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Doctor insights on: Forearm Tattoo Pain

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How much do inner forearm tattoos hurt?

How much do inner forearm tattoos hurt?

Why do you ask?: Your decision to mark your body permanently is one of the most personal and precious ones that you will make. I have two, and would not trade the pain for any pleasure that I can imagine. It's nothing compared with many minor medical / dental procedures or donating blood which I've done >100x. But if you have to ask, don't do it. Make the right choice. ...Read more

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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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I want to try micro-needling over raised scar tissue on forearm. I tattooed over the area to conceal the scar, but can micro-needling still be done?

I want to try micro-needling over raised scar tissue on forearm. I tattooed over the area to conceal the scar, but can micro-needling still be done?

Careful there!: You may have raised scar tissue because you have keloids. So when you jab your skin you, at get more raised scar tissue, Talk to a good dermatologist about it before proceeding. ...Read more

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Can I still become any type of doctor or Radiologist, which is my choice, if I have a full sleeve of tattoos on my left and right forearms?

Need qualifications: Qualification to become physician depends on performance academically as well as commitment to help other people. Tattoos usually do not enter into formula. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to get a tattoo on my right forearm a week before I get ALC surgery on my left knee?

Would it be safe to get a tattoo on my right forearm a week before I get ALC surgery on my left knee?

Possibly: Most likely it will be ok but if you can I'd suggest to do it after just in case you get skin infection from the tattoo which is rare but can happen ...Read more

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I got a tattoo on the inside of my bicep. Arm was awkwardly placed for 45 min. Immediately had numbing in hand/elbow/forearm that hasn't subsided.

I got a tattoo on the inside of my bicep. Arm was awkwardly placed for 45 min. Immediately had numbing in hand/elbow/forearm that hasn't subsided.

Numb arm/hand: This is positional compression on the brachial plexus from placing arm in a 45 minute position. If not improve in 24 hours seek immediate medical care!! BUT if you have coldness and or paleness of color in that arm immediately go to ER you have a vascular issue... ...Read more

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Had mechanical aortic valve replacement on 2001. Been on warfarin ever since want to get a tattoo on the inside of my forearm. Is this save?

Had mechanical aortic valve replacement on 2001. Been on warfarin ever since want to get a tattoo on the inside of my forearm. Is this save?

Not really: You may not bleed much, but I worry about technique and infection and valve infection is a disaster.
You are a lucky beneficiary of american ingenuity and medical care!
why take a elective risk? ...Read more

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Got tattoo 4 wks ago of a solid black band on forearm 3in thick, ever since ive had racing heart, anxiety, insomnia. EKG fine. Tattoo healed fine.

Got tattoo 4 wks ago of a solid black band on forearm 3in thick, ever since ive had racing heart, anxiety, insomnia. EKG fine. Tattoo healed fine.

Racing heart, anxiety, insomnia: Is there a systemic reaction to introduced infection eg Hepatitis etc vs an immune endocrine
reaction to the material impregnated into your skin? Be thoroughly clinically evaluated. Good Luck ...Read more

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I have a mark on my arm from sucking on it as a small child. It looks like a hickey basically. What would happen if I tattooed over this mark?

I have a mark on my arm from sucking on it as a small child. It looks like a hickey basically. What would happen if I tattooed over this mark?

Doubt it: If you have a mark there, I doubt it has anything to do with your teething/sucking habits as a baby. Those all heal if the skin is normal. You likely have congenital skin defect or nevus. These often have irregular depth and a collection of blood vessels underneath. If you know an experienced tattoo artist they can look at the skin and let you know how well a tattoo would take/cover it. ...Read more

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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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How can I tell if my arm is infected where I just got a tattoo?

Look and feel.: Generally bacterial infection is heralded by redness or red streaking, swelling of the local area, warmth at the site, discharge, and maybe more systemic and distant signs like fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. Viral infection and other blood born infections such as hepatitis and HIV viruses may not give you local symptoms at all. ...Read more

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I used a magic eraser on inside of arm to remove a fake tattoo arm where used is red and blistered..

I used a magic eraser on inside of arm to remove a fake tattoo arm where used is red and blistered..

Abrasion: You rubbed off the surface of the skin and you are surprised that the skin is injured? Wash it gently, apply vaseline or Aquaphor, give it a couple of weeks to scab and heal. Avoid bacitracin, neosporin, peroxide, iodine, etc. ...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 just got a tattoo and noticed small bumps on my arm and chest?

I just got a tattoo and noticed small bumps on my arm and chest?

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You will need exam to get a DX if you are concerned about the bumps. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a tattoo on his arm which he's had for 9 years. Sometimes he feels a burning sensation where the tattoo is. What can cause this?

Paresthesias: Any injury whether it's a tattoo (deliberate), a cut, a broken bone can injure nerve endings and cause them to be hypersensitive and give tingly, prickly feeling or worse, persistent pain. ...Read more

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Red streaks from tattoo on wrist to arm pit what is this?

Infection: This could be drainage from the tattoo up with lymph system. I would see an M.D. to see if you have an infection. ...Read more

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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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Was wondering if I could get a tattoo finished in the same arm my nexplanon was inserted?

Yes: Just know that at some time, the Nexplanon will need to be removed. If the tatoo is over the point when the incision to remove it needs to be, it will likely "mess up" the tatoo. ...Read more

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What are the effects of getting lidocaine injected in your arm for a pain free tattoo removal?

What are the effects of getting lidocaine injected in your arm for a pain free tattoo removal?

No problem.: It will numb the skin and will wear off in an hour or so. As long as you do not exceed recommended dosage there is no long term effect. ...Read more

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Why could my arm bone have felt on fire last time I got tattoo worked on? It's healed now but the night of my whole bone felt stinging fire pain.

Why could my arm bone have felt on fire last time I got tattoo worked on? It's healed now but the night of my whole bone felt stinging fire pain.

Vibration: Some are sensitive to vibration (see it occupationally with sanders / jackhammers / etc.), and particularly if the tattoo worked on is in an area with shallow soft tissue between skin surface and bone, can transmit sensation and cause temporary nerve irritation. ...Read more

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Just got tattooed on upper arm two days ago my arm is really red and hot and irritated of course what can I do to calm it down without ruining tattoo?

Ice ice: Maybe you are having a reaction to the color dye or perhaps an infection. Best to ice and see your doctor as soon as possible for consideration of steroids and antibiotics to calm this picture drawing down! ...Read more

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Just got a tattoo about a week ago on my arm, my 5mo old keeps touching it is it bad for a baby to touch a new tattoo? What about towels you dried your hands with after washing it?

No problem: I don't think there is any problem with your baby touching your tattoo. Just keep it clean and dry, use a moisturizer as recommended by your tattoo artist. You may want to use clean towels on your baby in general, just to avoid other illnesses that may be transferred. ...Read more