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A 19-year-old female asked:

Will the rash caused by scabies wreck any of the ink in my tattoos? will the burrowing cause any kind of scarring on top of the skin?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Unlikely, but . . .: Inflammation, rash, and scratching has a potential to cause your body to degrade and absorb some of the tattoo ink in localized spots. Cure the scabies, don't scratch in the meantime, and watch those sexual contacts. There are worse things that can happen than your tats fading a bit.

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Last updated Apr 2, 2013

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