Few Things You Should Be Aware Of Before You Get A Tattoo. Tattoos are more popular than ever.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also seeing reports of people developing infections from contaminated tattoo inks, as well as adverse reactions to the inks themselves.
Over the years, the FDA has received hundreds of adverse event reports involving tattoos: 363 from 2004-2016.
There is a renewed concern among doctors over the spread of Hepatitis C infections because of tattooing. Hepatitis C virus spreads through unsafe blood transfusion, unsafe sex, infected needles, or injuries by an infected shaving blade. As a silent virus, it can fully scar the liver in about 20 years if the infection is left untreated.
Contracting HCV through tattooing is rare, but not non-existent. The silent nature of the infection makes it dangerous. Individuals must check that the needles to be used on them are sterilized or disposable.
In some case, needles may be reused without sterilization. You must ensure that one-time disposable needles are used. If the person before you was a carrier of Hepatitis C virus, the ink in which the needle was dipped for her/him is also infected. Tattooing involves piercing the skin layer, and the virus finds its way in and into the blood.
1. Should I be concerned about unsafe practices, or the tattoo ink itself?
2. What is in tattoo ink?
3. What kinds of reactions may happen after getting a tattoo?
4. If I get a tattoo and develop an infection or other reaction, what should I do?
If you intend to get a tattoo, ensuring that a disposable needle is used is not enough. Some items that come in contact with blood used for tattooing cannot be sterilized. These include items like gloves, ink caps, ointments, soap bottles, and paper towels. Insist on a fresh ink solution as well.
Be aware about the Hepatitis C infection .
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