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Take Care Of That Tattoo! – Consequences of Getting Inked

Take Care Of That Tattoo! - Consequences of Getting Inked

Tattoos are not a new fad, they are an ancient practice. Many of us would have noticed our grandmothers have permanent ink marks on their skin. Unlike us, they used traditional methods for applying permanent tattoos. Today, we have machines with needles that pierce deep into the skin to leave a permanent mark. Getting a tattoo is fashionable, but is it healthy?

Take Care Of That Tattoo! - Consequences of Getting Inked

Unfortunately, much of our modern lifestyle is incomplete without its fair share of negative consequences. Tattoos have their own consequences too! Some of them are:

  • Infections such as HIV, Hepatitis
    These infections occur due to the re-usage of needles. We all have varied skin types; hence, it is necessary to change the needles for each and every person. Please make sure to visit a reputed tattoo parlour. Avoid the cheap ones; they may cause serious damage to your health.
  • Exposure to Sunlight
    Sometimes when the tattoo is exposed to sunlight it can cause allergies. We may not know about the allergy when the ink goes inside; it may occur only after the process is complete. Red and yellow colours are known to cause more allergies when compared to black, violet and green.
  • Skin Infections
    Even though a sterile needle is used for the tattoo there are chances of getting a skin infection. This can happen if the ink contains bacteria. The symptoms are swelling, pain and red rashes. It takes 2-3 weeks for an infection to appear. There are also chances of permanent discoloration in the area of a tattoo.
  • Blood Related Infections
    People with tattoos may not be allowed to donate blood due to the risk of infections. As the blood has ink in it, there are chances it could be infected. The thinning of blood is caused by excessive bleeding that happens when the ink is entering the skin. A hematoma (bruise) may appear if a blood vessel is punctured during the tattooing procedure. These bruises can either appear as one large bruise or as halos around the tattoo. In India, blood donation guidelines prevent anyone who gets a tattoo to donate blood for 6 months (Source).
  • MRI Complications
    The black ink used for tattoos contains iron and the yellow ink contains nickel. These metals enter your skin and can create complications during MRI scans. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. During these scans the individual has to remove all the metal from his body. As the scan uses magnetic resonance there is a chance of swelling and burning of the skin near the tattoo area.

Some of the other side effects could be fever, pain, pus formation, foul odour, etc. These depend on the individual’s body condition and immunity.


  • Get a tattoo from a certified tattoo parlour and from a person who is experienced and certified.
  • After the application of the tattoo remove the bandage and wash the area with an antibacterial soap and lukewarm water.
  • Apply any ointment prescribed by a dermatologist daily for 4-5 days.
  • Keep your skin moisturised.
  • Use sunblock to avoid exposure to sunlight.
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