Holidays and Black Henna Tattoos

It seems a funny place to start but it’s where my life changed, so I feel like it is a good place to begin. The combination of holidays and tattoos doesn’t sound like a good one and it wasn’t for me.

Henna vs Permanent

Luckily I didn’t have a permanent tattoo (but it was on my mind and I didn’t know what tattoo I could live with forever) therefore I opted for a Black henna tattoo, that I could sport whilst on holiday and it would wash off in time for me to return to work.

Henna won

I went for a nice rope pattern around the upper arm and as I was in my early 20’s had lovely toned arms, I thought I looked the nuts.  It lasted the whole holiday and I even got to show my friends back at home.

After a couple of weeks the black henna tattoo could no longer been seen but arm started to itch in the exact same place.

A rash appeared in the exact same pattern of the rope henna tattoo. This took a few weeks to appear and was very itchy. I visited the doctors and they gave me some cream which didn’t help.

Another week went by and my arm had started to swell and another rash appeared across my whole body and my arm had start to weep.

I was then sent to A & E as nothing the doctors gave me was helping and luckily the nurse on duty was training in dermatology who spotted it was an allergic reaction to the Black henna tattoo.  It took a few weeks to clear up with a Zinc and iodine application along with antihistamine and that was that. No more tattoos on my mind or body.

If you have been allergic to holiday henna tattoos head straight to A&E, as the allergy can escalate very quickly.

Let me know in the comments below whether you or someone you know has had an allergy.

Thanks

Sam

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