Ordinarily, tattoos are cosmetic measures undertaken for aesthetic reasons only, but could they ever be more tangibly beneficial?
Temporary tattoos can be used to battle chronic diseases, says a research. Although the tattoo is still not developed as of yet it will be possible someday soon.
The new tattoo is being proposed by scientists at Baylor College of Medicine. The said team of researchers tested antioxidant nanoparticles which were modified with polyethylene glycol, while at Rice University.
Autoimmune disorders, like multiple sclerosis, are notoriously difficult to treat. An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body attacks its own cells, having misidentified them as invaders. The goal of treatment, theoretically, is to get the body to recognize foreign cells properly, but how exactly to do this remains mysterious to scientists for now.
So, currently, doctors are limited to managing the symptoms of autoimmune disorders in their patients, and to prescribing medications that suppress the immune system generally. Unfortunately, immunosuppressants also reduce the body's ability to deal with genuinely dangerous pathogens, too leaving autoimmune patients stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The nanoparticle treatment can selectively stop only those cells which are harming the body's cells and thereby keep the immune system active.