WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- New research revealed that a microscopic sprinkling of metal from tattoo needles are spreading to the body’s lymph nodes.
- The findings could help to explain why tattoos can cause some allergic reactions in some people.
- However, there’s little to no evidence to implicate that tattoos are linked with any wider health problems.
Heavily tattooed persons have something in common: a microscopic sprinkling of metal in their lymph nodes. According to new research, nanoparticles from tattoo needles are spreading to the body’s lymph nodes.
In 2017, initial research revealed that pigments leak from the tattoo site and accumulate in the person’s lymph nodes. But according to a new study published in the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology, the phenomenon has identified nickel and chromium particles migrating the same way.
Ines Schreiver, the study author the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Germany said that they were following up on a previous study, “by trying to find the link between iron, chromium and nickel and the coloring of the inks.”
“After studying several human tissue samples and finding metallic components, we realized that there must be something else,” Schreiver told News Atlas. “Then we thought of testing the needle and that was our ‘eureka’ moment.”
Researchers discovered tattoo needle particles, by using powerful X-rays, were only present when coupled with pigments containing titanium dioxide — an abrasive agent commonly used in white tattoo ink, the New York Post reported.
Schreiver added: “The fact that all pigments and wear particles are deposited in lymph nodes calls for special attention to be placed on allergy development. Unfortunately, today, we can’t determine the exact impact on human health and possible allergy development deriving from the tattoo needle wear.
Currently, there’s little to no evidence to suggest that tattoos are associated with any wider health problems, however, the researchers hope to investigate this avenue a little further before settling on any conclusion, according to IFL Science.
Source: New York Post