Looking for information on infected tattoo care? Of course, there is pain associated with getting a tattoo, but for most people, the pain is worth the amazing artwork they get on their body. However, that excitement from getting a new tattoo can fade very quickly if you end up with an infected tattoo. Infected tattoos can be caused by the artist using equipment that wasn't clean or by you not taking proper care of your tattoo after you leave the studio. Getting medical treatment for your infected tattoo can be very dangerous because the infection can enter your blood stream, which could be fatal.
Most people think that if their tattoo is red and bloody, it is infected. However, that is not always the case. It is normal for tattoo's to be red, bloody, irritated, and to even ooze ink. However, if you notice any green puss coming from your tattoo, if your tattoo is hot to the touch, if your tattoo is emitting a foul odor, or if it remains red for an extended period of time, it is possible that you have an infection. Tattoo artists know what an infected tattoo looks like, so if you think you have one, it doesn't hurt to go back to your tattoo artist to see what he or she thinks. If you don't want to do that, or if your tattoo artist agrees that you have an infected tattoo, make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible.
Your doctor will perform any medical necessary tests, such as a skin culture or blood tests, to determine if you have an infected tattoo. If you do have an infected tattoo, your doctor will likely prescribe to you an oral antibiotic, as this is the most common treatment for a skin infection. It is possible that your doctor will also give you a medicated cream that you will have to apply to your infection. Do not apply any topical creams to your tattoo unless your doctor has informed you that they are safe to use on the skin infection. An important part of infected tattoo care is to keep your tattoo dry, as bacteria loves to grow in moist, warm areas.