FDA warns of the dangers of contaminated tattoo inks causing skin infections that can enter the bloodstream

FDA warns of the dangers of contaminated tattoo inks causing skin infections that can enter the bloodstream

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FDA warns of the dangers of contaminated tattoo inks causing skin infections that can enter the bloodstream

California company White and Blue Lion Inc recalled in-home tattoo kits over bacterial contamination last month

Symptoms of ink-related infection include fever, shaking, chills and sweat

| Updated: 16:05 EST, 7 August 2014

Thinking about getting that dolphin tattoo you’ve always wanted? Check the bottle first.

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to tattoo parlors, their customers and those buying at-home tattoo kits that not all tattoo ink is safe.

Last month, California company White and Blue Lion Inc. recalled inks in in-home kits after testing confirmed bacterial contamination in unopened bottles. Alarming: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that not all tattoo ink is safe Alarming: The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that not all tattoo ink is safe Liquid menace: The ink can carry bacteria that can spread through the bloodstream At least one skin infection has been linked to the company’s products, and FDA officials say they are aware of other reports of infections linked to tattoo inks with similar packaging.

Infections from tattooing are nothing new. Hepatitis, staph infections and even the superbug known as MRSA have been tied to tattoos. Dirty needles and unsanitary environments are often to blame.

But people getting tattoos can get infections in the skin even in the cleanest conditions. The ink can carry bacteria that can spread through the bloodstream — a process known as sepsis. Symptoms are fever, shaking chills and sweats.

Less severe infections may involve bumps on the skin, discharge, redness, swelling, blisters or excessive pain at the site.According to Linda Katz, director of the FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors, ‘Tattooing poses a risk of infection to anyone, but the risk is particularly high for those with pre-existing heart or circulatory disease, diabetes or compromised immune systems.’And you may not be out of the woods for a while: The FDA says it has received reports of bad reactions to tattoo inks right after tattooing as well […]