The Most Risky Tattoo Color to Avoid and Other Health Issues Associated With Tattoos
Many who may read this may have already been inked or are thinking of getting a tattoo because now as statistics prove almost 4 in 10 millenials between the ages of 18 to 29 have a tattoo and among them many have four or five tattoos. Previous generations too have had tattoos because body art is now a type of self expression that describes something about the wearer ion terms of personality. There are tats that convey a message, or to honor loved ones and pets or even carry dates and quotes with a special significance but now reports are cropping up asking the dreaded question are tattoos really safe?
1How safe are tattoos
There are several states and cities that carry laws restricting minors from being tattooed but in the same light, cosmetic artists and tattoo artists don’t require any certification or license and even if they are, there are no inspectors to check on the validity of licenses or to monitor whether they are using fresh clean needles. But, given the fact that they do abide by such norms, it is again the inking and wound care that increase the danger to one’s health.
According to Doctors at john Hopkins University of Medicine Dermatology department, there are risks when you introduce a foreign body through the skin. It can make your body react in many different ways that you would never have even thought about.
There are various allergic reactions that can be triggered by tattoos and the most common trigger is the ink. While allergic reactions can be from all colors, it is red and yellow that are the worst culprits. The American Academy of Dermatology says that an allergic responses to tattoos doesn’t have to happen immediately. While in certain cases it can be an immediate reaction, in others it could take, days, weeks and even years to crop up. The Academy also says that HIV and joint replacement surgery can trigger later reactions.
3Yellow and red ink: red is the worst
The yellow ink used by tattoo artists is linked to sun sensitivity. This means you will alwys have to keep your tattoo covered to protect it which makes no more sense in getting inked. However the photosensitivity usually fades away after a couple of years.
Tattoo allergies are most common when it involves red ink. In some cases the allergy response is mild but in others it could result in itching, swelling and redness that may have to be treated with steroid cream. Sometimes, the red ink can also cause even serious allergies that could make your tattoo experience into a nightmarish one instead. This might result in pimple type bumps, blisters, flaky and scaly patches and watery discharge from the skin.
4What doctors say?
Crystal Aguh, Assistant professor of Dermatology at John Hopkins University says that “It’s a persistent, almost chronic-like inflammation, which causes your whole tattoo to bubble up where the pigment is and become like thick, leathery skin.” She was referring to the condition of neurodermatitis or lichen simplex chronicus that could also arise from tattoo ink. When such conditions are accompanied by breathing problems, racing heart sensation and dizziness, stomach ache, pain and hives, then consult a doctor immediately. While this problem can be treated, in some it might even cause disfigurement.