Berlin. Colors are not ideal for the body. But even tattoo needles can be dangerous for your health. This shows a study.
Danger for tattoo fans: needles can cause allergies
Those who get tattooed take risks. Not only is the motive maybe one day you do not like it anymore, but there are also health risks. Already known was that colorsfor the body ornaments to be used reactions can trigger.
More or less by chance, researchers have now noticed that the tattoo needles Can cause problems – when smaller particles When you tattoo, take off and stay in the skin. What, according to researchers at the Federal Institute for Research on Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin, not so unusual. The study that accompanies it calls "Toxicology of Particles and Fibers".
Allergy to tattoo needle residue – it was a coincidence
As a result, metals causing allergies dissolve particularly frequently when titanium dioxide is used, contained in many tattoo colors such as green, red and blue. Tattoo needles are made of an alloy containing between six and eight percent nickel and up to 20 percent chromium contains. Both metals are toxic and can trigger allergies if they break down.
According to Ines Schreiver of the Federal Institute, this new finding was a coincidence: "In the investigation of tattoo colors we discovered metal particles. In the detective work, we discovered that they came from needle abrasion. "
The exact effects have yet to be explored
In a previous study, researchers have already shown that toxic pigments tattoo colors for years in the lymph nodes can drop. It has now been proven that needle particles are also found in these organs of the immune system, explains Schreiver.
To what extent deposits are harmful to health and cause allergies, need to be deepened. This would require in-depth studies with several thousand participants over several years.
Not sure that colored tattoos are more dangerous than black tattoos
If colored tattoos are more dangerous than black tattoos, can not say exactly. "The lower black color may also contain nickel at high concentrations," the researchers said.
Tattoo artist Randy Engelhardtsprach, well known on television, talks to our editors about the risks of tattooing.
In fact, many underestimate the risks associated with tattoos.
But some people are upset by the fact that the name of the not so great love of life now adorns the upper arm. In the case is important: tattoos can be removed in the future than at the doctor.
(Ses / dpa)