Tattoo Removal
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Allergic Ink Reaction in Tattoo Removal

Dr. Anderson and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital report two cases of anaphylactic shock (an allergy induced reaction marked by a swelling tissues, difficulty breathing, and a rapid decrease in blood pressure, which may be life-threatening in some cases) after laser tattoo removal.

The two individuals developed a short term shock marked by swollen lymph node glands. This condition is usually an indication that an infection or other pathology is present. The ink removed was professionally tattooed black and blue-green in color. The reactions were resolved without any lasting ill effects. Dr Anderson et al. concluded that the risk of such complications is low.

Adverse reactions are also possible in getting a tattoo, particularly with red and green colored ink and those with a metalic pigment.

Correct light setting for tattoo removal