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Health Risk Of Tattoos
Piercing Problesm: Common infections related to piercings include Staphylococcus aureus, group A Streptococcus & Pseudomonas. In some situations nipple piercings have led to chronic nipple infection requiring surgical intervention. Ear piercings have led to chondritis with collapse of the external ear. Naval and Nasal piercings often lead to infection. ...Read more
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
Actually women: have more problems with alcohol than men in terms of organ damage, particularly liver and heart damage. However, there are other inherited predispositions that relate to how much damage alcohol will do any given individual. Alcohol is water soluble, and since women have (in general) more fat, alcohol is more concentrated in women, who also absorb more alcohol directly from their stomach. ...Read more
Too numerous to list: Cigarettes cause exposure to hundreds of toxic substances that can affect all parts of your body. They also induce extra inflammation in many parts of the body which can cause acceleration of aging and of multiple other negative processes in the body. Looks up risks of cigarette smoking and the number of possible problems linked to smoking will take hours or longer to review. Stop or don't start ...Read more
Mental Health risks: Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic , delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times ; slowed problem solving. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure there are: Smoking is 100% bad for you. It's toxic. No amount of smoke is good for you anymore than any amount of poison is good for you. Or radiation exposure. What's unclear is how much starts to be a significant risk. When you ask are there any health risks, you already know the answer. ...Read more
Female Genital : Mutilation can lead to death, severe chronic pain, hemorrhage, urinary retention, urinary tract infections, keloid scars, strictures, fistula, incontinence, infertility, painful intercourse, painful periods, neuroma, recurrent infections, septicemia, transmission of hepatitis, tetanus, HIV & difficulty with childbirth. This doesn't address the emotional damage & horror inflicted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As close to 0: as possible. Blood banking is a highly controlled service that has many different controls that make sure that all goes perfectly. Some people who get a lot of transfusions can develop antibodies. But USA blood is extremely clean of bacteria, viruses and other adulterants. Fear of getting a transfusion is not something you should worry about. ...Read more
If it is not: Tobacco, it depends upon what is being burned and what is inhaled. The hookah passes the substasnce through water, and could abstract aqueous soluble products, but not lipophilic ones. One needs to read the label of active ingredients. If you don't know; don't do it. ...Read more
Many...: Including cancer, heart disease, lung disease, premature aging, dementia, stroke, and death (and this is far from a complete list). Keep in mind, all cigarettes are herbal. Tobacco is an herb. If you are asking about clove cigarettes, then add suddenly coughing up blood to the list, as that has been reported after smoking clove cigarettes. ...Read more
None.: There are several meningitis vaccines given, mostly to children. They are all safe and necessary vaccines and can prevent unnecessary illness and death. The meningococcal vaccine is mostly given to children at age 10-11 with a booster at 16; pneumococcal and hemophilus influenza B are both given as a series with the regular under 2 year old vaccines. They also may be given to adults at risk. ...Read more
No: Generally it's good for you, helping you stay focused on other things, stay physically comfortable and learn about your mind and body in preparation for marriage. Think about that one special girl in your future. Don't let anybody frighten you with foolish talk. If you have an obsession with erotica that is keeping you from doing what you should be doing, your physician can help. ...Read more
Cancer and others: Chewing tobacco, snuff etc. produce high levels of the organic compounds ("tars") that are associated with cancer of the head/neck. In addition, you absorb nicotine and the cardiovascular complications of that, while not as bad as smoking, are still bad - an increase in heart attack and stroke. You are also just as dependent on nicotine as smokers. Bad breath, stained teeth, the spitting - all bad ...Read more
Many: One study showed complications in up to 35% of people w pierced ears. Problems can include infection, keloid, traumatic tearing and allergic reaction. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or > ...Read more
Surface mining: Go to wikipedia or your text book ...Read more
Possibly: The tattoo ihk is constantly being eaten by your immune cells and going to the lymph nodes. Over the years we have not seen an increase in cancer with tattoos however there may ne a new association to skin cancers and the yellow ink Its still early but mybe real. Red ink can cause allergic reactions a well. The more ink you have the more in the nodes. We do not know if its harmful 2 b full body ...Read more
Infection: You might be more prone to infection. ...Read more
Not Likely: If you have the tattoo treated with an appropriate laser, usually a Q-switch (fast pulse) the effects should be limited to disruption of the tattoo pigment in the skin. I have seen tattoos treated with an inappropriate laser that lead to burns, scarring, but no other type of health issues. Hope that helps. ...Read more
None as noted: Laser tattoo removal allows for the macrophages to remove your ink bringing it to the nodes. There does not seem to be any ill effects. There are immediate risks and most of which are operator dependent scar formation , blistering, infection from poor after care and some others not related to the persons allergic reaction to ink, swelling, itch, pigment loos ( the skin looses pigment) ...Read more
Would it negatively affect my health or its effectiveness if I were to be tattooed over the nexplanon implant?
It's your choice: It won't interfere with the medicine. I'm a tattoo buff and have three. But you need to be VERY sure it's what you want. Wait several years after you get the original idea and if it is EXACTLY what you want, go for it. It hurts. But mine are so meaningful I would not trade the pain for any pleasure I can imagine. Follow your dream, think for a LONG time, and then make the right choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I be concerned about any health implications from laser tattoo removal? Or is it an unnecessary concern?
So far no problems: Aside from instant problems like burns from inappropriate laser use there seems to be no adverse health issues to laser tattoo removal. The ink in taken up by your lympahtics which is where it would go already but much more slowly. Thre is no study that shows any acute health issues ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tattoo Removal: Tattoo ink is placed beneath the top layer of skin. That makes tattoo removal more complicated and expensive than the original tattoo application. Scarring is likely after most types of tattoo removal. Infection or skin discoloration is possible as well. You can due laser surgery, dermabrasion, or surgical removal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is having henna tattoo every month bad for our health? Especially for the skin? I have no skin allergies.
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
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
Not regulated by FDA: The pigments / inks used in tattoos are not regulated by the us food and drug administration, which makes me a bit wary, especially when you consider that, over time, some of those substances will become absorbed through the skin into your system. So i would be concerned about the potential toxicity of the substances used to create the tattoos. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Once in a great while my old tattoos will begin to itch and swell. What could be the cause of this?
That sounds like an: infection, make an appointment to see dermatologist for culture and treatment ...Read more
I'm getting piercing tomorrow and usually when I get tattooed I tip the guy but what am I suppose to do when I get a piercing?
Tipping Etiquette: Sorry, but Health Tap is for medical - not etiquette questions. ...Read more
Basic wound care: keep it clean gentle wash warm water only no scrubbing use moisturizer like aquaphor or cetaphil a few times a day keep it out of hot tube keep out of the sun if puss comes out or it gets hot red and painful go to your doctor it could be infected ...Read more
Regret : Future regret is the number one consequence of getting a tattoo. The cost of removing and the complications associated with removal are another. Contracting an infectious disease such as hepatitis c is a real concern, especially when obtained at an unregulated facility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Tattoo is a form of self-mutilation and one should not get one, certainly not if you are on blood thinners. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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