Tattoo infection are on the rise because of the increase in people getting inked. Here are the signs to get the infection treated on time.
BY DR RINKY KAPOOR & SUNNY BHANUSHALI
Tattoos are a work of art and expert tattoo artists bring alive this art on your skin. Today, more and more people are opting to get a personalised tattoo, something that defines them or reminds them of a significant part of their life or sometimes it is just something artistic that is a lovely to look at.
While the popularity of tattoos is at an all-time high, people need to remember that tattoos need very careful aftercare. Most people tend to assume that there’s no dark side to it, and aren’t acquainted with the risks that come with it. Inserting needles in your body means you can potentially let foreign matter and infections into your body, which is why it is important to make sure that your tattoo artist is one that uses clean equipment and provides you with proper instructions about the aftercare. If these things are neglected, you’re heavy likely to catch an infection.
Even if there is a slight amount of negligence in taking care of the tattoo, it could cause infection, which can take a turn for the worse if not treated in time. The best way to make sure that the tattoo is not infected is to follow the care instructions to the letter and make sure that he tattoo studio is a sterile environment.
However, if by any changes it is infected, you have to get it treated right away. Signs of infection usually are quick to appear. One should check for the following symptoms and consult a doctor if the signs are present:
Uncomfortable itching: During the healing of your tattoo, itching is completely normal. However, if the itching seems like it’s getting unbearable, and seems abnormal, it’s best to consult your doctor.
Pus discharge: When you see yellow, brown or green tined slime or pus discharging from your flesh wound, you’ll need to stop and see a doctor immediately. While you might think it’s the colour of the ink pigment leaking out, it’s not. Even in tiny amounts, you should take any discoloured oozing seriously.
Foul odour: If your tattoo starts smelling funny you need to get it checked.
Tenderness and pain: The tattoo site will be a little sore, and there will definitely be some associated pain, but it should be a deep pain that’s beyond comfort level.
Redness/ Rashes : Rashes hare one of fb first sings of infection on a tattoo. Some minor redness for a short period of time is quite normal. However if it slowly starts turning into red streaks and the rash will seems to spread farther ahead around, it could be an infection. It will appear red and inflamed. If the rash is growing outwards and is larger than the area of the tattoo then it is an infection.
Inflammation: Initially all tattoos are red and inflamed but if the redness and inflammation persist beyond five days and is growing then it is safe to assume that an infection is setting in.
Swelling, blistering and boils: If you have caught an infection you will slowly start noticing small bulges.
Warmth: Your tattoo will start feeling a bit warm.
Fever: A fever starts to develop.
Most often tattoos infections are completely preventable. Here are the things you should ensure to prevent getting an infection:
Choose the right tattoo artist, make sure the equipment used are clean. Needless to say, read reviews and ask around about the artist.
Ensure that the needles used are completely new. Ensure that the artist uses ink that is approved by the FDA. Gloves should be worn during the entire process. Once the tattoo is done, the tattoo artist should clean the area with soap using gloves. Antibiotic ointments or creams should be regularly applied onto the tattoo, Basically, all aftercare suggestions made by the tattoo artist should be adhered to.
Dr Rinky Kapoor is cosmetic dermatologist
and dermatosurgeon, The Esthetic Clinics,
Sunny Bhanushali is founder and celebrity
tattoo artist, Allien Tattoo Studio