Tattoos are not good for your health, says research


Recently a study based on a survey, published in the International Journal of Dermatology, found that having tattoos was not related to general health status. But people with tattoos were more expected to be diagnosed with sleep problems and mental health issues.

According to a 2016 Harris Poll, nearly half of individuals between the age of 18 and 35 have tattoos, and around one in four regrets it. On the basis of an estimate of around 60 million people in that age group, this would mean that approximately 7.5 million people have tattoo regret.

Individuals who had tattoos were more likely to be smokers, to have spent time in jail, and to have many sex partners in the past few years. This survey was conducted in July of 2016. And resulted in a sample of 2,008 adults residing in the U.S.

Earlier research has recognized a link between having a tattoo and engaging in risky deeds. Researchers found that in an era of the growing popularity of tattoos, even among working professionals and women, these relationships persist. But are not related to lower health status.

Dangerous health risks of tattoos

Tattoos remain popular among youth and people get them for many reasons. But before you decide to “ink” your skin, you should know all the potential risks. Tattooing inserts everlasting granules of pigment granules under your skin. It usually causes HIV and other blood-borne infections. Here are five difficulties you could face after getting a tattoo;

  • You could be allergic to the ink

When any foreign constituent is introduced into your skin during the tattoo, it is toxic and can cause an immunological response. This side reaction can occur soon after the tattoo or years later.

  • A tattoo could hide skin cancer

According to researchers, tattoo ink may hide changes to moles. Thus, making it problematic to evaluate. The ink can also transfer to your body tissues and resemble the spread of metastatic melanoma. It makes laser removal therapy problematic if you have any moles as the lasers break up the pigment of the tattoo.

  • It could affect how you sweat

Tattoos may also affect and interfere with how your skin normally sweats. When compared with non-inked skin, tattooed skin releases around 50% less sweat.

  • A tattoo could raise your risk of a bacterial infection

Researchers found that tattoos can cause bacterial infections majorly caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. It could lead to erysipelas, impetigo, and septicaemia. Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for rare toxic shock syndrome.

Skin and soft tissue infections can occur due to community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA). Treponema pallidum can cause syphilis and Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy.

  • It may lead to difficulties during medical procedures

Tattooing can cause many different complications in your medical procedures. Therefore, many studies show that metal-based ink tattoos can react with magnetic resonance imaging studies.

More severe problems include a high fever, sweats, and chills. Thus, you may require treating an infection with antibiotics or have surgical treatment. A rash could show an allergy to the ink. Tattoo inks are permanent that means the reaction may persist.





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Areeba Hussain
The author is a Medical Microbiologist and healthcare writer. She is a post-graduate of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. She covers all content on health and wellness including weight loss, nutrition, and general health.


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