Tattoos and Blood Donation

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

Tattoos and Blood Donation

Infusion Machine by Shelley EnszPeople 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. (Also see What is Scleroderma? and Medical Complications of Tattoos)

Can a person with lupus donate blood? For most blood donations, antibodies, the component that some worry about, are removed. Individuals with lupus can therefore donate blood and platelets, and the American Red Cross has a policy of accepting blood donations from people with lupus. Lupus Foundation of America.

Can Autoimmune Disease Patients Donate Blood? Anyone with any other autoimmune disease should not give blood, unless they are asymptomatic and off all medications for one month. You specifically should NOT give blood if you have Addison's Disease; adrenal disorders; sinus or respiratory infections, colds or flu symptoms; rheumatoid arthritis, if you're on steroids or immunosuppressive drugs; lupus, unless asymptomatic, and off all medication for at least a month; multiple sclerosis. VeryWell.

Report Adverse Tattoo Reactions to FDA

Temporary Tattoos and Henna. If you want a tattoo but find that it is medically unwise for you, what about temporary tattoos, like henna? Henna is only approved for use as hair dye, and should not be used on the skin. In the U.S., look for products that have FDA approved ingredients. ISN.

Go to Medical Eligibility for Tattoos

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