All tattoos in the hours, and sometimes days, after getting them will be vaguely red and sore. But knowing how to distinguish between mild and regular discomfort and the signs of a more serious infection can be difficult. Keeping the tattoo clean and dry is definitely the best way to prevent an infection. So watch out for these symptoms, it may be more serious than you think! If the area where you got the tattoo worries you, you can learn to recognize the first signs of infection and start treating them by following these simple steps.
Recognize the earliest symptoms of infection
Wait a few days before jumping to conclusions. The day they get your tattoo, the whole area will be red, sensitive and slightly raised to the touch. The sensations may be similar to that of one sunburn to the sea, even strong enough. In the first 48 hours, it will be difficult to tell if the healing of the tattoo is simply taking its course or if it is starting to fail.
Remember to wash and treat the tattoo following your tattoo artist’s instructions meticulously. Make sure the area is dry at all times as moisture can attract infection-causing bacteria. If you know you have a somewhat weak immune system, be very careful what may come into contact with the tattoo. Maybe you could take mild anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen, if needed. You must always pay attention to the sensation of pain. If it continues for more than three days, it is best to go back to the studio and get checked by a professional.
Beware of these symptoms, they may be more serious than you think
Watch out for redness and itching. Place a hand over the tattooed area without touching the skin and if you feel the heat radiate, this is a sign that it could be seriously inflamed. This is normal to happen in the beginning, but the feeling shouldn’t last for more than two or three days. Itching, especially if you feel it spreading from freshly worked skin to other areas, could be an indicator of an allergy or infection. Freshly made tattoos can itch, but never more than a week.
It is of utmost importance to keep an eye on any swelling and discharge, especially if it smells odd. These are indeed very obvious signs that something is going wrong. So it’s best to make an appointment with your doctor or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
What to do if you think your tattoo is getting infected
Part of the natural healing of a tattoo is the appearance of a few drops of blood or ink on the skin. If you are worried, before going directly to a doctor seek a consultation from your trusted tattoo artist and let him / her see you. Especially with large, colorful designs, these symptoms can be mistaken for an irritation or worse. Remember that the tattoo artist is an artist highly specialized in his work and very controlled at the health level. He is often even more knowledgeable about tattoo infections than your primary care physician. However, if the pain becomes acute, do not hesitate to be seen by medical personnel without wasting time. Remember that prevention is better than cure!
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