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Monday, October 09, 2017

The Dangerous Health Risk Of Tattoo

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The culture of tattooing and body piercing is becoming trendy in the Nigerian youth sphere. But, the process of getting one might boost your chances of becoming infected with some dangerous diseases.

The protective shield in your body is the membrane of the skin and mucous in your body, it protects the body from hundreds of infection. The process of getting your body tattooed or pierced normally includes piercing or inking the body with either a sharp needle or any instrument that is characterised by sharp tip.

Bacteria and viruses that are on your skin can penetrate into your body, once it is broken by those sharp equipment. Also, the tattoo specialist can also get an infection, if he inadvertently injures himself. Sharp instruments can easily be infected with fluids from another person.

Hepatitis B, C and HIV/AIDS, coupled with herpes are among the viral infection that can be acquired through tattooing and piercing. Not to mention, other harmful diseases of the skin like staphylococcus and streptococcus.

Ways to reduce risk of transmission of diseases

The most effective way of preventing infections through tattooing and piercing is to patronize only professionals or specialists:

  • Make sure the area you patronize is neat and possesses a good lightening system.
  • Ensure that the sharp instruments used in tattooing are sterilized and clean, the needles used in the tattooing machines must be cleaned in alcohol after every use.
  • Ensure that the needles and any other sharp objects are neat and sterilized after every use. Make sure no needles or sharp objects are reused.
  • Gloves must be used during the entire process of tattooing.
  • After the tattooing, the tattoo artist must offer you oral and written personal care instruction.
  • Get a hepatitis B vaccine, as a preventive measure against hepatitis B.

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