Tattoos can be beautiful and exciting ways to express yourself, and start conversations. There are many factors to consider when shopping for a tattoo, such as the design you want and where you want to place it on your body. One of the most important things to consider is the fact that many health problems are associated with, and sometimes even caused by tattooing your skin.
As tempted as you may be to ink yourself at the first establishment you see impulsively, there are many good reasons for you to do extensive research before you decide whom you should allow tattooing your skin. Tattoos can cause problems such as infections and chronic skin disorders. It is the responsibility of the artist to be sure that their equipment is clean and in working condition, but if there is an oversight, the consequences are yours to deal with.
The needle on a tattoo gun punctures your skin
The needle on a tattoo gun punctures your skin at a depth of up to 1/16 of an inch. This leaves the skin open to outside invaders. Tuberculosis, HIV, and even leprosy have also been reported as being spread by infected tattoo needles. Another serious possibility is the localization of diseases in the tattoo site. Cutaneous disorders such as psoriasis and sarcoidosis have been reported as having begun on tattoos where the disorder had not manifested before. Patients who already suffer from these disorders have found the complications worsened on the tattoo sites.
Another factor you, unfortunately, cannot see or prevent, unless you have prior knowledge of your allergies, is allergic reactions to the ink that is placed under your skin to create the design. These reactions can range from mild to severe, resulting in rashes, eczema, and subcutaneous eruptions. The most common reaction is to red dyes, but these red dyes certainly are not the only possible allergens. These results can sometimes be treated with topical ointments, but eventually, permanent tattoo removal may be necessary.
Once you’ve chosen your design and a clean, safe establishment to do your inking, make an appointment for your new tattoo. Watch out afterward for blisters scaling, and discoloration. While there is a possibility of contracting any one of these diseases from tattoo needles, it is not likely to happen if you go to a reputable tattooist who is licensed and certified by your city or state health authorities.If you see any anomalies on your tattoo site, see a doctor immediately. If, like most, your tattoo heals without a problem, enjoy your new body art!