Medical Eligibility for Tattoos

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Tattoos
Keloid, Nodular, or Keloid-Like Morphea Scleroderma
Koebner Phenomenon
Organ Transplants and Tattoos
Lupus and Tattoos
Psoriasis and Tattoos
Scleroderma and Tattoos

Overview of Medical Eligibility for Tattoos

Pills by Shelley EnszPeople with any chronic illness—especially autoimmune diseases, skin diseases, or diabetes—should check with their doctor before getting a tattoo. Tattoos should never be given to anyone on a blood thinning medication (like warfarin or coumadin); to anyone who is feeling ill, even with the common cold; or to pregnant women.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Tattoos

With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, there is an increased risk of infection. Therefore a simple tattoo could turn into a serious infection, so please check with your rheumatologist for tattoo suitability, or precautions, in your particular situation. (Also see Rheumatoid Arthritis)

Keloid, Nodular, or Keloid-Like Morphea Scleroderma

Tattooing is not recommended to known keloid formers.

Keloid, Nodular, or Keloid-Like Morphea Scleroderma. Sometimes keloids occur in patients who have scleroderma, and in particular they are more likely to occur in patients with systemic scleroderma. The terms "keloidal" or "nodular" scleroderma are used interchangeably. ISN.

Koebner Phenomenon

Koebner Phenomenon. In some skin conditions, such as psoriasis, the involvement can spread to areas subjected to constant pressure and rubbing, medical processes such as injections or vaccinations; skin blemishes from acne, herpes or chickenpox; or from acupuncture or tattoo needles. Koebner usually occurs within one to two weeks of injury to the dermis but can appear as early as three days or as late as three weeks from the trauma. National Psoriasis Foundation.

Organ Transplants and Tattoos

Can organ transplant recipients get tattoos? A forum discussion among patients on this issue. WebMD.

Lupus and Tattoos

Can a woman with SLE and taking Medro every day get a tattoo? If you are on immunosuppressive medication, this may increase the chances of infection and slow healing of the tattoo area. As with other procedures, it is best done when you are in remission or a welled controlled mild disease state. Consult with your physician prior to getting your tattoo. Lupus Foundation of America.

Psoriasis and Tattoos

Is it okay to get tattoos when you have psoriasis, and can the dye irritate and cause infection or flare? In general, reactions to tattoos are uncommon. There are cases of infections or allergic reactions to the dyes. These reactions are not more common in patients with psoriasis. If you would happen to have an abnormal reaction to the tattoo, the psoriasis could flare in this area. Tattoos may "Koebnerize" causing plaques at the site of the tattoo. National Psoriasis Foundation. (Also see Psoriasis)

Scleroderma and Tattoos

Consult your scleroderma expert before getting a tattoo. They might advise taking antibiotics before the procedure. They may ask you to wait until your illness is stabilized, or your treatments (especially immunosuppressants) are ended. (Also see What is Scleroderma and Types of Scleroderma)

Tattoos and Scleroderma. Forum discussion about scleroderma and tattoos. ISN Sclero Forums.

Tattoos and Blood Donation

Tattoos and Blood Donation. Basically, in states that do not regulate tattoo parlors, there is a 12 month wait to donate blood after receiving a tattoo. ISN.

Tattoo Alternatives

Temporary Tattoos and Henna. Often we find that the risk of infection or immune response to the tattoo are simply not worth it. In that case, we can pursue other ways to express our creativity, social affiliations, or lasting memories. ISN.

Report Adverse 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. Hopefully the more calls and e-mails the FDA receives the more attention and resources they will put toward regulating this industry and answering these questions. FDA.

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