Tattoos and lymphedema
ok i want to know about getting a tattoo on a swollen limb would that be bad for the lymphedema in my leg/foot, if i got something on my foot or ankle? also, would it be bad to get it else where even i'm not swollen it that spot?
My greatest concern regarding tattoos is that it is technically an "invasive" procedure.
As such, it really does put you at a significant high risk for infections.
This is true also, even if it is placed in an area that does not have lymphedema. Bacteria travels through your system and can eventually wind up in your swollen limb.
The limb is first of all immunocompromised, which, which means it can not mount an adequate defense against the bacteria and the bacteria will thrive in the protein rich invironment containing lymphorrhea (the fluid in our lymphedema limbs).
Along that line, when skin on a lymphedema limb is broken, you run the risk of having a "weepage" of lymphorrhea. The lymphorrhea is very caustic to surrounding skin tissue and usually these wounds require treatment with a compression type bandage to help stop the leakage.
See our article Lymphedema Lymphorrhea for more info on this:
http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... orrhea.htm
I would also express concern regarding some of the complications listed below from the FDA article. Lymphedema patients are also at a higher risk for granulomas and keloids simply because of the skin texture that can go with lymphedema.
Whew...finally there is also concern over the dyes and the chemistry of indgrediens used in tatoos and how the limb will react to these.
So all in all, if it were me, I wouldn't do it as there is just too much potential for harm and for complications.
Hope this helps
What Risks Are Involved in Tattooing?
The following are the primary complications that can result from tattooing:
Infection. Unsterile tattooing equipment and needles can transmit infectious diseases,such as hepatitis. The risk of infection is the reason the American Association of Blood Banks requires a one-year wait between getting a tattoo and donating blood.
It is extremely important to make sure that all tattooing equipment is clean and sterilized before use. Even if the needles are sterilized or never have been used, it is important to understand that in some cases the equipment that holds the needles cannot be sterilized reliably due to its design. In addition, the person who receives a tattoo must be sure to care for the tattooed area properly during the first week or so after the pigments are injected.
Removal problems. Despite advances in laser technology, removing a tattoo is a painstaking process, usually involving several treatments and considerable expense. Complete removal without scarring may be impossible. See "The Most Common Problem: Dissatisfaction" and "Removal Techniques," below.
Allergic reactions.Although allergic reactions to tattoo pigments are rare, when they happen they may be particularly troublesome because the pigments can be hard to remove. Occasionally, people may develop an allergic reaction to tattoos they have had for years.
Granulomas.These are nodules that may form around material that the body perceives as foreign, such as particles of tattoo pigment.
Keloid formation. If you are prone to developing keloids -- scars that grow beyond normal boundaries -- you are at risk of keloid formation from a tattoo. Keloids may form any time you injure or traumatize your skin, and according to Office of Cosmetics and Colors (OCAC) dermatologist Ella Toombs, M.D., tattooing or micropigmentation is a form of trauma. Micropigmentation: State of the Art, a book written by Charles Zwerling, M.D., Annette Walker, R.N., and Norman Goldstein, M.D., states that keloids occur more frequently as a consequence of tattoo removal.
MRI complications. There have been reports of people with tattoos or permanent makeup who experienced swelling or burning in the affected areas when they underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This seems to occur only rarely and apparently without lasting effects.
There also have been reports of tattoo pigments interfering with the quality of the image. This seems to occur mainly when a person with permanent eyeliner undergoes MRI of the eyes. Mascara may produce a similar effect. The difference is that mascara is easily removable.
The cause of these complications is uncertain. Some have theorized that they result from an interaction with the metallic components of some pigments.
However, the risks of avoiding an MRI when your doctor has recommended one are likely to be much greater than the risks of complications from an interaction between the MRI and tattoo or permanent makeup. Instead of avoiding an MRI, individuals who have tattoos or permanent makeup should inform the radiologist or technician of this fact in order to take appropriate precautions, avoid complications, and assure the best results.
Tatoo you ?
http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/ ... i_n9472366
Health Risks Warning On Body Art Dyes
http://www.ghchealth.com/health-risks-w ... y-art.html
Tattoo pigment in sentinel lymph nodes: A mimicker of metastatic malignant melanoma
Shylashree Chikkamuniyappa1, MD, Rolf Sjuve-Scott1, MD, PhD, Kris Lancaster-Weiss2, MD, Alexander Miller3, MD and I-Tien Yeh1, MD
Dermatology Online Journal 11 (1): 14
http://dermatology.cdlib.org/111/case_r ... o/yeh.html
Lymph Node Pigmentation
Listen to pat please
I will not allow then to come near mt lymph limbs with
a needle at the hospital so thousands of tiny holes for tatts
i had weeping odema it is gross and cellulitis is terrible
where the fluid leaks onto you skin it corodes the the skin
making it grey hard and wrinkled like elephant skin
which is what would happen to you lovely tatts
waste of money hun
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