Can people with CF get tattoos?


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Hi . i'm 20year old boy with cf. it's very long time that i thinking about getting a tattoo. I am a little worried because of my Condition.
i'm on prednisone for years now and it seems i should taking that for rest of my life. i done some research but can't find The Answer

so what should i do? can i get tattoo or no?
i'm new here. pls help me

ps: really sry for my bad english :)


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What did your CF Specialist say when you asked him/her this question?

i did not ask him , because i'm 100% sure he will be negative on that. every other dr will be against it

and in my country tattoo is not good thing Unfortunately , but who cares ;)


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I don't think anyone here can answer whether it is safe for you to get a tattoo because they don't know your medical details or the way tattoos are done in your country. That is why you need to ask your doctor. And even if you are sure he'd be 100% negative, you can find out why. Is it merely a social taboo, or is it unhealthy for you because of your medical condition. It is one thing not to care about cultural norms, but another to ignore medical advise that can seriously impact your health. The 40 year old you might decide the tattoo you got in your youth is silly and have it removed; the 40 year old who has a family and different priorities cannot remove the medical ramifications that could prevent you from getting a lung transplant. Your doctor who knows your condition can tell you those ramifications.


I have two tattoos. That being said, I encourage you to be open and honest with your doctors and make sure it's fine for you. We're all different even though we all have CF, so one thing may be fine for me is NOT fine for you. You can be thankful for genetics and individualism.


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Honestly I'd wait.

I went through the phase when all my friends thought it was cool to get tattoos. After your younger years that fad passes, most don't get another one again.

On the other hand I work with some people who have a slew of meaningful tattoos, who put a lot of thought, effort, and time to get it just right. If you are one of those people it won't matter if you wait a few years to do it.

That way you also know you're not making major life decisions because of peer pressure.


I agree with Dank on this one, and I don't know what came over me last year turning 60 but I went and got one, my family thought I lost my mind. It's on my hip where only I can appreciate it. Talk with yr. doctor, and always do yr. re-search on the place where you are going. Pat/60


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I have 6 tattoos and my doctor told me she has a lot of patients that have them. Just make sure it's at a highly rated place and it has a clean environment when you check it out. As long as you're comfortable.


Yeah sorry, I keep forgetting that tattoo places aren't always clean. The advice above is something I'm going to reiterate anyways. The place I goto is not only highly rated and regarded, but I know all of the tattooers that work there. Please do not goto a random tattoo shop without doing research, you'll want the most cleanest of places that you can find. Look up reviews and such. I take for granted that I have a friend who pierces so she knows all of the tattoo shops in the area and can recommend them or not. Even with being a very clean shop, sometimes the tattooer isn't always the cleanest. The one on my leg ended up being very red for several days because the guy who did it would take smoke breaks during the 5 hour session, and I think that played a huge role in it. The one on my chest did not turn that red at all either during the initial drawing or the coloring. Lastly, I also am a huge fan of getting meaningful tattoos. My girlfriend has a few that she likes because of the look, and I think it's a stupid reason to get tattoos. They should always have meaning and therefore you will not have regrets or wonder what the heck you were thinking later.


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I also have tattoos and I think that if they are done in a clean and trustworthy environment it should not give you any problems.

I agree with the other posters though that at that age it is likely that you will rush into getting something you might regret. Sorry, sucks to hear but it's very true. So maybe wait it out a bit or really be sure you will get something you have thought about a lot and that it will not give you any trouble in the future (tattoo placement on the body/ size..).

So basically - tattoos rock, just don't rush it!


You are in your 20's so you should have a basic understanding of your health and where it's at. If you have bruising, clotting, skin infection issues, wound healing problems, or a severely compromised immune system then tattoos probably aren't for you. Ask your doctor, by all means, but if you are dead set on getting one, medical advice will probably go in one ear and out the other.

Your main issue (and arguably the most important) is the negativity that your culture gives tattoos. If this connotation is country wide and not just within your immediate culture/family it would lead me to conclude clean, sterile, renouned tattoo shops and artists are not readily available. I wouldn't have a tattoo done by an amateur in a clandestine location. No good can come from this.

That said, I have three tattoos with no regrets or side effects. My only advice is choose a design wisely and stay away from names unless they are your children or pet. Don't just run into a shop (or wherever you are going), browse the tattoo catalog and choose. Know what you want before you go in. Aftercare is very important. Don't neglect it.


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Not to beat anybody up, but you should inform your doctor of your plans. If you have CF you probably know what it takes to sterilize equipment. Iran is a medically sophisticated country and hopefully tattoo artists are licensed and inspected. Where you live, is an assumption from your profile but like any country these days, large cities tend to be similar all over the world and things get less consistent the further you get from urban to rural life. My guess is you live near modern hospitals and there is some infrastructure that extends to inspecting tattoo parlors.

Body art is extremely popular now and a movement has been growing rapidly for at least ten years. Pierced ears have given way to gauges an inch or 25 mm and larger. The trend is becoming more conservative. Maybe they dont want to become slaves to large gauges. You know best concerning the safety and sterilization methods or if you don't, enlist the aid of a knowledgeable friend to guide you.

Sterilization methods and sterile technique in making a successful tattoo involves using disposable, sterile needle sets. Needle sets are either made by the artist or more commonly made in a multitude of geometries by a specialized manufacturer. The latter arrives in a plastic package, already sterilized. The tattoo machine is sterilized in an autoclave, theyre made for it. These days the tattoo machine is in a sterile bag, the needles are sterile and the inks are made fresh. Fresh ink or mixed ink should be virgin, never used for another customer. If you can, inspect their facility and ask them to convince you everything is sterile.

To convince me it needs 20 minutes in an autoclave at 250 degrees F. or 122 degrees C. heated steam. Autoclaves by definition are steam sterilizers that operate under pressure. I have killed absolutely every bug from viruses to whatever bacteria you want, they are 100% for certain dead using the standard settings I have described. I didn't invent this absolute for proper sterilization, I leaned it in school. The metrics for steam sterilization was worked out about a hundred years ago and it is still reliable today.

I also tested it about a thousand times to make certain it really did kill my bugs. While in high school, I was working in the lab, late one night and to my surprise, I found a culture plate with Y. pesti or plague bacillus! A fellow student was doing a science project involving water filled plastic "ice cubes". They were imported back in the mid 1960's from Taiwan. They were the drinker's favorite ice cube for a while. The marble sized balls froze quickly and kept drinks cold without diluting it with water from a regular ice cube. The manufacturer didn't use sterile water and after so many repeated freeze and thaw cycles, they would split and leak into the drinks.

The storm from contaminated Ice Balls was huge! People were contracting everything from cholera to every water born bug in the pond. It had been reported that plague bacteria had been found in other Ice Balls. I made several plates using blood agar in hopes of catching something like Y. pestus. And I did! I called my teacher who called the County Health Department and they arrived in force about 11pm on a Friday night. The biology and chemistry departments were right next to the cafeteria kitchen. Needless to say the kitchen didn't serve food the next week and Monday the school was still closed. Not to toot my own horn, but there was absolutely no contamination. Sterile technique needs to be simple for it to be generally used without mistakes.

Assuming you have a perfect shop that meets your standards, the only real issue is insuring you don't contract an infection. Just like going to the dentist, depending on the risk you're prescribed antibiotics preemptively. This is possibly the best reason to inform your doctor of your plans. I'm suggesting that you don't have to ask for your doctor's permission. A non doctor is going to inject some pigments through thousands of needle punctures. A tattoo iron can execute 50-60 strokes/second or 3600 strokes an hour. Some needle configurations can bundle six or more needles. The point is somebody is poking upwards to 100,000 subdermal holes in an hour session.

If there's any doubt that you have been assaulted, a tattoo sized, mild scab forms. Usually they wrap or bandage the tattoo and apply a generous layer of antibiotic/antiseptic ointment. Overall you should have a good tattoo experience but if there's anyway to find public health records or maybe internet ratings on the tattoo artist/shop. Your doctor probably will give you preemptive antibiotics but the advice you may want is how to check out a shop. I would really push for the antibiotics. Use a trust but verify method if possible when selecting a tattoo artist. This may not be the time to choose the low bid.

Best of luck with your body art,




I would check with your doctors just to be safe, but for what it's worth, I have several tattoos and have not experienced any complications nor regrets with any of them. Should you decide to get a tattoo, just make sure you go to a reputable tattoo place with a reputable artist, and be sure to follow the cleaning/aftercare instructions!


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The incidence of infection caused by tattoo given in recognized "legitimate" places is 10%. With CF that can be a problem.
Removing a tattoo once you have changed your mind is a nightmare.
You try a car before you buy. Why not try removable ones first for a while.
As pointed out here, styles change, ideas change. I recently saw a 16 year old with an insulting motto tattooed across her chest. What happens when she is 28 and wants to work for a government agency, or the guy wants her to meet his family? She will always be identified by that dumb choice.

Cale Gilley

I have about 8 total but some are joined now, I'm 26 got my first when I was late 22. I had the idea for my first tattoo being my favorite animal I drew up a head of a wolf when I was 21 decide to wait to ponder the thought of if I really wanted a tattoo. They aren't for everyone but for me I am and artist and I appreciate the art on my body. It never crossed my mind to ask my doctors but I can see the concern. They know I have tattoos now and have never said anything about it but like Dank said we are all different and you should ask your doctors what they think medically. Also as was said the cleanliness and professionalism of the place you get the tattoo are very important you don't want someone poking you with a needle and you getting sick from it or worse a disease.


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I have two tattoos. A really small one on my wrist and a bigger one on my back. Got them when I was 18. I don't regret them but wish I would have waited. You're still young. I would wait a little bit. Know who the tattoo artist is and make sure they use sterilized equipment. Common Sense really.