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Can getting a full arm tattoo irritate/worsen tendonitis of the elbow?

Can getting a full arm tattoo irritate/worsen tendonitis of the elbow?

Nope: The positioning of your arm may have something to do with the tendinitis especially if you were in the same position for a sleeve. And if it took several sessions. The tattoo itself is not to blame. ...Read more

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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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Got upper arm tattoo worked on. Woke up over night with what feels like inside of my arm bone hurting and burning.What can this be?Stings bad.

Possible infection: I would see your doctor as soon as possible since you may need antibiotics to treat a possible infection. You could also be allergic to the inks but that would be itchy rather than painful. ...Read more

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Deep bone burning and stinging pain that woke me up shoots throughout my whole arm.I did get arm tattoo last night.What can this be? Severe pain.

Deep bone burning and stinging pain that woke me up shoots throughout my whole arm.I did get arm tattoo last night.What can this be? Severe pain.

This could be a : Reaction to the tattoo. Some people develop an allergy to the tattoo with pain, swelling and a rash developing in the area of the tattoo. If this happens or the pain continues, you should see a doctor for treatment because sometimes these symptoms can become serious. ...Read more

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I have severe allergies for 20+ years. My dr wants to try skin testing. Im an artist with full arm/back tattoos - will tattoos impact results ?

I have severe allergies for 20+ years.  My dr wants to try skin testing. Im an artist with full arm/back tattoos - will tattoos impact results ?

No: No, they shouldn't. Tattoos persist because the ink is held in the skin by immune cells called macrophages. These do not participate in the skin test response, which occurs when mast cells (which contain histamine) are activated by allergic antibodies to whatever is being tested. We measure the bump this causes, so a tattoo may make it harder to see the redness, but the bump should be measurable. ...Read more

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What would cause a red streak up the arm after a tattoo ?

What would cause a red streak up the arm after a tattoo ?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I had the tattoo for a year now and some small bumps just pop up on my arm under my tattoo what do I do to get them to go away ??

Rash: Having a tattoo doesn't exempt you from having rashes but makes it hard to diagnose. Allergic reactions to the ink are less likely at this point. If it's the upper arm you could have a benign condition called keratosis pilaris ...Read more

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I have a rash running going up my.Arm from a recent tattoo due to family.Allergy.History do you think it could be.A reaction to the ink?

Possible infection: More importantly it could be an infection from having the tattoo place. Redness going up from the tattoo site needs to be evaluated right away or it can turn into a major infection. Go get seen. ...Read more