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Doctor insights on: Lion Tattoos

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Can keloid people have tattoos?

Can keloid people have tattoos?

With a risk: Any skin trauma can cause keloids. Even tattoos. Keloids are more common on upper chest, back, shoulders and ears. ...Read more

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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Can korean red ginseng help in healing patients with hepatitis b virus?

Can korean red ginseng help in healing patients with hepatitis b virus?

No. : I would be careful taking any supplement with chronic live disease. ...Read more

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Is india ink safe to use for fake tattoo?

Is india ink safe to use for fake tattoo?

Yes with cautions: India ink is generally safe but there have been situations where contact dermatitis, allergic reactions and staining of the skin have occurred. In general there are no specific health issues with applying india ink to the skin but the above can and do occur. ...Read more

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How to hide tattoos whilst swimming?

How to hide tattoos whilst swimming?

Location?: I have a few patients who bought a spandex type sleeve and slip it on their arm to avoid sun exposure to their tattoos. Other than that water proof consealer make up may help ...Read more

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Despite Keratosis Pilaris (KP), I'm getting a tattoo. Once the tattoo heals, will exfoliation (loofah/body scrub/AmLactin lotion) harm the tattoo?

Despite Keratosis Pilaris (KP), I'm getting a tattoo. Once the tattoo heals, will exfoliation (loofah/body scrub/AmLactin lotion) harm the tattoo?

Unlikely: I'm a tattoo buff and have three of my own. Get it ONLY if it's something you've wanted for several years in exactly the form you're getting. Tattoos are in the dermis and keratosis pilaris is a curious epidermal illness. I hope that your choice of design is one that's deeply meaningful, and I admire your courage in asking. ...Read more

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What to do about hep b vaccine - benefit/risk ratio?

What to do about hep b vaccine - benefit/risk ratio?

Depends: If you understand immunity and how vaccines work, this is simple.Hep B is a sturdy germ that can live in a needle or other bloody debris for months.People have been infected cleaning out a house, thru sex, and many other exposures.The Hep B series can provide lifetime protection against a leading cause of liver failure/transplant.Risk is negligible. ...Read more

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Bit my lip, broken skin & trace bleeding. Risk of blood-borne disease (HIV, hep, etc.) transmission to/from partner in deep kissing?

Bit my lip, broken skin & trace bleeding.  Risk of blood-borne disease (HIV, hep, etc.) transmission to/from partner in deep kissing?

A small risk: yes there would be a small risk. you should have testing if there is a concern the partner has these infections. ...Read more

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Can gay people donate blood?

Can gay people donate blood?

Higher risk group: ONLY as a population-based screen, not suggesting any personal life-choice issues, men who have sex with men are more likely to have certain stds, including hepatitis and hiv, which can be transmitted by blood and MIGHT be missed by testing if at an early stage or lab error. So to keep blood supply as safe as possible, the entire group is excluded. I am not aware of any exception to this rule. ...Read more

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Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?

Small cut @ salon from nail file. Cleaned it w/ soap and water. Nail tech put some sort of glue on it. Not sure about sanitation conditions. Hep risk?

Unlikely: It is possible to transmit infections through a cut but unlikely to come from a nail file unless it had another persons blood on it. You did the best thing which was to wash with soap and water. Anything is possible but it would be highly unlikely for you to have contracted an infection from this event. ...Read more

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Warnings about fukushima ruining our diets are exploding on social media. I don't know who to believe or what. Fish? Water safe? Safe to go to beach?

Warnings about fukushima ruining our diets are exploding on social media. I don't know who to believe or what. Fish? Water safe? Safe to go to beach?

Here some thoughts!: If you live in the us, then you do not need to be too concerned about what happened to beaches in japan. Yes going to beach is safe(japan water is too far and not all that high in radiation content so that even japanese can go to their beaches, other than close to the acciden fish is safe, it is checked for radiation exposure and outr waters are definitle safe. So quit worrying too much and enjoy. ...Read more

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Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Do any of these natural remedies improve poor blood circulation? 
L-Arginine, Vitamin K2, Gotu Kola, butchers broom, parsley, cayenne pepper, ginger root, etc. I have Raynaud's Syndrome.

Raynaud's Syndrome: Please do what your doc says but consider a natural approach. Neo 40 is a beet root product to help circulation and has some research suggesting usefulness in Raynaud's. The pain may also be from neuropathy and sublingual vitamin B12 can be used to help w/that. See your doc or a nutritionist. Peace and good health. Beet root better than l-arginine. ...Read more

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Can i die from a home made tattoo with pen ink?

Can i die from a home made tattoo with pen ink?

Yes: I had a patient who almost did, in fact. He drew up ink from a pen into his Insulin syringe and proceeded to tattoo himself. Within some days he presented with sepsis secondary to staph aureus and nearly died. Icu for a month and complications from pancreatitis. This isn't an unusual story for someone who wants to take that risk. Not worth your life. ...Read more

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What to do about hepatitis b core antibody - positive ,. am I save from hepititis?

What to do about hepatitis b core antibody - positive ,. am I save from hepititis?

Likely yes: if the "total" core antibody (or IgG core antibody) is positive, and the rest of tests are NEGATIVE, it means you were exposed to the virus, but it is not active. ...Read more

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I was thinking about skin lightening treatments and heard about glutathione injections. Are glutathione injections safe?

I was thinking about skin lightening treatments and heard about glutathione injections. Are glutathione injections safe?

Don't do it!: Glutathione is not approved by the fda for skin lightening, can cause severe toxic skin reactions & even death. Better to consult with a certified dermatologist for safer options for lightening your skin. ...Read more

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I just heard a story about needles infected with HIV virus intentionally injected to people in public areas like cinema and bus. Any truth to this ?

I just heard a story about needles infected with HIV virus intentionally injected to people in public areas like cinema and bus. Any truth to this ?

Internet myths: Nope. This false myth is both impossible to be true, but has been circulating in various forms on the internet for some time. ...Read more

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Do people use facebook to share medical photos like moles?

Do people use facebook to share medical photos like moles?

Probably: People tend to share everything else on facebook, so i would not be surprised if people were sharing medical photos. I know I have seen some trauma photos people have taken of themselves while waiting in the emergency department. ...Read more