Things to Know About Your Health

16 May

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6 Responses to “Things to Know About Your Health”

  1. Lee Bouie / Handy JEAN May 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    WE CHOOSE TATTOO – A tattoo is a puncture wound, made deep in your skin, that’s filled with ink. It’s made by penetrating your skin with a needle and injecting ink into the area, usually creating some sort of design. What makes tattoos so long-lasting is they’re so deep — the ink isn’t injected into the epidermis (the top layer of skin that you continue to produce and shed throughout your lifetime). Instead, the ink is injected into the dermis, which is the second, deeper layer of skin. Dermis cells are very stable, so the tattoo is practically permanent.

    Tattoos used to be done manually — that is, the tattoo artist would puncture the skin with a needle and inject the ink by hand. Though this process is still used in some parts of the world, most tattoo shops use a tattoo machine these days. A tattoo machine is a handheld electric instrument that uses a tube and needle system. On one end is a sterilized needle, which is attached to tubes that contain ink. A foot switch is used to turn on the machine, which moves the needle in and out while driving the ink about 1/8 inch (about 3 millimeters) into your skin.

    Most tattoo artists know how deep to drive the needle into your skin, but not going deep enough will produce a ragged tattoo, and going too deep can cause bleeding and intense pain. Getting a tattoo can take several hours, depending on the size and design chosen.

    ContinueListenDoes It Hurt to Get a Tattoo?Getting a tattoo can hurt, but the level of pain can vary. Because getting a tattoo involves being stuck multiple times with a needle, it can feel like getting a bunch of shots or being stung by a hornet multiple times. Some people describe the tattoo sensation as “tingling.” It all depends on your pain threshold, how good the person wielding the tattoo machine is, and where exactly on your body you’re getting the tattoo. Also, keep in mind that you’ll probably bleed a little.
    If You’re Thinking About ItIf you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, there is one very important thing you have to keep in mind — getting it done safely. Although it might look a whole lot cooler than a big scab, a new tattoo is also a wound. Like any other slice, scrape, puncture, cut, or penetration to your skin, a tattoo is at risk for infections and disease.
    First, make sure you’re up to date with your immunizations (especially hepatitis and tetanus shots) and plan where you’ll get medical care if your tattoo becomes infected (signs of infection include excessive redness or tenderness around the tattoo, prolonged bleeding, pus, or changes in your skin color around the tattoo).
    If you have a medical problem such as heart disease, allergies, diabetes, skin disorders, a condition that affects your immune system, or infections — or if you are pregnant — ask your doctor if there are any special concerns you should have or precautions you should take beforehand. Also, if you’re prone to getting keloids (an overgrowth of scar tissue in the area of the wound), it’s probably best to avoid getting a tattoo altogether.
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    ListenAvoiding InfectionIt’s very important to make sure the tattoo studio is clean and safe, and that all equipment used is disposable (in the case of needles, gloves, masks, etc.) and sterilized (everything else). Some states, cities, and communities set up standards for tattoo studios, but others don’t. You can call your state, county, or local health department to find out about the laws in your community, ask for recommendations on licensed tattoo shops, or check for any complaints about a particular studio.
    Professional studios usually take pride in their cleanliness. Here are some things to check for:
    Make sure the tattoo studio has an autoclave (a device that uses steam, pressure, and heat for sterilization). You should be allowed to watch as equipment is sterilized in the autoclave.Check that the tattoo artist is a licensed practitioner. If so, the tattoo artist should be able to provide you with references.Be sure that the tattoo studio follows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Universal Precautions. These are regulations that outline procedures to be followed when dealing with bodily fluids (in this case, blood).If the studio looks unclean, if anything looks out of the ordinary, or if you feel in any way uncomfortable, find a better place to get your tattoo.
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    ListenWhat’s the Procedure Like?Here’s what you can expect from a normal tattooing procedure:
    The tattoo artist will first wash his or her hands with a germicidal soap.The to-be-tattooed area on your body will be cleaned and disinfected.The tattoo artist will put on clean, fresh gloves (and possibly a surgical mask).The tattoo artist will explain the sterilization procedure to you and open up the single-use, sterilized equipment (such as needles, etc.).Using the tattoo machine (with a sterile, single-use needle attached), the tattoo artist will begin drawing an outline of the tattoo under your skin.The outline will be cleaned with antiseptic soap and water.Sterile, thicker needles will be installed on the tattoo machine, and the tattoo artist will start shading the design. After cleaning the area again, color will be injected. A new bottle of ink should be opened for each individual.Any blood will be removed by a sterile, disposable cloth or towel.When finished, the area, now sporting a finished tattoo, will be cleaned once again and a bandage will be applied.BackContinue
    ListenTaking Care of a TattooThe last step in getting a tattoo is very important — taking care of the tattoo until it fully heals. Follow all of the instructions the studio gives you for caring for your tattoo to make sure it heals properly. Also, keep in mind that it’s very important to call your doctor right away if you see or feel any signs of infection such as pain, spreading redness, swelling, or drainage of pus. To make sure your tattoo heals properly:
    Keep a bandage on the area for up to 24 hours.Avoid touching the tattooed area and don’t pick at any scabs that may form.Wash the tattoo with an antibacterial soap (don’t use alcohol or peroxide — they’ll dry out the tattoo). Use a soft towel to dry the tattoo — just pat it dry and be sure not to rub it.If you don’t have an allergy to antibiotic ointment, rub some into the tattoo. Don’t use petroleum jelly — it may cause the tattoo to fade.Put an ice pack on the tattooed area if you see any redness or swelling.Try not to get the tattoo wet until it fully heals. Stay away from pools, hot tubs, or long, hot baths.Keep your tattoo away from the sun until it’s fully healed.Even after it’s fully healed, a tattoo is more susceptible to the sun’s rays, so it’s a good idea to always keep it protected from direct sunlight. If you’re outside often or hang out at the beach, it’s recommended that you always wear a sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 on the tattoo. This not only protects your skin, but keeps the tattoo from fading.
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    ListenWhat Are the Risks?If you decide to get a tattoo, chances are everything will go as planned. But if disinfection and sterilization steps aren’t followed, there are some things you need to be aware of that can go wrong. If you don’t go to a tattoo studio or the tattoo studio doesn’t follow precautions like using sterilized equipment or if it shares ink between customers, you’re putting yourself at risk for getting viral infections such as hepatitis, bacterial skin infections, or dermatitis (severe skin irritation).
    Also, some people have allergic reactions to the tattoo ink. And if you already have a skin condition such as eczema, you may have flare-ups as a result of the tattoo.
    Serious complications can result if you attempt to do a tattoo yourself, have a friend do it for you, or have it done in any unclean environment. Because tattooing involves injections under the skin, viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C can be transferred into your body if proper precautions aren’t followed. For this reason, the American Red Cross and some other blood banks require people to wait 12 months after getting a tattoo before they can donate blood.
    Tattoo RemovalA lot of people love their tattoos and keep them forever. But others decide a couple of years down the road that they really don’t like that rose on their ankle or snake on their bicep anymore. Or maybe you broke up with your boyfriend or girlfriend and no longer want his or her initials on your stomach. What then?
    In the past, tattoo removal required surgery, but now there are several other methods that can be used. One common method is laser removal. Some tattoo shops also offer tattoo removal, but it’s a better idea to make sure the person doing the removal is a medical doctor. Before you go just anywhere to get your tattoo removed, check with your doctor or contact the American Dermatological Association to find a reputable laser removal specialist in your area.
    Although it’s called tattoo removal, completely removing a tattoo can be difficult depending on how old the tattoo is, how big the tattoo is, and the types and colors of inks that were used. Removal of the entire tattoo is not always guaranteed. It’s best to consult with a dermatologist who specializes in tattoo removal to get your questions answered — such as whether anesthesia is used. The dermatologist can also give you a good idea of how much (if not all) of the tattoo can be removed.
    Tattoo removal can be pretty expensive. Depending on factors like the size and design of the tattoo, removal can cost significantly more than the actual tattoo.
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    ListenThe Laser Removal ProcedureLaser tattoo removal usually requires a number of visits, with each procedure lasting only a few minutes. Anesthesia may or may not be used. What happens is the laser sends short zaps of light through the top layers of your skin, with the laser’s energy aimed at specific pigments in the tattoo. Those zapped pigments are then removed by your body’s immune system.
    Removing a tattoo by laser can be uncomfortable and can feel a lot like getting a tattoo. The entire process usually takes several months.
    Just like when you get a tattoo, you must look after the wound area after a tattoo is removed. The area should be kept clean, but it shouldn’t be scrubbed. Also, it might turn red for a few days and a scab might form. Don’t rub or scrub the area or pick at the scab. Let it heal on its own.
    Laser tattoo removal is usually effective for the most part, but there can be some side effects. The area can become infected or scarred, and it can also be susceptible to hyperpigmentation, which causes the area where your tattoo used to be to become darker than your normal skin, or hypopigmentation, which causes the area where your tattoo used to be to become lighter than your normal skin color.
    So Is It Worth It?Is getting a tattoo worth the money and hassle? It’s up to you. Some people really enjoy their tattoos and keep them for life, whereas others might regret that they acted on impulse and didn’t think enough about it before they got one. Getting a tattoo is a big deal, especially because they’re designed to be permanent.
    If you’ve thought about it and decided you want a tattoo, make sure you do a little detective work and find a clean, safe, and professional tattoo shop. Also, remember that getting and maintaining a tattoo involves some responsibility — after you leave the tattoo shop, it’s up to you to protect and treat it to prevent infections or other complications.
    Reviewed by: Michele Van Vranken, MD
    Date reviewed: April 2009
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  2. Marie Bailey May 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Body Piercing
    •The area you’ve chosen to be pierced (except for the tongue) is cleaned with a germicidal soap (a soap that kills disease-causing bacteria and microorganisms).

    What teens say about sleep
    But what do teens think about sleep? To find out, we ran a survey. More than 4,000 13- to 18-year-olds responded

    Why Doi Get Ance?
    Acne is so common that it’s considered a normal part of puberty. But knowing that doesn’t always make it easier when you’re looking at a big pimple on your face in the mirror

    Immunizations
    Diseases like measles, which were on their way out in the United States, are making a comeback as they are brought in from other countries by travelers. These diseases wouldn’t spread as quickly — or be as serious — if people were immunized against them. But many teens aren’t

    Plastic Surgery
    Plastic surgery is a special type of surgery that can involve both a person’s appearance and ability to function. Plastic surgeons strive to improve patients’ appearance and self-image through both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures

    Tattoos
    Most tattoo artists know how deep to drive the needle into your skin, but not going deep enough will produce a ragged tattoo, and going too deep can cause bleeding and intense pain. Getting a tattoo can take several hours, depending on the size and design chosen.

    Eyes
    We depend on sight more than any other of our senses to maneuver through the space around us. In a single glance, lasting a fraction of a second, our eyes work with our brains to tell us the size, shape, color, and texture of an object. They let us know how close it is, whether it’s standing still or coming toward us, and how quickly it’s moving. Every day, our eyes give us messages that help us understand the world around us

  3. priest m. cherry May 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Plastic Surgery
    Plastic surgery is a special type of surgery that can involve both a person’s appearance and ability to function. Plastic surgeons strive to improve patients’ appearance and self-image through both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures

    Tattoos
    Most tattoo artists know how deep to drive the needle into your skin, but not going deep enough will produce a ragged tattoo, and going too deep can cause bleeding and intense pain. Getting a tattoo can take several hours, depending on the size and design chosen.

    Eyes
    We depend on sight more than any other of our senses to maneuver through the space around us. In a single glance, lasting a fraction of a second, our eyes work with our brains to tell us the size, shape, color, and texture of an object. They let us know how close it is, whether it’s standing still or coming toward us, and how quickly it’s moving. Every day, our eyes give us messages that help us understand the world around us

    Body Piercing
    The area you’ve chosen to be pierced (except for the tongue) is cleaned with a germicidal soap (a soap that kills disease-causing bacteria and microorganisms).

    What teens say about sleep
    But what do teens think about sleep? To find out, we ran a survey. More than 4,000 13- to 18-year-olds responded

    Why Doi Get Ance?
    Acne is so common that it’s considered a normal part of puberty. But knowing that doesn’t always make it easier when you’re looking at a big pimple on your face in the mirror

    Immunizations
    Diseases like measles, which were on their way out in the United States, are making a comeback as they are brought in from other countries by travelers. These diseases wouldn’t spread as quickly — or be as serious — if people were immunized against them. But many teens aren’t

  4. priest m. cherry May 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    tattos – i didn’t know that it goes 2 layers deep in your skin and that it hurts that much

    body piercing – i didn’t know that the spot had to be cleaned

    eyes – i didn’t know your eyes send signals to your brain

  5. priest m. cherry May 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    tattos – i didn’t know that it goes 2 layers deep in your skin and that it hurts that much

    body piercing – i didn’t know that the spot had to be cleaned

    eyes – i didn’t know your eyes send signals to your brain

    immunizations – i can’t belive that so many diseases need immunizations

    sleep – teens don’t get enough sleep, thats a lie

    acne – acne is a part of puberty

    plastic surgery – self-body image

  6. andre williams May 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    1.A body piercing is exactly that — a piercing or puncture made in your body by a needle. After that, a piece of jewelry is inserted into the puncture. The most popular pierced body parts seem to be the ears, the nostrils, and the belly button.

    5 Ideas for Better Sleep
    2.Most teens need about 8½ to more than 9 hours of sleep each night. But about 1 in 4 teens has trouble sleeping. Lack of sleep can affect everything from our emotions to how well we focus on tasks like driving. It can affect sports performance, increase our chances of getting sick, and may be linked to weight gain in some people.

    1.Be active during the day.
    2.Avoid alcohol and drugs.
    3.Say goodnight to electronics.
    4.Keep a sleep routine.
    5.Expect a good night’s sleep.

    3.Melanoma is a type of cancer that begins in the . Melanocytes are skin cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.
    Melanocytes commonly cluster together to form skin growths called moles (or “nevi,” in medical terms). Most people have several moles — maybe even dozens — and they usually don’t cause any problems. Moles may be flat or raised, large or small, light or dark, and can appear anywhere on our bodies.
    5 Ways to Fight the Flu
    4.1.Get the flu vaccine. It’s the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Hate shots? can get the flu vaccine as a nasal spray. Getting vaccinated doesn’t just protect your own health. It also helps the people around you because there’s less chance you’ll catch the flu and pass it on.
    This year, the flu vaccine includes immunization against regular flu viruses and the H1N1 (swine) flu. So there’s no need to get two separate vaccines.
    2.Wash your hands often. In addition to getting the flu vaccine, hand washing is an important line of defense against germs like flu viruses. Why? The body takes about 2 weeks to build immunity after a flu vaccine — and even a vaccine isn’t foolproof if a new strain of virus starts making the rounds. Hand washing also helps protect against other germs and illnesses that there aren’t vaccines for, like the common cold.
    Wash your hands after using the bathroom; after coughing or sneezing; before putting in or removing contact lenses; before using makeup; and before eating, serving, or preparing food. The great thing about hand washing is it’s easy protection. So get in the habit of washing your hands when you come home from school, the mall, a movie, or anywhere else where you’re around a lot of people.
    3.Keep your distance if someone is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.). Flu viruses travel through the air, so try to stay away from people who look sick. Of course, people who have the flu virus don’t always look sick. That’s where vaccines and hand washing come in.
    It’s also a good idea to avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth — three places flu viruses can easily enter the body.
    4.Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow — not into your hands. That way, you’re not spreading the virus when you touch surfaces that other people may touch too.
    5.Stay home if you have the flu. You don’t want to pass your germs to someone else. And staying home is a great excuse to curl up and watch your favorite movie, play video games, or read. Rest can help the body recover faster.

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