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Monday, January 23, 2012

Health Risks of Tattoos and Piercings


Tattoos and piercings look on the body is one of the latest fashion easements imposed, especially among the young.

The fact follow the fashion, in any case has to forget the necessary sanitary measures to ensure physical health.

To assess the risks arising from the implementation of piercings and tattoos and to contribute to better information and carrying out these practices, the European Commission has conducted a study that indicated the possibility of infection, hepatitis or AIDS if used unsterilized syringes.

Without wishing to generate undue alarm, yes it is important to highlight some of the findings of the Commission:

.- In the case of use of syringes has to proceed as rigorously as possible in their sterilization and asepsis of all those involved in the process concerned.

.- There is a loophole in the use of pigments and dyes in the tattoo process. Many of them turn out to be industrial pigments have not passed the approval for cosmetic use, so their reaction is not known exactly final.

.- The Commission itself invites all member states to take steps to strengthen controls, raise public awareness of potential risks and generate a list of prohibited products, and implement specific standards of conduct of tattoos or piercings some risk people such as children, pregnant women and people with chronic heart or lung disease.

On the other hand, the experts who prepared the report highlights a number of measures that we should all contemplate. Thus:

Hygiene .- Make a preview of the area to be treated not only with soap and water, but with a more active antiseptic.

.- Try not to have any illness or infection at the time of tattooing or performing pearcing. This would imply that the person concerned is a weakened immune system, so that the intervention would be of greatest danger.

.- The piercings should be gold and silver, its asepsis is more affective.

.- The needles must be disposable and be sterile at all times.

Medical Risks of Tattoos and Piercings


The colorful tattoos and piercing are increasingly sought after by young and old. Without knowing the risks, undergo procedures that may harm health.

The infections which exposes any person who decides to make some of these practices can have two origins.

"On the skin's own germs, which are laceration or perforation through a gateway to the body, or by viruses, bacteria and fungi in poorly sanitized instruments or is not disposable," he commented Eduardo Lopez, in charge of Department of Medicine, Ricardo Gutiérrez Children's Hospital and professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Salvador, the daily La Nación.

"Intact skin is the best protection to our body counts," says the specialist.

The piercing is less problematic than tattoos because the possibility of contracting infectious diseases such as HIV / AIDS, or complications are minor and involving a minor skin surface. However, the risk also exists.

Who decides to put a tattoo or piercing should ensure that employees are disposable items, or that the premises or the person to perform them has good sterilization equipment and is anyone really perfect.

Dr. Lopez said that "the area of ​​the body where the tattoo or the fee should be perfectly disinfected piercing, and at the onset of pain or swelling should immediately call a doctor."

This fashionable, especially popular in children between 14 and 18 years parents have worried for not having a law that regulates the activity.

Locals only require a business authorization to operate, despite using needles and rigs. Both the Ministry of Health of the Nation and the Secretariats of Health and Community Control Buenos Aires explained that, to open one of these places, just deal with a business qualification under "direct personal services in general," which includes skills such as sign manicure, pedicure and cosmetology.

As the only extra requirement, the premises must be registered in the register of medical waste from the Directorate General of Environmental Quality Control. Although no controlled aseptic conditions with which it operates. Nor is there a rule authorizing or prohibiting a tattoo artist or piercer make an intervention in the minors without parental consent.

A motif difficult to remove

Delete a tattoo is not a simple practice. "To achieve an effective result is to make an intervention similar to reconstitutive plastic surgery," he explained.

The laser is an option to delete the pictures on the skin. However, it is a costly and takes time. In addition, unwanted effects may occur: the possibility that the laser leave a mark lower, as the alteration of skin color in the treated area.

"It is important to note that, with this technique, which is tattooed in an hour, is deleted in a year," said Dr. Lopez.

As for the piercing, get rid of it is much simpler: just remove the tissue and then closes. The drill involves a puncture wound covering an area of ​​skin much smaller than the tattoo. But it is important to disinfect the area for at least three days after removed to prevent infection.