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Tattoo Allergies And Possible Skin Reactions

When you get a tattoo, you must consider the risk of disease and allergic reactions, some of them include:

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA is a bacterium that leads to infections in different areas of the body. This type of staph is more difficult to treat than other strains. This is primarily due to the fact that is resistant to common antibiotics.

Anyone getting a tattoo is at risk of contracting an infection of some kind, including MRSA. MRSA is a greater threat that other infections mainly because it spreads easier and is difficult to treat, and in rare cases can be fatal.

When you get a tattoo, there is a risk of bacteria being passed from the tool to the client, from the artist to the client, and even from the client to the clients themselves. The MRSA bacteria can be present on an unaware carrier with no negative effects to their health. The infection could potentially be spread from the artist to the client via contact with their skin or tools. However, if the client is the carrier, they can be infected with the bacteria present on own their body when the tattoo needle breaks the skin.

****If you suspect you have MRSA, seek medical help immediately! ****

Anyone can have an allergic reaction to latex; however, some individuals may be at more of a risk than others. An allergic reaction to latex is cumulative, meaning that the risk is increased over time as a result of prolonged exposure.

Tattoo artists wear gloves to protect not only their clients, but themselves as well, from cross-contamination and to protect against the spread of infection and disease. The powders that are used in the gloves increase exposure to the latex proteins.

If you notice an abnormal growth on or near a new tattoo, this should be cause for concern. Keloids come in all different sizes, are not typically painful, and do not contain any substance other than scar tissue. Therefore, there is no seeping, bleeding or puss.

Common symptoms of Keloid may include:

  • Flesh-colored, red, or pink
  • Located over the site of a wound or injury
  • Lumpy (nodular) or ridged
  • Tender and itchy
  • Irritated from friction such as rubbing on clothing

Keloids are the result of the body over defending itself after trauma or a surgical incision. In the majority of cases, these keloids must be removed by surgery or medical treatment. Individuals of African-American descent are typically more prone to the development of keloids; however, all ethnicity are susceptible. If you are prone to keloids, you may want to consider not getting a tattoo.


When getting a new tattoo, be sure to go to a reputable tattoo studio…and make sure that they confirm that their ink have been tested and treated to eliminate infections contaminants. If you noticed that you have any sort of skin allergy or reaction after getting a tattoo, seek medical assistance immediately!

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