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Tattoos Last, and So Does the Pain for 1 in 10

Body Tatoo

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  • In a survey of people with tattoos, more than 10 percent said they developed abnormal reactions as a result, including pain, itching, and infection
  • For 6 percent, symptoms such as itching, scaly skin, and swelling lasted for longer than four months
  • Both red and black tattoo pigments have been implicated in potential complications, although all colors are unregulated and may contain cancer-causing compounds that migrate through your body

By Dr. Mercola

About one in five US adults, or 21 percent, has at least one tattoo. This is up from 14 percent in 2008, according to a Harris poll. Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years. They were used in ancient Egypt as a way to identify peasants and slaves.


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