A Survey published in the Dermatitis journal Contact, concluded that more than one in ten of New Yorkers with tattoos have had severe skin problems or allergies caused by them.
The study conducted in Central Park NY, on a range of 300 people in 2013, investigated the possible links between tattoos and skin problems in adults.
With the popularity of Tattoos on the rise in the US and Europe, more people are reporting to clinics with allergies, infections and swelling of inked areas. This comes as no surprise if tattoos are made in unsanitary condition or by unprofessional staff, but it seems that even with necessary precautions taken, problems can still arise.
In some cases surgery was necessary in order to remove tattooed areas which presented skin lesions or scar tissue.
Some types of ink can cause more problems than others, most often to do so being red ink, which the study found was more likely to cause severe itching and raised skin. Sometimes this effect can appear even after 12 month or more. S
It has always been known that people who do not take care of their tattoo especially in the first weeks after getting it, can experience pain, rashes and itching due to dust or other infiltrations in the recuperating skin.
Many tattoo artists recommend a bandage to be placed on the area where ink was applied, and replacing the bandage with new clean ones every few days for a couple of weeks.
Ink can easily cause problems if the person applying it is not well trained and pushes the needle too hard or at a wrong angle thus creating skin lesions. Skin lesions are extremely susceptible to infections, and can lead to blood and tissue poisoning.
If patients experience any skin problems the best course of action is a trip to the doctor as soon as possible. Lack of treatment for long periods can cause easily treatable medical conditions to become chronic.
However the study found that only one in three patients that experienced medical issues due to tattoos have sought a doctor’s advice, most trying to treat it at home with creams and other off the self medicine.
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