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Sickle Cell and Tattoos

Posted Nov 24 2012 4:32am
Written by Sickle Cell Warrior on 24 November 2012

The post had over 100 responses. Most of the people that responded had tattoos, and had no issues either before or after getting the tattoo. Only one person stated that she had a crisis post-tattoo. Make sure you go to a legit tattoo artist and use all proper precautions for safety. To debunk the myths…no, the ink does not seep into your body causing more crisis or ink poisoning  There is no big reason to pre-medicate unless you are afraid of a little pain (which I find hard to believe because sickle cell pain is 1000 times worse)! If you do get a tattoo on your chest or upper body, make sure that you cover the area with a bandage or cloth before getting an X-ray.

So if you want to get a tattoo, don’t let sickle cell be the reason holding you back! This is one thing that sickle cell cannot stop you from doing. Go for it.

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