Think Before You Ink: 3 Tattoo RisksTattoos are everywhere--from cyclists in biker bars to teachers in elementary schools. But just because they are so ubiquitous does not mean there isn't a risk to getting a pretty pink butterfly tattooed on your ankle or your girlfriend's name inked on your biceps.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned there are three specific tattooing dangers:
Risk No. 1: Contaminated ink
Pigments are used to give tattoo ink its color, and the FDA says published research shows that some inks contain pigments used in printer toner or car paint.
Note that the FDA has not approved any pigments for injection into the skin for cosmetic purposes.
Risk No. 2: Allergic reactions and infections
Still others develop a high fever, indicating what could be an aggressive infection. Other symptoms include shaking, chills and sweats. Treating such infections might require a variety of antibiotics--possibly for months--or even hospitalization and/or surgery.
Contact your health care professional if you have any concerns.
Risk No. 3: Scar tissue
So think before you ink. Consider the risks.
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