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How Tattoos CAN Affect Your Health - Study Shows Health Problems Caused By Getting Inked Includes Swelling, Scar Tissue And Lesions

June 16, 2015

  • Rise in tattoos leads to reported increase in health issues
  • Study shows tattoo enthusiasts could suffer swelling, scar tissue or skin legions
  • Celebrities including David Beckham, Justin Bieber and Rihanna are advocates for the fashion trend

Tattoos have evolved from a thing that only a few used to possessed into an accessory or a fashion statement of sorts. Perhaps, influenced by the craze, you’ve been tempted to get one too - but have you thought about the possible health complications that might arise as a result?

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Tattoo dangers that aren't made clear - study unveils the hidden truth

According to a recent study, one out of 10 tattoo enthusiasts reported short-term health problems, such as itching and infection and even worse, one out of every 20 suffered a long-term tattoo complication, including swelling, scar tissue and skin lesions. In some cases, reactions to the tattoos can be so severe that the tattoo removal is necessary.

The tattoo removal procedure, on the other hand, is a complex and rather painful treatment that might cause further irritation to your skin. Even if you’re one of the lucky few that don’t suffer a serious health issue, related to your new tattoo, you are likely to experience some minor disturbances including delayed healing, pain and swelling. Some particular tattoo designs seem to be more harmful than others, however - red and black inks have been consistently associated with skin and health damage, as compared to less traditionally used colors.

Researchers argue that the adverse reactions might, indeed, be caused by the chemical composition of the inks. Most manufacturers lack reliable reports about their inks’ allergic or immune reaction effects. Sure, getting a tattoo is exciting and more and more people are embracing them as a fashion accessory, but the effects of repeated injection with ink are still poorly understood. What is known, however, is that tattoos and tattoo removal can affect your health in a negative way and cause an immune system response, resulting in infection, pain and swelling, and even lead to skin lesions or permanent scar tissue.

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