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Hi Doc, I was wondering about the dangerous of getting

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Question: Hi Doc, I was wondering about the dangerous of getting another tattoo. I have one on my arm and chest I need to cover up. I'm just wondering since I been have asthma and allergie attacks, could this be a life threatening or serious issue with getting a tattoo? Thanks XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Ornela Ademovi (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Tattoo dyes carry a risk of allergic reaction

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

I understand your concern. Getting a tattoo always carries certain risks that you need to be careful of. Skin infections due to improper sterilization and not using gloves are not uncommon. Skin bumps, bleeding, the risk of blood-borne infection transmission are all potential risks, which can be avoided by getting the tattoos done by a responsible professional at a place where safety is a primary concern.

In your case, a risk to consider is a possible allergy to dyes used, especially the green, red, blue and yellow dyes, which may cause an itchy rash at the tattooed place, even years after getting the tattoo.

Another little-known downside of tattoos is side effects when getting an MRI. During MRI exams, the permanent dyes may cause redness, swelling and burning on the tattooed area.

These are all possible side effects to consider before deciding to get another tattoo. The decision is ultimately up to you.

I hope this answers your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care.


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Brief Answer: Tattoo dyes carry a risk of allergic reaction Detailed Answer: Hello, I understand your concern. Getting a tattoo always carries certain risks that you need to be careful of. Skin infections due to improper sterilization and not using gloves are not uncommon. Skin bumps, bleeding, the risk of blood-borne infection transmission are all potential risks, which can be avoided by getting the tattoos done by a responsible professional at a place where safety is a primary concern. In your case, a risk to consider is a possible allergy to dyes used, especially the green, red, blue and yellow dyes, which may cause an itchy rash at the tattooed place, even years after getting the tattoo. Another little-known downside of tattoos is side effects when getting an MRI. During MRI exams, the permanent dyes may cause redness, swelling and burning on the tattooed area. These are all possible side effects to consider before deciding to get another tattoo. The decision is ultimately up to you. I hope this answers your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care.