my pores and now it's trying to get out, or could it be that the ink my artist used wasn't good?


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Posted by AnnaD from IP: 67.232.101.217 on 03/28/12
Kaufman Texas

I have had my tattoo now for about 3 years. About a year later i started seeing these bumps on my tatoo. Mine do not itch but if i scratch them they will bleed. They are small and spread out over the tattoo and some are in clusters. They kind of resemble warts... its gross and wierd. if i scratch them then they will bleed quite a bit. The tattoo was not done professionaly but by a friend of a friend in their own home. What could this be?


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Posted by brnidmel from IP: 69.31.123.122 on 04/11/12
Santa Monica, CA

I have these same bumps under my Orchid tattoo on my inner right forearm that I had done in July ('12) and the bumps developed just a few weeks after having the tattoo done.
I went to my dermatologist who first thought it was keloid scarring but after using a silicon based product called Kelo-Cote and having the bumps actually rise to their worst moment....she determined that although my orchid is based in purple colors, there is red ink in that color and many peoples' bodies reject the color RED.

We've been treating the raided VERY ITCHY bumps with cortisone injections every 3-4 weeks as that seems to be how long it takes for them to come back and start itching again. Keloids are known for itching as well but since I've seen my tattoo flatten completely after injections, I know it's not scars. :)

This might or might not be a permanent solution for some of you but for me it seems not to be as I've had about 8 treatments and it's still happening.

ONE THING TO NOTE is that laser tattoo removal (according to my Dr.), though it's not an option for me because I'll keep my tattoo bumps/itch and all....can actually cause a systemic problem within your body (much worse) due to the heat of the laser breaking up the Red ink and it then filtering through your entire internal system so please avoid going that route.

If anybody has any other solutions, please share. For now I'm going to continue injections for a while (for comfort) and try some calming creams to see if they help!

~Melissa


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Posted by Mimi1119das@ yahoo.com from IP: 166.205.9.94 on 04/13/12

I got mine done over 3 months ago and I noticed the bumps a week after but now I have more I've never had this problem with my other ones


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Posted by Tom mf wells from IP: 174.255.50.212 on 05/26/12
Moundsville wv USA

Hey all the problem you all are having is fungal. That's why nothing else is working. Just put some anti fungal cream on your tattoo( as long as it has already healed) and it will clear up in a few days. Ferther more Lawyer Dave f@*k you! It's hard enough for tattoo artists to get by without some a@* hole suing them because of the client not following proper aftercare( assuming it was a reputable shop). Anyways the fungal cream is amazing! It starts to clear up in hours.


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Posted by Becca from IP: 93.186.22.240 on 05/29/12

Hey, I'm 18, I got my tattoo when I was 16. Its a little 1cm outline of a star on my left hand between my thumb and index finger. The little bumps have only just come up today and there on each point of the star. I don't know what to do, someone suggested that it could be an allergic reaction to the sun but I've been out in the sun before today and its been fine. Please HELP! Haha


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Posted by krys from IP: 68.103.32.31 on 05/31/12
kansas

the bumps form almost like pimples, and come out the same way and it wont hurt your tattoo color. people who use aquaphor get these alot including me. try using h20cean aquatat. it wont cause these bumps and works 100% better then aquaphor


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Posted by kkdevillord from IP: 208.54.38.132 on 06/11/12
pittsburgh pa usa

See a dermatologist and make sure it isn't Molluscum contagiousum, its a very common viral skin infection, its pesky in nature but isn't anything to freak about, there is specific precautions to use though as the infection can be spread around the body by touching it and toughing new uninfected skin, average incubation is 2 to 7 weeks and can last up to 2 years if not treated, treatment usually involves antivirals and some sort of traumatising to the lesion, via freezing, curettage (scrapping) or pulse dye lazer, scrapping which has been the most effective in studies siting a 90.6% clearing after two visits spread about 3 to 6 weeks apart, average clearing is seen within 6 to 9 months with the longer cases being 2 yrs, I'm not a doctor, this is my experience only and the websites I've visited, see a derm, they are the ones who get the money for it, def not me, good luck. I've been dealing with mine for over 6 mnths now, good luck.


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Posted by Sugar from IP: 108.248.16.245 on 06/17/12
Springfield, Ohio USA

I just got a tattoo on my forearm of a koi fish with some flowers around it. It is beautifully done the tattooist did an awesome job. Formula 51 ink was used. I have been tattooed 18 times and never once had a problem till now. It is 2 months old now. I have bumps all over it. It is driving me crazy. I had researched it after the first month and read that the tattoo may still be healing and has not peeled all the skin off and to use baby oil 3 x's a day. That seemed to make it worse. Showed it to the doctor he barely glanced at it and said probably have to cut the skin off. Any ideas on what is going on? Or how to save this beautiful piece? Thank, Sugar


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Posted by un4givn_69@yahoo.com from IP: 50.103.161.228 on 06/27/12
Southern IL

I was reading on these boards because I had noticed a lot of little bumps that were itchy on my skin. I read a recent message about someone having Molluscum contagiousum. I looked up pictures of this, and that's what I have on my tattoo!!!!!! Might want to check into it. Thanks for the person who posted about that


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Posted by Valerie from IP: 24.249.96.102 on 08/20/12
Oklahoma City, OK USA

Aquaphor is excellent, EXCEPT it will ruin your clothes! Just got a tattoo on my shoulder and the Aquaphor soaked and stained my shirts. Won't come out. So beware!!!!


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Posted by comethroughmyopenwindow@yahoo.com from IP: 75.165.11.17 on 09/21/12
aberdeen, washington, usa

I have had my tattoos for 10 months. I got them the sane day by the same artist of course. One of the tattoos has the bumps and the other one doesn't. Should I still think this is the same thing?


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Posted by tracy from IP: 86.6.48.81 on 10/05/12
lincoln.uk

i guess im here aswel cause i googled bumps in my tattoo.....i know we shuoldnt but i popped one and green ink came out...so im guessing pink and green dosnt disperse aswel as black...

position inner lower arm , i used to get ecama years ago in fact when i was a child , and i reckon iit maybe form of contact ecama


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Posted by animal tatted from IP: 184.47.188.115 on 11/17/12
columbus, ga, united states

hello. i recently got another tattoo after my others healed, but this time a pimple like bump appeared in one part of the ink. i busted the pimple like bump, and it bled a little, then i rubbed different ointments and alcohol on different occassions, it seems like everyday the bump isnt getting bigger or smaller, just neutral and looks like a hole in my arm, a very dark spot around my tattoo ... after a while it seem to scar up, but i pulled the scabbing and put peroxide on it, and it reduced the rising, maybe peroxide will work for you, i thought it was an alergic reaction but it may have just been where hair was growin. idk ;o


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Posted by Snags from IP: 122.151.151.168 on 12/11/12
Australia

I read through some of these and it was sad to read so many people got these bumps and what not. I can only assume these were created by the tattoo being unclean.

Maybe you used A%D like recommended. The pre made substances I did not go near!

I went to the cook Islands a few years ago and this is the home of tats, how did they take care of there tats? Coconut oil, pure Coconut. Look up the properties of Coconut oil and you will be amazed how awesome this stuff is. I read it and I instantly applied pure Coconut oil to my new tat.

I used a frozen bag of food for the first time to reduce swelling but Coconut oil is the answer. It sterilizes. soothes, reduces scars and increases helaing time. It does more than that it nourishes the skin to by embedding microscopic atoms into the skin where other ointments could not get.

I used Tea tree oil too. This hurt but did a world of good. Tea tree oil is a hue sterilizer and kills all germs 100%

I used Coconut poil next and the burning sensation vanished.

Next I am using Alovera moisturiser


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Posted by cherryberry from IP: 69.171.160.32 on 03/24/14
Colorado

Well im not sure if what I have id the same problem.. got a tattoo on my foot a while ago. And just recently I found a bump. Its not a pimple cuz u can't pop it.. you can tell its under quite a bit of skin. Idk I've tryed to scratch it off. Idk it won't go away nd its annoying me. Idk what I sound do.


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Posted by cherryberry from IP: 69.171.160.32 on 03/24/14
Colorado

Well im not sure if what I have is the same problem.. i had gotten a tattoo on my foot of a few flowers a while ago. Just recently I found a bump. Its not a pimple because u can't pop it.. you can tell its under quite a bit of skin. I've tryed to scratch it off. I've try ed about everything to get it to go away. Yet it won't go away nd its annoying me. Im not sure what I sound do.


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Posted by Thumbz from IP: 184.13.122.38 on 04/19/14
Orlando, FL USA

I have had the same issue for years now, always in the same tattoo and only in the green areas. It is way beyond healing(10 years old) and treatment(lotion/AD ointment). So, doing the math and answers I've gotten from multiple tattoo artists point to a reaction to the ink. It also seems that green is a very common color to have issues with. The bumps always go away with no medication, lotion or treatment whatsoever. At least for myself. I can't speak for anyone else. The artist that did my tattoo was completely professional, well known and very praised. He now resides in NYC at a prominent shop. I say this to illustrate the fact that this was not even close to an amateur tattoo artist and therefor these bumps can happen no matter the experience level. I would say it is possible that some education(on the artists side) into the science of ink and the accompanying mixing, thinning, etc may help avoid such events. But, keep in mind, what my skin tolerates, yours may not.


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Posted by Beck from IP: 120.151.35.119 on 07/26/14
Australia

Hello,

So this has recently happened to me, thought they were in-grown hairs. They aren't. I have recently asked a mate that went to the same guy & she said she had an infection from allergic to the ink. She went on antibiotics and it cleared them up.
Don't pick at them and wash your arm regularly.
Try use basic moisturizer - vitamin e cream instead of other tattoo creams.

Go to your doctor and then if your getting more work done by the same tattooist, let him know and advise him it could be the ink he uses.

It's nothing to freak out over, but defenitly go see your local GP ASAP.


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Posted by Beck from IP: 120.151.35.119 on 07/26/14
Australia

Hello,

So this has recently happened to me, thought they were in-grown hairs. They aren't. I have recently asked a mate that went to the same guy & she said she had an infection from allergic to the ink. She went on antibiotics and it cleared them up.
Don't pick at them and wash your arm regularly.
Try use basic moisturizer - vitamin e cream instead of other tattoo creams.

Go to your doctor and then if your getting more work done by the same tattooist, let him know and advise him it could be the ink he uses.

It's nothing to freak out over, but defenitly go see your local GP ASAP.


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