Category:Miscellaneous Questions and Concerns

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Patients often have skin-related questions and wonder what types of things will influence their PC symptoms and what types of things will not. Please always feel free to connect with us and get the answers you need! We are here to help you gain the understanding and knowledge you need.

Tattoos and PC

Physician Comments

"I understand that you have PC, are interested in getting a tattoo, and want to know if there is any contraindication to the tattoo given your condition. This is actually a complicated issue as there have been no reports in the literature from which we can draw and none of the patients we have enrolled in our registry have reported getting a tattoo, much less the outcome. However, based on our current understanding of the cause of PC, you should probably use care. We know that biopsies performed on PC patients heal fine - maybe slightly slower, but usually without any worse scarring. This suggests that the tattooing process is unlikely to be much different on your skin long term than on non-PC patients. On the other hand, you should use care in selecting the site of the tattoo, because there are certain places, like the foot, hands, and possibly buttocks/knees that may not heal as well and you may be left with a bit of thickening in the area of the tattoo that persists for quite a while, maybe indefinitely. Finally, I do not want to fail to mention that it is very important that, if you choose to get a tattoo, you select a reputable business because many of these establishments are not hygienic and many innocent people have been infected with untreatable viruses due to exposure during the tattooing process."

Sancy A. Leachman, MD, PhD Medical Advisor PC Project

Laser hair treatment

Patient question: Would laser hair treatments have an effect on my PC symptoms?

Answer (not an official physician response): 1. The keratins that cause PC are found on the soles of the feet, nails, palms of the hands.

2. These keratins would not be affected by removal of hair (by any means).

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