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Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Nicole Corvin

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Tattoos Can Pose Health Hazards

Tattooing has become increasingly popular in the States, with over one third of Americans between the age of 18 and 25 reporting a desire to get a tattoo done. Getting “inked” though can pose a serious threat to your health in more ways than you think.

According to Doctor Michi Shinohara, an assistant professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, the lack of regulations in the tattooing market adds a lot of unknowns and potential risks to the acquiring of a tattoo.

Tattoo inks themselves have change a lot over the recent years, with some of the most moderns being a type of plastic paint used in industrial fabric coloring and printing. We still do not have enough scientific evidence on what those inks can do to the body in the long term.

When there is a complication it is extremely important to tell your tattoo artist about it and to visit a Dermatologist as soon as possible. One can even contract Hepatitis B and C, as well as Syphilis, from unsterilized tattoo needles.

Doctor Michi has the following advice to give to people who wish to get a tattoo:

  • Go to a professional tattoo parlor manned by a licensed tattoo artist. Always insist to see the tattoo equipment in its sterilized packaging before letting them use it on you.
  • Tell your tattoo artist if you get an adverse reaction. If the problem persists for over a week go to a dermatologist.
  • People with chronic skin diseases should absolutely go to the Dermatologist first and get a consultation over if they can have a tattoo or not.
  • Do not cover moles with Tattoos. This can lead to late skin cancer diagnosis.

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