Tattoo Lovers at risk of Long-term health problems

Tattoo Lovers at risk of Long-term health problems

A new research has claimed that tattoos may bring long-term consequences for you, in addition to living with it for decades. The study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis has revealed that one in 10 people who go for tattoos suffers from its consequences, including infection, itching, swelling and redness. The study found that complications for many sufferers lasted for many years before the tattoo was inked.

Dr. Marie Leger, study co-author and a dermatologist at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, said that she is not against tattoos, but it is very essential for people to know about harms it may cause to them.

Leger said that she often sees people coming to her clinic with their tattoo issues. She started thinking over the size of the problem and after discussing the issue with her friends and colleagues, she came to know that they also suffered from tattoo-related complications at some point in their lives.

For the study, Leger and her colleagues selected about 300 tattooed people in New York's Central Park. They asked them about any problems they have experienced because of tattoos.

Complications were reported by about 10% of the people, with some having short-term problems and others having the problems for years before they gone forever. Short-term complications comprise bacterial infection, temporary swelling and itching.

Those who experienced long-terms problems reported unpleasant itching or swelling for years. In order to limit infection and disease transmission risk from tattooing, strict regulations have been imposed on tattoo artists and parlors. However, not many people are aware about what is present in the tattoo-ink itself.

“Some of the stories we got do definitely sound like tattoo allergy. They'll have a red tattoo, and then a few years later, they will get a new tattoo — and, all of a sudden, the new red and the old red tattoo become itchy and raised”, said Leger.