Have you ever considered getting a tattoo? Many people are not in favour of body art in any way, but what if you could perhaps get your allergies, medical number and details tattooed instead? It changes the argument and most people I’ve talked to about this actually thought this was a great idea. But consider also that people can grow out of allergies – what then? Painful tattoo removal? Would medical tattoos be suitable for children? It’s an interesting debate.
You never forget to put your tattoo on
It serves a purpose, would always be with you and would mean that eczema patches which often prevent people from wearing both my MedicAlert necklace and bracelet would be avoided. But is this a bit of a drastic measure?
I admit that I’m often not wearing mine. They irritate me, mainly due to eczema on my wrists and neck. You have to remember to put them on each day. If you’re going to break any jewellery, sod’s law it will be the expensive silver medicalert bracelet and any jewellery is easy to lose and expensive to replace.
Where would you have a medical tattoo?
And where on the body should you have such a tattoo? If it was the wrist it would be on display forever so is a very big step to take if the thought of normal tattoos isn’t something you would normally consider. I have never craved a tattoo but have seen some I admire on others, but always thought, not for me. I would never actually go through with it. But if I had a tattoo that said, ‘I am allergic to all nuts, dairy, soya, tomatoes, celery, coriander, nickel, latex, dust…’ it would go on forever.
I also wonder what guidance tattoo parlours would give someone enquiring about this, would they have the understanding of how such a tattoo might need to work, where it should be and what form it should take for maximum benefit? ie. would paramedics know to look for one? and where would they look?
Allergies to tattoo ink…
It is also possible to be allergic to tattoo ink so always get tested before going ahead.
An interesting article looking at the medical profession’s view on such tattoos, “Medical tattoos with vital information replacing bracelets for some” makes for interesting reading.
And check out these 30 of the coolest medical tattoos from the Huff Post website.
For instance, would paramedics know where to look for a tattoo? There is an argument that there should be guidance about where on the body an allergy tattoo should be and also that the same template or design be used so that they do actually make sense, speed medical help and get the right message across.
Woven gold and silk tech tattoos
Special thanks to Kerri Honeysett who reads my Facebook page for pointing me towards this article about gold medical tattoos that are currently being used on cow’s teeth of all places. Read,
“Tattoo calls for help when you fall ill and researchers believe it could be coming to an arm near you soon” which is in the Daily Mail online to find out more about this woven gold and silk temporary skin embossing which could detect things like bacterial infections and let others know you’re sick. The brains behind this invention is Michael McAlpine, a professor in Princeton, who was inspired to invent this clever device after a woman had asthma attack in a local shop but was till ill to tell anyone what was wrong with her.
Medical necklaces and bracelets
If you have a nickel allergy do check before buying that the product us suitable for you as many of the basic and cheaper medical jewellery contains nickel. I made this mistake and despite the bracelet being stainless steel, which I thought would be OK, and that nickel was listed as an allergy, I was still sold a product that caused me allergic reaction. Pretty silly, but very easy to avoid.
Mediband Wristbands are made of food grade silicone, easily sterilised and are 100% hypo-allergenic (non-toxic). They have soft, rounded and pliable edges that are less likely to catch on foreign objects and are designed to safely break and snap if enough force is applied.
MedicAlert provides vital details in an emergency… because every moment matters. They support members with a wide range of medical conditions and allergies, which we help them to describe on a custom-made emblem. MedicAlert also keeps secure, detailed medical records for our members which can be updated at any time. This information can be accessed in an emergency, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world, using our emergency telephone number and we are able to converse in over 100 languages. To find our more visit: https://www.medicalert.org.uk/home. Use code WHATALLERGY for 10% off. Some products can contain nickel so opt for the material straps or silver.
SOS Medical Tags
Medical Tags bring you a range of I.D Tags, Medical Identity Tags, Medical Jewellery, I.D Bracelets and Necklaces, Allertags, SOS Talisman and Medical Watches to be worn in case of an accident when you may not be able to communicate to the emergency services. Especially as most patients are transported to the hospital, alone, without relatives or friends to discuss possible life saving medical history.
By wearing your medical information near your main pulse points, your neck or wrist, the item is more easily noticed by emergency staff. In these vital few minutes this is often the only way of conveying your vital drug allergy or medical condition that the medics need to treat you effectively. Visit their website to find out more about Medical tags. The chains do contain nickel.
What medical jewellery do you wear?
So what is the answer? Would you consider getting a medical tattoo? What medical jewellery do you currently wear and do you always wear it? Will I go ahead with it? I’m not sure… but I might look into it, just in case.