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Dangers of Tattooing Ignored

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 04:37 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I have written in the past about the dangers of tattoos. But unfortunately, the number of people getting extensive tattoos is increasing exponentially in the United States.

Yet the Food and Drug Administration still has not studied the safety of the inks being used, despite a growing number of reports of serious problems arising from tattoos.

One of the complications happening more and more often is atypical mycobacterial infections, a form of cutaneous tuberculosis.

In addition, pyogenic infection, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other infections are also increasingly being associated with tattoos. Granulomatous skin lesions have been reported as well.

A serious and often disabling disorder called vasculitis — which is a chronic inflammation of arteries — has been reported on several occasions.

Red inks appear to be the ones most often associated with contact dermatitis and significant immune reactions and disfigurement.

While there has been no official recognition of a link to cancer, I think it is far too early to tell — and I am sure that no one is accurately monitoring the possibility.

Some reactions, such as the pseudolymphomatous lesions, especially those involving the lymph nodes, can closely resemble malignant lymphomas.

The pseudoepitheliomatous reaction associated with tattoos closely resembles squamous cell cancer of the skin.

A popular form of temporary tattooing, especially among the young, involves the use of dye produced from the henna plant. Henna dye is known to produce frequent and often severe dermatitis, and can cause lethal anaphylactoid reactions in some people.

Worse yet, a compound called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) is often added to the henna dye to darken it and to quicken the fixing of the design. PPD is a potent contact dermatitis sensitizer.

What most tattoo-obsessed people do not seem to appreciate is that these dyes and inks often contain toxic metals, such as iron or manganese. These metals go from the skin to the regional lymph nodes and remain there for many years, even a lifetime.

For example, tattooing of the arms or chest will deposit the dye in lymph nodes of the axilla and draining nodes of the breast.

One of my main concerns is that these dyes can cause fibrosis of the nodes and interfere with lymphatic drainage of the area involved.

Some of the dye from tattoos is carried beyond the lymph nodes and can end up in a number of organs, possibly even the brain.

The problem is that no one has examined the brains of people with extensive tattooing to see if these toxic metals are accumulating there.

Should later studies find that this is indeed happening — and that it is producing neurological degenerative disorders many years later — what will those who already have extensive tattooing do to protect themselves?

We need to stop the insane practice of tattooing with toxic chemicals right now.

I expect young men to do foolish things. But it surprises me that despite the dangers, so many young women (and even older ones) are getting extensive tattooing.

Women spend billions of dollars on cosmetics and beauty preparations every year, yet they are defacing their bodies permanently based on a ridiculous fad.

Worse, they may be destroying their health.

To destroy your health just to participate in a fad is foolish to say the least. Some have suffered from fatal anaphylactoid reactions, and a significant number of allergic reactions, especially of the skin, are occurring.

This is not only aggravating but can be disfiguring. Why anyone would do such a thing is beyond me.

What to do is a more difficult problem. Chelation would be one possible solution, because it could remove the toxic metals.

Baicalein, quercetin, hesperidin, and curcumin all bind iron and possibly the other toxic metals.

They also will help protect against the development of cancerous tumors and neurodegeneration.

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