Hundreds of people get tattoos everyday and hundreds and thousands of people never have to deal with an infected tattoo. However, tattoos can get infected just as easily as anything else. This is why it is so important to properly care for your tattoo after you have gotten it. Don’t assume it will heal on its own without help from you. The most important thing about caring for a tattoo is making sure it is clean and staying away from water. You should not submerge your tattoo in water. When taking a shower its you should try your hardest to get your tattoo wet as little as possible. You should also put some kind of healing ointment on your tattoo at least twice a day. The most common healing ointments for tattoos are Bacitracin Zinc, A & D Ointment, Petroleum and Neosporin.
If you suspect that your tattoo maybe infected there is really one thing that you should do, go to your doctor. They will be able to treat and diagnose it. More often than not they will simply give you antibiotic and might take a blood test to be on the safe side. The tale tell signs of an infected tattoo are increased pain, swelling, redness, heat, or tenderness around the tattoo, red streaks extending from the area, pus coming from the wound, swollen or tender lymph nodes, and or a fever. Please note that when you first get a tattoo your skin will be red and tender and your tattoo may very well ooze some pus this is normal. However, if this should occur a few days after your tattoo, then it is pretty safe to bet it is infected and should be treated immediately. If you are not sure if your tattoo is infected and don’t want to spend the money seeing a doctor, revisit your tattoo artist and see if they can confirm the infection then head to the doctor.
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