Microscopic Particles of Tattoo Ink Can Migrate Into the Body Lymph Nodes


Tattooing has been a cool art which dates back from history of thousands of years across the world. But recently, the researchers have found that the microscopic particles can migrate into the body, which are present in the tattoo ink with winding up the crucial hubs called as lymph nodes human immune system.

The researchers have revealed in the Scientific Reports of peer-reviewed journal, that there are uncountable tiny particles, which can be measured as a ratio of a few millionths to a few billionths of single centimeter. These micro particles include the molecules of the contaminants and preservatives such as chromium cobalt nickel and manganese.

The various inks used in the colored tattoo are the composited chemicals of different organic as well as inorganic pigments that are contaminated with many other toxic impurities. These chemicals lying in the tattoo colors, goes into the bloodstream and gets acquired the lymph nodes, which may lead the body part having the tattoo to be the swollen. Hence, this makes hinder the ability of the body to fight with infections.

However, titanium dioxide, a controversial chemical which is added to the tattoo ink for creating the various colors, has been already previously linked to itching, cancer and delayed healing.

Hiram Castillo, a scientist from the ESRF and author of the study explained that, “When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles that haven’t been used previously. No one checks the chemical composition of the colors, but our study shows that maybe they should.”