Tattoos and Piercings Directory
Body tattoos and piercings reflect a person's self-expression and may offer clues into their personality or past. Such body art is becoming increasingly common in the United States. But making such changes to your body or skin can be a real health hazard. Tattoos and body piercings greatly raise your risk for infections, including hepatitis, which leads to life-threatening liver damage. Studies have shown that tattoos and piercings are associated with risk-taking activities, including drug use and heavy drinking. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about tattoos and piercings, including body art safety tips, health risks, removing a tattoo, and much more.
Tattoo Ink Allergies & Infected Tattoos
Tattoos take time to heal, but if you’re having strange symptoms, you may have an infection. Learn how to spot the signs of tattoo problems
Oral Piercing Risks, At-Home Care, and Warning Signs
Learn the risks of getting an oral piercing in the lip, cheek, or tongue as well as tips for taking care of a piercing at home.
Belly Button Piercing
A belly button ring requires more care and carries more risk than ear piercing. Learn what to expect, and find out how to choose the right salon.
New Tattoos: How Do You Take Care of Them and Avoid Infection?
You just got a tattoo and need to take care of it. Find out the best steps to avoid infection and complications.
Tattoos: Are They Safe?
What you need to know about the health risks of tattoos, finding a safe tattoo parlor, and the process of tattoo removal.
Your Baby Wants Body Art
Some call it self-expression, some say disfigurement, but the issues are larger than just style or rebellion: People with tattoos are nine times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C.
Intimate Grooming: Shaving or Waxing Pubic Hair
Before you wax or shave, read on to learn the best -- and safest -- techniques for protecting your private parts.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Tattoo Safety, and Safe Tattoo Removal
Want to tattoo? Here's the scoop on tattoo safety, tattoo risks, tattoo care, and what to expect from tattoo removal.
Picture of Henna Tattoo Reactions
The Food and Drug Administration has received complaints from people who have received products marketed as henna temporary tattoos, especially so-called "black henna," at places such as salons and kiosks at beaches and fairs. There have been reports of allergic reactions, skin irritations, infections, and even scarring.
Picture of Tattoo Allergic Reaction
Exuberant blistering reaction in red tattoo pigment. The reaction occurred with each treatment and predictably resolved completely within a few days with routine topical skin care.
Picture of Tattoo with Dermabrasion
Left shoulder tattoo with inferior scar resulting from prior treatment with dermabrasion.