Tattoos and autoimmune diseases

Been reading a bit about the link between tattoos and auto immune diseases.

I have one tattoo, taken 1998, a year before getting symptomatic. Well it might a coincidence as my immune system was compromised already as I had another condition going on from 1993 (which I just found out). So maybe the tattoo did not trigger anything, but I wonder if possible mercury could have worsened things. My tattoo is not big but main color was red which apparently contains mercury. Of course after all these years colors not so bright anymore.

Would removing tattoo at this point make any difference ? Does the heavy metals vanish during the years , does the ink contain less heavy metals?

I do not know if I have a build up any heavy metal in my body as I don't have money to test it. Just wondering if the tattoo could still sort of leak heavy metals.

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  • Justiina, I don't have tattoos but still developed Hashimoto's. It is probably an accumulation of things which trigger Hashimoto's rather than any one thing.

  • Yup. I think my trigger was antibiotics as the fatigue started before getting a tattoo, other symptoms came later. I was just speculating if the heavy metal load could be something that can prevent healing.

  • Justiina, heavy metal toxicity can cause health issues but I have no knowledge about whether the dyes in tattoos contain metals.

  • Plenty of people have huge tattoos, but Don't have Hashi's. :)

  • The question is if a person with autoimmune disease takes tattoo. Will it worsen it as colors might contain heavy metals and does it help removing them. Does the colors leak all the time and /or does the heavy metals build up in your body or when the colours are vanishing does it happen other way sort of pushing through the skin. Same that happen with removing them with laser.

  • It would surprise me if anybody had the answers to those questions.

  • Yeah. I guess I have too much time :P

  • Life and health are not a one size fits all. Some people can do most everything right and still get autoimmune diseases. Some people can totally abuse themselves and not.

  • I have never had a tattoo but have often wondered about the ingestion of dyes into the body being unhealthy.

  • That's what I started to wonder when I read about different colors containing different heavy metals. Is it enough to build up so much it can cause issues. Been trying to find proper info. I did find some articles linking tattoos to autoimmune diseases, but oh well some of those might be just random articles from people who don't like tattoos :D

  • We must remember the skin is a living breathing organ and whatever we place on it will be absorbed, so treat it with great respect.

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