Itching over the tattoo, is it Scabies??

July 31, 2015   3506

Getting a tattoo on the body is really painful. In fact, if not taken care of, the tattoo can become a great threat by welcoming parasites and bacteria. A deteriorated tattoo can cause you several dermal infections, even Scabies!!


Many times, the question comes up about alleviated and itchy tattoos. Pinpointing a specific reason for this discomfort is usually difficult, because there can be several different causes.

Tattoo Itch- Dr Numb

Have a look to explore some of the most common causes of this condition and the ways to resolve or cure them.

Allergic Reactions
Often, allergic reaction to the tattoo ink used is the first thing that comes to everybody’s mind. Allergic reactions to ink can happen sometimes, particularly with red and yellow, or the colors that contain red or yellow as a mix. However, an allergic reaction does not always happen immediately. It can appear a few days or even a week after receiving a tattoo. Changes in the human body can cause hostile reactions to things that once were totally gentle.

Tattoo Allergy

As identification, an ink allergy will be itchy and alleviated only in spots of a particular color. It will more likely be a continuous irritation rather than one that arises and goes.
Topical ointments for allergic reactions may help to relieve mild irritation. Situation might arise for the sufferer to visit the doctor and take prescription medication or even tattoo removal may be required for more serious cases.

The Weather

The most likely culprit when it comes to consistent irritation is the Summer Weather.
The rise in the temperature and humidity can sometimes cause your tattoo to swell slightly. As a result, the skin gets slightly stretched, which also results in an itchy condition. Although, there are fewer chances for a well-healed tattoo to get damaged by scratching, still it’s best to try avoiding it.

tattoo itch due to Weather

Topical anti-itch creams or ice/cool water can help to ease this discomfort temporarily until the weather becomes comfortable and more skin-friendly.

The case is just the opposite with others. The cold winter season and subsequent dry skin also causes itchy, rashy tattoos. If the pigment under the skin is exposed to extreme cold, reaction to the temperature change can take place and affect adversely. Moisturizing the skin with lotion and avoiding extreme ups and downs in temperature can help with this problem.

Body Chemistry
Changes inside your body can affect your outer body too. Increased adrenaline, rise in blood pressure, change in body temperature can affect your tattoo greatly.

If you find your tattoo is itchy and painful, think about the things you’ve been doing in the last few days and you might find a link. Usually, avoiding or stopping this activity for some time can cause the tattoo to feel better on its own, without the need of any remedy or medication.


If the itching is extreme at night followed by rashes within a few days, you are likely to have scabies. It is skin infestation caused due to tiny microscopic mites. When you get a tattoo, it becomes more or less a wound. An open wound is a home for bacteria and other parasites. Scabies is highly contagious and can get worsen if not treated on time.

Tattoo Itch

Topical skin ointments, such as Dr. Scabies and oral ivermectin (in intense type of scabies only) can help you treat scabies in some days.
Choosing a registered, experienced tattooist can help reduce the risk of complications.

However, getting a tattoo can still put you at risk of:

  • infections, such blood-borne viruses
  • allergic reactions
  • thick scars

If the tattoo extends over a mole, it may make it more difficult to identify any changes in color or size or any other changes that occur to the mole. While a tattoo will not increase the chance of a mole becoming cancerous, it is important to be aware that a tattoo may obscure any changes that might occur.

Another possible reaction is that you may become distressed after the procedure, due to regret at getting the tattoo. This has been identified as one of the major problems involved with tattoos.

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