Safety Making Sure Tattoo is Safe

If you came of age in 1960 and decided to get a tattoo, you may do so to show that you do not want to be part of the rich trendy establishment. But if you came of age in the last ten years and got a tattoo, you may do so to show that you do indeed belong to a rich trendy establishment. Tattooing as a form of self-expression has moved from the domain of heavy metal star of "bad boy" rock, military lifers, and Harley-Davidson hog the road in 1970 became common among film stars, athletes, and pop stars. Of Sir Ian McKellen to Angelina Jolie, Mike Tyson to David Beckham, and Eminem to Brittany Spears, tattoos have become mainstream. Dating back to King Harold II, who died in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings, and broken bodies that have been identified, the legend, by "Edith and England" tattooed on his chest, and even members of various royal houses of Europe have indulged themselves in the colorful art. Princess Stephanie of Monaco is only the latest in a long line of them.

Life magazine, in 1936, estimated that about 6%, or ten million, of all Americans have a tattoo, in 2003, according to the Harris Poll, nearly one in six, or about fifty million, given today's population of three hundred million, is their sport.

And just a year ago, in 2006, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that nearly one in four Americans between the ages of 18 and 50, and more than one in three of between 18 and 29, have tattoos.

Tattoos, in other words, is hot. And with the growing demand for them, there is a demand for tattoo parlors. But whenever there is money to be made, there will be those who want to make it the easiest way possible. So if you are considering getting a tattoo of your own, you need to watch your own, may soon be decorated, back.

Tattoos are not without risk. If it is done in a sanitary condition by an experienced tattoo artist, it usually will not produce lasting health problems. But tattoo safety relies on people to inject a foreign substance permanently into one's skin. And it's only natural that some people who get tattoos will experience adverse effects, ranging from skin irritation to allergies to infection, even when they use the highest safety standards of nursing practice tattooing.

Even the FDA, as the watchdog of the cosmetics industry, has weighed in on the dyes used in tattoo inks. This has given them the all clear to be used in lipstick, but remained silent to their suitability for permanent skin injections. On the other hand, have not tried to regulate its use.

You should know, however, that some red tattoo inks contain mercury sulfide and iron hydrates, and mercury sulfide, which comes in bright red cinnabar and ink, is associated with increased allergic reactions sometimes up to form the granular lesions. These lesions appear as small nodules which the immune system see the tattoo dye as a foreign substance. Nodules reaction can occur with colored tattoo ink.

Dubbed as the "red reaction", sensitivity to red tattoo ink can cause swelling, itching, and inflammation around the tattoo. But the reaction may also sleep for many years.

You do not have to have a medical degree to know that, when you allow yourself to be a tattoo, you are allowing thousands of tiny openings made in your skin. And you know that with any breach of your skin there is a chance that bacteria will find its way in.

You can minimize the likelihood of bacterial invasion, however, to perform pre-tattoo safety investigating small. Make sure you use a new sterile needle tattoo artist, that he is not the equivalent of rubbing the hands of a brain surgeon before getting to work, and that he put the hand is completely clean in some even cleaner gloves. Uncomfortable skin infections, but can be deadly blood infection.

If you find yourself in a tattoo parlor where the artist wants to use a deodorant stick to transfer the tattoo design from paper to your skin, make sure that the deodorant is applied for a fresh piece of paper, and then transferred from paper to your skin. Sharing the deodorant stick directly contrary to all rules of tattoo safety, and is one great way to load your skin with germs before the tattoo needles have a place nearby.

If you are someone with a compromised immune system, for example, if you are diabetic, you are at greater risk than the general population for infection, and may have extended healing period after your tattoo.

And while tattoo parties may sound like just the sort of wild and crazy like, they are in fact no different from sharing needles for primary heroin. Anything that the needles that when it makes way for you would be yours. That includes things such as Hepatitis B and C virus, or HIV. There, where the tattoo is concerned, there is no such thing as tattoo safety.

Even if you get your tattoo is clean, you have to take care of properly during the healing process. Tattoo artist will help you get started with implementing a few. A topical anti-bacterial and bandage it so you need to know, and tell the artist, if you are allergic to certain antibiotics.

Once you get home your new tattoo, follow common sense safety precautions in keeping the tattoo clean.

Leave the bandage for about an hour, and when you remove it, you wash the tattoo with antibacterial soap and cold water. Then cover it with ointment to prevent skin from cracking, and repeat the routine every four to six hours for about a week.

Keep your tattoo out of the sun, so as not to dry us, do not scratch at it, and when you do touch it to clean it, wash your hands with antibacterial soap first.

Do not expose your healing tattoo to the water "community" with a swim in the pool or shared splash in the tub. And, if you want to retain the power of color, away from the chlorine or salt water.

And even when it looks healed, keep using the alcohol-free moisturizer on it several times a day for another month.

Tattoo, applied according to tattoo safety standards, and allow to completely heal, the best way to make you feel special, and perhaps just a touch "naughty". So do not settle for anything but the cleanest parlor and the artist's most careful, and you will treat yourself to a bit of color that will last you a lifetime!

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