Fellow tattooed friends: Do your tattoo's itch or become raised at times?
I'm talking to those that have had a tattoo for years, not fresh ink. All of my tattoo's itch or become raised, mainly the outlines, I was wondering if anyone has the same issue. Everything I read online is referencing the colors. Only a few of mine have yellow or red in them so I don't think it has anything to do with that. Anybody experience the same? What are you doing for it? The itch is so unbearable at times that I have been contemplating on getting them removed. Any advice?
Well i do not have one but my long time friends of college had got one 5 years ago and whenever it used to itch , he used to apply warm cocunut oil on it . You can google about it more and you find how much qty you can apply
Yes. Sometimes when I eat spicy Thai food or Wasabi, some of my tattoos get itchy and raised up. Sometimes , if the sun hits them, the black gets raised . It always goes down though. Just don't scratch too much. I usually put cool water on the area, or bactine.
p.s. keep a log of when it happens. It could just be sunburns, since black attracts the sun, it could happen then. Or maybe when you have a drink, or if you have a cold. Its a histamine reaction.
I'd be concerned about an unbearable itch. It sounds like your skin is having a reaction to the ink itself. How long have you had the tattoo? How was the healing process? Is the "raised" area scar tissue or a result of scratching?
I would suggest seeing a dermatologist to discuss this issue and, if there is something wrong with your tattoo, the artist should be notified immediately!!
same problem with the tattoos on the back of my legs. raised cuz I itch or itch cuz they're raised? I find it happens more so with certain fabric that I have worn maybe fabric dye but I also have very sensitive skin.Very sensitive. Hope it helps
I have two tattoos, both with black ink and some colors. In the beginning, they itched while healing, but they have not itched since. It sounds like you might be having a reaction to the tattoos. When my navel was pierced, it occasionally itched and would swell up if I wore a t-shirt with any type of ink or pattern on the front. It was a nuisance, but since I've taken it out, I've had no problems. I guess it depends on the person.
I have one tattoo on my ankle. My tattoo has 4 colors, red, yellow, black and green. However, I have never had any problems with it itching or feel raised.
It's not just the colors, it can also be a sign that you have a sensitivity to something else. For most people, the itching tattoo reaction turns out to be a sign of very mild food sensitivity. When the tattoos puff up and itch, that's part of an internal inflammatory reaction.
Keep a food diary and make note of everything you eat, and also note down when your tattoos react. It may take a few months to find all the culprits but you should be able to identify what sets off your tattoos and then you can choose to avoid those foods or minimize eating them.
I'll get very itchy, raised areas on both arms-both fully colored. The more I scratch, the worse it gets (of course!) This happens when I consume anything my body doesn't like (inflammatory response). Took food testing (ALCAT) to figure it out.
My tattoo became bumpy and extremely itchy. I have a full sleeve in one colour. It was 10 months old before befoit started to itch, it healed well after I had it done so the itching was a surprise.
The artist and inks used were professional so no problem there. As far as I can gather my skin/system reacted bad to the tattoo,it would start in one place and spread in is small area throughout the whole tattoo, then to my horror start up and spread once again,,it was very itchy. I've managed to get rid of it by trying several antiseptic creams, the one that was successful for me thankfully was Detol antiseptic creams. You must apply generously and often through the day, especially at the beginning.n. Even when it has cleared for some days I still apply just to make sure,. It was a nuisance in my life, it's it's gone now so I hope this works for you also.
Hello- I hope you can still receive this answer. There is a rare disease that can cause this which I have recently been diagnosed with. It is called "sarcoidosis" and usually affects black ink but could affect other colors. Red is usually a color that a lot of people are allergic to.
There is no known cause or full cure for sarcoidosis but it can be treated.
I know what you mean about the intense itching and pain.
I have had this problem for over a year and finally saw a dermatologist after many different doctor visits and trying different creams. He did a couple skin biopsies since I also had bumps around both eyes that did not itch but were raised. In addition I had joint pain in my ankles and legs which I now find out could also be associated with the sarcoidosis.
It turned out all the biopsies came back as the same result.
Anyway, the dermatologist prescribed me a cream for the tattoos called FLUOCINONIDE .05% which has been a God send! He gave me another milder cream for use around my eyes which I have not picked up yet since they had to order it.
Read up on sarcoidosis if you get this message. I have an excellent couple of medical articles if you want me to send them to you.
To be honest, I was treated for another disease that apparently weakened my immune system enough to initiate symptoms of sarcoidosis. Many people never show any symptoms but can still have the virus. My doctor has ordered a chest exray since sarcoidosis can often attack internal organs, most frequently the lungs and asophogus*.
In rare cases it can attack the heart and/or brain, which can be deadly. No I am not a doctor but if you have medical insurance I would pursue this avenue as NO One has given me and many others an answer or cure until now. My tattoos are all multi-colored and many years old and the worst effected areas are mainly where there is black ink.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Wow.. that's really scary! I've had this raised, itchy reaction once (17 years old ankle tattoo) and it coincided with my allergies going crazy. I suspect a systemic allergic reaction because when I took Benadryl it cleared up everything.
That's pretty scary I might check on this myself maybe ask my doctor about it because you just explained everything that happens when my tattoos raise up like that it's always the black ink and only the outlines of my tattoos ... Thanks for the info
I was searching for some insight about why my 5 year old tattoo has started "scarring" and I saw Dagold's response. I was floored. I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis several years ago. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio has a sarcoidosis center. I go there.
I'm so glad I found this! I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis in 2009. My syptoms have subsided a lot since then but lately my tattoos and old peircings have started to become raised. this all makes sense now
I have 13 different tattoos ranging from small 3 inch squared to both legs being tattoo'd from knee to angle and a variety of colors and other than when I first got them done they have not itched or swelled at all.
So what is your point? The majority of people with tattoos do not have these symptoms....That's why the question was asked...
Wow why so rude dagold21?? They are just trying to comment on the question that was asked that is what they are put on here for right? I didn't understand why people have to be so negative they we're just explaining that they hadn't experienced the s
Mine become raised after exposure to the sun. But they never itch and everything returns to normal after a while. Maybe i'm just lucky.
It hasn't happened in a while...but I've had it happen before. I've had my tats for 8 years and 15 years. They are big in size and every once in a while (like not even once a year) one of them will get raised and itch a little bit. I just apply a cortisone cream on them and it usually goes away in 24-48 hours.
Sounds like the outline was dug too deep. I've had some of mine for 9 years and don't experience any discomfort. Just apply some A&D when it itches. It won't help the bumps or anything. You COULD be having an irritation to the colors. It could have been the brand. I've read that some people are allergic to certain chemicals in the tattoo ink and will experience irritation years later; usually the irritation is more inflammation.
I have several tattoos from different tattoo artist, some are in color, some black and white, spanning over 20 years and I have never had any issue with them becoming raised.....some of them did itch early on, but went away shortly there after.
Sounds like you are allergic to the ink. Which can happen years after you get a tattoo
The problem with this is that your immune system seems so concerned with the ink, that it might miss something that is really harmful to you, like germs, or a virus
Have it removed, or remove it yourself with some TCA solution you can buy over the counter, and online. It will remove your skin safely a few layers at a time. (if you follow directions)
My sister told me the same, in that, my immune system is worried about my ink and something else may be going on... No kidding she just said this like a week ago. And, I asked this question on Hub years ago. I plan to be seeing the doc soon about it.
OMG using TCA is so dangerous and can cause horrible infections. You really shouldn't be giving people advice that can severely hurt them not to mention scar their bodies for life as well. They need to see a dermatologist not burn it off themselves
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/artic … urns.html. here are the dangers of TCA
I've had my tattoo 5 years, during fall/winter it does itch. So I put oatmeal water based lotions on.
I have 5 tattoos, the first I got 8 years ago. Mine become raised and itched sometimes as well.. I have found that if you lotion them it usually gets better. Something else that I heard from a tattoo artist and I have found usually works, is drink more water. I was told that at times when this happens it means that you haven't consumed enough water lately. Once I have a glass of water, my tattoos most of the time become less raised and that stop itching. Like I said before, if that doesn't work, try putting lotion on them.
Mine do once in a while, but its usually along with another itch on some other part of my body and not the tattoos by themselves, so thankfully it shouldn't be an allergic reaction. The inks never risen though.. that'd probably worry me more if it did.
I have one tattoo on my Hand. My tattoo has two colors.However, I have never had any problems with it itching or feel raised.
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Mine only ever raised when i first got it, and only itched when i first got it also. Occasionally it does itch....
Id get it checked out if it happens after and your tattoo is older than year.
My tattoo is slightly raised from the rest of my skin.. it doesnt itch unless i have dry skin but that it my whole skin, not just for the tattoo.
You have to find good tatoo studio - now making tatoos is different than 10 years ago, new technology wil help
This happened when I got some tattoos at a less than reputable place, they would become raised and itchy at times and it was almost like having a rash. I eventually got them all re-done at a much more reputable place and the problem went away. Now the only time they become itchy is if I get a severe sunburn but I try my best to avoid that. I would bet it is the quality of the ink that you received that is causing the problem.
Wow, you've had it for years? I was thinking it might be infected, but that seems really odd if it isn't recent ink. All mine are pretty much just skin; I frequently forget that I have them. I think that if I got an unbearable itch or the texture changed I'd ask a doctor. It seems like something that you probably shouldn't just let go. Perhaps they can get infected even years later; I mean you can get skin infections and blackheads and stuff even on skin that hasn't been tattooed.
Mine is about 8 years old, and randomly does this too. It will itch terribly, become raised, and sting. I apply sensitive lotion and take Benadryl. It clears up in 24-48 hours usually. This happens on and off. But more than a handful of times a year.
My sister has tattoos all over her body and she has never said they itch.
I have one tattoo on the back of my arm that is all black. Most days it is slightly raised and I can kind of feel it when I run my hand over it, but some days it is very raised and it's obvious from a slight touch. I think the artist may have put the needles in too deep when he was doing it because he also did a tattoo on my back a few days prior and I haven't had any issues with it. How long have you had your tattoo? If it's been a few months, it should not be itching any more.
I had a tattoo done in 1978, and experience the raised skin on the outline and surrounding skin of outline, as well as the itching. It has been 37 years. Of all these years- at first I was alarmed, but then began documenting when these symptoms occurred. I have found that they appear or I experience them when in direct sunlight. So I simply cover the tats, or put an ointment on to keep it lubed (such as Vasoline) and have not had any further problems. I also use to use tanning beds and the same would happen- since I quit using them I have not experienced any problems. I must add: where the needle (ink) was deeper- within the tat- I would at times have this problem, just remove sun exposure to the area and maybe this will help you as well!
I have two tattoos. One I got in 2011 and the other in 2012. My older tattoo does this about every few months and I don't know why. My second tattoo has never itched or raised at all. I do have a lot of scarring in the outline of my tattoo, which is usually where it itches. Is there a way to make it stop?
My tattoo's do become irritated at times, I am not exactly sure why this is though. Just like you I am kind of in the dark. My tattoos neither have yellow or red too and it is mainly the lining that gets raised and starts to itch really badly. I have gotten to the point where I have taken a cotton swab and put little bit of alcohol on it then pressed it against the area. It helps the itch right away obviously because it has a little burn to it from me itching it all the time. I have also used a cold compress and a warm compress by heating a wet rag and putting it in the microwave for like 20 seconds. Hope this helps ease the itch for you as it does for me.
This happens to me every once in awhile with older pieces but as long as it is short-lived my tattoo guy said not to worry about it.
I've had mine since 2007 by a reputable tattoo artist. After everything healed up, I've felt nothing but my own skin. Any itches I've had had nothing to do with the ink.
I have not had this problem. The only time my tattoos are irritated is if my skin as a whole is irritated. I get hives frequently related to allergies, but for animals and plants, not the ink itself.
I have had mine for 7 years it's on my lower back it does exactly the same thing but honestly I don't know why , I have spoken with other tattoo artist and still no explanation ... it doesn't last long when it occurs but it is very annoying hopefully we get a explanation that is an exact diagnosis
Wish I had an answer. Had two for 6 years no probs. A few months ago my right arm tat became highly raised and unbearably itchy. It lasted for about 5 weeks and cleared up. Now once again my right arm tat is raising and itching terribly. Left arm tat, same colors, no obvious probs. It is a chain and starts swelling from the back of the arm and works forward over time. As yet no creams I have tried helped. I tore my arm up the last time and am not scratching it this time. Oddly there was no damage to the tat the last time and I thought there would be as bad as I had raked it up. It does seem to be an inflammation. He did go really deep on the back part. Hope this one clears up soon, it is a 24-7 annoyance, a big one.
I have this problem a few times a year. I actually had it happen a little bit ago and decided to Google it.. My allergies are going crazy, so I decided to try benadryl once I felt my tattoos raise and get itchy. It's usually the ones with the most color in them for some reason.. But, about 20 mins after taking benadryl, it stopped.. One day I'll have to see what a dermatologist says.. it just doesn't happen often enough for me to remember
sometimes it becomes very important for you to maintain your tattoo. although maintaining a tattoo is important, it is also linked to a persons skin type and lifestyle. usage of certain creams and harsh sprays and perfumes around your tattoo may lead to problems like itching or raised tattoo. i have experienced itching on my tattooed skin. i wash of the area with a gentle soap and apply some talcum powder to the skin which reduces the itchiness
Mine do that when I get too hot!! Try and cool off or cool them down with a cool rag or fan! Hope it helps! Wish I knew why it actually happens! It's very annoying and sorta painful! The ones that do it to me I've had for years and it's mostly the outlines as well!! Like it's trying to come right out of the skin! I still love tattoos but it really makes me second guess that sleeve I want!
I have 5 largish tattoos. Each one will swell up at different times- never all at the same time. I will sometimes get straight line hives going through the tattoo (not on the outlines) other times some are raised only on the outlines, like a 3d tattoo, usually they are slightly itchy. These are things that have happened or I have ingested before the swelling- a yellow jacket sting near the tattoo - swelled up on outlines, eating spicy thai food - outlines swelled, taking Vicodin (both straight line hives, and outlines at different times), a prescription skin ointment (outlines swelled up). Those are all of the things I can think of, though I know I've had some swelling that I couldn't tie to anything. I do think it has to do to a sensitivity to different foods and drugs and the tattooed areas are just more sensitive. I haven't talked to my doctor about it, since I'm sure they will just tell me "No more tattoos!". Benadryl and time (an hour or two) has always brought them back to normal. Also, my tattoos have been done by 3 different artists, all reputable and the oldest is 5 years old and they are all on my arms. I've attached a pic of one that was swollen on the outlines.. very 3D.
Zlinkat, mate, I ve been having the exact same problem.. how did you deal with this? any news?
**I am selecting this a this as best comment because this picture exactly describes what I am asking about. Maybe, I will need to start paying attention to my food or med intake the next time I see it. Thanks for the pic!!
Mine does it too, but the whole thing raises. Sometimes it also dries out. I've noticed when it does this and start itching terribly, (if I scratch it it stings) that rubbing sensitive skin lotion on it helps immensely w symptoms. And Benadryl helps.
I have never personally run into this with any of my tattoos, but in the past year or so my sister has run into the problem. Her doctor told her that you can develop allergies to the ink. She usually takes some allergy relief medication when it gets bad and it goes away for several weeks then flares up again later.
This has happened to me for years. Typically the outline gets raised and itchy on all my tattoos. More often my shoulders and ankles. My eyebrow piercing also gets sore and inflamed as well. I have multiple piercings, but my eyebrow is the only one that reacts along with my tattoos. It always happens when I'm on my period or the week after my period (Sorry about the TMI). All of my tattoos are outlined in black (as many are). I'm not sure if it's a reaction to the color black or what. But that doesn't explain the piercing reaction either.
Yes, I have noticed that with a couple of my tattoos. On the areas of my tattoos where there is a lot of black ink in one spot, that area will sometimes become raised. I don't believe I have experienced itching though.
I have 4 tattoos, 2 black only and 2 with color. The black one on my right forearm--never had a problem. The colored one on my back, same no problem but the one on my chest, which is colored will sometimes raise in a spot or two but never any itching. Now the newest on my left forearm is raised and itchy, unbearably itchy. This tattoo is 3 months old, from a reputable tattoo artist/shop and the initial healing process went great, no problems, didn't itch much during healing either. The raised and itching just started within the last week but seems to be getting worse. I had bariatric surgery 7 months ago so I know that my immune system and my nutrients have changed (I take daily vitamins to prevent any malnutrition) so I am wondering if it is immune deficiency related. I also just started a new vitamin for hair, nail and skin (has biotin and other herbs) about the same time this started up--wondering if that is the problem--who knows, will ask the doc when I see him next week. I also can see what one person said about their tattoo doing this when they are dehydrated, I have great difficulty getting my water in since the surgery, hmmm...going to try some anti itch meds and go from there!
yes mine have, I noticed they are raised more then they itch though. I think it may be a reaction or allergy to the ink, even after having them a while.
Yes. That used to happen. If u look closer @ the tattoo, u may find that your skin is very dry. Get some good skin lotion. Particularly a medicated one. Gold Bond is very good. And if it seems infected then ask a doctor or pharmacist which med would likely help end it! Good luck!
Heat seems to be the reason for raised tats. Just like a heat bumps hot and itchy.its nothing to be concerned about.
Some of mine have always done this. Doesn't happen often at all, maybe a few times a year and only lasts a few hours, seems to be mainly black ink and while at times I can't figure out the cause, strong codiene definitely causes it to happen. I don't worry about it much because I've read this affects a huge amount of tattooed people, even asked an artist one time and he said same thing happens to him from time to time! If I itch the raised ink it makes it worse so I leave it alone and don't do anything to it at all. Usually back to normal next time I look and since it doesn't feel extreme or painful, I don't worry about it.
I have no issue with my tattoo , it is a butterfly on my hand
Yes, the tattoos become raised and they itch even if it is not fresh ink. I have a three and a half year old tattoo on the back of my neck which is raised and it itches sometimes. I saw a skin doctor about it. He gave me an ointment which helped the itching but it is still raised. I think you should go see a dermatologist too.
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Yes! Just one... a big black star on my wrist. It was a cover up from a small, colorful star. It does get raised and very itchy sometimes. I always wondered why. It will do it randomly. I have lots of tats on my right leg and NONE of them do this. 1 of them on my leg was a coverup too. Only difference I can think of is that first star had yellow,blue, green, red. All my other tats are black or red.
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