95% of Julia Gnuse's body is covered with tattoos and she holds the Gunnies World Record for the same. Not much behind, Indian businessman Mr Har Prakash has been carrying 305 tattoos of countries on his own body. Name any Hollywood or Bollywood celebrity; you will see a tattoo on some part of their body. Tattoos are a style statement but are you aware that most number of cases of Hepatitis is registered due to unsafe tattooing practices. Unfortunately, we don’t have any vaccine for Hepatitis C and unsafe tattoos or piercings can lead to Hepatitis B & C.
According to the doctors, you can be infected with Hepatitis.
- If the tattoo needle has not been properly sterilized
- If an infected needle or ink is used
- Even while getting the tatto removed
According to World Health Organization (WHO), every year more than 3 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus. About 150 million people are chronically infected and at risk of developing liver cirrhosis and/or liver cancer. More than 350 000 people die from hepatitis C-related liver diseases every year.
The good news is that we have vaccine for Hepatitis B, so before going for tattoo get yourself vaccinated at a hospital.
- Before going for a tattoo, ask the dermatologist if your skin will be able to bear the tattoo or not. Don’t just go on the look.
- Ask the tattoo artist to change the needle & ink in front of you before using it.
- Take all the necessary precaution while & after inking your body.
- If you have any allergy, kindly discuss it with the doctor and artist.
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