Can the tattoos cause allergies?

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Probably. For any case, keep this in mind. In most colors that are used for drawing on the skin, there are metals. It is assumed that they carry side effects. Part of the colors do not contain compounds of heavy metals, but they can cause allergic reactions.


Red color: it creates the most problems compared to other colors. Red contains mercury and in particular its sulphide, which is known as cinnabar. The metal causes eczema, which can become chronic. The disease often develops during the first year after the intervention with a needle. It is assumed that the allergic reactions occur because of such nutritional, e.g. caused by the substances thiomersal (one of the most widely used preservatives in the vaccines), and mercury chromium (antiseptic), present in the dye. Thiomersal allergies can be avoided when for the obtaining of the color is not used mercury but carmine, sandalwood or Brazilian tree (Caesalpinia echinata). Cadmium red is also not recommended for painting, because it is full of allergens (metals) that may cause severe sensitivity to light (the skin swells, reddens and begins to burn).

Black color: obtained mostly from coal. It causes, though rarely, confusion and dizziness. Other substances for the production of the color are black ink and Brazilian wood. They do not contain metals. In the ink, however, there are particles of charcoal, which might cause inflammation.

Blue color: obtained from various cobalt compounds. It can cause localized allergic reactions and uveitis (eye inflammation). Light blue also contains cobalt.

Yellow color: because it is a derivative of cadmium it often causes skin reactions. The metal can trigger eczema not only on a part of the body, but to embrace it all. Cadmium sulphide does develop a strong sensitivity to light.

Green color: contains chromium and often causes eczema skin reactions. It is possible that during the first year of the tattoo to appear inflammation and the drawing may need to be removed.

Purple color: produced from manganese, which sometimes causes localized allergic reactions.

Brown color: contains iron oxide or cadmium salt, the latter compound can provoke serious sensitivity to light.

White color: it is made of titanium or zinc oxide. It also contains dangerous metals.


The market offers colors such as pink, turquoise and coral red. They also cause allergies, depending on how the colors are mixed for their preparation.

When should you visit an allergist? Once you notice a skin reaction, regardless of whether years elapsed from the making of the tattoo. Often the inflammations appear after the tinting.


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