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Getting a tattoo is a lifestyle trend that comes with various health risks; here's everything to know about it

Getting a tattoo breaches the skin meaning, it is an easy transmission of skin infections or other skin related problems. Educate yourself before you go to some fancy studio for getting a tattoo on your skin!

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: December 08, 2018 16:00 IST ]

Getting a tattoo is a lifestyle trend that comes with various health risks; here's everything to know about it

Getting your body inked is the latest lifestyle trend followed by many from different age groups. From distinctive galaxy symbols to colon punctuation, getting a tattoo has become a style statement. Contrary to this, getting a tattoo also has an emotional meaning for other people.

Though the trend is popular and people get it for multiple reasons, one needs to be certain about his/her decision and be mentally prepared for the consequences that come with it. Because getting a tattoo has potential health risks. Yes! You read it right, the equipment and the dyes, colours used in getting a tattoo can lead to severe complications. If the instruments are poorly sterilised or not used correctly, it a result in undesirable skin infections.

Getting a tattoo breaches the skin meaning, it is an easy transmission of skin infections or other skin related problems. So, before you go to some fancy studio for a tattoo, be educated about the health risks you may have invited along!

Cause bacterial infections

Go to a trustworthy tattoo artist who is popular for his hygiene in case you have already made up your mind to get your skin inked. Hygiene environment and clean equipment are important as tattoo needles harbour more germs than you can imagine.

Increase risk of hepatitis

Another major health risk from getting a tattoo is an increase in the chances of Hepatitis disease. Hepatitis is caused by sharing needles that are not sterilized properly after being used on someone else. It is very important that whenever you decide to get a tattoo, you consult a doctor once and know more about your skin.

Hidden skin cancer

The chemicals, artificial dyes, and toxic inks can sometimes lead to skin cancer. In recent times, a notable number of cases have come up where tattoos have led to melanoma or cancer in the skin cells.

Tip: Immediately consult a doctor whenever you feel that the toxic tattoo ink is affecting your skin and body in extreme ways.

Sweating pattern might differ

Tattoos may interfere with how your skin sweats compared to the non-tattooed skin area. Going by the facts, tattooed skin releases about 50% less sweat. These changes in your sweating pattern are all right if you have got a single small tattoo but if you have a large piece of ink on your body with many sweat glands, your skin might struggle to cool itself down. Also, tattooed skin area holds onto nutrients.

Medical complications

Metal-based tattoos might cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during medical procedures, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, and similar tests. It may also lead to swollen skin where the tattoo is designed. In some cases, tattoo pigments can interfere with the quality of the image.

Here are a few basic tips on how to take care of your tattooed skin:

1. Keep the tattooed skin clean and germs-free. Use mild soap and pat the tattooed skin area instead of rubbing it.

2. Avoid direct exposure of sun on the tattooed skin for a couple of days.
3. Use a high-end mild moisturiser, as per your skin type, for your newly tattooed skin.
4. Choose the fabric of the clothes you wear carefully. Don't wear anything that might stick to the tattooed skin.
5. Avoid swimming. Stay out of pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water while your tattoo is healing.

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