Learning how to treat an infected tattoo

Learning how to treat an infected tattoo

What is it about getting a tattoo that is very thrilling? Maybe it is the permanence of the body art. Maybe it is the pain one has to endure in getting one. Most probably, it is both. In any case, getting a tattoo is undoubtedly being fashionably bad. Very few people realize though that an infection can turn this cool experience into a nightmare. For those who have had this problem, below are some useful tips on how to treat an infected tattoo.

Advice on how to treat an infected tattoo

The best tip on how to treat an infected tattoo is avoid an infection in the first place. Before getting a tattoo, one must be prepared to care for it afterwards. An open wound is a breeding ground for bacteria so make sure to cover the new tattoo carefully with a clean bandage that allows some air to get in. This must be done for at least two hours. Using any kind of plastic to cover the wound is a very bad idea because this material locks moisture in and can lead to infection. The key here is to keep the wound clean and dry.

When washing the new tattoo, lukewarm water and a mild anti bacterial soap must be used. Using an abrasive material like a towel and rubbing it against the skin is forbidden. A wound must be pat gently to dry.

Another important tip on how to treat an infected tattoo is consult a doctor on how to properly clean an infected wound and which anti-bacterial soaps are most effective. Not only that, a licensed physician can also recommend anti-bacterial medicine for treatment. Bacitracin, A&D Ointment, or Neosporin are some of the commonly used ointments but consulting a doctor is still best. After all, other diseases, which one may not be aware of — such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or an impaired immune system — can increase the likelihood of an infection or make it difficult for all types of wounds to heal.

As critical as learning how to treat an infected tattoo is learning to recognize the basic symptoms of infection. Especially if it is the first time, one has ever gotten a tattoo, this person may not know what to expect exactly. When is redness around the tattoo alarming and when is it normal? Is the appearance of red streaks and pus around the wound a sign of infection? How much pain during the healing period is expected? How long should the healing period be?

Generally if a tattoo continues to look red and swollen even after three or four days, that is an indication of a problem. If the person starts to have fever or swollen lymph nodes, that is also a bad sign. The appearance of pus is never normal. If these symptoms occur, one must take the necessary steps cleaning and treating of the wound. Learning how to treat an infected tattoo is not complicated but treatment must start very early in the stages of infection. But of course, no matter how much one has read up on how to treat an infected tattoo, the diagnosis and advice of a licensed doctor is still invaluable.
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