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How to Treat Infected Tattoos

November 20, 2019 by J Wu  

The first thing to note is that all suspected infections must be taken seriously. For specific signs of tattoo infection, please refer to the previous blog: Is Your Tattoo Infected? 14 Signs of Infection. Once you suspect that your tattoo is infected, contact your tattooist as soon as possible so that they can give timely professional advice on various situations. If the symptoms of a suspected infection are particularly serious, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
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Antibiotics and ointments are common treatments, and severe infections require cutting the skin and causing the pus to flow out. In special extreme situations, you need to go to the hospital right away. Even if the scope of infection is small and limited to a small part of the tattoo, it may still seriously affect the long-term appearance of the tattoo if not treated quickly. If procrastinating for too long, the infection will eventually spread to a wider area around the tattoo and begin to cause further damage.
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In addition to cooperating with your doctor, here are some common steps you can take to help treat and alleviate the symptoms caused by infected tattoos:
1. Ice Compress
If the pain is itchy or swollen, then intermittent ice compress can help relieve symptoms. Place a clean cloth between the skin and the ice to prevent ice from directly contacting the skin and causing frostbite on the skin.
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2. Letting Wounds Breathe
Exposing the wound to fresh air regularly (especially if wrapped in a bandage for a long time) allows the skin to absorb enough oxygen to help accelerate healing.
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3. Clean the Wound
The area should be cleaned to prevent further spread of infection. Clean the wound at least 3 times a day (do not use alcohol,povidone-iodine, hydrogen peroxide) and ensure that the wound is dry. Dry skin is much less attractive to bacteria and viruses than wet skin.

body tattoo4. Use bandages

Use bandages in this area to help protect the tattoo because it can isolate bacteria and reduce friction. Remember that the bandages should be loose, and the specific tattooist and doctor will recommend whether to use a bandage depending on the situation.

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5. Keep Away from Direct Sunlight
The new tattoo is very sensitive to UV and sunlight and is more likely to exacerbate if it is infected. So you should try to keep the tattoo from direct sunlight until it is completely cured. Sunscreens are likely to exacerbate the problem, so don't use any kind of sunscreens when the wound heals.
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6. Taking Antibiotics
If the tattoo has already developed an infection, take the anti-inflammatory drugs to eliminate inflammation. (According to doctor's advice, abuse of antibiotics is prohibited).
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7. Take Painkillers and Anti-inflammatory Drugs
If your tattoo is particularly painful and swollen, taking medication may help relieve pain.
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8. Use Cream
Ultimately, doctors may choose to use different steroid creams with antibacterial or antifungal properties, etc., after determining the type of infection.
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9. Intravenous Injection
In more severe cases, if a persistent fever infection occurs, the doctor may use intravenous injections and receive more carefully monitored medical care.
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NOTE: If you suspect that the tattoo is infected, contact the tattooist in time and don't delay!
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