Bad things about a tattoo and you need to know about them before you step foot into the parlor. Tattoos are everywhere. Are you tempted to get a tattoo? They have become incredibly popular that’s for sure.
1. What are some of the bad things that can happen when you get a tattoo that you need to know about BEFORE getting a tattoo?
Think about it, the two big, but seldom talked about, issues with getting a tattoo that you need to know are:
- Opening your skin to the point where it bleeds is actually surgery!
- Tattoo ink is a foreign body, just like a splinter or gravel. Some bodies may not mind ink in the skin, but other bodies may want to fester it out, just as can happen with splinters.
In this context you can deduce that getting a tattoo can result in some unwanted outcomes including infections, allergic reactions and scars. Let’s take them one at a time.
2. Bad things about tattoos: Infections from Tattoo Procedures
The top of the list for bad things that can happen when you get a tattoo is a localized skin bacterial infections (including impetigo and MRSA staphylococcus infections (“staph infection”) to name a few) or viral infections (including HPV and herpes to name a few) at the site.
3. Bad things about tattoos: Allergic Reactions to Tattoo Ink
Allergic reactions are another potential hazard of getting a bad things about tattoos. Your body may react to tattoo ink under the skin as an allergen or a toxin – and therefore attack it.
Different color tattoo ink has different risks of allergy.
We know that red dye in particular is troublesome. Red dyes contain organic azo pigments and quinacridones which are very taunting to the skin’s immune system. This makes them especially likely to trigger allergic delayed hypersensitivity reactions.
4. Who is at highest risk for an allergic reaction to a tattoo?
Anyone allergic to metal may react to metal in tattoo ink.
Keep in mind that some ink has been shown to be contaminated with nickel sulfate. Nickle is the metal people are allergic to when they are allergic to metal jewelry. If you are allergic to metal, I would not recommend being tempted by a tattoo, you may well end up with a bigger allergy than you ever imagined.