Getting Inked? Here Are Seven Things That You Would NEVER Expect After Getting A Tattoo
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Getting Inked? Here Are Seven Things That You Would NEVER Expect After Getting A Tattoo

There are so many other things that we should be paying attention to before we decide to get permanently inked. Keeping this in mind the next time you get tattooed is very crucial.

Often, when we think of getting a tattoo, the only thing we pay attention to is the design of the tattoo and where we want to get it. Getting inked is always a positive, fulfilling and fun experience. But there are so many other things that we should be paying attention to before we decide to get permanently inked. There can be a slight chance that getting a tattoo may result in a physical reaction that won't bode well.  Researchers have been conducting studies to see the long-term psychological impact of tattoos on a person as well. There are a lot of other things to consider before getting inked. Here's what you need to keep in mind:

1. Allergic reaction to dyes



 

Tattoo artists use dyes that are generally human-safe. But in some extreme cases, the ink that a tattoo artist uses can cause an allergic reaction. There have been reports of people reacting to black dye, which is a commonly-used dye in most tattoos. However, there have been more reported reactions towards red dye than any other color. In some cases, if a person suffers from psoriasis or eczema, the condition can flare up after getting a tattoo. 

2. Bumps on your tattoo



 

An expert tattoo artist knows that going too deep into a person's skin can cause the tattoo to heal in a very bumpy manner. But there are times when a tattoo will start developing small bumps as well as minor swelling. It's an autoimmune disease that's called sarcoidosis.  This condition can show up years after you get the tattoo. However, it isn't directly caused by the ink itself. But when it does flare, it's usually on the tattoo's surface. 

3. Infections from the environment 



 

Post-tattoo care is very essential if you want your tattoo to heal well. Tattoo artists give their clients a list of do's and don'ts to follow after getting inked. With proper care and good hygiene practices, a tattoo tends to heal fast. The lack of care can cause a tattoo infection which can result in high fever, sores on the tattoo that can contain or release thick white or yellow fluid, and in some cases, muscle aches and pains. 

4. Infections from pets



 

 

If there's one thing that many people forget after getting inked, it's to stay clear of their pets while their tattoo heals. It is important to exercise good post-tattoo hygiene when your tattoo is in the healing process. Even though your pet may be the cleanest dog or cat in the neighborhood, if their hair lands on your still-healing tattoo, it can cause an infection to flare up. While that remains a danger, it doesn't mean you completely ignore your pet, just make sure you maintain good hygiene with your tattoo. 

5. Swelling and burning sensations during MRI scans



 

In some cases, MRI machines can cause swellings and burning sensations with tattoos. It depends on the kind of dye that is used for the tattoo itself. For example, in the case of red dyes, the ink is known to contain iron particles. MRI machines are basically giant magnets that can cause the ink particles under the skin to get charged with electricity, especially in the case of iron. This can result in irritation, swelling, and in some extreme cases, a proper burn.  

6. Blood-borne diseases



 

It is very important to keep in mind that your tattoo artist sterilizes their work environment and uses fresh tattoo needles when they ink you. An artist who isn't careful with the hygiene of their studio can put their clients' health at considerable risk.  It involves using fresh needles, washing their hands and keeping their studio sterilized. In some extreme cases, an unhygienic studio has resulted in the customer contracting a blood-borne disease like hepatitis B and C, as well as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

7. Inability to detect skin cancer



 

Being heavily tattooed can make it harder for physicians to detect skin cancer. Dermatologists look for discolored skin and moles as a tell-tale sign of cancer, but with tattoos, especially in the case of full-sleeve tattoos, it can be hard to detect it. As a practice, check with a dermatologist to see if you are at a higher risk for skin cancer, and if you are, discuss the implications of a tattoo before you get one. 

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