Possible Side Effects of Getting a Tattoo

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We've all heard stories of people getting a communicable disease from an infected
needle at a tattoo shop. People have been reported for becoming very sick from
unsanitary tattoo parlor practice. Many people get tattoos every day; however the
news only reports those incidents that go wrong.

So how can we know what are the real potential effects of getting a tattoo? We do
some research. Talk to the tattoo artist about your concerns. Make sure the parlor you
are going too practices sanitary measures, sterilizes equipment and uses new needles
for each and every customer.

The CDC, or Center for Disease Control reports that if cleanliness and sanitation are
maintained, then the transmission of communicable diseases isn't likely to be
widespread. Many specialists have determined that commercial tattoo parlors are
quite safe but prison tattoos are where the problems are occurred. Another problem is
encountered with amateurs and those who do their own tattoos.

The Food and Drug Administration has said that the colored ink used in tattoos
technically isn't legal as it hasn't been approved by them for use. However, problems
have not been reported with the colored inks aside from minor cases.

One type of minor case may include a reaction to the ink. These theoretically can
occur in anyone with any tattoo, but does occur more with the colored ink. Delayed
reactions are possible and may not happen right away. Some dyes in the ink are
created with cosmetics and other chemicals that are not approved for being injected
into the skin, creating a reaction.

Infections at the tattoo site are rare but do happen. Tattoo parlors that are unclean and
do not practice good sanitation measures are reported to have the highest incidents of
reported infections. The FDA does not regular tattoo shops so it's easy for these
places to get away with these practices.

Because of unsanitary shops, the APT, or Alliance for Professional Tattooists formed
in 1992. Membership isn't required but is encouraged among tattoo artists. Seminars
are provided throughout the year for continuing education for the tattooists. Sanitary
measures are regulated and encouraged to members of APT. Tattoo parlors that can
prove membership are more likely to have a reduced risk for tattoo site infection.

Hepatitis C is a scare to many who are considering a tattoo. This is a disease carried
through the blood and is transmitted through infected needles. Tattoo shops that reuse
needles put the customer at a higher risk. These are become few and far between,
however as most parlors today use disposable or single use needles.

Overall, tattoos are relatively safe. As mentioned before, we only hear about the bad
news on television when someone has contracted a disease or infection for a poorly
taken care of tattoo facility. If the parlor practices proper sanitary measures, risks are
diminished. All equipment should be sterilized between each customer. Needles
should be used once before disposing of them. General cleanliness of the facility
itself is always a key aspect to watch for as well.

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