Asthma Allergy Immunology

Asthma Allergy Immunology

2021, Vol 19, Num, 3     (Pages: 183-185)

Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Temporary Black Henna Tattoo Due to Sensitization to Para-Phenylenediamine

Emine DIBEK MISIRLIOGLU 1, Merve TANIDIR 2, Betul BUYUKTIRYAKI 3, Saliha KANIK YUKSEK 4, Neriman SAHINER 5, Hakan GUVENIR 6, Dilek AZKUR 7, Can Naci KOCABAS 8,

1 Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, University of Health Sciences, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Child Health and Diseases, Etimesgut Şehit Sait Ertürk State Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
3 Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Koc University, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease, University of Health Sciences, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
5 Department of Dermatology, University of Health Sciences, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
6 Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, University of Health Sciences, Derince Training and Research Hospital, Kocaeli, Turkey
7 Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Kirikkale University, School of Medicine, Kirikkale, Turkey
8 Department of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Mugla Sitki Kocman University, School of Medicine, Mugla, Turkey

DOI: 10.21911/aai.595
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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.

Keywords : Adolescent, contact dermatitis, para-phenylenediamine