Think Before You Ink

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Think Before You Ink

Laura Way

Axia College of University of Phoenix

Have you ever made a decision that you later regretted and wish you could take back? Many people, who chose to get a tattoo, later wish they would have waited. . Few know or understand the risks of tattooing, or the process of erasing the tattoo.
Tattoos have been around for many centuries, and have been viewed as part of certain cultures. Many societies look at tattoos as a magnification work of art. Each tattoo can be a symbol of exceptional meaning, or stand for something personal and sacred. With the growing demand in tattoos as a form of art, many young people view tattoos as decoration.
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Some of these dangers include bacteria and viral infections, hepatitis, syphilis, AIDS, and skin infections and irritations. Tattoos are an open wound, and should be treated like any other scrape, scratch, or penetration. Contracting these diseases is made possible by not following certain precautions. Sterilizing all equipment and making sure the artist is using new needles are ways to lower your risk.
Skin irritation and infections can occur after receiving a tattoo. Signs of infection can include: pain, redness, swelling, drainage, and puss. The pigment compounds of a tattoo can also cause allergic reactions in some people. The symptoms are similar to that of an infection but can include severe itching and send certain people into anaphylactic shock which can lead to death.
Depending on what type of infection is contracted, the treatment and prognosis can vary. Minor infections can be taken care of with antibiotics, while blood borne diseases such as hepatitis or Aids can be life altering. The choice is up to each person to protect themselves against these diseases, and to treat properly the tattoo in order to avoid complications.
Estimates show that 50% of people who get tattoos later regret the decision. (howstuffworks, 2007) Reasons for wanting a tattoo removed can vary from removing a name, faded ink, health concerns, infection, or just the growing and changing of people. Men and women between the ages of 25 and 30 are among the ones choosing to have tattoos removed. Many young adults jump into the decision to get a tattoo, and at the time never ...

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