Saturday, December 1, 2012

Allergic reactions to breastmilk and tattoos

During my research, I came across some interesting facts about allergic reactions to
breast milk as well as  tattoos.  
Here is an interesting blog post  about a baby having an allergic reaction after 
the mother has eaten certain foods.
Another string shows that babies rather than being allergic to breastmilk are actually allergic to the cows milk their mother is consuming!

*A GREAT TIP IN DEALING WITH ALLERGIES IS TO KEEP A DIARY AND HOPEFULLY PICK UP ON
A PATTERN. *ANOTHER GREAT TIP IS TO GET AN ALLERGY TEST DONE SO YOU CAN EDUCATE YOURSELF ON YOUR ALLERGY & PREVENT BECOMING MORE SENSITIVE TO YOUR ALLERGEN.

I was shocked about allergic reactions to tattoos, suffice to say I will never be getting one.
A Google search will bring up strings of conversations about this subject, 
here are some links and * 2 personal stories I found.


*I have been suffering the worst rash of my life for almost three months. It is the worst at night starting at 2-3am and lasting until dawn, it is utter hell. All of my lymph nodes are enlarged and I have seen seven doctors and had lymph node biopsy…the lymph node full of tattoo ink, my tattoo is almost ten years old!! I read that you can become sensitized to metals over time and develop an allergy, I recently tested positive for nickel allergy. Nickel has never given me a problem before. Since it circulates through your lymphatic system there is no end to where the rash will appear, for me it is everywhere except for my face, although it comes up my throat and is on my jawline. My doctor does not know what to do, no doctor I have seen knows what to do.

*I too am allergic to nickel. Got a green tattoo, an hourglass with wings, on the back of my neck 2 years ago. Then about 8 weeks ago I washed my car and not wearing sunblock my tat was exposed to the sun. About 4 days later I developed severe general itching. Then the little itchy bumps began popping up randomly. The itching was so intense over the next 2 weeks I couldn't leave my house as the heat intensified the itching Benadryl (many many Benadryl) would calm it only temporarily. The itching was so bad that in my sleep I would scratch so deeply I had huge bruises on my hips, legs and thighs. I was forced to sleep with gloves on. The tattoo itself became raised and very hot and also itched. My doctor prescribed Prednisone in addition to Benadryl. At that point the rash and bumps felt more like razor burn. Still itchy but painful to scratch. I used ice packs as well for the soft tissue on my bi-ceps which felt as if they were hardening. My forearms felt as though the skin was so tight it may rip. 4 weeks after the symptoms began and 2 weeks of medications the itching did finally subside. However then began a new rash that encircled my entire neck/chest area. These were hard, red, raised, tiny bumps ontop of bumps. They were more painful than itchy. I couldn't touch them to put cream on them without crying. Over the last 2 weeks I’ve been using a prescription steroid cream 3 times a day. Thankfully it has calmed down quite a bit the rash is only about 60% cleared. I have a few small “spots” on my thigh/hip area, wrists/forearms and now my neck as well that are still healing. I will need to ave it removed via laser which I am told comes with it’s own possible toxic side effects. And it’s not cheap or even guaranteed to work. It has been the worst physical condition I have ever endured.

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