While we hear that those with tattoos may someday come to regret their decisions to get “inked,” less is known about more immediate concerns over medical complications. According to one survey of about 300 adults between the ages of 18 and 69, ten percent of the respondents experienced some form of short-term complication within weeks of getting a tattoo. These complications included rashes, swelling, and severe itching lasting longer than four months and up to several years. While the exact cause of these problems is difficult to pinpoint, researchers noted that long-term complications often occurred around the areas injected with red and black ink. Further research may help establish what ink colors and possible dye components lead to adverse reactions.

The lack of controls dictating what substances can be used to create tattoo ink has resulted in formulas that may cause mild to severe reactions in certain individuals. Should you be experiencing a reaction to tattoo ink, contact Elmhurst Dermatology at (630) 832-2111.

Todd T. Davis, M.D.
Board-Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Most reactions to tattoos can be treated with anti-inflammatory steroid drugs and, in some cases, surgery.




Unlike other parts of the skin, lips do not contain oil glands, so they are a great deal more susceptible to drying out and chapping (cracking). While this may be an occasional problem for most people, some may develop “cheilitis,” which is a more severe form of chapped lips. Characterized by cracked skin at the corners of the lips, cheilitis can be caused by an infection. The condition may produce ulcers and white plaques on the surface of the lips, which may be lumpy and appear dark pink or red. These symptoms often do not respond to self-help measures and require medical treatment from a dermatologist. Cheilitis is most common in patients over the age of 59.
Chelitis may progress to more widespread impetigo or candidal skin infection on the adjacent skin and elsewhere. If you are concerned about your skin, you may want to contact ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. Please call 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Dental trauma and excessive saliva production may transform a regular case of chapped lips into cheilitis.