|
|
|
|
|
27th Zilhaj 1435 | Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
Health

New tattoo inks may cause complications that mimic skin cancer

Sunday, 3 March 2013
Comments(0)
Washington, March 03:

Modern tattoo inks are causing increased complications like allergic reactions, serious infections and reactions that can mimic skin cancer, a dermatologist has claimed.

Tattoo ink`s composition has changed dramatically over the years. In the past, metal salts, lead, cobalt and carbon were used in inks but today, many modern tattoo inks (especially intense reds and yellows) contain organic azo dyes with plastic-based pigments, which also have industrial uses in printing, textiles and car paint.

As a result, Michi Shinohara, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Washington in Seattle, explained that there are many unknowns about how these inks interact with the skin and within the body and if they are responsible for an increasing number of complications.

One of the most common problems associated with tattooing is allergic reactions to the tattoo pigments. Itching, bumps or rashes can occur days, months or even years after the initial tattoo.

In people suffering with psoriasis and eczema, tattoos may cause the chronic skin conditions to flare.

Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disorder that is characterized by swelling and itching, which can occur in a tattoo decades after the procedure and can involve other organs, like lungs or eyes.

This type of reaction is not directly caused by the original tattoo, but can show up within the tattoo.

According to Shinohara, Skin cancer can occur within a tattoo, and for that reason tattoo artists need to be careful not to place a tattoo over an existing mole.

However, one reaction that can result is a bump that mimics skin cancer, which can ruin the tattoo.

This type of bump or lesion, which can occur within a tattoo looks like a type of skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma.

Since the bump is so hard to distinguish from this skin cancer, it requires a biopsy and, in some cases, may need to be treated as a skin cancer, with additional surgery.

Common infections linked to tattooing include localized bacterial infections.

In addition, there are reports that syphilis and hepatitis B and C are being transmitted due to non-sterile tattooing practices.

However, Shinohara noted that outbreaks can also stem from the tattoo ink rather than the tools used in the procedure.

A recent outbreak of atypical mycobacterial infections has been traced to contaminated tattoo ink, which cause itchy, painful pustules and red bumps within a tattoo during the first month of the procedure.

This type of bacteria is harder to treat than regular staph bacteria and can require a several-month course of oral antibiotics to clear the infection.

ANI

Latest News

4 TIPS FOR RETURNING OUR HEARTS TO ALLAH

I was driving home from an appointment yesterday and something happened. It’s not the first tim ...

Lorgat confident of WICB resolving issues with players ahead of Proteas ...

Cricket South Africa (CSA)'s chief executive officer (CEO) Haroon Lorgat is confident that the West ...

Queen Elizabeth sends first royal tweet

Queen Elizabeth II has sent the first royal tweet under her own name to declare the opening of a telecommunications gall ...

Related News

WHO says millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses will be made availabl...

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that millions of doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine ...

Why Down syndrome leads to Alzheimer's disease

By the age of 40, nearly 100 percent of all individuals with Down syndrome develop changes in the br ...

Teens of parents who exert more psychological control struggle with clos...

A new study has revealed that teens whose parents exerted more psychological control over them when ...

Post new comment

To combat spam, please enter the code in the image.

Rs. 26870 (Per 10g)

Opinion Poll
Do you think the victory of BJP in Haryana and Maharashtra, last nail in the Congress coffin?
YesNoCan't say

Matrimony | Photos | Videos | Search | Polls | Archives | Advertise | Letters

© The Siasat Daily, 2012. All rights reserved.
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Abids, Hyderabad - 500001, AP, India
Tel: +91-40-24744180, Fax: +91-40-24603188
contact@siasat.com