Thursday, July 7, 2011

Are tattoos safe?

Are tattoos safe? The FDA regulates the inks in tattoos, but the actual practice of tattooing is regulated by local authorities on the city and county levels.  So, this means that there is no federal standard with which these practices have to adhere to.

According to Elizabeth Tanzi, MD in the article "Thinking Ink," WebMD Magazine, any time you inject anything into the skin, you are at risk for infection.  These risks can include hepatitis, staph infects or warts.

Another very real and concerning issue is unsterilized equipment or equipment that has been used on others clients.  The risk becomes very real for transmission of HIV and hepatitis B.

Apart from the medical issues, the fact remains that removing a tattoo is very difficult.  Imagine having to be saddled with an old beau's name for the rest of your life.  It's not a pleasant prospect when one is fifty and has to live with a tattoo engraved at age 18.
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