If your new tattoo is infected, you need to see a doctor. Skin infections can rapidly spread to the bloodstream and causes cellulitis, sepsis, shock, organ failure, and death. You may need to be prescribed an antibiotic and/or anti-inflammatory medication.
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Is Your New Tattoo Infected?
Talk to your tattoo artist if you are not sure if your tattoo is infected. If it is, head to the doctor’s clinic for a conclusive diagnosis and treatment.
What is Normal?
It is normal for a new tattoo to have minor swelling, redness, and pain or tenderness during the first few days. It may ooze blood during the first 24 hours. A normal stage of healing is the secretion of a yellowish liquid (blood plasma, which helps fight infection). If plasma is allowed to dry, it will create a very thin scab over the tattoo that may be itchy. These symptoms should subside within the first week, but it can take 4-6 weeks for the tattoo to fully heal.
What Is Not Normal?
- Heavy, substantial scabs
- Excessive pain or itching
- Pustules or pimple-like red bumps
- Swelling that extends beyond the tattoo
- Tattoo and skin around it feels hot to touch
- Thick yellow or green discharge that oozes from tattoo
- Foul odor
- Red streaks radiating away from tattoo
- Fever and tiredness
Tattoo Infection Treatment
Tattoo infections are serious and can be life-threatening. You must take proper precaution to ensure that the infection does not worsen. Not only will you risk destroying your new tattoo, you could be risking your life. If you think your tattoo is infected, contact a doctor immediately. Treatment is much more challenging when the infection is festering.
Treatments for a tattoo infection may include:
- Antibiotics: May be intravenous or oral, depending on the severity of the infection.
- Blood tests: Your doctor may recommend blood tests to check for other diseases or blood-borne infections, depending on the circumstances of the tattoo.
- Topical antibiotics: If the infection is confirmed, your doctor might recommend a topical ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin. Do not use these creams to prevent infection, because they can clog pores and cause an infection.
- Cold compresses: Applying cooler temperatures can help relieve pain and swelling, but care should be taken to keep the skin dry at all times. If you are using an ice pack, cover your skin with a towel. It is easy to go numb and ice can cause further tissue damage. Apply ice for no longer than 10 minutes before allowing the skin to re-warm.
What Should I Do?
In many cases, the infection is not your fault or your artist’s fault — it is caused by ink that was contaminated with bacteria because the manufacturer did not ensure the sterility of their product. If you can prove this was the case, you may be able to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, future treatment, and more.
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