An outbreak of skin infections has been easily traced to tattoo ink, 19 infections have been confirmed in New York State, cases have also been confirmed in Colorado, Washington and Iowa. Physical symptoms may include lumps, bumps, rash and itchy feeling. Symptoms usually appear about two to three weeks after receiving tattoo.
The tattoo infection “Mycobacterium chelonae“ is closely related to the infection that causes Tuberculosis and Leprosy. Once it is determined a person has the mycobacterial infection they will need a course of antibiotics for long periods, this bacteria is extremely resilient and difficult to get rid of. If a mycobacterial infection goes untreated it may cause lung disease, organ infections, eye problems and joint infections.
The Food and Drug Administration does not approve any tattoo ink, there are no regulations, inks are not tested for purity or safety.