Common Health Risks of Tattoos

Most people do not realize that tattoos, when applied incorrectly, can lead to skin diseases and other serious health problems. You must understand the health risks associated with tattoos before taking the leap.

Choosing a beautiful or meaningful design to decorate your body forever is for most people something they won’t regret, but the fact that it is not 100% safe cannot be ignored. Considering that the process involves lots of needles pushing a foreign substance under your skin, it’s very important that you have full grasp of the health risks before consenting to tattooing.

With the understanding of the risks and ways to avoid them comes the ability to keep yourself safe. This post will provide the information you need about these health risks to make the right choices for you about whether to get a tattoo. To find out more, I visited the local tattoo shops near me to find out more information. Please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional and the content in this post should not be taken as medical advice.

Skin Conditions

Skin related tattoo health issues include skin infections which may cause obviously itching, rash, swelling, tenderness or drainage. These are most commonly obtained when the artist does not sterilize their tools properly.

Always check to make sure that the studio takes care of their tools and sterilize all materials before tattooing. The introduction of single use equipment has significantly decreased the risks of spreading infection, so all needles and tubes should come directly from sealed packages and never be reused. These practices are vitally important in the prevention of the spread of disease in this industry. Although the gun itself is reusable all the attachments should be single use and a good tattoo artist will let you see them being removed from the packaging.

Tattoos and MRIs

Your tattoo may also cause problems when receiving an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). This may happen with any tattoo, but the effect is more severe in tattoos obtained in prison because the ink has a higher metal content than that which is commercially used. The effect is excessive heat from the tattoo during the MRI, the extent of the heat depends on the inks metal content. You may feel mild to severe burning sensation.

This is an important health risk to be aware of whenever considering a tattoo. If you indeed get one it is something to be remembered as the medical team may not ask you if you have a tattoo beforehand.


Health risks occur because tattoos breach the skin, making them more likely to cause skin-related problems such as allergic reactions and blood diseases. People who suffer from an allergic reaction to tattooing may experience more than usual levels of itching or pain at the site of the tattoo, although milder versions of these symptoms alone should not cause alarm. Some people are allergic to the ink used in tattooing, and red dye is one of the most common allergens in the tattooing industry. If you are having severe pain or are unable to cope with the itching, it may be wise to seek medical attention.

Reducing Your Risk

You can help yourself to avoid health risks by taking care of the tattoo properly after it is finished. This includes avoiding excessive sunlight and keeping the area moist and clean. After receiving a tattoo, the skin is very tender and susceptible to infection, so it is important to make sure the area is kept clean at all times. Use soap and water daily and do not rub the skin in the area. Instead pat the skin when cleaning it to make sure that the skin remains healthy and to avoid further irritation.