Infected Tattoo Treatment
With an increasing number of people opting to get inked, knowing options for infected tattoo treatment has become essential. Although many people follow their tattoo artist's instructions for how to care for a new tattoo, some don't. Those unfortunate few who end up with an infection have several options for treatment.
- Oral antibiotics
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Mild soap
- Clean cloth
Determine if the tattoo is actually infected. If you notice the tattoo and the area around it is inflamed, it may be infected. Other signs of infection include fever, a yellow or green discharge and red streaks outside the tattoo. If you notice any of these signs, consult with your doctor immediately.
Take all medications prescribed by your doctor. If your tattoo is infected, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics to be taken for a period of time. Even if the tattoo appears to get better, take all of the medications for as long as they are prescribed.
Clean the tattoo with a mild soap and water. Do not scrub or rub the infected tattoo while cleaning it. You want to be careful to not remove any scabs that may be covering the tattoo. Pat the tattoo and its surrounding area dry with a clean cloth.
Use a topical ointment directly on the infected tattoo. There are over the counter ointments which contain anti-bacterial properties that can help rid your tattoo of harmful bacteria. Apply this as directed.
Keep the tattoo as dry as possible while bathing or showering. Cover the tattoo with a wrap to prevent getting it wet unnecessarily. Excessive moisture can cause the tattoo to start forming pus.