Why Getting A Tattoo Could End Up Being Bad For Your Health

New research has warned of the effect of ink on lymph nodes.

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Tattoos are an increasingly popular part of the world we live in.

From smaller inkings featuring ancient Chinese symbols to full arm sleeves boasting some of the most vivid artwork you are likely to see, tattoos are very much in right now and there’s no sign of demand dropping off.

However new research suggests tattoos could also have the potential to serious mess with your health. A study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports, has warned that microscopic particles of tattoo ink have the potential to seep into the body and reach your lymph nodes.

These lymph nodes reside in an area of the body that is essentially the hub of the immune system which, of messed with, could lead to ill health.

Tattoo ink contained various organic and inorganic pigments and have the potential to be contaminated with toxic impurities.

These tiny particles – and it’s important to stress that they are tiny particles – could contain contaminates like chromium, cobalt, manganese and nickel.

Titatnium dioxide is one of the most commonly used ink types when it comes to tattoos and has been linked with conditions like itching, delayed healing and general skin irritation.

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The message from study co-author Hiram Castillo, who is a researcher at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France, is simple.

“When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often vary careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles,” he said.

“No one checks the chemical composition of the colours, but our study shows that maybe they should.”

So if you are thinking of getting a tattoo or adding to any of your existing artwork, just make sure you take the necessary precautions or your could end up regretting your inking for altogether different reasons.

The warnings follow previous research which suggested tattoos could actually hinder your progress in the gym.

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