How To Treat Itchy, Raised Tattoos
Some people can suffer from itchy and raised tattoos with many sufferers describing the condition as being occasional rather than consistent, although it can be either. Finding out the reason for itchy, raised tattoo can be difficult, as there can be several different causes. Therefore in this article, we will be explaining some of the most common causes and ways you can be treat it.
The weather is the most likely culprit when it comes to occasional but not consistent irritation; the most common time for this to happen is in the summertime, when there is a high temperature and high humidity, which makes your tattoo swell slightly. This swelling causes a slight stretching of the skin, which results in the skin becoming itchy. If you have a well healed tattoo, it’s very unlikely to be damaged by scratching it. Try your best not to scratch, if your skin itches, spray it with rubbing alcohol or slap it with your very clean hand to sting it as it will take away the itch. Topical anti-itch creams, ice or cool water can help to alleviate this discomfort temporarily until the weather becomes more skin-friendly again.
Also the cold winter months can cause the same problem as subsequent dry skin causes itchy tattoos. Dry skin can cause itchy rashes and it could just be a coincidence if one appears over a healed tattoo. But if the pigment under the skin is exposed to extreme cold, it could react to the temperature change in an adverse way. Keeping your skin moist with lotion and also avoiding extreme ups and downs in temperature can help with this problem.
After getting your tattoo, you may find out that you have some kind of skin condition that has made your tattoo more sensitive. A skin condition can be as mild as dry skin or as severe as eczema. If you think that you may have some kind of skin condition, visit a dermatologist who will be able to help to relieve anybody itching, including your tattoo.
Change in your body
If you have any changes to the inside of your body such as a rise in blood pressure, increase adrenaline, changes in body temperature than these are just some of the things that can affect your tattoo. Therefore if you notice that your tattoo has become very itchy and uncomfortable, think about what you have been doing lately that could have caused this, you might find a connection. Usually stopping this activity for a period of time will cause the tattoo to feel better on its own.
The most common reason for itchy, raised tattoos is an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink used. Allergic reactions don’t always happen straight after getting a tattoo, it can appear a week after receiving a tattoo or year down the road. An allergic reaction to the tattoo ink will be itchy and raised only in the spots of a particular color and is more likely to be a constant irritation rather than one that comes and goes. A good way of treating this is using topical ointments which will help to relieve mild irritations as it is made for allergic reactions, also prescription drugs or even tattoo removal may be required for more serious cases.