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Case 1: Allergic Reaction to Tattoo

Case 1: Allergic Reaction to Tattoo

After exposure to the sun, an erythematous, edematous, pruritic allergic reaction developed at the site of a 22-year-old man's new tattoo. In addition to photoallergy--as seen in this patient--direct allergy to the dyes in the tattoo can produce an adverse reaction. Complete removal of the pigment using either excisional surgery or carbon dioxide laser is required. Nd:YAG laser or alexandrite laser may not remove all the pigment. The patient underwent carbon dioxide laser tattoo removal with good results.

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