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Tattooing over tinea versicolor

Posted by
Mason [984.1392] on September 04, 2004 at 14:58:27:

Walt,

I have tinea versicolor on my back, chest, and upper arms, and would like to know if tattoos would be able to cover the pale spots successfully without the tattoos getting altered by the spots reappearing later on. Is it safe getting a tattoo over the skin infected with tinea versicolor? My goal is to treat the tinea versicolor, get tattoos and continue with preventative maintenance using ZNP bars for soap, buffing, and applying selinum sulfide to prevent reaccurances. I do not know if all the preventative maintenance materials will cause the tattoo to fade and would like your opinion on the matter. If anyone on the boards as answers, feel free to join in.

Thanks



Re: Tattooing over tinea versicolor

Posted by Sapphire [422.532] on September 04, 2004 at 15:16:48:

In Reply to: Tattooing over tinea versicolor posted by Mason [984.1392] on September 04, 2004 at 14:58:27:

Mason,

I don't know the answer to the question you've posed, but if you do get tatoos, you may want to consider the toxicity of some of the tattoo inks that are uses. See:

http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/aa121602a.htm

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Re: Tattooing over tinea versicolor (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on September 05, 2004 at 06:37:56:

In Reply to: Tattooing over tinea versicolor posted by Mason [984.1392] on September 04, 2004 at 14:58:27:

Hi, Mason.

In answer to your questions, in order:

1. Yes, 2. No.

I think this would be a poor decision you would eventually regret since, tattoos are lifetime commitments without very expensive removal techniques.

Close inspection would still reveal the absence of pigment caused by the fungus even in the presence of the tattoo. I think the tattoo would make it harder to tell if the fungus treatment is actually working---expecially since the pigment might never come back even though the fungus is gone (rare) and most pigments do not come back for a year or more after the fungus is actually cured.

Teh best course is to aggressively attack the fungus to get the best likelyhood of cure and then practice "buffing" religiously to prevent leaving any dead skin for the superficial fungus to eat and thus prevent recurrence. Give your skin at least a year to reform the natural pigment and the spots will begin to disappear. THEN, if you want a tattoo, why not?

Listen to Sapphire.

Hope this helps.

Walt

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