dr hab. n. med. Aneta Szczerkowska-Dobosz, lek. Patrycja Rogowska
Key words: tattoo, motivations, allergy, pigments, nodular reactions, sarcoidosis
In recent decades, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of tattoos. It is estimated that in European countries and North America, up to 30% of the young adult population has a tattoo. Acute and chronic complications of tattoos are observed in dermatological practice more often; some of them may be serious. Based on description of 3 cases, authors discuss the most common infectious complications of tattooing as well as complications with serious health consequences: allergies to a specific ink color and nodular reactions in a black tattoos, which may indicate systemic disease.