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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

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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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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Do tattoos cause ink poisoning?

Do tattoos cause ink poisoning?

It is possible: Writing ink is composed of a combination of dyes pigments solvents and water according to medline plus. These ingredients individually and together are nonpoisonous and treatment generally is not needed if less than an ounce is consumed. Tattoo ink is not regulated by the food and drug administration and therefore could contain any number of ingredients that cause poisoning especiallyhome made. ...Read more

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Even with modern laser removal, does tattoo ink ever leave the body? Could accumulation in lymph nodes cause health issues?

Yes and maybe: Ist question The tattoo ink is vaporized and most the ink is gone. There may be some residual and some ink is very hard to remove. If the pt has had poorly done inking and a lot of tattoo in may get in the lymph nodes. I am not aware of significant disease in this regard. See your dermatologist or plastic surgeon for adequate treatment. ...Read more

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Will the rash caused by scabies wreck any of the ink in my tattoos? Will the burrowing cause any kind of scarring on top of the skin?

Will the rash caused by scabies wreck any of the ink in my tattoos? Will the burrowing cause any kind of scarring on top of the skin?

Unlikely, but . . .: Inflammation, rash, and scratching has a potential to cause your body to degrade and absorb some of the tattoo ink in localized spots. Cure the scabies, don't scratch in the meantime, and watch those sexual contacts. There are worse things that can happen than your tats fading a bit. ...Read more

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In laser tattoo removal, what happens to the ink your body can't remove? Does it stay in your lymph nodes, kidneys, etc. Can it cause health problems?

In laser tattoo removal, what happens to the ink your body can't remove? Does it stay in your lymph nodes, kidneys, etc. Can it cause health problems?

Immune system: The laser breakes up the ink small particles the immune cells take it to the lymphatics where it gets expelled. It is uncertain how long it remoins in the nodes. Persons with tattoos have flecks in the nodes for life with no seemingly adverse outcomes. Laser tattoo removal does not seem to cause medical illness at least in the past decade that it has become popular. Just go to a medical doctor ...Read more

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I'm undergoing laser tattoo removal. Read about possible cancers caused by fragmented ink particles. Can a healthy immune system eliminate most ink?

I'm undergoing laser tattoo removal. Read about possible cancers caused by fragmented ink particles. Can a healthy immune system eliminate most ink?

Yes: There is no solid data to believe that the ink causes cancers. THe q switched laser shatters the ink and your immune system carried it to the lymphatic's. Many times the entire tattoo can be removed esp black ink. but not always at times there is residual ink left behind. Colors like yellow, white some blues and greens also are more likely to have residual ink. ...Read more

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I am allergic to tatto ink. Will laser removal cause the allergens to spread through my body and cause allergic reactions in other areas?

I am allergic to tatto ink. Will laser removal cause the allergens to spread through my body and cause allergic reactions in other areas?

Possibly: There have been case reports of systemic allergic reactions to vaporized tattoo ink during laser removal including anaphyllactic reactions. Certain lasers are more prone to cause this reaction. If you have a history of a severe reaction to ink and must remove the tattoo, surgical methods of removal may be safer. ...Read more

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Can you contract hepatitis from a tattoo?

Not if you're smart: Today's professional inkers will show you the sterilized, plastic-sealed containers of ink, and the autoclaved tattoo needles, and break the seals on both as you watch. Do not settle for anything less. Sadly, as dr. Singh points out, some people are dumb enough to be inked by friends or goofballs. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more