Post Laser Tattoo removal itching

  • StephenA
  • 2 years ago

I just had my first laser treatment on 2 tattoos 1 week ago today. I started experiencing extreme itching to the sites about 4 days ago and it is not getting better. I wake myself up itching during the night. Ice seems to be the only thing that will keep the itching at bay for a while. I was told to take Benadryl but cannot take it during the day because it makes me so sleepy. I am using Aloe and Cortisone from the clinic but it does not seem to work. Does anyone know how long this will last and is there a prescription or something I can take to make this more manageable. At this point I am not sure I can continue this treatment if this continues. Thanks for any help. Stephen

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The itching after my first treatment was horrific. I did and tried every thing that my doctor had recommended and nothing helped. I tend to do alot of holistic and to most off the wall things. So I call up a friend that's a Naturalpath and she had told me to go get neem oil. So I did a little research and found a place I could buy this nasty smelling oil. It worked well, kept it moisturized, clean and itch free. I just had my second treatment a few days ago and I'm ready for the itching....
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the itching is due to the skin healing. when I start to itch I us Aquaphor or Vaseline for moisture. Dont scratch the laser area even if it seems like the surface is healed.
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I had to sleep with ice for about a week. I really thought I would scratch down to the freaking bone. And it wasn't the actual lasered tattoo part, it was around it - weird.
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I use allegra topical, it works great and has moisturizing properties. My arm had broken out in millions of tiny water filled burning things, arm bruised horribly and got slightly infected. They tested me for mrsa, shingles and fungus lol. Turns out just allergy to the ink and possibly the triple antibiotic topical they used.doctor said dermatologist should have known better...most people are sensitive to that stuff!
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Bio oil has helped me tremendously
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Trying this tonight iv burst a blister the itching is do bad I can't sleep tonight ;(
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Bepanthen is very good for itching
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I have extreme itching about 3 weeks after every treatment for about 4 nights... For some reason it only happens at night and keeps me up for hours! Have tried every cream and considered chopping my foot off! I also get a tattoo on my neck lasered and it never itches! Ice works until you can't stand the cold, I may try icy hot and see what happens! Id rather feel the burn then the feeling of millions of bugs crawling on my foot!!!
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My itching got much better after my first treatment. I always have my treatment at the end if my day so I can come home and start icing immediately. I also apply pure aloe from the plant every few hours. These things mixed with applications of cortisone have really helped me make it through. I think the icy hot would be a really bad idea. Best of luck.
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I had that itching (and a rash) all over my whole body about 4 days after my first treatment. I just drank a ton of water and it went away overnight. Hasn't happened after my second treatment though. I think it's because the door isn't so dense anymore.
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Lightly smack the skin with the palm of your hand (if you do not have any blisters) to give some instant relief. The reality is itching is a sign you are dehydrated. Did your aftercare include any instructions for lotions or creams? Are you drinking at least 2 liters of water a day (about a gallon or so)?
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Thanks for your advice.
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I am also experiencing this extreme itchiness. thanks for the advice MGM, I will try this. :)
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You may be experiencing an allergic response to the treatment. When you have the pigment treated by laser it effectively releases the ink back into your system. Your immune system will then respond and remove those particles. However, you may also have an allergic response if the ink contains an allergen. You might find an anti-histamine from your local pharmacy may help.
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A tattoo is holding you back from getting a job you want or keeps you from attaining goals you have set for yourself, a little pain and scarring may be worth it to you. If you have a gang-related tattoo and are no longer associating yourself with that gang or any gang.
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Have you read Jeskey's review? She talks about the itching, and she also fashioned a shirt with a special little pocket to hold the ice pack on the removal area. Read her review and reach out to her if you have questions. She is a super cool girl!

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