The true and unknown dangers of tattoos

Our country is the sixth in the world where citizens become more tattoos The hobby of football players Y artists He has encouraged many Spaniards to join this fashion. This is one of the data of a report by the consultant Dalia, which has established a world ranking of the regions where tattooing is common, based on a survey of 9,054 people.

Although it is increasingly common to fill the body with ink, a lot people don't know how their skin reacts After getting a tattoo. Specifically, health experts point out that inks can trigger allergic reactions, which could generally lead to minor complications, but which could become serious.

"You are introducing a foreign body through the skin and there are risks", Explain Shawn Kwatra, professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, a 'Medical Daily'. "Sometimes the body can react in many ways you never thought," he says. The truth is that allergic reactions do not have to occur immediately, weeks may pass or even decades later, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Be careful with the color of the ink

These negative effects may depend on the color of the ink used. Many people point mild side effects, such as redness, swelling or itching, in the drawings made with the color red. Similarly, several reports indicate that this tone could cause a severe allergic reaction, accompanied by blisters, skin scaling and watery discharge combined with severe pain, hives, shortness of breath or a fast heart.

If you have the psoriasis gene you should avoid getting a tattoo. Dermatologists point out that it could trigger the disease

"The process of getting a tattoo can be completely normal and not pose any problem, but there could be something in the red pigment that your body simply does not accept," simplifies Crystal Aguh, professor of dermatology at the University School of Medicine Johns Hopkins. "The truth is that if you've never been exposed to one before, there would be no way for you to know before getting the tattoo," he adds.

And how could it be otherwise, the yellow It could also bring you bad luck. Though Molière died dressed in this color while performing a play, the result would not have to be the same if you use it in a tattoo, but it could cause unwanted effects. Specifically, it can increase skin sensitivity to the sun.

Red ink may cause mild side effects such as redness, swelling or itching. And the yellow one, increase the sensitivity to the sun

Beyond colors, if a ink that your skin does not support, could cause neurodermatitis. This causes that bubbles are created in the tattoo and become "thick and leathery skin," explains Aguh. On the other hand, if you have the gene for psoriasis you must rethink the dream of immortalizing your dog in your body. Dermatologists point out that tattoos could trigger the development of the disease.

Unfortunately, there is no method or tool available that can help predict whether everyone is predisposed to develop an allergic reaction to tattoos. Dermatologists, in any case, recommend getting a very small test tattoo to see how the skin responds to ink.