Eczema on my new tattoo! Help!
July 18, 2012 7:32 PM Subscribe
Over the last six months, I've had a case of eczema on the backs of my hands. Sometimes it's bad; sometimes it's not. Right now, it's totally raging -- worst it's ever been. The rash never spread anywhere else -- until I got this new tattoo...
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
I got the linework for a large bicep tattoo on Saturday. Starting yesterday, I noticed the tell-tale signs of eczema bumps. Oh god. It itches, and I can't scratch it, and worst of all -- I have no idea what to do to speed the healing without damaging the fresh ink.
I need it to heal fast because I have a second sitting in a few weeks, to fill in the color. I would hate to push the appointment -- the artist is very popular and hard to see. I might have to wait another few months.
Extra danger factor: I can't visit a doctor right now, due to work constraints. I might be able to if it's super important, but I'd really like to avoid it. I have a prescription cream, but it seems totally worthless.
And additional risk factor: I'm currently titrating up on Lamictal, a drug known for exacerbating rashes and things. (Just to be sure: I'm pretty damn sure it's eczema, not the famous deadly Rash. It looks just like the rash on my hands, which has been "approved" by both my psychiatrist and my GP.) I've been on Lamictal for about six weeks, and I'm currently taking 300mg. I'm scheduled to go up to 400 tomorrow. (that's why this question is anonymous; my mental illness treatment doesn't need to be posted on the internet for posterity.)
In short: how can I address this eczema without damaging the new tattoo?