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Ink poisoning from a tattoo? How long until I would know?

Ink poisoning from a tattoo? How long until I would know?

Usually: Usually you can get secondary infection which would show as quickly as 48hours or you could become allergic to the tattoo ink which might show much later. Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze. . . are 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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Please help there's bumps and a rash on a month old tattoo. Is this symptom of ink poisoning?

Allergy?: This sounds like an allergy to your ink
I would have a dermatologist look at the tattoo.
If allergic you can not use a laser to remove the tattoo. Read more

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How would I know if I have ink poisoning?

How would I know if I have ink poisoning?

I'll bet you don't: If you are compulsively drinking fountain pen ink, more than an ounce at a time, you might get sick from it. You should get with somebody who can help you with this compulsion -- your personal physician has heard much stranger and won't think the less of you. If somebody told you to stop writing note to yourself on your hand, stop worrying, it won't make you sick. Read more

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Can you get ink poisoning from drawing on your arm with a pen?

Can you get ink poisoning from drawing on your arm with a pen?

No: Most of use were warned not to do this, but there's no basis to it. I find it helpful in remembering things. Read more

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Is it possible to get ink poisoning by giving yourslef a small homemade tatoo with pen ink?

Is it possible to get ink poisoning by giving yourslef a small homemade tatoo with pen ink?

Not good idea: You may not get ink poisoning, but you are at risk for severe skin infection if not properly done. I suggest that if you want a tattoo, then go to a tattoo shop. Read more

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I fell asleep with an open ink pen on my bed by accident I woke up and it had stabbed me in leg and I got ink all over me. Will I get ink poisoning?

I fell asleep with an open ink pen on my bed by accident I woke up and it had stabbed me in leg and I got ink all over me. Will I get ink poisoning?

Usually not: Most common pens are not mostly ink. They are made of varying things such as solvents, dyes, and water. They are considered relatively safe. If you have headache, shivers, numbness or issues with your nervous system then present to the er and tell them what happened. Otherwise clean the area with soap and water extensively and keep it clean. Read more

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Can I get ink poisoning by drawing on myself with a pen?

No likely: Pens are safe and would not be around if they made people sick from writing on themselves. Write on paper. Read more

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If a child writes on her hand will she get ink poisoning and vomit? Her hand is red and she's vomiting. She doesn't have fever or the poops.

If a child writes on her hand will she get ink poisoning and vomit? Her hand is red and she's vomiting. She doesn't have fever or the poops.

No: No, she will not get ink poisoning. That's a bit of an "old wives' tale". That said, if she's irritated her hand, it may be a little red. I highly doubt the vomiting has anything to do with it, and is likely another issue. If that persists, i'd get her evaluated. Read more

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Will I get ink poisoning or heart infection from getting a tattoo on top of blood vessels in arms?

Will I get ink poisoning or heart infection from getting a tattoo on top of blood vessels in arms?

Wow,: High blood pressure. Thrombocytosis at 18 years of age....As long as the everything is sterile and your skin was cleaned well too, there is very little risk for infections. Read more

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I got a tattoo with non-toxic ink from walmart, I am worried I may have lead poisoning now. Is it possible? How much lead may I have in me?

Possible: The non toxic ink may have lead in it, cannot rule it out until the ink is tested for lead. Or you can go to your primary care doctor and request a blood lead test. Read more

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Will I get blood poisoning from india ink I started bleeding and I was makings home made tattoo?

Will I get blood poisoning from india ink I started bleeding and I was makings home made tattoo?

Not smart: Infection is a real risk. If you have pain, bleeding, swelling, red lines radiating from tattoo area, see physician or go to er immediately. Read more

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What does blood poisoning on tattoos look like?

What does blood poisoning on tattoos look like?

If you become: Septic from a tatoo infection - you will be dealing with systemic symptoms Read more

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Is there any kind of poisoning associated with getting tattoos?

Is there any kind of poisoning associated with getting tattoos?

Infections.: 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. Read more

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If someone already had blood poisoning, what would happen if they got a tattoo?

Tattooed: They would have a tattoo, but that is all. The tattoo will fade with time and stretch out, and start to look ugly. They will regret getting the tattoo and attempt to have it removed. Read more

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If someone already had blood poisoning, could it have happened if they got a tattoo?

If someone already had blood poisoning, could it have happened if they got a tattoo?

Tattoo side effects: Tattoos can cause skin problems such as granulomas (red bumps caused by inflammation) and keloid scars, and they can provoke allergic reactions, making skin itch and break out. These allergic reactions can occur with no warning, years after you get your tattoo. Getting a tattoo also puts you in danger of getting diseases such as aids, tetanus, hepatitis b and hepatitis c, infections. Read more

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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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