If getting inked is on the horizon or if you’ve already spent some time in the chair, you might be interested in this latest bit of research.
More than one in 20 people who get a tattoo experience complications including infection and swelling, according to the study by researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Centre and published in the journal Contact Dermatitis.
For the study, researchers looked at data from surveys of around 300 adults, ranging in age from 18 to 69, in New York from 2013. The majority of the respondents reported having no more than five tattoos, with the arm being the most popular location for tattoos.
The researchers found that as many as six percent of those interviewed reported experiencing some form of related rash, severe itching or swelling after getting a tattoo that lasted longer than four months, and even up to many years for some.
Another finding from their study was that as many as 10 percent of people experienced short-term complications such as a delay in healing, pain, swelling, and infection within weeks of getting tattooed.
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