By jenp814 Latest Reply 2014-03-18 19:23:37 -0500
Started 2013-06-12 18:16:55 -0500

Hi everyone… I've been Type 1 for almost 25 years and want to get a tattoo on the inside of my wrist. I have talked to my dr. and read a lot about it and know that there are risks of infection, slower healing, etc., but most of what I have read is that there were no horrible effects other than a little slower healing process. Did you get a tattoo since your diagnosis? And if so - did you have any problems? Any serious complications?


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OldSugarFreak 2014-03-18 19:23:37 -0500 Report

I've had two tattoos since being diagnosed with T2. I had no problems with either of them except for the somewhat slow healing. I would add that I also give blood to the Red Cross. They have a requirement that you either must wait one year after having the tattoo or it must be done by a licensed tattooist before you can give blood again.

AliB1980 2013-07-14 16:36:46 -0500 Report

Forgot to say remember with the wrist that's where blood gases are checked from so try not to have one too close to the area…

AliB1980 2013-07-14 16:34:44 -0500 Report

I have two tattoos and had them both after I was diagnosed with T1…like with anything you just keep the area clean…keep your sugars really steady and I know it sounds weird but the quickest way to heal a tattoo literally in a matter of days is to use pile cream on the tattoo - its shrinks the blood vessels and makes it scab up and heal quickly - mine healed in 5 days!! Then once its healed you're done! Whereas I now avoid piercings as they are technically always an 'open wound' they are more susceptible to infection. So yes to tattoos, no to piercings!! Good luck!

jessicatype1hawaii 2013-06-26 04:11:45 -0500 Report

I have 3 tattoos, and have gotten pierced about 10x all together and I will say that my tattoos had no problem healing and two of them are substantially large. My piercings have had a more difficult time healing and resulted in their removal and ultimately a waste of cash. Just remember to properly care for your tattoos!

jenp814 2013-06-24 23:55:25 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info everyone! I decided to wait until after summer so I don't have to miss out on swimming. CADebbie I have thought long and hard about this and it is very significant for me. It is going to be a butterfly with my son's name in the wings and a medical alert symbol with the word diabetes. I have suffered from severe depression for a few years and the butterfly is a symbol of hope. "just when the caterpillar thought her life was over she became a butterfly". The location I chose us so that I can see it and a daily reminder that no matter how bad things seem today, it won't last forever. I will post pictures when it's done…

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2013-08-02 15:13:28 -0500 Report

I'm getting my first ink in November for Diabetes Awareness Month. It will be sort of a Type 1/Medic Alert/totally me type of thing. I am not sure how much to worry about the healing process because I've never had a problem healing from other more 'natural' injuries, even with a less-than-stellar A1C and 15 years of Type 1.

CADebbie 2013-06-13 20:18:55 -0500 Report

Car paint under the skin. What is the deal with the wrist, very popular. Nephews wife just put a french word on each wrist, can't read them and don't know what they mean. I hate needles anyway.

Gwen214 2013-06-13 18:56:29 -0500 Report

I've asked about that too. I was told as long has your BG is in control, and if possible do it above your waist, because diabetics usually have bad circulation. But this was a few years ago. I never got the tattoo was too scared of the infection.

catigoafee 2013-06-13 09:18:31 -0500 Report

Sorry for my Bad english… I have two tattoos and i had no Problems with theese i have also 3 Piercings without any Problems

Clare R
Clare R 2013-06-13 02:32:26 -0500 Report

I have 3 tattoos that I've gotten since I had the Curse put on me… no problems. Just make sure the shop you choose is reputable and sterilizes their equipment. My tattoos healed normally. Also, DO NOT pick or scratch at the tattoo while it's healing. It will itch and peel as it heals, but let it be, for the sake of the tattoo's appearance as well as preventing infection. Keep it slathered with something like A&D or Aquaphor (your artist will no doubt have his/her own recommendation on what to use) and that should help too.

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