Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Temporary Black Henna Tattoo Due to Sensitization to Para-Phenylenediamine
AuthorDibek Mısırlıoğlu, Emine
Kanık Yüksek, Saliha
Kocabaş, Can Naci
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CitationDibek Misirlioglu E, Tanidir M, Buyuktiryaki3 B, Kanik Yuksek S, Sahiner N, Guvenir H, et al.. Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Temporary Black Henna Tattoo Due to Sensitization to Para-Phenylenediamine. Asthma Allergy Immunology 2021;19:183–5. doi:10.21911/aai.595.
The fashion for temporary "black henna tattoo" is becoming increasingly more common among young adults and teens. An adolescent case with itching, erythema, edema, and inflammatory discharge on the right forearm two days after a temporary tattoo application is presented in this report. To determine the contact sensitizer, a patch test was performed one month after the end of the treatment. A bullous strong positive reaction (3+) was observed against para-phenylenediamine at the 48th and 72nd hours of evaluation after the application. Despite the common belief that henna tattoo application is harmless, the ingredients used in henna tattoo especially paraphenylenediamine can lead to allergenic reactions that can even be severe.