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Getting nausea, itching, vision problem and pain in hand after putting tattoo. Any solution?

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Had fourth session on new back tattoo yesterday. The following effects also occurred after second session.
All occurred within six hours after session completed.
nausea - cold sweats
swollen tongue and glands (throat, groin etc) - difficulty talking and swallowing.
pain in hands and feet - unable to any pressure on either when at worst.
itchiness - especially scalp
numbing around mouth, from base of nose to bottom of chin.
vision - inability to focus at distance.
general muscle / joint soreness.

All but hand and feet pain have subsided in past 8 hours.
Posted Mon, 6 May 2013 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 5 hours later

Thanks for the query.

It seems  that you have developed allergic reaction to the dyes used in the tattoo. Red green and blue dyes are specially notorious to cause the allergic reactions. Although local itchy rash and local redness, swelling and pain is much more common as compared to general allergic manifestations as being experienced by you.

Since most of the symptoms have disappeared in past 24 hours, except pain in hand and legs,there is nothing much to be done now except that you may take Ibuprofen for pain, if pain is unbearable.
Just wait and watch and hopefully,you shall be all right in next 24 hours.

If you feel that your symptoms have not subsided completely even after another 24 hours or symptoms have intensified further,you may visit ER,as it could mean serious,which would require investigation.

I hope it helps however you may revert to me for any further query.
Bet of luck
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