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Tattoo - No More Infected Tattoos

May 30, 2008
Due to the bruising experienced during the process of getting a tattoo, the skin tends to secrete a fluid which forms tiny drops on the surface. In a normal situation, the blood particles in the fluid would dry on the surface and end up looking like black specs, this situation would be most likely to result if you did not bother the bruises.

The fluid would dry on the surface along with the particles and then form what most people know as a scab. The skin would eventually heal despite the various problems otherwise if the process is disturbed or interrupted, you might have to deal with healing a tattoo which is infected.

If the damage that occurs to the skin is minimal in nature, then the rate of healing will usually depend on the level of moisture present in the area. Certain healing ointments can create the needed atmosphere for proper healing and they are: Bacitracin Zinc, A & D Ointment and Petroleum. The petroleum content in these products means that neither air nor water penetrates to the skin surface and this then creates the optimal healing condition.

When your tattoo is completed there is no oozing and the surface of the skin is more or less dry, when a petroleum product is applied then droplets of fluid will start to appear due to the fact that the body is producing exudates. Exudates are required in order to create an atmosphere that tends to promote rapid healing of wounds. A wound that is maintained in a moist environment with exudates tend to have a lesser rate of infection than a wound which is dry.

In the past people thought that petroleum in ointments would make the ink dissolve from the skin but research has proven that this is not true. It has also been proven that the constant application of antibacterial medication is not required in order to eliminate the possibility of infection. The constant application of antibacterial medication is even detrimental to the healing process. Simply applying ointment and plastic wrapping for when you shower or sleep for a number of days will help protect your tattoo under difficult conditions.

Sometimes tattoo infection tends to occur for various reasons. Some of the symptoms which may mean that your tattoo is infected are listed as follows: Increased pain, swelling, redness, heat, or tenderness around the tattoo, red streaks extending from the area, pus coming from the wound, swollen or tender lymph nodes, or fever. These are all indications of the presence of an infection.

Infection usually starts at the tattoo and the usually clear or clear-yellow fluid which tends to drain from an infected tattoo may change to creamy yellow, brown, or red or look or start to smell like pus. It is also possible for infection to occur deep inside the wound without any signs on the surface. However pain and swelling may develop and this will be a definite sign that you have to heal the infected tattoo.

Sometimes the skin over a tattoo may heal but an infection may be present in the depths of the wound, this would usually result in a more serious situation such as an abscess. Failure to heal this infected tattoo may lead to it spreading within the bones or joints and it may become septic and infect the whole body.

Usually you will need an antibiotic to heal the infected tattoo; a doctor may also recommend that you take blood tests depending on the particular circumstances under which you received the tattoo. An infected tattoo should be treated by keeping it dry as much as possible, water tends to be the greatest enemy of a healing tattoo.
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