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Tattoo parlors are breeding grounds for infections, health experts warn

Having a tattoo has gained increasing popularity over the years. It is not uncommon for you to spot an individual with one. Some like to have it on their shoulders, while others would find the most unusual spot on the body, for example, at the back of the neck!

Whether to have a tattoo or not is beside the point. There is a whole long list of why anyone would do so. Just for mere pleasure could be one, because it looks good could be another. Additionally, tattoos are also one way of conforming to a certain type of identity.

Having said that, there is a bigger concern to consider. You would resort towards a tattoo parlor without ever acknowledging the risks that tag along. If that is actually the case, then you should look into the report documented by the Royal Society for Public Health!

Tattoo Parlors: Breeding Grounds for Infections

The report concluded some of the associated risks of infections that initiate in tattoo parlors. Accordingly, researchers from the Royal Society for Public Health and NHS paid visits to a number of parlors all over the UK.

What they found is rather worrisome yet startling at the same time. It was revealed that most tattoo parlors fail to pay any attention to safety procedures. The activities carried out including tattooing and piercing can inflict the individual with serious types of infections.

That can arise as a result of unsterilized needles, which when injected into the skin can become breeding grounds for micro-organisms. If these micro-organisms are allowed to multiply, they can consequently cause complications such as hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis.

Just a few months back, a resident in Taunton, England, had a part of his ear removed due to an infection that was suspected to spread all over the region. He was admitted to the nearest hospital for nearly two weeks and remained on drip the entire time. The case had alerted health experts who were drawn towards investigating the issue of tattooing and piercing.

A Cause for Concern?

As mentioned at the start of this article, tattoo has become a very popular thing among all age groups. Unofficial empirical statistics show that 1 in every 5 people is likely to have a tattoo on a part of their body. The number of parlors we can spot on an everyday basis certainly validate the aforementioned statistics. But all that aside, most individuals would often overlook the important safety concerns.

While countries do have laws in place to regulate the tattooing procedures, more often than not, they turn to deaf ears. Obtaining a license for a tattoo parlor has become a fairly easy thing to do without any strict legalities. Worst of all that, there are instances where the procedure is carried informally without any precautionary guidelines.

The health problem starts from the dirty needle which is injected to the body. If, not sterilized can breed thousands of harmful micro-organisms in the skin.

Henceforth, the need of the hour is for the government to start regulating tattoo parlors. It should first and foremost ensure that all the necessary medical requirements are met. The procedure should always be carried under the supervision of a qualified technician. Second, needless to say, all equipment should be carefully and properly sterilized.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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