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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Contaminate Tattoo Needles

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When getting a tattoo should the needle be new from packet?

When getting a tattoo should the needle be new from packet?

Yes: Ask the operator. He/she will show you the needle in the packet in which it has been sterilized, before it is opened. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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I recently got tattooed by a friend. The gun was boiled for 20 minutes, new needles, ink, and sanitation. No one has hepatitis but can still get it?

Cannot tell: Tatoos are a risk factor for acquiring hepatitis c. Sometimes it is contaminated ink while other times it is not adequately sterilized equipment. Not sure if 20 min of boiling is adequate. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting hepatitis from a tattoo needle?

What are the chances of getting hepatitis from a tattoo needle?

Hepatitis from tatto: If the artist reuses the same needle than you would be exposed to any number of infections including hepatitis if his previous clients had the infection. Any blood borne infection can be passed by using the same needle on multiple clients. ...Read more

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What are symtoms of hiv? I got a tattoo about 5 months ago at home and the guy had stabed himself by mistake and never changed the needle

What are symtoms of hiv? I got a tattoo about 5 months ago at home and the guy had stabed himself by mistake and never changed the needle

Flu like: After infection, sometimes one can get a flu like illness with fever, body aches , sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes all over, rash, headache...Like a flu, that can last for a week or so. Get tested, even if you felt fine.Just getting a tattoo is a risk factor for hepatitis c.You need to be screened for that too. ...Read more

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Hi! I got my first tattoo 6 weeks ago.And it's still red.I got really red immediately after. The tattoo parlour was highly rated and needles sterile.

Allergy/infection: This could be an allergic reaction any hives, itching, rash? Or infection is fluid leaking, pain swelling hot and tender? Its best to have this evaluated in person and rule out the causes of the problem ...Read more

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I have no tattoos/needles period. What could be causing my enzyme levels to be high?

AST / ALT?: I trust you're asking about elevated liver transaminases. The workup may start with no alcohol and none of your usual meds (you may be allergic) for two weeks. If the transaminases are still up, a check for hepatitis b/c as appropriate, plus hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmunity is in order. If still up, the rx may be an even greater focus on aerobic fitness. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is there still can be any chances of getting hepatitis if i get my tattoo done from a clean place where they use new needle and ink? Any other advices

Is there still can be any chances of getting hepatitis if i get my tattoo done from a clean place where they use new needle and ink? Any other advices

Don't get a tattoo: It makes it less likely that you would get hepatitis, but there is no real way to say for sure unless you see them using new sterile needles. Best way would be not to get a tattoo at all. ...Read more

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How early can you detect hepatitis from a tattoo? I just got a tattoo done but i can't remember if they had the needle unopened. Can you get rid of it

Incubation/hepatitis: The incubation period for acute hepatitis c averages 6 to 10 weeks.Hepatitis b is caused by infection with the hepatitis b virus (hbv). The incubation period from the time of exposure to onset of symptoms is 6 weeks to 6 months. Hbv is found in highest concentrations in blood and in lower concentrations in other body fluids. ...Read more

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