Prevent Tattoo Disease – Understand the Risks before Inking

Are you aware of the risks associated with inking? It is more than just a permanent beauty mark!

Most online tattoo gallery sites will not publish articles relating to tattoo disease. However, it is better that you understand tattoo risks and take necessary precautions so that you can have a risk free and enjoyable inking session.

Some of the common risks are:

1) Inking can transmit blood-borne infections and diseases, and some can be fatal. Disease can easily be passed from one person to another through contaminated needles, tattoo guns, and even directly from an infected artist.

Here are the common diseases you can get:

  1. Hepatitis (type B & C are the most risky)
  2. HIV
  3. Syphilis
  4. Tuberculosis
  5. Tetanus

2) Depending on the choice of tattoo inks, you may develop allergic reaction or skin disorder from the pigments, particularly red ink. In some cases, your body forms bumps in the surrounding inking area. The reaction may even happen a few years later.

3) Inking can lead to local bacterial infections. The common signs of getting an infection include redness, swelling and warmth.  Medications may be required when you develop infections, allergic reactions or skin disorders.

Tattoo Risks Preventive Measures
Find a reputable, professional parlor which follows correct sterilization and proper sanitation methods.

These are the usual disinfection steps to minimize tattoo disease.

  1. In preparing for a tattooing session, the work area will be sterilized with a strong disinfectant. Plastic sheet (or sometimes paper) will be used to cover the work surface to arrest any blood droplets or body fluids. Make sure all items used for tattooing are unwrapped from sealed sterilization bags which have been subject through an autoclave, or from original factory sealed packs.
  2. The artist should wash and sanitize both hands, and wear face mask and protective glove while inking.
  3. All used parts such as needles, inks and tubing must to be properly discarded.
  4. Reusable stuffs and tools should be soaked in sanitizing solutions, stored in sterilization bags and run through autoclave for the next use.
  5. Inking area will be applied with a topical disinfectant gel, and protected with bandage until healing is completed.

Tattoo Disease Preventative Vaccinations
Some diseases such as hepatitis type B can be prevented through vaccination. It may be a good precaution to speak to your physician before acquiring any body art.

When inking, don’t just shop for price, but quality and safety. If you’re not confident that the artist, or a particular studio has prepared the work area and equipments adequately, even if you’re sitting on the chair waiting for inking, just get out from there.

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