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Tattoos could help fight common infections

 

Those of you who have had a tattoo will know firsthand how painful and physically draining the inking process can be. As such, you may be surprised to learn that it could actually benefit health; researchers found that getting tattoos could strengthen the immune system, helping us to stave off common infections.

The study – published in the American Journal of Human Biology – found that this immune-boosting effect increases with multiple tattoos.

According to 2013 statistics from Pew Research Center, around 14% of Americans have at least one tattoo, and we spend around $1.65 billion a year on professional inkings.

While the majority of people do not experience any health complications after getting a tattoo, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction or skin infection.

Furthermore, if the tattooing equipment used is contaminated with infected blood, it is possible to contract bloodborne diseases, such as tetanus and hepatitis B and C.

But according to Dr. Christopher Lynn, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and colleagues, tattoos could also be beneficial to health, helping us to fight off colds and other common infections.

 

Written by Honor Whiteman

Monday 14 March 2016

Read more here –> http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/307859.php

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