September 1, 2019

What Happens If My Tattoo Gets Infected?

Getting a tattoo is a permanent lifetime commitment and carries some risks. Whether this is your first tattoo or your tenth, infections can happen to anyone.  For those who have scars, sensitive or damaged skin, extra precaution must be taken. It is important to have permission from your dermatologist before getting any ink.

Once your dermatologist clears you, the next step is to find a tattoo artist who is licensed. It is important to do your research when choosing your tattoo artist as safety is the number one priority.

There are many signs to look out for when it comes to an infected tattoo, including:

  • Rash or Red Bumpy Skin
  • Tattoo is hotter than normal
  • Pus
  • Inflammation on or around the tattoo

Having red skin during and after the tattoo is normal. If the area continues to get redder and more painful, this is a sign the tattoo may be getting infected. Normally this can be managed with antibacterial ointment, proper cleansing of the tattoo and resting. If the swelling does not go down after 1 to 3 days, seek medical attention.

The area of your tattoo will increase in temperature due to the nature of the tattoo. If the area continues to be hot with no sign of cooling down, medical attention is required as this is a way your body will naturally fight off infections.

If you notice pus oozing from your tattoo, contact your dermatologist immediately.

Inflammation around the new ink is expected but if you notice it is growing in size or the pain is unbearable, this may be the first sign of an infection. To help ease the swelling, place an icepack that is wrapped around a towel or shirt on the area.

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your tattoo artist as they may help determine if the tattoo is infected.

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Proper care of your new tat is essential to prevent infections. Check out our blog that discusses how you can help avoid infections.

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No matter the design you choose, at Nat-A-Tat2 we are committed to making sure your ink and skin are well cared for as your tattoo heals to ensure it looks good for years to come. Our tattoo care instructions can help you ensure an optimal tattoo healing process, and our tattoo aftercare products are all-natural, 100% USDA certified organic and vegan so you can feel confident and comfortable with what you’re putting on your skin.

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