Psoriasis and tattoos. Koebner phenomenon. According to recent studies the skin of psoriasis sufferers may be subject to the Koebner phenomenon, any time the skin is indeed traumatized psoriasis might appear in that area. It might appear erythematous scaly plaques that follow the same tattoo design.
Do you happen to know the Koebner phenomenon? Do you happen to know the appearance of psoriatic lesions on apparently healthy skin, after a trauma of any nature even over time? According to recent studies the skin of psoriasis sufferers may be subject to the Koebner phenomenon, any time the skin is indeed traumatized psoriasis might appear in that area. For this reason many dermatologists advise against the practice of tattooing in individuals suffering from psoriasis, it feels like a trauma to the affected skin; just think that to color the skin and make the tattoo, needles are used to pierce the skin and in traumatized skin might appear psoriasis. Even, in case of active disease, it might appear erythematous scaly plaques that follow the same tattoo design.
Let’s see the ten rules to keep in mind before getting a tattoo.
1. Before getting a tattoo, ask your dermatologist’s advise.
2. Evaluate whether in the past you have experienced the Koebner phenomenon after a skin trauma, if so you better avoid getting a tattoo.
3. Remember that some tattoo shops refuse the practice of tattooing people with psoriasis. Discuss it first with the tattoo artist of your choice.
4. Beware of infections: whoever gets a tattoo is at greater risk of infection, but in people with psoriasis the infection may trigger or worsen symptoms.
5. Sanitation procedures: To prevent infection, choose carefully a reliable tattoo artist, talk to him of sanitation procedures and make sure he wears gloves and only needles taken from sealed packages.
6. It’s better not to tattoo the areas already affected by psoriasis for two reasons: your sake and because the tattoo placed that way is at risk of discoloration.
7. Keep in mind that in case of psoriatic lesions covering the tattoo a discoloration of the design might occur or images might appear distorted.
8. Follow carefully the instructions of healing after getting a tattoo.
9. Consult your dermatologist immediately if you experience any new lesions or in case of worsening of existing ones, specially if signs of infection such as redness, swelling or burning last beyond the expected healing period.
10. It’s better to start with something smaller, to see how your body reacts to the tattoo.
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