British plumber, 28, may be scarred for life after getting henna tattoo of a Guy Fawkes-style moustache and chin beard on holiday in Benidorm
- Arran Maye could be scarred for life by a moust-ache tattoo he got in Benidorm
- 28-year-old was with 20 friends when he got the henna tattoo for fancy dress
- Paid ￡9 for ink but had an allergic reaction and was rushed into intensive care
A plumber could be scarred for life after he got a Mexican-style moustache tattooed on his face.?
Arran Maye from Leicester was with 20 friends in Benidorm when he got the ￡9 henna tattoo so he could take part in a fancy dress competition.?
But the 28-year-old suffered a severe allergic reaction and was left in agonising pain as his face swelled up beyond recognition.
Arran Maye was with 20 friends in Benidorm when he got the ￡9 henna-style tattoo
The 28-year-old plumber form Leicester thought it would be good fun to get a semi-permanent tattoo
The plumber and his friend Adam Lewis, 29, both got the ￡9 inkings.
The substance painted on Arran's face was illegal 'black henna' which although colloquially known as 'henna' is a different substance containing the chemical PPD - which he reacted to.
While Adam's tattoo faded in a few days, Arran's face immediately started to tingle before his face swelled up with puss dripping from the tattoo.
Arran's body reacted to PPD, the chemical found in henna, causing his face to swell up
He?said: 'I've manged to see the funny side of it. I mean, what choice do I have?
'I look a right idiot though. I've had one before years ago and it was fine but I guess that wasn't on my face.
'It was fine at first but then it got tingly, the next day it was blistering and pussing and by Sunday my face was a balloon.
'The doctors said 100 per cent you're going to have a scar for six months. It will be exactly in the outline of a moustache.
'They did mention a skin graft and that it might be permanent. I was trying not to hear it to be honest.'
Arran and Adam were on a six-day break to fancy dress festival Benidorm Feista on November 14 with 20 other friends.
Three days in and after a couple of beers, the pair paid 10 euros each for matching henna curly moustache tattoos which took 'about a minute'.
'We'd only had a few pints as it was 2pm so we still had half our senses - or should have anyway,' said Arran.
They claim the 'artist' in the shop told them it would wash off naturally in a couple of days - or could be cleaned off instantly with nail varnish remover.
'Stupidly we believed him,' said Arran. 'We thought it would be a good laugh for our costume that night.'?
Arran could now be scarred for life after his face was burnt by the henna used in the tattoo
He added: 'It was like my face was trying to push out the henna. The puss was pouring out and my face was huge and it was so painful. I was in agony.'
He tried a number of home remedies including toothpaste, olive oil and salt and visited three pharmacies for tablets, creams and soaps.
As he flew home, Arran's allergy to PPD, the chemical in henna, worsened and his airways started to narrow on board.
'Twenty minutes from landing my airways were closing up. I had to just try and relax.
'When we landed they tried to rush us through but when I got to passport control the guy was being funny about letting us through.
'My picture is really old anyway, but of course with your face it like a balloon with a moustache it doesn't help.'
On his return to the UK Arran spent two nights in intensive care in a hospital in Leicester
Friends drove him from Luton to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he was rushed into intensive care, given a breathing mask and stayed for two nights.
Medics reduced the swelling with medicine, and consulted a plastic surgeon who warned the scarring could be permanent.
Arran, who still has a red burn shape in the perfect shape of his tattoo, said he tried wearing a balaclava-type face cover but was 'getting funny looks'.
'Work think I'm a numpty,' he said.
'The hospital staff were great. They did laugh - after I stopped turning blue.'?
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