Australians risk horrific burns and permanent scars by getting dodgy $ 10 black henna tattoos on vacation in Bali.
Tourists to the holiday island and other Asian destinations often receive temporary tattoos during their trip, even for children from the age of five.
However, many artists use a black dye with paraphenylenediamine (PPD) that can cause allergic reactions, blisters, open sores and scars.
Doctors warn tourists not to get black henna tattoos during school holidays or risk terrible burns and permanent scars
Erin Gutschlag, from the Fleurieu peninsula south of Adelaide, said her eight-year-old daughter had suffered burns to her leg (photo) from a black henna tattoo on Kuta beach in Bali.
Many operators offer cheap tattoos for just $ 10 and black hair dye with the same PPD concentrations cost $ 1.50 in stores.
Nine News took samples of the dye used by five Kuta Beach artists and discovered that four contained PPD in tests by the Indonesian National Agency for Drugs and Food Control.
All four were more than 12 percent PPD and doctors only warn one percent
Each of the positive tests had a concentration of more than 12 percent and doctors say that even one percent can be harmful to the skin.
The NADFC is trying to convince henna artists to stop using PPD dye.
Erin Gutschlag, from the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide, said her eight-year-old daughter was burned to her leg earlier this year by a black henna tattoo on Kuta Beach in Bali.
& # 39; There were no signs of reaction until four or five days later when it itched and a few spots appeared, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; It changed very quickly to the increased red, itchy, painful and then blister-like pain. & # 39;
Tom Birkin said he was in the hospital for a week after getting a Mike Tyson-style black henna tattoo on his face and it took eight months to heal
A woman got a tattoo on a Bali beach in October and it resulted in this red scar (left) and a mother was shocked when her son went to Bali with his grandmother and got an anchor-shaped tattoo that blew
Mrs. Gutschlag said there was a high risk that the flower-shaped burn could leave a permanent scar all over her right lower leg.
& # 39; It is now drying up and crusts so we must continue to apply creams and hope it will not get scars & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Due to this exposure, she can now be allergic to hair dye or even some sunscreen in the future. & # 39;
The worried mother said she had no idea of the possible side effects of black henna tattoos and warned other parents not to make the same mistake.
& # 39; It is not worth the risk. If you're not 100 percent sure it's not entirely natural, don't do it, & she said.
Dozens of other Australians have posted photos of their own or painful burns from their children, some of which were still there as scars.
Countless other Australians posted photos of their own or their children's painful burns on Tuesday, some of which were still there as scars
Before and after photos of a girl who only got a black henna tattoo on her back to give her horrible burns
Tom Birkin said he was burned after getting a Mike Tyson-style black henna tattoo on his face and it took eight months to heal.
"Don't let them get done, it was a big mistake and I was in the hospital for seven days," he said.
Dr. Ryan Harvey of House Call Doctors said that patients had extreme allergic reactions that caused chemical burns to the skin.
& # 39; Unlike here in Australia, there may not be any regulation of what's going on in the dye, and children in particular may have extreme reactions that can cause blistering, open sores and chemical burns, & he said. Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Although many parents think getting a temporary henna tattoo is harmless vacation pleasure, it can lead to permanent scars. & # 39;
PPD is banned for use on the skin in Australia, but other victims even said they were injured by tattoos at festivals and even a community scholarship at a primary school.
Dr. Harvey said the first thing he had to do was immediately run the area under cold water to treat chemical burn.
& # 39; If it is an allergic reaction, the patient may need antihistamine, a local steroid cream or a steroid tablet to treat the burn, & # 39; he said.
# It depends on the extent of the burn, but if it covers a large percentage of the body, especially in children, they may need to be observed in the hospital so that they do not get shocked.
Doctors said there may be no regulation of what's going on in the dye, and children in particular may have extreme reactions that can cause blistering, open sores and chemical burns
Doctors said it was first to run the area immediately under cold water to treat the chemical burn
& # 39; Keep your fluid intake full and stay hydrated because all the fluid in your body will rush to the burn site. & # 39;
Dr. Harvey said that natural henna never contains PPD, it is made entirely from plant-based ingredients, including eucalyptus.
& # 39; The obvious difference is that real henna is never black, but rather an orange color with a red or brown hue & he said.
& # 39; Every very dark temporary tattoo must be treated with caution. Black henna tattoos are easily available in many countries, so it is important to be extra vigilant, as many tattoo sites will not inform tourists that black henna is being used. & # 39;
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