There are safety and health issues as regards to getting a tattoo. This is because your skin must be punctured so that the ink can be pierced into the dermis which is the second level of the skin. Some of the health and safety issues as pertains to tattoos include infections at the tattoo site. Tattooing is done by piercing the skin so there must be a high level of hygiene when getting the tattoo done so as to reduce the chances of getting an infection. If hygiene is not observed it can result in bacterial infections and this can lead to serious diseases.

Another health concern is an allergic reaction to the tattoo dyes that are used. Since these dyes have not been FDA approved, you cannot know how safe the use of these dyes is for you. The best thing to do is if you experience an allergic reaction while getting the tattoo, stop doing it so that your symptoms do not become any worse. You are also at a risk of developing keloids which are hard swollen like growths that are as a result of scar tissue overgrowth. Granulomas can also form which are small bumps under the skin where the tattoo site is. If these growths lead to health complications, then the tattoo may have to be removed eventually.


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Other health issues that could arise as a result of getting a tattoo are the risk of getting infected with diseases that are transmitted by blood such as Hepatitis B and C, the HIV virus and tetanus. If the tattoo artist does not change the tattooing needle or sterilize the equipment properly and thoroughly, then the risk of getting Hepatitis and the HIV virus increases. To avoid the risk of getting tetanus, the tattoo artist should use a new needle.

Some of the things that you should look out for when getting a tattoo are; the tattoo parlor should look clean and it should be licensed by the necessary health and safety government organizations. When getting your tattoo you should see a new needle removed from sealed packaging to ensure that it is new and therefore safe. The tattoo artist should wash his or her hands and put on a new set of gloves, a new packet of individual ink should be used and don’t allow ink in an unsealed container to be used on you because it could have been used on someone else and it could be unsanitary. All countertops and surfaces should be disinfected and cleaned before you begin the tattoo procedure. The equipment that needs to be sterilized should be done by an autoclave as this will safely sterilize all stainless steel equipment.

On your part, take care of your tattoo so that you don’t get an infection. Clean the tattoo regularly with soap and water and ensure the tattoo site is well covered but not too tightly. Do not get a tattoo while you have been drinking as alcohol thins the blood and you may have excessive bleeding.

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