(HealthDay News) -- Although most states require parental consent for tattoos, it's still important to discuss the issue with your child.
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TheAmerican Academy of Pediatrics says many people are unaware of these potential risks:
- Infections -- Used needles and instruments may spread germs, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV. A licensed tattoo parlor is more likely to be cleaner and safer.
- Allergies -- The pigments in tattoo dyes are not government regulated. Though somewhat uncommon, an allergic reaction to a pigment would be a challenge to reverse since tattoo ink normally is difficult to remove.
- Granulomas -- These are nodules that can form around material that the body thinks is foreign, such as tattoo pigment.
- Keloids -- These are overgrowths of fibrous tissues. People who tend to get these may be at even greater risk of them after getting a tattoo.
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