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Lots of people have tattoos these days, but the Food and Drug Administration is saying you should really weigh the risks before getting one. According to UPI,

The organization says there are increasing reports of people developing infections from contaminated tattoo inks and having bad reactions to the inks. Dr. Link Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors says before committing to getting a tatooo you should confirm the tattoo parlor and artist are in compliance with all state and local laws. To find out about local regulations you should contact your county or city health department. You also need to be concerned about unhygienic practices, non-sterile needles and contaminated ink. Signs of a tattoo-related infection include a rash at the site of the tattoo, or a fever. Contact a health care provider if you develop signs of infection or allergic reaction after getting a tattoo.

I’m glad that I came across this article because I was thinking about getting one.

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