4 days away from my tattoo appointment I am coming down with what I assume to be a cold. My throat hurts, my body aches, and I’m extremely tired. This raises the question: Is it okay to get a tattoo while you’re sick?
Getting inked is hard for your immune system, doing “damage” to your skin that makes your immune system kick into high gear to heal it. Having a cold can occupy your bodies immune system, either causing your tattoo to heal a bit slower or make your cold last longer than usual. When it comes to major illnesses such as battling cancer, consulting with your doctor first is a must. Some tattoo artists require or would like to have permission from a doctor before performing a tattoo.
The bottom line? Yes, you can get a tattoo while you have a small cold. The experience of getting inked may be a little more painful, and it may not. It depends on the circumstance. Expect to take longer to get over your cough or bug. Other than this mild raise in discomfort, there is no reason your body can’t handle a tattoo and a cold at the same time. If you ever have a doubt about the safety of getting a tattoo with your health problems, consult your doctor openly about the subject.
I scheduled this appointment back in November of 2011, so I’m going to be a trooper and go through with finishing my back piece. Lots of Vitamin C and rest will hopefully get me a little better before then!
Stay healthy and happy inking!