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Red ink reactions, any solution?

So after 4 years of professional tattooing I have finally had my first person seriously allergic to red ink. It's the same red I always use and have never had a problem before (eternal light red-I try not to use too many different types of red as I've seen some real bad reactions in the past from other people)
It's really raised and sore, 4 weeks after tattooing, I'm really beating myself up about it even though he said he has had no reactions in the past to anything.

The good thing is that I know the guy, so can try and fix it and be totally honest with him. I've heard simply tattooing over the same area with distilled water (with a drop of dettol in the water) can let the bad stuff out and bring the swelling and soreness down quickly but was wondering if anyone else has tried this?
I also wondered if there were any other tried and tested methods?
Thanks guys

Hannah


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RE:Red ink reactions, any solution?

I had the same reactions before, sometimes there is not much you can do with someone reacts or even how they took care of the tattoo. I use to use Eternal colors exclusively and a lot of people love them, they are great Inks. I personally just switched over to fusion and have yet to have a problem with any of the reds. Again, it is just my preference but after not having any issues with it, I was sold.
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RE:Red ink reactions, any solution?

Heya. I am not in any way, shape or form a tattooist, so I cannot offer advice about tattooing over with distilled water. However, as a novice, II would urge that, depending on the severity of the reaction, you suggest your client go to their family doctor for meds to limit the damage. I am dermatologically allergic to a ludicrous number of things, and have learned my lesson regarding allergic reactions and scarring the hard way. Antihistamines and certain oral anti-inflammatory drugs could help prevent a bad ink reaction from causing skin swelling and trauma that totally destroys the lines, shading and pigmentation of the tattoo.

Also, if you can, look for an analysis of what specific ingredient in the ink caused this reaction. Reds are known for being a bit of a nightmare, but a doctor will have a better time helping your client if they know exactly what they're fighting.
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RE:Red ink reactions, any solution?

Steroids from the doctor have helped people that had reactions to inks i've put in them in the past. It always sucks when someone has a reaction, but if you keep tattooing it will happen sooner or later.
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RE:Red ink reactions, any solution?

Ive had reactions to red ink before. It was starbrite reds all hues an a little bit to intenze light red. It goes raised and bumpy an sore it takes a good 2 to 3 months to properly heal after about 3 weeks i know the rest of the tattoo wont go anywhere so i gently expoliate the area when im having a shower, just to take the top layer of skin off an let the bad ink out a bit. My tattoos still come out really bright an vibrant. I wouldnt tattoo the area again that would be painful as!! It'd be like color packing the same area on day 3 or 4 of healing!! Moisturise every day to keep the skin soft enough to let it breathe by itself.
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RE:Red ink reactions, any solution?

Ive had reactions to red ink before. It was starbrite reds all hues an a little bit to intenze light red. It goes raised and bumpy an sore it takes a good 2 to 3 months to properly heal after about 3 weeks i know the rest of the tattoo wont go anywhere so i gently expoliate the area when im having a shower, just to take the top layer of skin off an let the bad ink out a bit. My tattoos still come out really bright an vibrant. I wouldnt tattoo the area again that would be painful as!! It'd be like color packing the same area on day 3 or 4 of healing!! Moisturise every day to keep the skin soft enough to let it breathe by itself.
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Hey,
I have a huge school project that I need to do. The project is about tattoos. The problem I have though is that I have to have questionnaires filled out. I have sent out roughly 100 but only two people have actually responded and I need to hand in the filled in questionnaires next week Monday. If you could please help me I would be so grateful.
There are two different surveys, the first one is for people who have tattoos, the second is for tattoo artists:
The one for people with tattoos is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6SJQLBG
The second one for tattoo artists is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6XJ9BXG
Please can you fill it out for me, it should only take 2 minutes of your time.
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