Tattoos may be the most popular form of body art but some may cause serious health problems. Aside from the common risks of blood-transmitted diseases that can be contracted after one is getting a tattoo with an infected needle, a new study reveals other health risks of tattoos.
A team of dermatologists conducted a new study which suggests the health risks of getting a tattoo and how it can affect the skin on the long term.
The team of researchers was led by Dr. Marie Leger, an expert in dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City.
According to Dr. Leger, the new study revealed some alarming results concerning the health risks of tattoos.
Leger talked about the high rate of chronic skin complication cases reported by those who tattooed their body.
The researchers said that public health officials should me more aware of the risks involved when getting a tattoo, especially since this form of body art or body modification has become increasingly popular in the last decade.
For the new study, the scientists questioned more than 300 adults from New York City, aged 18 to 69, all with tattoos on their body.
Most of the participants had between 1 to 5 tattoos, and 67% of them had chosen to have their tattoos on their arm.
The study revealed that more than 6% of the participants experienced skin conditions after they tattooed their skin.
Some of these skin conditions included rashes, infections, severe dermal itching and swelling of the skin.
In some cases, the skin conditions lasted more than four months, while some participants said the tattoo-related skin problems lasted for years.
Dr. Leger said that while some minor skin problems related to tattoos can be treated applying anti-inflammatory steroid ointments or drugs, other, more serious problems require laser surgery.
Some of the skin problems are caused by the chemicals that are inside the tattoo ink; most of these chemicals have not been standardized nor properly regulated.
The researchers said that it’s not 100% clear if the skin reactions are caused by the chemicals in the tattoo ink or by other preservatives or additives added to these inks.
Another factor that could be responsible for skin problems is that some of the chemicals in the tattoo ink tend to breakdown in time.
According to recent statistics, approximately 1 in 5 adults living in the United States has at least one tattoo.
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