Scleroderma and Tattoos
Medical Eligibility for Tattoos
Tattoos and Blood Donation
Medical Complications of Tattoos
Report Adverse Reactions to FDA
Social Considerations of Tattoos
Tattoo Remorse
Tattoo Removal and Concealers
Find a Tattoo Parlor
Temporary Tattoos and Henna

Overview of Scleroderma and Tattoos

Author: Shelley Ensz. Scleroderma is highly variable. See Types of Scleroderma. Read Disclaimer

Overview of Scleroderma and Tattoos

Pins and Needles by Shelley EnszIf you have scleroderma, consult your scleroderma expert prior to getting a tattoo. They may advise some precautions, such as taking antibiotics before the procedure. They may ask you to wait until your illness is stabilized, or your treatments (especially immunosuppressants) are ended.

There are many Medical Complications of Tattoos. Additionally, people with scleroderma may not be eligible to have Tattoo Removal.

About 17% of people regret getting a tattoo, and this is called Tattoo Remorse. Contemplating the Social Considerations of Tattoos and consulting your scleroderma expert ahead of time might help avoid such remorse.

Some of us find that the increased risk of infection or immune response to a tattoo are not worth it. In that case, we pursue other ways to express our creativity, social affiliations, or lasting memories. See Temporary Tattoos and Henna for tips, warnings, and body paint recipes. (Also see What is Scleroderma and Types of Scleroderma)

Tattoos and Blood Donation

Tattoos and Blood Donation. People with systemic scleroderma cannot donate blood. In the United States, rules vary by state as to waiting period for donating blood after receiving a tattoo. Basically, in states that do not regulate tattoo parlors, there is a 12 month wait to donate blood after receiving a tattoo. ISN.

Medical Complications of Tattoos

Medical Complications of Tattoos. Potential complications of tattoos include infections, allergic reactions, and skin diseases. ISN.

Overview of Medical Complications of Tattoos
Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) and Tattoos
Medical Complications of Tattoos
Scleroderma Tattoo Reactions
Reporting Problems to FDA

Medical Eligibility for Tattoos

Medical Eligibility for Tattoos. People with any chronic illness—especially autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, or diabetes—should check with their doctor before getting a tattoo. ISN.

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Report Adverse Tattoo Reactions to FDA

Your Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA. If you have had a bad reaction to a tattoo, permanent make-up, or temporary tattoo you can report the reaction to the FDA. FDA.

Social Considerations of Tattoos

Social Considerations of Tattoos. Acceptance of tattoos varies widely by tribes and cultures throughout the world. ISN.

Tattoo Removal and Concealers

Tattoo Remorse. Even well-considered body art can become undesirable. Tattoo remorse occurs in about 17% of people who have a tattoo. ISN.

Tattoo Removal and Concealers

Tattoo Removal can cost thousands of dollars and take about a year to complete. Special waterproof makeup can hide tattoos. ISN.

Overview of Tattoo Removal
Tattoo Removal Contraindications
Tattoo Removal Methods
Tattoo Removal Complications
Tattoo Concealers
Reporting Problems to FDA

Temporary Tattoos and Henna

Temporary Tattoos and Henna. If you want a tattoo but find that it is medically unwise for you, what about temporary tattoos, like henna? Make your own face paint for quick and easy body art! ISN.

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