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Health Tip: Getting a Tattoo?

-- Before you decide to get a tattoo, consider the possible complications. To reduce your risk, it's important to see an approved tattoo artist who is issued regular inspection certificates.

The American Academy of Dermatology lists these possible complications that could occur from a tattoo:

  • A staph or other skin or tissue infection.
  • A bloodborne disease, such as hepatitis.
  • An allergic reaction or sensitivity to the inks used.
  • Flawed reading of an MRI or similar imaging test due to iron oxide and heavy metal pigments used in some tattoos.
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Posted: December 2009