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do you think its okay to get a tattoo (your moral objections aside.)
i would say yes
you have lupus, no.
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I have SLE, i've been in remission for awhile now and i've just been dying to get a tattoo, i'm an artist and i'm a very analytical symbolic person and the only reason i never got a tattoo before was because i had a huge fear of needles; (but now i'm used to them.)

i have asked my doctor, he says no, but i feel that is a more personal opinion, hes from pakistan and hes very conservative and i feel that hes just against tattoos in general so i dont trust his answer.

i actually dont entirely like my doctor, hes not easy to talk to, when i first asked about the tattoo he pretty much just shot back a no and said i could get hepatitis

it was my impression, correct me if i'm wrong though, that the only way you can get hepatitis from a tattoo would be the ink & the needles, if they were reused and not brand new? which i hear nowadays most tattoo artists dont reuse needles and ink, i would specifically ask and pay more if need be and i would be shopping around for different artists to get a really good quality legit artists.

also i have no affects to any other things that they always claim will cause flare-ups like drinking or being in the sun. i'm on very low medication so i dont think that would conflict, i have no blod clot issues nor am i on blood thinners;

the other thing my doctor said is that it wouldnt heal, buttt my skin does heal i get bruises (cause i always have, i'm clumsy) and cuts and they heal up at the normal rate

it is something that i do want dearly, a tattoo is a way for great personal expression and i've thought alot about this.
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First Helper Sazy
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replied January 27th, 2009
cautious
scarmongering you with the old threat of hepatitis is not a very professional approach for a gp, a bit outdated in my view, you said that you are not on blood thinners and dont have clots, the immune response to the likes of a tattoo could well start off a flare that could in turn make such changes to the blood around the affected area as the healing process starts, the main problem with lupus is that the immune system is so overactive, as you probably know, that the immune system would regard getting a tatto as an attack on the body and it would probably respond by sending too many antibodies to the affected area, this could cause a bit of swelling which in turn would delay the healing time, thats just the immune system and the blood, the tattooed area could well be prone to malar rashing as the skin tissue is damaged and therefore more vurnerable, this could make it difficult for the tissue to heal as your doctor stated possibly even cause scarring around the tattoo though i feel your doctor should have went into a bit more detail than just "it wouldnt heal", from my experience gp's are not really the ones to ask about complex lupus situations, they just dont know enough about the condition to give good advice to their patients, which is not thier fault by the way, a few doctors i have came across seem quite on edge when trying to advise on upus situations and some even start pulling books out to look it up.... i found an article that might interest you on lupus and tattoing that contradicts everything i have just said above but then what i have said is full of coulds and mights that are worth taking note of, im no professional but i have extensively studied lupus over the past 12 years as a means of understanding what my wife goes through with having lupus, she has had two strokes, and is on blood thinners, she would love a tattoo but her periods of remission are few and far between these days, if your young and you look after your lupus properly and you pay special clinical attention to the aftercare of the tattoo, then i would say go for it, but get your INR and ANA done before and afterwards just to be on the safe side, introduce some (not too much) garlic into your diet for a while afterwards, this helps keep infection at bay and keeps your INR very slightly above your target range for a short time until the tattoo heals, if you get rashing around the tattooed area your gp can prescribe you a tablet form steroid which could increase the healing time of the tattoo as well, i say tablet form because im unsure if a topical steroid would be advisable over a tattoo that just been done, these are my personal thoughts about your question, have a chat with your lupus specialist.





Marc
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replied March 26th, 2011
i am so glad for this site i've had so many questions abot lupus & tattoos i got tattoo & is experiencing the symptoms of the after affects of havin lupus & a tattoo now i know what this rash is around my tatoou what can i do to get the rash to go away all i have is neosporin for the tattoo.do i need to see a doctor for the rash that has grown around my tattoo or let it heal i'm a begginner on having lupus
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replied January 27th, 2009
ehealthforum malformed the link
sorry but i have tried to fix the link several times but the website stills changes it apon publishing, basically copy and paste the link into your browser but remove the following characters in the link before requesting the page: a mp;
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replied March 5th, 2009
re; lupus & tattoos
I have SLE which is active at the moment & is being treated with antimalarials & I just got my 7th tattoo done only yesterday,it was a good 2 hour sitting & I coped with it fine,I never bleed too much & have never had problems with healing in fact my tattooist has often remarked that I heal very quickly & have certainly never had any infection,your doctor has fed you a load of old b*** s***,I have found that reputable tattoo studios today are the cleanest most hygenic places you will see,all surfaces are disenfected & spotless, the tatooist always without fail wears gloves, all instruments are deep steam cleaned after every use,fresh needles are used for each sitting from sterilised sealed packs & are NEVER shared amongst clients & neither are inks,there is no reason at all for you not to get your tattoo, you go for it
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replied September 24th, 2010
Just got one! (Lupus/Tattoos)
I seem to have lupus (yeah, i know but it is a long story and I have no health insurance). I just got a large tattoo across my chest and I broke into hives that did not start on the tattoo but did cover it. Now I am getting my first case of shingles a few inches from the tattoo. I am healing fine, I just think the stress on my body caused these reactions but I am eating well, getting lots of rest, and taking good care of my tattoo and I would do it over again. However, I was just very scared at first until I figured out what was going on.

gari
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replied October 25th, 2010
I have SLE, Discoid Lupus and Fibromyalgia, and I have 4 tattoos. I just got my last one a month or so ago in honor of my Dad and Sister who passed. My Dr told me absolutley not, and for the same reason, because of hepatitis. But I got the last one for my Dad after I asked. The only problem I run into in getting my tattoos, is that it takes longer for them to heal. And sometimes yes...they do become red or itchy. But, that is like someone else said, our immune system being what it is, doesnt help. I am going to be getting my next one very soon.
Tammy
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replied March 26th, 2011
i am torn i had a weird reaction to my recent tattoo that i've never experienced before i have a weird red blood purple bruise around my tattoo & it spreaded a little should i be worried i love tattoos & have 4 more to get if my body can take it what can i use for the rash around my tats? can i get more? somebody help a new S.L.E. patient
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replied July 17th, 2011
Lupus and Tattoos
I have SLE, discoid lupus, and connective tissue pain. I am working on a full sleeve on my left arm. I have to go in small intervals so I make sure to heal up nice. I also getting bruising around my tattoos. It's really not that uncommon. If you are just slightly low on iron you will bruise. So far all of my work has turned out just fine, it just takes a little longer to heal than most people. I have noticed where I have gotten ink done my sores don't come out anymore. I don't know if it is just from the healing, or if maybe it has thickened my skin in that area so it's not as sensitive or what. If it keeps them at bay than it's worth it. You just have to be very careful and keep it clean and let it breathe. Oh and don't use neosporin it will make it bubble up and the ink can seep out. You should use A&D ointment or Aquafor. Those are the best with healing.


Chris
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replied January 9th, 2014
getting a tattoo for anyone runs the risk of hepatitis, HIV, skin infections, etc. you must make sure to use a clean and reputable place and ensure that everything is sterile before you get your tattoo.

that being said, if you have lupus and are taking immunosupressants, you run the increased risk of getting infections. even if you are careful and take all the precautions, you can still get an infection. people get infections in hospitals all the time, even though they are sterile environments. its the same with tattoos.
ensure that the benefits of getting a tattoo outweigh the risks, and in your case, the increased risk of infection. dont forget that some infections are immune to antibiotics and are hard to treat. also infected tattoos can not heal properly and can mess up the tattoo.

hope that helps
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