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Tattoos may lead to HEAT STROKE by impairing your skin’s natural sweat production

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Tattoos have become very popular over the years. On average 35 percent of people under the age of 40 have at least one tattoo. What most people don’t realize are the risks associated with tattoos. Alma College did a study on how your body reacts to heat and sweating when having tattoos. After a tattoo your body produces higher sodium and does not adjust for heat as well. It can cause heat stroke because of it along with other medical issues.

Key Takeaways:

  • The cause of the decreased sweating may be due to the ink, the trauma, or both. 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo. Tattoos can cause mutagenic, carcinogenic, and reproductive toxic effects
  • A 2015 study found that tattoos have short and long-term health consequences ranging in severity from allergies to cancer. There is also an increased risk of Hepatitis C.
  • Blue, green, and black inks have correlated with adverse effects on health but red is considered the most risky.

“Tattooed skin produced less sweat and contained higher sodium concentration compared with the non-tattooed skin.”

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