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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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When tattooing your wrist, how much pain is to be expected?

When tattooing your wrist, how much pain is to be expected?

It's worth it: This is a major life decision. If you are sure that this is something you want, then the pain itself is something you will cherish for a lifetime. Any doubts, don't do it. Hurts less that donating blood, even on the wrist (which being near bone will be more uncomfortable than some other sites). I'm a fan of these and have two myself. If you are sure -- then congratulations and good luck. ...Read more

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

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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If you have a tattoo on your wrist or ankle, could you get a brain MRI if you needed one? How could a tattoo on wrist or ankle affect brain MRI?

If you have a tattoo on your wrist or ankle, could you get a brain MRI if you needed one? How could a tattoo on wrist or ankle affect brain MRI?

Most likely fine: If there is a lot of iron in the pigment in the tattoo, it might heat up a bit in the MRI scanner. It would be worse at higher field strength such as 3T. It is worse if the tattoo is in the scanned area because more energy is deposited there. For a brain MRI there should be no effect. ...Read more

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I just got a tattoo on my wrist the other day and want to make sure i'm taking care of it correctly. How do I clean/take care of my new tattoo?

I just got a tattoo on my wrist the other day and want to make sure i'm taking care of it correctly. How do I clean/take care of my new tattoo?

Clean and dress: Keeping the area clean is key. Use a diluted solution of water and hydrogen peroxide for five days (50% each) once per day and follow with aquaphor ointment. Keeping the wound covered with an occlusive dressing such as this is ideal. If you have redness, swelling or pain that is more than expected, see a dermatologist. You may be allergic to the tattoo dye. ...Read more

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My wrist has been hurting for a few months and hurts badly i did not injured...ever since i got my tattoo in the ending of feb. what should I do?

My wrist has been hurting for a few months and hurts badly i did not injured...ever since i got my tattoo in the ending of feb. what should I do?

Checkup: You need an examination. The worst possibility is a septic joint. More likely you have a teno-synovitis (rheumatism) - perhaps a hypersensitivity reaction from the dye used. Alternatively, it could be unrelated. You may have a form of arthritis that needs to be determined. In any case, blood tests and possibly xrays would be helpful. ...Read more

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Can I get a tattoo on my wrist a week before I get the NovaSure procedure done?

Only issue would be: risk of infection following tattoo, so I suggest you wait on tattoo. ...Read more

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Can I get a tattoo on my wrist 2 days before a robotic exploratory laparoscopy? Thank you.

Can I get a tattoo on my wrist 2 days before a robotic exploratory laparoscopy? Thank you.

First things first.: Not a good idea. There will be plenty of time for the tattoo, after the exploratory laparoscopy. Just saying. ...Read more