Health Dangers of Tattooing

Tattoo is a mark made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis of the skin, and it is usually done for decorative purposes. Ink alters the pigment of the skin. Tattoos are permanent because the dermis does not flake. While tattoos are popular, many do not even know that this act to place decors on the body can bring about many harmful diseases.

Tattoo Machine
The body tattoo is injected into the skin using a machine with needle and ink that pierces the skin at least 3,000 times a minute. Each of the holes made can be 1/16 inch deep. While these open wounds form into a scab eventually, little do people know that it can still cause danger after the open wounds heal. Tattoo parlors are responsible for keeping their materials and equipments sanitary. This in turn will reduce the risk of infection that can be transmitted from the materials to the skin. Keeping equipments clean and sterile are one of the main responsibilities of tattooing but some people do not strictly follow these rules.

One of the most common problems of getting a tattoo is allergy to ink. It can also cause recurring and chronic skin diseases such as dermatitis and psoriasis. Other skin problems may arise such as development of granuloma, keloid and tumors that may be benign or malignant. Not all people know about the chemistry and toxicity used in inks for tattoos. There are limited number of dyes that have been approved for cosmetics purposes. Most of the other unknown brands of ink are found to have the same chemicals used for other purposes such as car paints or writing inks. In other words, people who get tattoo may have been injecting car paint in their skin. These harmful chemicals can result to fatal skin diseases such as melanoma.

Risks Defined
Getting a tattoo will put you at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, toxic shock syndrome, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and syphillis. As they say, it is safer to get a tattoo in a tattoo parlor, but according to a study made by Dr. Bob Haley and Dr. Paul Fischer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, an individual is nine times more likely to acquire Hepatitis C in commercial tattoo parlor than elsewhere combined.

If you are planning to get a tattoo, you should make sure that your tattoo artist performs sterilization before beginning your tattoo.

You should also make sure that the environment for the process is clean.

Bleeding can occur during the process and an individual getting a tattoo should make sure that the procedure of removing blood is sterile because infectious microorganisms can invade the open wound.

Needles should not be reused from one customer to another.

You should see that needles are brand new.

You should also be cautious in artist reusing ink. Ink that is used previously may be infected with microorganisms.

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