Allergic contact dermatitis from temporary henna tattoo.

Temporary henna tattooing has been very popular during recent years. Henna (Lawsonia inermis) is a plant from the Lythraceae family. For henna tattooing, henna dye is used. It is a dark green powder, made from the leaves of the plant, used for hair dyeing and body tattooing. Very often, para-phenylenediamine (PPD) is added to henna dye to make color blacker and to speed up dyeing. PPD may be a very potent contact sensitizer. We report a 9-year-old boy with allergic contact dermatitis due to temporary henna tattooing. Patch testing showed a positive reaction to PPD. After the treatment with topical corticosteroid and oral antihistamines, the lesion cleared with discrete residual hypopigmentation.
AuthorsDragan L Jovanovic, Maja R Slavkovic-Jovanovic
JournalThe Journal of dermatology (J Dermatol) Vol. 36 Issue 1 Pg. 63-5 (Jan 2009) ISSN: 0385-2407 [Print] Japan
PMID19207440 (Publication Type: Case Reports, Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Allergens
  • Naphthoquinones
  • Phenylenediamines
  • lawsone
  • 4-phenylenediamine
  • Allergens
  • Child
  • Dermatitis, Allergic Contact (etiology, immunology, pathology)
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Naphthoquinones (adverse effects, immunology)
  • Patch Tests
  • Phenylenediamines (adverse effects, immunology)
  • Tattooing (adverse effects)

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