'Steer clear of them': Mom issues WARNING as son, 4, rushed to hospital for SEVERE rashes after getting black henna tattoo

The difference between henna and black henna is the chemical called paraphenylenediamine, aka PPD, which is a known irritant and allergen

'Steer clear of them': Mom issues WARNING as son, 4, rushed to hospital for SEVERE rashes after getting black henna tattoo
Riley got intense rashes all over the body after an allergic reaction from black henna tattoo (Jess Kingscote handout/Daily Mail Australia)
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA: An Australian couple thought it would be fun for them to get their son a black henna tattoo during their Bali trip. However, not long after they came back to their home in Perth, the boy got a severe allergic reaction which caused rashes all over his body. The highly popular temporary tattoo is a major attraction for Bali tourists and doesn't usually cause a reaction. The boy's mother issued a warning to fellow tourists about the black henna tattoo.

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Jessie Kingscote warned about the temporary tattoo as it caused four-year-old Riley's rashes which have worsened since they got the tattoo. Kingscote's seven-year-old daughter Ella, Riley's sister, also got a black henna tattoo but it didn't react badly on her skin. Little Riley has made a lot of trips to the doctor due to the worsening condition and the worried mother only found it fit to raise awareness about these famous black henna tattoos. Kingscote told Daily Mail Australia, "The poor little dude was pretty uncomfortable and had trouble sleeping from the whole body rash that's come up from the infection which just kept getting worse." Riley is being treated for severe rashes.

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She continued, "I panicked as I thought it had gotten into his bloodstream. It really, really scared me. Even after going to the hospital I still don't have a peace of mind." She recalled the progress of this severe allergy infection as confirmed by a dermatologist, "First there was redness but then it started to blister and ramp up. Some days, it started to look like it was getting better, then it began to get worse." 

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4-year-old Riley suffered intense rashes all over the body after an allergic reaction to a black henna tattoo. (Jess Kingscote handout to Daily Mail Australia)
Riley got rashes all over the body after an allergic reaction to a black henna tattoo (Jess Kingscote handout to Daily Mail Australia)

Black henna tattoo caused severe rashes

The reason why black henna tattoos are so famous is that they are temporary and cheap. It's considered a work of art and helps promote local talent. However, the difference between henna and black henna is the chemical called paraphenylenediamine, which is a known irritant and allergen. Known as PPD, it is found in many skin and beauty products but in a highly controlled manner. Talking about the same, Kingscote said, "It didn't cross my time at the time, otherwise I wouldn't have risked it. They didn't provide any warnings, not even about the need to wash it off afterwards."

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She warned people about thr black henna tattoos saying, "Steer clear of them, it's not worth it. Find something else for the kids to do, like braid their hair. We joke about it him being 21 and still having it there and saying he got his first tat when he was 4," she said, adding, "He thinks he's pretty cool actually with a real bad boy tattoo like his dad."

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Black henna can cause lathery blisters in shapes like suns, stars, and flowers and can leave a lifelong scar. At this point, the addition of PPD in henna is now regarded as a public health issue as it can cause hypersensitivity reactions, especially in children like Riley.

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