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Can i get a tattoo having tinea versicolor?

Patient: Hi. I am looking to get my very first tattoo.However I am a bit afraid because i have some spots, tinea versicolor, reaching the area of where I want to get the tattoo (arm).I am using a cream, sertaconazole nitrate, but the spots are still present and to me it looks they are spreading even more.My question is if it is safe to get a tattoo and if the tattoo will be damaged by this?thank you very much

 

 

Doctor: Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection of trunks and arms. Tattoo over the area infected, might aggravate the symptoms. You must be treated completely first for tinea versicolor and the get tattoo done. Consult a dermatologist for the same, to be treated and cured completely for tinea versicolor. Get tattoo done by a professional to avoid the risks of tattoo instrument infection, especially HIV.

 


 

 
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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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