How to Treat a Tattoo Infection
Tattoo Infection is Not Hard to Treat
So, you got a tattoo! Whether this is your first, or if you have several, each time you get a new one it's a different experience. A lot of times it will heal just fine with no problems. While other times, you can get an infection.
If it is your first, it can be a little scary if it gets infected. For one, you're not for sure what to expect, and when some of the symptoms start, you don't know if it's part of the normal healing process.
First of all, don't worry. It's not hard to treat a tattoo infection. You want to catch it as soon as possible though. Don't wait until your tattoo is oozing or bubbly.
Signs and Symptoms
- The first sign is redness. A little bit around your tattoo that is a light red is normal for the first day. After the first day, most of the redness should be gone and your tattoo should have started scabbing.
- Along with the red around your tattoo, it will also feel hot when you touch it.
- If your tattoo gets raised, bubbly looking, bright red, and you feel a shooting or constant pain that feels like it's in your leg itself, these are all signs of a more progressed infection.
Once you become aware of the fact you have a tattoo infection, it needs to be treated right away.
- Get a paper towel and dip it in peroxide.
- Squeeze out all the excess and lay it flat onto your tattoo. Leave it there for several minutes.
- Repeat several times a day.
That's it, a very easy solution ! If your infection is severe, you should talk to your doctor or go to an emergency room. You may need antibiotics because the infection can get into your blood stream.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.