Tattoo: Is Tattooing
Tattooing is safe if proper sterilization and infection control
standards are practiced. Basically, this means anything that
comes in contact with blood / body fluids must either be
disposed of (single - use) or sterilized. However, there are
some serious health concerns. Needles and other equipment used
for tattoos or body piercing that are not sterilized or
disinfected, or are used inappropriately among clients, increase
the risk for transmitting infectious diseases such as hepatitis,
tetanus, and even HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). Researchers
say the infection can be passed through the reuse of needles or
dye and poor sterilization practices and techniques, such as
when a tattoo artist pricks the back of his hand with a needle
to determine if it's sharp enough. Scarring, swelling,
infections, discharges, skin thickening, allergic reactions, and
other complications may occur if procedures are done incorrectly
or the skin is not cared for properly.
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