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Itchy rash with white head pimples around the tattoo after a week, had excessively used lotion. Cause?

I got my tattoo six days ago, its all along my side of my ribs. About two days ago I noticed a rash starting to form around it. It is very ichy, but that could also be from the tattoo healing , but it feels like it could be combined since its ichy outside of the tattoo as well. I thought it might have been from my excessive use of lotion, so I have minimized it to when I wake up, afternoon and before I go to bed but the rash still got worse. It is red and bumping, and looks like a bunch of small, very small white head pimples . I was wondering what this could be and if I should be concerned?
Asked On : Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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I would be pleased to answer your question .

From the description of the lesions they seem to be dermatitis.

Avoid scratching as much as possible.

Here is what will help:

1. Clobetasol propionate cream + Mupirocin cream: Mix and apply over the affected area twice a day for 14 days then switch to Fluticasone propionate cream once at night for 2-4 weeks.

The specialist to see will be a dermatologist and he or she can prescribe these for you. Nothing over the counter will help much, the only product with some benefit is 1% Cortizone cream.

2. Tab Claritin 10 mg twice a day for 14 days, then once a day for 6-8 weeks. Initially the dose can be increased to 2 tablets taken twice a day if there is insufficient relief in itching.

3. Sarna sensitive lotion can be used 2-3 times a day to give further relief from itching. This can be continued even when the above creams have been stopped.

4. Avoid scratching the affected areas as much as possible. This is most important. Whenever it is not bearable soak a towel in ice cold water and keep it on the affected areas or apply the Sarna sensitive lotion.

Lastly keep the affected areas as well moisturized as possible with a moisturizer of your choice.

NOTE: 1% Cortizone cream, Claritin and Sarna lotion can be bought without a prescription.

Please feel free to ask if you have any queries.
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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