Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can affect people of all ages. People with epilepsy experience sudden changes in the brain’s electrical activity, called seizures. During a seizure, they may shock, shake or tremble. They may also lose consciousness.
Because of these symptoms, a person with epilepsy may worry about getting a tattoo.
Tattoos have long been part of human culture, and they are becoming increasingly popular. Research shows that nearly 1/3 of all people have at least one tattoo.
There is no evidence that tattoos can trigger seizures or pose additional risks for people with epilepsy.
Read on to learn more about epilepsy and tattoos.
Can people with epilepsy get a tattoo?
Yes, they can! There are no strict medical contraindications to getting tattoos, including epilepsy.
However, some people with medical conditions should seek medical advice before getting a tattoo. People with chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema and atopic dermatitis, as well as those with diabetes and blood disease, are best to consult a doctor before getting a tattoo. Pregnant or breastfeeding people are also strongly advised against taking a tattoo.
If someone with epilepsy also has a condition that may affect their suitability for a tattoo, they should seek advice from a doctor.
People with epilepsy may worry about having a seizure during a tattoo. While there is no evidence that tattoos can trigger seizures, it may be helpful to discuss any concerns with the tattoo artist and a physician. Moreover, a person can feel better prepared if he lets the tattoo artist know what to do in case of an attack.