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Doctor insights on: Wrist Tattoos

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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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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?

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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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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I'm getting my gallbladder and hernia fixed would it be ok if I got a tattoo like a week before on my wrist?

Best to wait: Tattoos are low risk but not perfectly sterile. You are having major abdominal surgery and infection is always something we worry about. Why not put off the tattoo until you are healed from the other surgery. ...Read more

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I had a tattoo a few year ago on the inside of my wrist and its gone really red, itchy and the outline has bumped up? Never had problems before?

I had a tattoo a few year ago on the inside of my wrist and its gone really red, itchy and the outline has bumped up? Never had problems before?

Reaction to pigment: What you describe is a tattoo-associated skin disorder. Reactions to tattoo pigment can occur & these may lead to the itchy raised areas within the tattoo (usually over certain colors). The reactions include photo-aggravated, granulomatous, lichenoid & pseudolymphomatous reactions. Best thing to do is to see a dermatologist to have the tattoo injected with steroid or have it removed. ...Read more

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I have type 3 von Willebrand's disease, and I want to get a medic alert tattoo on my wrist. How should I approach the procedure?

VON WILLE BRAND DIS.: I realy prefer if you use medical alarm bracelet instead, tattoos can cause several serious infections & increase your risk of bleeding because of your Von Wille brand diseae. Talk to your doctor before do anything. Good luck ...Read more