Severe scratcher-reaction: an unknown health hazard?

  • Carsten Sauer Mikkelsen | Private Practice, Broenderslev, Denmark.
  • Helene Ringe Holmgren Private Practice, Frederikshavn, Denmark.
  • Kristian Bakke Arvesen Department of Dermatovenereology, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark.
  • Reem Dina Jarjis Department of Plastic Surgery, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark.
  • Gudjon Leifur Gunnarsson Department of Plastic Surgery, Telemark Hospital, Skien, Norway.


Tattoos are well known to cause skin problems and the number of reported adverse reactions after tattooing has increased. Illegally imported tattoo ink is unrestrained and can contain unknown ingredients and contamination thereby posing a serious health hazard. We present a case illustrating the risk of pronounced phototoxic allergic reaction and other severe complications after using home kit tattoo ink.


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tattoo, ink, home kit, exfoliative dermatitis, impetigo
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Mikkelsen, C., Holmgren, H., Arvesen, K., Jarjis, R., & Gunnarsson, G. (2015). Severe scratcher-reaction: an unknown health hazard?. Dermatology Reports, 7(1).

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