Tattoo Infection Symptoms

Tattoo Infection SymptomsIf you developed itchy, painful red bumps or pustules after getting a new tattoo, bad ink may be to blame. In recent years, there have been several outbreaks of tattoo infections linked to ink contaminated with bacteria. Although the FDA has recalled some products, they are concerned that similar products continue to be sold.

Need a Texas Tattoo Infection Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with an infection caused by tattoo ink, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.

What is the problem?

The skin is the barrier between your body and the world. Tattooing breaks this barrier, which can introduce bacteria into the body and cause an infection. The risk can be minimized by using sterile needles and equipment. Even in the cleanest tattoo parlors, infections can occur when the ink contains harmful bacteria.

Symptoms of a Tattoo Infection

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Weeping wounds (yellow-green pus)
  • Raised bumps around the tattoo
  • Hard nodules or knots (granulomas)
  • Papules
  • Abscesses
  • Blisters (may be filled with blood or clear fluid)
  • Blemishes
  • Itching
  • Excessive pain at the site
  • Foul odor
  • Red streaks going outward from the tattoo
  • Fever

How to Tell if a Tattoo is Infected

  • How much pain do you have? It is normal for a new tattoo to be sore while it is healing. The initial healing process lasts about a week, but the skin needs about 45 days to completely repair any damage. If you still have serious pain after one week or if the pain is getting worse, it may be mildly infected. Over time, the pain may become very severe.
  • What does your skin feel like? Infected skin will be tender to touch. It will also feel warm or hotter than non-infected skin.
  • What color is your skin? Some redness is normal after getting a new tattoo. Infections may cause skin redness that is darker or gets worse over time. In severe cases, red streaks may radiate outward from the tattoo site.
  • Do you have swelling, blisters, or unusual bumps? Itchy, painful pustules, red bumps, and blisters could be a sign of infection or an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the tattoo ink. Non-sterile tattoo practices can also spread diseases like Hepatitis B, C, syphilis, HIV, and more.

Outbreak of Mycobacterial Infection Traced to Tattoo Ink

In the last few years, there have been several outbreaks of tattoo infections linked to contaminated tattoo ink. The infection typically causes itchy, painful pustules and red bumps that look similar to pimples inside the tattoo. These symptoms usually appear within the first month after getting the tattoo.

This type of infection needs to be diagnosed with a biopsy (removing a small piece of skin) and performing a bacterial culture. Mycobacterial infections are more difficult to treat than staph infections and may require hospitalization or several months of antibiotic therapy.

Need a Tattoo Infection Lawyer in Texas?

Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged.

Collen’s amazing success in the courtroom and well known dedication to his clients has earned him the recognition of his peers as one of The Top Trial Lawyers in Texas.”

The Clark Firm has assembled a team of trial lawyers with more than 100 years experience, participation in over 600 jury trials and $260 million in verdicts and/or settlements. Please use the form below to contact our Texas tattoo infection lawyers for a free lawsuit review.

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