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Tattoo Safe for Flaker?
from Sara

Hey:  I've had P for about a year now. Lucky for me I only have two small patches on my elbows that are controllable with ointments.  Now I am thinking about getting a tattoo on my back, where I don't have P (yet).  Does anyone know if it's safe for me to get one, if I should do special things before I get them, and so forth?  I really want to know before I do something stupid. -Sara


Ed’s Response:  One of the most common triggers for starting a psoriasis lesion is a skin wound.  It is so common, in fact, that it has it's own name — Koebner phenomenon (named after the person who first pointed it out).  Tattoos are skin wounds.  Regrettably, there is no fast and easy way for you to determine if you are likely to "Koebnerize" unless it has happened to you in the past.  Have you had any surgery after which the incision area has turned into a P-lesion?  If so you're not a likely candidate for a tattoo.  However, as you've got only those two patches on your elbows.... Who knows?

P is stubbornly unpredictable.  Your situation today can't be taken as much of an indication of what your situation will be 6 months from now.  Given this unpredictability, many people would conclude it's not safe to pursue any course that stretches their luck. On the other hand, you may want to read Rebecca C.’s correspondence from last year: P’s Back After 15 Year Remission.  Her postscript will raise your eyebrows.  -Ed

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