It's a holiday souvenir that young Ethan Crosland will never forget.

He was delighted when his mum agreed he could have a henna tattoo on his leg while on a family holiday to Egypt.

But the 12-year-old Rawthorpe youngster, who was allowed the temporary tattoo as a treat, has been left in agony after it burst into raw blisters and left his leg red and swollen.

The ugly blisters on Ethan Lindley's henna tattoo
The ugly blisters on Ethan Lindley's henna tattoo
 

Doctors are treating Ethan with anitiseptic creams and antibiotics but cannot rule out the tattoo leaving permanent scarring.

Now Ethan’s mum Emma has warned others to beware of the risks.

“There were young toddlers racing around the hotel complex who had them done and things could really go wrong for them.

“We don’t know why Ethan’s tattoo has developed as it has but I wouldn’t want others to go through what he has done”.

Ethan, a pupil at Rawthorpe High School, had flown out to Sharm El Sheikh on August 3 for a two-week holiday with his five-year-old sister Tayler-Mae, his mum and her partner Marcus Pennington. They stayed at the four-star Aqua Blu resort, which features a water park.

Emma said: “Unfortunately after a day or two, I had to take Ethan to the clinic as he had developed an ear infection. We think it was from swimming in the pools and the doctor advised him to stay out of the water for a few days.

“There was a salon on the complex with the henna tattoo parlour and as a treat for Ethan, I said he could have one done.

“He had it on his leg and it was fine for a few days. The tattooist said she would top it up the day we left so he went back and had it inked in again.

Ethan LIndley's henna tattoo
Ethan LIndley's henna tattoo
 

“But a couple of days after we got home, Ethan said his leg was really itching and we saw that the tattoo had come up in huge blisters which were bursting.

“He has been down to the doctor who has prescribed creams and more antibiotics, but we don’t know if there will be any long-term damage”.

Ethan has to have the dragon tattoo covered in cream to try and bring down the swelling but the pain has eased thanks to the medical treatment.

Emma said:”He was in agony at one point and no children should suffer like that”.

FACTFILE

  • Henna is a flowering plant often known as Egyptian privet.
  • The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes
  • Henna has been used over many years to dye skin, hair, and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool, and leather.
  • Historically, henna was used for cosmetic purposes in Ancient Egypt, as well as other parts of Africa and Asia