Miljøprojekt nr. 1945

Allergy and tattoos

19-06-2017

In this report, the National Allergy Research Centre, Denmark, review the present literature concerning adverse skin reactions in relation to tattoos.

With the increasing popularity of tattooing the immunological reactions from modern organic inks has become a new disease entity representing a public health issue. It has been suggested that some of these reactions may be due to contact allergy toward ingredients in the inks. It is known from several investigations that tattoo inks may contain contact allergens as metals, colorants and preservatives.

In this report, the National Allergy Research Centre, Denmark, review the present literature concerning adverse skin reactions in relation to tattoos.


Tatoveringer er i stigende grad blevet populære i befolkningen. Med den stigende popularitet ses også flere tilfælde af immunologiske reaktioner overfor moderne tatoveringsfarver. Det er blevet foreslået, at nogle af disse reaktioner kan skyldes kontaktallergi over for tilsætningsstofferne i tatoveringsfarven. Flere undersøgelser har vist, at tatoveringsfarver kan indeholde kontaktallergener som metaller, farvestoffer og konserveringsmidler.

Videncenter for Allergi gennemgår, i denne rapport, den nuværende litteratur og viden om hudreaktioner opstået i forbindelse med tatoveringer.

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