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5 Most Common Tattoo Health Risks

5 Most Common Tattoo Health Risks

Getting a tattoo is not only a personal decision, but a permanent decision and there are many tattoo health risks to consider before getting a tattoo. Before looking into getting a tattoo, take a moment to understand tattoo health risks. Although there are many tattoo shops claiming to perform sterile tattooing, make sure you know the risks. Allergic Reactions

Tattoo dyes and ink are considered cosmetics and are therefore not FDA approved. Many tattoo dyes can have allergens in them, especially red dyes. If you have an allergic reaction to the ink, you can easily develop an itchy rash on or around the tattoo. Like scar tissues, this itching rash can come back at anytime in your life, even years after you have had the tattoo. Although an allergic reaction to tattoo dyes is not extremely common, it is best to check with your doctor for skin tests before getting your tattoo. Tattoos are permanent and if you end up having an allergic reaction to the dye it could turn into a serious tattoo health risk you will have forever. This is commonly found when tattoo shops do not use new, clean supplies with every new tattoo. This tattoo health risk can be easily avoided by making sure everything an artist uses in his tattoo process is a new, sterile, unopened package. Many people contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tetanus and HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) because they have not put forth the effort to find a clean shop. This is most common with minors trying to get tattoos from tattoo artists outside of a shop. The easiest way to avoid this tattoo health risk is to thoroughly research the tattoo shop you go to. There are a few rare cases in which a bodily tattoo can interfere the quality of an image due to the pigments in your tattoo. However, this tattoo health risk is more common in people with permanent makeup. Those who have had permanent eyeliner tattooed on them, for example, might not get a clear result with an MRI of the eye because the tattoo pigments will disrupt the quality of the MRI image. Although this is only in rare cases, this tattoo health risk can interfere when needed to diagnose a serious problem with an MRI. Skin infections can also manifest after an allergic reaction to the dyes in tattoo ink if the allergic reaction is irritated. Not keeping up with proper tattoo aftercare can result in bacterial skin infections with symptoms such as swelling of the tattoo site and area, redness and pain. On occasion, this tattoo health risk can also be characterized by pus like draining from the pores of the tattoo site and area. The best way to avoid having a skin infection is to follow the guidelines the tattoo artist gives you about proper aftercare. If you were not given information on tattoo after care there are sources online you can use.

Other Skin Problems

In addition to the previous tattoo health risks, there are also many other skin problems that can crop up after a tattoo other than infections and allergic reactions. Red tattoo ink is the primary cause for bumps on the tattoo area and site called granulomas. Other color inks can result in granulomas, but red ink is the most common. Scar tissue is also very common with tattooing, especially if the artist uses the same needle for too long. Using a needle for too long can create a barb on the end of the tattoo needle, creating an overgrowth of scar tissue and occasionally forming permanent keloids. Unless you develop keloids, scar tissue usually will not effect the appearance of the tattoo but the tattoo area will become extremely itchy. In order to keep your body healthy, make sure you do as much research as possible before getting your tattoo!

Published by Victoria Crossman

Victoria is a student at the University of Cincinnati, pursuing a degree in English. She is a classically trained musician and also enjoys backpacking and hiking. Victoria sees life as an adventure and attem. View profile