Understanding Some Dangers

Associated with Tattoos

It used to be a person got a tattoo for a sentimental reason, for instance military personnel use to get tattoos marked with a loved one’s name or a symbol of their division of the military.  Today though, tattoos are so much more common because people use them for self expression.  Sure individuals still get names of loved ones tattooed somewhere on their body, but the design choice is more for their beauty, creativity, and respect than it was in yesteryears.  Tattooing, also referred to as body art, has changed in that way also.  It is no longer the norm to get just one tattoo but numerous ones, sometimes covering the entire body.

While tattooing has kept increasing, in its popularity over the years, so has its dangers.  One of the biggest dangers in getting a tattoo is contracting a serious blood borne disease, such as hepatitis, tetanus, or HIV.

Hepatitis – affects the liver and can cause inflammation and damage to the liver.  Damage to the liver can lead to cancer and liver failure.

Tetanus – is an infection that affects the muscles in the body.  This can lead to cardiac arrest, suffocation, and blood poisoning.

HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus – affects the white blood cells in the body making it unable to fight off infection.  HIV can lead to AIDS.

Most of the blood borne diseases associated with tattoos nowadays, were not a problem years ago, but have become known with the increased popularity of tattoos.   These diseases can cause lifelong problems and even death.

Blood borne diseases are contracted through body fluids, such as the blood.  This usually happens when the tattoo artist uses an unsterilized needle or contaminated ink.  When getting a tattoo, neither of these should occur.  The tattoo artist should always wear rubber gloves and should always use new needles and ink for each individual.

There are other dangers associated with getting a tattoo such as keloids and Granulomas.  A keloid is an overgrowth of scar tissue.   A Granulomas is a bump that forms around the ink pigments.

An allergic reaction to the ink can be a danger when getting a tattoo.  Because tattoo ink is made up of a variety of materials, it can cause an allergic reaction.  Red dye is the most common ink associated with this danger.  An allergic reaction can happen years after getting a tattoo.

You can safeguard yourself by checking out the tattoo artist or parlor.  Some areas require these service providers to be licensed.  A licensed practitioner is required to obey certain regulations and laws.   Which can include liability if any damages may result from their negligence.   This can be of upmost importance, in the event you experience any complications or adverse conditions during or after getting your tattoo due to something they caused.

Before getting a tattoo, you should speak with your doctor and a tattoo artist to make sure you are medically eligible to get a tattoo.  Tattooing can be dangerous and for the risk of blood borne infections you will not be permitted to donate blood for at least one year after getting the tattoo.