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THINK BEFORE YOU INK: Health Implications Of Tattoos

A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your skin with pigments inserted through pricks into the skin's top layer. One can become a proud owner of a tattoo in a matter of hours but the ease of getting one often times overshadows the need to understand its risk. A tattoo machine works by injecting in droplets inks into skin layer through repeated punctures, complications however take place because of tattoo procedures. There are a host of reports of ink complications, infections, toxin effects, scarring, burns, chronic irritations and much more, as the ink goes deeper than the skin there are usually longer term effects on immune system according to pathology researches.

Before you get a tattoo, think carefully about it. If you're unsure or worried that you might regret it, give it more time. Don't be pressured to get a tattoo, and don't get a tattoo if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Choose the location of the tattoo carefully. Consider whether you want the option to hide your tattoo under clothing. Also remember that weight gain including pregnancy weight gain might distort the tattoo or affect its appearance.

Procedure of tattoos are usually done without Anesthetic which could result in slight bleeding and pains, it breaches skin and could result in the following complications;

-Skin infections. A skin infection is possible after tattooing which may result in life threatening conditions, The most common infections associated with tattooing involve staphylococcus aureus or pseudomonas bacteria arising from poor skin preparation or equipment sterilization.

-Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes can cause allergic skin reactions resulting in itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo. Some reactions result from additive metals such as nickel, mercury, cadmium sulfite, lead, lithium, and copper.

-Other skin problems. Sometimes an area of inflammation called a granuloma can form around tattoo ink. Tattooing also can lead to keloids raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue, individuals also experience phototoxicity in tattooed areas as the sun is not your favorite friend.

-Bloodborne diseases. If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various bloodborne diseases including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

-MRI complications. MRIs are giant magnets that use radio frequency to find tumors and other abnormalities in the human body. When tattoo ink uses metallic pigments that are also magnetic, this can cause the pigments to pick up more energy during the course of the MRI. Rarely, tattoos or permanent makeup might cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. In some cases, tattoo pigments can interfere with the quality of the image.

Medication or other treatment might be needed if you experience an allergic reaction to the tattoo ink or you develop an infection or other skin problem near a tattoo.

Content created and supplied by: DrEnimofe (via Opera News )

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