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What are the side effects of tattoos?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry 36 years experience
Tattoos: They fade and wrinkle over time ;-).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Infection potential: Tattoing can lead to infections with organisms like clostridium tetani, streptococcus pyogenes, staphylococcus aureus pseudomonas aeruginosa, haemophilus ducreyi, treponema pallidum & mycobacterium leprae. It can cause illnesses like sepsis, impetigo, tetanus & erysipelas.
Dr. Bob Ourian
Dr. Bob Ourian commented
Dermatology 27 years experience
A tattoo may also mask lesions on the skin and make detection of skin cancer more difficult.
Apr 21, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Great point Dr. Ourian. Thanks, Heidi
Apr 21, 2013
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