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 ‘Black Henna Tattoo’: art or allergen?
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  1. Caroline Rogers1,
  2. David King1,2,
  3. Lavleen Chadha1,
  4. Jaya Sujatha Gopal Kothandapani1,2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust, Worksop, UK
  2. 2University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jaya Sujatha Gopal Kothandapani, sujatha.gopal{at}sheffield.ac.uk

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A 10-year-old boy, who was previously fit and healthy, presented with a 3-week history of an erythematous, pruritic, papulovesicular rash on his right upper arm. The rash had started 4 days after application of a temporary black henna tattoo while he was on a holiday in Spain. Owing to suspected cellulitis, the patient had been trialled with two oral macrolide antibiotics, but there had been little improvement. Examination revealed an erythematous papulovesicular, partially crusted skin lesion. The eruption …

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