They look terrible and hurt like hell. (JFYI, the photos might freak you out.)
Jun 01, 2015 1:52am
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When you get a tattoo, you know you'll be stuck forever with the body art you've asked for. But a new survey suggests that you could have to live with something you didn't request. Here are some pretty awful abnormal reactions. Prepare to feel queasy.
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While the vast majority of the people polled in the survey got their body art and got on with their lives, about 4 percent reported abnormal reactions that lasted from a few days to a few months. OUCH.
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Their symptoms included pain at the tattoo site, infections requiring antibiotics, itching, swelling, and prolonged scabbing.
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Six percent of people suffered from chronic reactions (like itching, scaling, swelling, persistent elevation, or scarring in the tattoo area and beyond it) that lasted more than four months. Chronic reactions were colour-specific: black and red inks — the two most common ink colours.
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More research is needed to figure out why some people react so badly to tattoos. While the survey found that people with a history of food, drug, or other allergies, and those who get tattoos with the most number of colours are most likely to endure chronic reactions, the allergies were self-reported, and so were the reactions — no medical evaluations were involved.
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Until researchers get on it, doctors aren't saying you should forgo the tattoo that you're dying for (or settle for a design that has fewer colours or is free of red or black inks). Just look out for pain, pus, warmth, swelling, soreness, raised spots, or redness that persists for more than two weeks after the procedure, suggests dermatologist Joshua Zeichner,
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If anything seems awry, see an actual doctor instead of going back to the tattoo parlour. Depending on what you're dealing with, anti-inflammatory steroids, laser surgery, or regular surgery to remove the tattooed areas of the skin or built-up scar tissue can help you save face (or whatever body part you've inked up). SOURCE: Cosmopolitan US