Harmful particles in tattoo ink travels to lymph nodes: Study

Harmful particles in tattoo ink travels to lymph nodes: Study

A large number of people around the globe love to get tattoos on various parts of their body and in varying sizes. But one should be careful as a new study has warned that this particular form of body art could cause health issues.

A team of researchers from Germany and France examined data collected by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) to study how ink used in tattoos travels inside the body.

They were surprised to find that a variety of organic & inorganic pigment as well as toxic element impurities of reach to lymph nodes in the form of nanoparticles. It may be noted here that Lymph nodes are a vital component of the body’s immune system.

The report stated, “While you can get serious infections from unhygienic practices and equipment that isn’t sterile, infections can also result from ink that was contaminated with bacteria or mold … There’s no sure-fire way to tell if the ink is safe.”

As per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), nearly 30 per cent of all Americans have at least one tattoo on the body.

The findings of the new study were published and detailed in the most recent edition of the journal Scientific Reports.