Tattoos and piercings
Body art such as tattooing and piercing is a popular form of self expression. Here in the UK, the health and safety procedures for body artists are governed by UK regulations, and reputable shops and tattoo parlours follow strict procedures to protect both their clients and themselves.
For people with haemophilia, the risks associated with having a tattoo or piercing are somewhat greater than for others. Obviously the greatest specific risk is excessive bleeding, but infection and the possibility of allergic reactions to the metal or dyes used must also be considered when planning any form of body art.
Ideally, a licensed facility should be chosen and sufficient time should be taken to discuss the safety procedures used. The artist should be informed about the nature of haemophilia and they in turn should fully explain the process and clarify what they do to keep everyone safe. At the very least, they should:
- Use single-use, disposable needles and razors
- Safely dispose of needles and razors
- Wash hands before and after putting on disposable gloves
- Clean and sterilise reusable tools and equipment
- Frequently clean surfaces and work areas.
Urgent medical attention should be sought for:
- Redness and swelling that extend beyond the tattoo or piercing
- Continued oozing or bleeding
- Drainage from the wound including pus
- Warmth around the area and/or red ‘streaks’ coming from the area tattooed or pierced
|Always seek advice from your doctor before having a tattoo or piercing.