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I had black henna put on today and now my skin is burning

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I had black henna put on today and now my skin is burning and it is extremely itchy. I've had piriton 10ml but it hasn't gone.


You need to have a medical professional look at this.

Over the counter medicine might not be strong enough.

Also that doctor will make sure you are not infected.

A quick care might be OK as well.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is very painful and I feel a bit dizzy and sick

I Before I could respond to that additional information, you gave me a negative rating.

Was that on purpose?

Or a mistake?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I couldn't seem to find a space to reply to you- I can now.
What do you suggest I do and I need some detailed information on why you think it could be infected.
How can I get rid of it?

Please reverse the negative rating. That rates me bad with just answer and sees that they do not pay me for my time. Do that on this post.

I am glad to look at a picture here.

Infection not likely.

Most likely an allergic reaction.

Rinse as much as possible.

You have already tried an over the counter.

As I stated previously, a medial facility, such as A&E, can give you a much stronger anti allergy medication and stop this reaction.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How severe could this be?

That is individual.

There is no way to tell.

If the reaction continues for some time, blistering and even scarring could occur.

That is not common but possible.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have changed it.
You can't see a reaction through a picture as the area is just a little red (but covered by he black henna) and it is now bumpy and beginning to swell


So the bumpiness and the swelling is what need to be interupted.

You can try a little homeopathic calendula gel, which you can get at the health food store or some pharmacies.

But my recommendation about an exam remains the same. Do that on the way.