Hidradenitis Suppurativa Support Group

Hidradenitis suppurativa (hi-drad-uh-NIE-tis sup-yoo-ruh-TIE-vuh) is rare, long-term skin condition that features small, painful lumps under the skin. The disease manifests as clusters of chronic abscesses or boils, sometimes as large as baseballs, that are extremely painful to the touch and may persist for years with occasional to frequent periods of inflammation, culminating in drainage, often leaving open wounds that will not heal.

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Tattoos?

So I know this sounds kinda silly, but my mother thinks that with me having HS that I shouldn't be getting tattoos. I on the other hand don't think its a issue or will make anything worse. I've tried researching it but I've come up with nothing. & my doctors don't seem to know anything about HS either... Opinions?

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lilyu
lilyu

I have three tattoos and they have all been fine. What does she think would happen?
tangerinebear
tangerinebear

Well, if I were your mother I would not mind if you are careful where you put the tatoos. Have never been fond of tatoos but to put them where you get HS would be utterly insane..... So place them in a kind and gentle place I would say.......good luck, Tangerinebear xo
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm not sure what she thinks will happen, she is just over protective... Also I wouldn't put them where I get HS, that would be crazy. I was just wondering what other people with this do/did. I have 1 tattoo on my foot, but because I have been having more out breaks she just doesn't think its a great idea! - Thanks
deleted_user
deleted_user

I've got 20 tattoos and my breakouts haven't been worse or better since getting them. If anything, it makes you more proud to show off your skin :) I say, go get your ink!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Your tatoos and your HS are probably not linked at all. But, as a Mom of a daughter myself, I think I can understand your Mother.

If I had a daughter whom I loved in the Hospital with Celluitis, first of all I would be worried in general. Then I would worry that these further infections might have something to do with getting tattoos. Much Cellulitis is the result of IV drug use i.e. unclean needles used under the skin. It's not so big a leap for someone to think that ANY kind of needle beneath the skin's surface puts us at risk for infection, especially if we are already prone to infection. (And I have seen a couple of very nasty infections from tatoos).
I suppose that as long as you are very careful about where you have your tats done, it's fine. But it's not completely unreasonable for you Mom to be concerned. Anyway, it's her JOB to worry about you...lol She's your MOM :) Some days, it's all we Moms do. lol
deleted_user
deleted_user

And by the way....my own daughter doesn't have HS but she does have 5 tatoos.....:)
tangerinebear
tangerinebear

I think Photojean said it very well. Those who are prone to infection carry perhaps more risk with tatoos. I guess tatoos are the thing of the day for kids now...When I was growing up about the only ones that got tatoos are sailors and those that were different.....Now it is a common thing.... Personally, I feel that if God wanted our skin all inked up he would of made us with those things...I dont like them and my daughters dont have them..... And yes, mom's worry nonstop about their kids......and having a kid with HS is even more worrysome so give your mom a little slack. She I would say is definately accused of loving you very much....
Tangerinebear xo
deleted_user
deleted_user

I don't see how tattoo's can make it any worse.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thanks & she doesn't think it would make it worse, its just the risks of infection is her biggest fear.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I also have 3, my brother has 1, never stopped us! And, we never had a problem with them, and we do not keloid either. Have fun!

BUT does she have reservations for other reasons?
deleted_user
deleted_user

its funny that you say that beacuse i have 4 tattoos 1 which i got recently since being diagnose with HS and my mom said thats probly the reason i said no its not she just dont like for my sister and i to have them but I said this one was the last one.
kikinash
kikinash

I have 3 tatts on my back and one on my left thigh and two tiny ones on each hip. I'm about to get the ones on my hips covered up, but I don't think HS has anything to do with the tattoos. Then again, what do I know? LOL.