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Tattoos and IV Treatment

tattoos and iv therapy

You’ve probably heard about the many benefits that come with IV therapy. You’ve heard that it helps take your health to the next level. You’ve heard about the increased energy, the hangovers and headaches that practically disappear, and the healthier skin that leaves you looking and feeling your best. 

But sadly, you think that IV therapy is just not for you. Why? Because your arms are covered in tattoos.

We see it all the time — people who want to try IV therapy, but are concerned because they heard the myth that you can not start an IV through a tattoo. Well, the team at Mobile IV Nurses would like to be the first to tell you: IV treatments with tattoos are safe! 

You can experience the health benefits of rapid hydration and vitamin IV therapy even if you have tattoos, and Mobile IV Nurses is happy to provide you with top-quality infusions to help enhance your health.

IV Insertion & Tattoos

Tattoos are a popular way to express yourself, and they’re becoming increasingly common these days. In fact, polls show that about 30% of Americans have at least one tattoo! This means that many people getting IV treatments (both in the hospital and through providers like Mobile IV Nurses) have a tattoo — possibly right where we need to place the IV. 

Many of our patients have questions about the dangers a tattoo can cause for their infusion. In fact, we often get questions like the ones below:

Is it Hard to Locate a Vein Covered with Tattoos?

We have to admit, it can be more difficult to see a person’s vein when they have tattoos. The dark color of the tattoo tends to hide the veins, which can make them tougher to spot. However, this “problem” is not limited to people with tattoos. Nurses often have a harder time seeing the veins of people with darker skin tones, older individuals, or even dehydrated people!

So, how can we put in an IV when we can’t see the vein? Simple: we use our sense of touch. Our nurses will palpate the skin (also known as prodding your arm) until they feel a vein. Then, they will use something small like a pen cap to create an indentation in the skin. This “landmark” will help ensure that the IV goes into the vein without a hitch!

Is it safe to get an IV with Tattoos?

Yes! IV infusions with tattoos are safe, and individuals with tattoos can get IVs without worry. In fact, some IV therapy can help you maintain the beauty of your tattoos! For example, IVs that contain vitamin C or glutathione offer anti-aging benefits that can give you beautiful skin AND clean, vibrant tattoos. 

Of course, there are a few instances in which a nurse might hesitate to put an IV through a tattoo. The first instance is when the ink is fairly new. This is because skin infections and allergic reactions are a greater risk of new tattoos, and we’d like to keep you as safe as possible. If your tattoo is less than a month old, we’ll try to find a different vein for your IV treatment.

When else might we avoid putting an IV through a tattoo? When the patient asked us not to. Mobile IV Nurses is dedicated to our patient’s needs, and we will always do our best to find a tattoo-free area for your IV if you’d rather we avoid your ink.

As you can see, tattoos are safe for IV therapy — and when you would with Mobile IV Nurses, you can be certain that we’ll take extra care of you and your tattoos.

Possible IV Risk of Tattoos

There are probably a few skeptics out there still wondering how safe it is to get IV therapy with a tattoo. We get it. You don’t want to risk hurting yourself OR your body art — and odds are you’ve heard some widespread myths about the risks of tattoos and IVs. 

At Mobile IV Nurses, we want all our patients to feel comfortable with their treatment. This is why we have medical professionals monitoring your condition throughout the infusion, and it’s why we’d like to take some time to address a few rumored “dangers” of tattoos and IV treatments right now.

Myth #1: The IV Will Scar the Tattoo

Tattoos ink stains the cells at your dermis level of the skin. This means the ink is not sitting at the surface (once the tattoo is fully healed) and it won’t be affected by an IV. There is a very slight risk of visible track marks on a tattoo, but that is usually the result of poor needle placements — something the experts at Mobile IV Nurses are careful to avoid.

Myth #2: Ink Will Bleed into Your Bloodstream

This is a common myth about the risks of tattoos and IVs. However, it’s simply untrue! The IV will not disturb the ink in your tattoo. Even if it did, there is no danger of tattoo ink in your bloodstream; your lymph nodes and kidneys would process the ink just as they would any other particle (fun fact: tattoo removal uses a laser to break up pigments, so they can be absorbed into the body and processed in exactly this manner).

Learn More About Tattoos and IV Treatment

At Mobile IV Nurses, we want you to have more energy, greater mental clarity, and all the other benefits of vitamins you can get through IV therapy. However, we also want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout your IV experience. This is why our team is always happy to answer your questions. 

Worried about the dangers of a tattoo and IV treatments? Give us a call. Not sure which infusion will help you reach your health goals? Ask us! Our staff of experienced registered nurses will be happy to help you find the best infusion for your unique needs.

Once you’re ready to give IV therapy a try, simply visit our schedule online and make an appointment. We have teams ready to go across Arizona and Florida, so we can always get someone to your door ASAP. If you need an IV to nurse your hangover, support your immune system, or simply make you feel your best, Mobile IV Nurses is here for you!

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