Tattoo Infection Treatment | AFC Urgent Care
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Tattoos are a popular form of body art, but they can also pose some risks. One of the most common risks is infection. At AFC Urgent Care, we understand the importance of safety and we are committed to providing our patients with the best possible care. If you develop a tattoo infection, we are here to help.
We do not offer tattoo removal.
What causes tattoo infections?
Tattoo infections are caused by bacteria entering the open wound created during the tattooing process. The most common cause of infection is the use of unsanitary needles or equipment by the tattoo artist. Other factors that can increase the risk of infection include:
- Not following the aftercare instructions provided by the tattoo artist.
- Scratching or picking at the scabs that form on the tattooed area.
- Exposure to public pools, hot tubs, or unclean water sources while the tattoo is healing.
- Getting the tattoo in an unhygienic or dirty environment.
Signs of a Tattoo Infection
If a tattoo becomes infected, the surrounding area may develop a rash or red, bumpy skin. Some people with sensitive skin may experience irritation from the needle, which is normal and usually resolves within a few days. If you experience symptoms for more than one week, seek medical attention to avoid further complications and infection.
Tattoo infection symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the infection. Some common symptoms include:
- Redness and swelling around the tattoo. This is the most common symptom of a tattoo infection.
- Pain. The pain may be mild or severe, and it may be constant or come and go.
- Tenderness and itching. The skin around the tattoo may feel tender and itchy.
- Heat radiating from the tattooed area. The area around the tattoo may feel warm to the touch.
- Pus-like discharge. A white or yellow fluid may seep from the tattoo.
- Fever. You may have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to prevent the infection from spreading or causing serious complications.
Can a tattoo infection lead to staph infection?
Although staph bacteria can cause tattoo infections, not all infections are due to this type of bacteria. If left untreated, an infected tattoo can progress into a staph infection, which can pose severe and life-threatening health risks. It is essential to seek prompt medical attention if you suspect that you may have a tattoo infection. Our providers can evaluate the severity of your infection and offer effective treatment to prevent any potential complications.
Tattoo Infection Treatment
If you think you may have a tattoo infection, it is important to see a doctor right away. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the infection but may include:
- Antibiotics. Antibiotics can be used to kill the bacteria that are causing the infection.
- Drainage. If there is pus or fluid in the area, it may need to be drained.
- Wound care. The wound will need to be cleaned and dressed regularly.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and to keep the area clean and dry. You should also avoid picking or scratching the area, as this can further irritate the skin and increase the risk of infection.
Preventing Tattoo Infections
Here are some tips to help you prevent a tattoo infection:
- Choose a reputable tattoo artist.
- Wash your hands before and after getting a tattoo.
- Keep your tattoo clean and dry. Wash your tattoo with soap and water twice a day.
- Avoid soaking your tattoo in water.
- Apply a thin layer of ointment to the tattooed area.
- Avoid scratching or picking at your tattoo.