(Closed) Old Tattoo Suddenly Swollen?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Your body can sensitize to things like ink over time. Do you have any other skin sensitivities or allergies? Have you tried taking some benadryl to calm it down?

Post # 4
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It happens to me, here and now, even after 12 years. I’ve found it happens when i’m sick, or my immune system is compromised. Parts of it raise for me, and soon go away. It sounds like your body is just going after it since you’ve been sick. Totally common! 

Post # 5
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Mine do this sometimes as well.  I’ve never noticed it correlating with anything though. Sometimes they itch like crazy too.  It’s really weird!

Post # 6
343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The pink ink in one of my tattoos (on my upper arm) swells when I’ve been out in the sun. It’s so strange, but it tends to settle down over a few hours with no lasting effects. Luckily I’m not in any way a sun-worshiper, so it’s only ever happened twice.

Post # 7
42 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Pharmacy Museum

Out of curiosity is it red/pink? This happened to a friend of mine. I’ve heard allergic reactions/sensitivities are more common with red ink. Hopefully the swelling will go down when you feel better. Don’t scratch it! 

Post # 8
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

although i have never had that happen to me, i know other people it has happened to for various reasons, and a good friend is a tattoo artist.  

* Being sick

* sweating, lots of sun, being hot etc.  Weather related, humidity etc

* a certain material sweater rubbing against it

* an allergic reaction to red and yellow ink… or any colours that involve those colours.  The reaction can happen immediately, or years down the road.

* Other medical like a raise in blood pressure, raise in body temperature etc. 

Post # 9
2912 posts
Sugar bee

That has absolutely happened to me, even with the tattoo that’s like 20 years old. It happened when I was having very bad seasonal allergies — I felt a little itch and discovered that the outlie of the tattoo had raised right up, it was very strange! A couple of my other tattoos were also slightly raised as well. I took some benadryl and by next morning it was back to normal. I suspect that the vaccination you got is the guilty party; your body is reacting to it in an interesting way. I wouldn’t be too concerned, just keep an eye on it.

Post # 9
1 posts

I would like to say thank u sooooooo much!!!! All of ur input is greatly appreciated! I’ve been sick with a head cold and have been super hot and sweating for past 2 nites and my knuckles are all swollen and hurt like they have sours. I got my ink done 5 years ago with ( non led) pencil shavings. I popped them and clear liquid keeps coming out. Now ive rinsed them with hydrogen peroxide, first aid ointment and calamine lotion. Will any of these meds infect the parts that ive popped?

Post # 10
1 posts

Hi!! I have a covered tattoo from 5 years ago, and it just started to happen. It gets really itchy, and the covered tat gets swollen. It usually all goes away the same day, but sometimes it last days. 

By reading the comments, I must say, my tat has lots of colors; red, pink, purple, yellow, etc… not sure is it’s related, since I have  other tats in red ink and nothing have ever happen to those. 

I haven’t related to anything in particular yet, because it happens randomly. But I just hope that whatever this is, that it doesn’t get worst. 

Post # 11
2689 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Have you dyed your hair recently? I have no idea why, but on many boxed hair dyes it says “you are more likely to have an allergic reaction if you have a tattoo”

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