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tattoo infection

Posted by elizabeth on 09/05/04

how do i know if my tattoo is infected? what kind of signs will there be? cause i just got it done yesterday and its still a little red and when i walk sometimes, i got it on my ankle, it hurts. and when i put a & d ointment on, it feels like a sunburn. help!!!



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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by wickedxxx on 09/11/04

DO NOT USE A+D CREAM!!!! Use lubriderm lotion with vitamin E


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by matt@matrixtattoo.com on 09/12/04

Sounds like a normal tattoo healing process to me .


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by camo564@yahoo.com on 09/29/04

I had a tattoo infection on my ankle awhile back. My tattoo was a tribal design around my ankle. My ankle swelled and I couldn't walk without crutches for a week! I got the tattoo from an apprentice who may not have sterilized the needle too well, though he said it was new. I hope so. You can get some really bad stuff like hepatitis if you're not too careful. I have another tattoo professionally done and it was red and later scabbed. The redness is normal, just make sure you put A&D ointment on it or Vitamin E to help in the healing process. Be careful where you get your tattoo. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't have gotten the one on my ankle done. Now it scares me and I need to get tested for Hepatitis C.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by mystical on 10/07/04
Florida

Well I have got one for you. I have a BIO bin, and that is where I keep my dirty tubes and bars. Now, I keep them in a mixture of Greased Lightning and water. This is typical for me because it helps in the sanitation process. So I scrubbed my tubes and bars very well, I washed them off and started to bag them for the autoclave. THinking nothing of it I went ahead and ran them through a typical cycle and all is fine at this point. I did a tat on this girls leg the other day and now.....5 days later she is calling me and telling me that her leg is swollen and purple/red. The only thing I can think of is that either A) she is not taking care of her tattoo the way I told her to or B) I didn't flush the tube good enough with water (removing all of the Greased Lightning) before bagging it. I told her to let the TAT breath and sit without any topical ointment of any kind for the next day. I told her just to use AntiBacterial soap and see how it reacts. This is really bothering me because it's the first tattoo that I have done and someone has complained about, with the chance of infection. The other thing that makes me think it is how she is taking care of it, is because I just put a fresh tattoo on my own leg with a tube from the same bin, bagged at the same time, and sanitized the same way.
I will write more later once I talk to her again.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by mystical on 10/07/04
Florida

Well I have got one for you. I have a BIO bin, and that is where I keep my dirty tubes and bars. Now, I keep them in a mixture of Greased Lightning and water. This is typical for me because it helps in the sanitation process. So I scrubbed my tubes and bars very well, I washed them off and started to bag them for the autoclave. THinking nothing of it I went ahead and ran them through a typical cycle and all is fine at this point. I did a tat on this girls leg the other day and now.....5 days later she is calling me and telling me that her leg is swollen and purple/red. The only thing I can think of is that either A) she is not taking care of her tattoo the way I told her to or B) I didn't flush the tube good enough with water (removing all of the Greased Lightning) before bagging it. I told her to let the TAT breath and sit without any topical ointment of any kind for the next day. I told her just to use AntiBacterial soap and see how it reacts. This is really bothering me because it's the first tattoo that I have done and someone has complained about, with the chance of infection. The other thing that makes me think it is how she is taking care of it, is because I just put a fresh tattoo on my own leg with a tube from the same bin, bagged at the same time, and sanitized the same way.
I will write more later once I talk to her again.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by mystical on 10/07/04
Florida

Well I have got one for you. I have a BIO bin, and that is where I keep my dirty tubes and bars. Now, I keep them in a mixture of Greased Lightning and water. This is typical for me because it helps in the sanitation process. So I scrubbed my tubes and bars very well, I washed them off and started to bag them for the autoclave. THinking nothing of it I went ahead and ran them through a typical cycle and all is fine at this point. I did a tat on this girls leg the other day and now.....5 days later she is calling me and telling me that her leg is swollen and purple/red. The only thing I can think of is that either A) she is not taking care of her tattoo the way I told her to or B) I didn't flush the tube good enough with water (removing all of the Greased Lightning) before bagging it. I told her to let the TAT breath and sit without any topical ointment of any kind for the next day. I told her just to use AntiBacterial soap and see how it reacts. This is really bothering me because it's the first tattoo that I have done and someone has complained about, with the chance of infection. The other thing that makes me think it is how she is taking care of it, is because I just put a fresh tattoo on my own leg with a tube from the same bin, bagged at the same time, and sanitized the same way.
I will write more later once I talk to her again.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by mystical on 10/07/04
Florida

Well I have got one for you. I have a BIO bin, and that is where I keep my dirty tubes and bars. Now, I keep them in a mixture of Greased Lightning and water. This is typical for me because it helps in the sanitation process. So I scrubbed my tubes and bars very well, I washed them off and started to bag them for the autoclave. THinking nothing of it I went ahead and ran them through a typical cycle and all is fine at this point. I did a tat on this girls leg the other day and now.....5 days later she is calling me and telling me that her leg is swollen and purple/red. The only thing I can think of is that either A) she is not taking care of her tattoo the way I told her to or B) I didn't flush the tube good enough with water (removing all of the Greased Lightning) before bagging it. I told her to let the TAT breath and sit without any topical ointment of any kind for the next day. I told her just to use AntiBacterial soap and see how it reacts. This is really bothering me because it's the first tattoo that I have done and someone has complained about, with the chance of infection. The other thing that makes me think it is how she is taking care of it, is because I just put a fresh tattoo on my own leg with a tube from the same bin, bagged at the same time, and sanitized the same way.
I will write more later once I talk to her again.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by imac on 11/02/04
potage wi

help me find information about tattoo infection plzzzz


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by erics@tinymangraphics.com on 11/03/04

Tattoo infections happen. Everyone is different and people heal differently. We give out aftercare instructions that we think will work well with MOST people. There are always exceptions to the rules. What works great for one person can work crappy on another. The thing about infections is that there can be so many reasons they happen that it's hard to say. A tattoo is a big open wound and ANY wound can get infected. If you get an infection it isn't necessarily the fault of the tattoo artist.

Signs of infections : Red, overly swollen, overly painful to the touch, oozing any type of pus or strange colored discharge OTHER than a clear fluid with perhaps a small amount of ink in it, which can be normal. When I say red, I mean a darker red with a defined edge usually that slowly grows as time goes on. A new tattoo the next day can still be a little light red around it because of the trauma to the skin. I'm a tattoo artist, and I've had an infected tattoo myself...The big thing is to go the doctor the moment you even think you have an infection...If it IS an infection, the longer you wait to get on antibiotics the harder and longer it is to heal and hte more damage will be done. Hope this helps a little.

-- Eric


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by LORENA on 02/16/05
los angeles california

it's normal you could put neosporin sorry my spelling is not that good. that will help you.
But it will strat to peel after a week or so don't peel off your skin you will be peeling off the ink and you don't want to do this....it will also itch don't touch it leave it alone just rub ointment on it you should be okay.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sebastian on 02/17/05
Santa Barbara California

There is debate over the proper healing of a tattoo. Of course, there are so many tattoo traditions that this will always be the case. However, I will provide a set of ideas behind what I feel has evolved into the best tattoo care method for modern tattooing.
The debate begins with washing or not washing a tattoo after application. There is reasoning behind each idea. From my point of view the idea of not washing a tattoo, or not getting it wet at, all stems from the legacy of European tattooing.
This idea is along the lines of the medical information of the times. It is only recently; in about the last 50 years or so that European science has understood bacteria and infection. Most European water sources have been polluted for thousands of years and were not safe for washing. Modern water filtration and plumbing are still only just getting by in some parts of Europe. Immersing a wound in a filthy river is obviously a bad choice. So the “healing without washing” method could stem from old European medicinal habits lingering into this day and age..
The opposite end of the spectrum is the Japanese tattoo. The indigenous peoples of the earth are known for there good hygiene and bathing habits. The Japanese are at the end of the line of this sort of cultural development. The daily bath and basic antiseptic habits have been built into the Japanese culture.
After a tattoo session the Japanese have recommended immersion in clean warm or running water. The Europeans have recommended covering with a gauze bandage for up to a week. These two examples were the norm in the early part of the modern era.
Since then tattooing has changed at an incomprehensible rate, changing into many different traditions, mostly powered by myth and oral tradition. The rules of tattoo healing have also morphed into many forms. The science behind these instructions is based on the personal experience of the artists and shops, a very good control group.
Good and bad ideas are tried and abandoned by every tattooist as they build their own healing technique. It is almost universal now that an artist recommends immediate washing with soap and water for a completed piece of artwork; a sign that the industry has caught up with basic medical knowledge.
So why do some artists still recommend no washing?
Now that a majority of western tattooists are working in an educated environment the veils of secrecy have been torn away from many of the old mysteries of the arts. Yet the hunger for more and better, drives each artist to take the word of others as gospel and inhibits their own research outside of the tattoo industry. This has caused the industry to lag behind modern medical practices by ignoring what might be obvious medical facts. This is understandable for those who simply do not want to rock the boat. It is hard to stay alive in this business and some shops have established healing instructions that can be up to 50 years old.
A good tattoo will heal solid under even the worst of conditions as long as infection is kept at bay. So the good artists of the past really have had no need to change their ways. Their technique and healing instructions are then passed onto an apprentice who may see exactly what they do but sometimes not why.
It is when someone is learning to tattoo that they experiment with healing techniques and that is where the problem lies. As they get better their work heals better and they often base that somewhat on the aftercare. Considering the clients hygiene habits are appropriate (an unsanitary person is a whole different category and will be discussed later). If a poorly applied tattoo heals slowly or has gaps in the color or lines, the artist will often ask if it was taken care of properly and usually find some deficiency in aftercare upon which to place the blame. When in reality there are many factors contributing to the situation.
When a tattoo is applied skin cells are broken and damaged, the less that an artist damages the top layer of skin the faster that a tattoo will heal. The surface layer of skin remains over the surface of what will be the tattoo. Some of this layer of half dead cells will flake off and replace themselves during the healing process.
At the end of tattoo application this top layer of skin is full of blood and plasma. If this blood and plasma is allowed to form into a solid mass (scab) it will do so within and above this layer of skin. If this is the case then the healing process will involve the replacement of the entire top layers of skin. Within 24 hours or so of application this layer will die and turn into a scab.
To avoid coagulation of blood within the dermal layers it is necessary to remove the existing blood and plasma from the area. By washing the area with hot water the blood begins to loosen and rinse away, beginning with the top layers and down into the actual skin layers. This will allow the body to push dried blood or plasma to the surface. Soap will help to completely lift away dried blood and plasma. The ink that is in the underlying layers of the dermis will not wash away. Any ink that is in the very surface layers of damaged skin will not heal into the tattoo under any circumstances. This very surface ink must also be removed to facilitate the bodies healing process.
By removing the blood and plasma from the application you will allow the body to push more fluid to the surface. This secondary fluid must also be removed from the dermal layers using warm water and soap. After two washings in two to four hour increments the skin will begin to heal.
If the Blood and plasma from the application is not removed it will coagulate into the entire epidermal layer. The amount of fluid will be determined by anatomy physical activity and the amount of damage done to the skin. For the human body the coagulation of blood is to help form a scab and to completely remove the layer of skin along with any contaminants. In the tattoo process this is unnecessary and not desired. Heavy scabbing will cause the area to replace the entire epidermis, which will take longer to heal and be subject there fore to scarring or infection.
In either situation the introduction of any foreign substance other that clean water into the healing area will slow down the healing process. Even Soap should be completely rinsed away. In order to heal, the skin cells must be free to release carbon dioxide through the skin into the air. The healing cells will also draw oxygen and other necessary nutrients from the body to reproduce new skin cells.
In order to move these gases and nutrients the skin must be allowed to weave together broken tissues and to form its own fluids. At this point any foreign substance is perceived as invasive and the body begins its process of removal, slowing the healing process.
Any ointment, cream or lotion that is applied at this point will be perceived by the body as an invasive substance and will cause it to bring fluid to the surface to lift and remove the adulterant. This process happens naturally as skin cells are not allowed to receive nutrients or release waste. They will die off as far into the body as it is necessary to remove the foreign substance, therefore the more ointment the deeper the scab layers.
Ointments use a vehicle/carrier fluid to contain their ingredients and allow them to be spread easily. The antibacterial mineral/vitamin ingredients are carried within this fluid to the body where they are absorbed with this vehicle into the surface layers of skin. In the case of a healing wound or tattoo this application must be strictly monitored or avoided completely.
Antibacterial agents contained in over the counter wound treatments have a very low antiviral/ antimicrobial capability, mostly inhibiting growth of bacteria but not completely killing it. This is also going to vary from patient to patient according to actual use.
The use of an antibacterial cream in a useful manner would be the equivalent of a liquid bandage layer until proper washing and care can be administered. In a non tattoo situation the ointment can be used to inhibit the growth of bacteria and help to discourage foreign matter, however this use is only temporary and for an emergency situation. A wound received on a hike should be washed right when the injury returns to a proper environment. One should not receive a tattoo if they are going to subject themselves to an unclean environment (this situation will be covered in a proceeding chapter).
The tradition of the use of healing salves is ancient. The main purpose understood or not, was to cause the bodies own healing agents to expel any infection with the invasive ingredients contained in the poultice. This is the opposite of what is desired in the healing of a tattoo.
What is desired in the healing of a tattoo is that the body retains as much pigment as possible and that no scarring occurs. Fast healing will assure lack of infection. A proper application environment will also speed the healing process by allowing the body to begin healing immediately without fighting of any unusual bacterial or viral invasion. Different application techniques and lifestyles will also vary healing times.
Regardless of the application technique there will be similarities in the type of skin trauma involved. The surface skin cells, which are actually dying cells that have migrated outward and hardened into a protective layer, will be damaged. The damaged skin cells and surrounding membranes will be shed by the body. The layer will die off slowly and flake away leaving the mineral constituents of the pigment intact. The less that the skin is damaged the faster this shedding process will occur. The less particulate matter, dried blood, ointment or bacteria that is allowed to rest within the surface the faster that the body will proceed with its process.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by orth@cox.net on 02/17/05
Santa Barbara California

There are different terms for different types of wounds and infections. usually when people refer to an area being 'infected' they are actually refering to an area that is 'irritated' by not actually a blood born 'infection'.
An infection will be swollen and will ooze white or yellow puss. I have been tattooing for over 15 years and have never seen an infection. Irritation can always be accounted for by either improper artist technique or aftercare. Often OVER careing for a tattoo does the most damage, any ointment lotion or cream will slow healing, and the prevelance of its use is a sign of the amout of misconception that is out there. Washing will always help! We all need to wash everything more. Eat right and find good experienced tattoo artists.
Dirty tattoo equipment is a fearful thing; but viruses not withstanding, usually an infection will not be caused by the needle being dirty. You can get aids, hepatitis and a zillion other things but a septic blood infection is caused by just plain old bacteria: lack of washing and lowered imunities.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by gabe on 02/19/05
northampton mass

Sebastion, lots of great info there. What steps do you take to heal your tattoos? Just washing?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by studee67@hotmail.com on 02/19/05
Vancouver B.C. Canada

Totally normal.Its an area where there isnt much hard skin so it'll burn a bit.Keep up the a&d and don't pick at it and you'll be fine.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sebastian on 02/25/05

Just lots of clean hot water and any old soap. That is it.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by lcg on 02/25/05
northampton, MA

I had trouble with an infection after getting tattooed by an inexperienced artist, so yeah, it does happen. I could tell it was infected b/c it oozed whitish discharge in a few places. I could also tell the tattoo wasn't healing right by the amount of scabbing and discomfort I felt. I wasn't a novice to getting tattoos, and had never had this problem before, so I knew it was not due to my care of the tattoo. I spot applied neosporin (sp?) to the infected spots, and it cleared up in only a few days and the whole crappy thing healed about as "okay" ask it could considering it was poor work to begin with. Long since covered over, happily!

The overall redness could be something else. I am not an expert, but it has been my experience that some people have different reactions to various types of ink. I have a tattoo on my leg which becomes inflamed and red if I get sun on it even now, almost 10 years after I got it. Another one, on the other leg, doesn't react that way at all, only difference is the artist and ink. I strive to keep my tats out of the sun, so this isn't much of a problem, and I'm unaware of any solutions at this time, although someone else probably has more info on this subject...


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jazzi on 08/13/05
tuckerton nj usa

Hi got a tattoo 3 weeks ago got a really bad infection been to several doctor's who never seen something like this. I had a small red heart with my husband's initials in the heart well now the red heart is almost gone the black outline is gone and you can't see any initials it is swollen still and pussing I was told the person who did my tattoo was just fired do you think it was something he did? Have been seeing a plastic surgeon may have to have it cut out and get skin grafts. Ever hear of anything like this?


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Posted by danidude2005@yahoo.com from IP: 69.117.240.143 on 12/22/05

I just got a tattoo yesterday on the side of my calf and my whole calf is swollen and even when i walk it hurts a little, it's a little red. It's warm when I put my hand on it, and hurts in certain areas to the touch. I have another tattoo and I don't remember any of this, I was told that because it's my leg it might take a little longer to heal.. Could it be infected?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by ScorpionsAmore from IP: 24.167.56.206 on 12/22/05
Houston, TX

It's traumatized from getting tattooed. Keep your hands off it, and follow your artist's aftercare instructions and you'll be fine.


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Posted by MarioJ from IP: 199.172.206.127 on 12/22/05
Bermuda

For sure, its still trying to fix itself. Large scale calf or leg tattoos can do that sometimes. I had the same thing happen to me in September and the pain didnt totally subside for 3-4 weeks.
I've been tattooed numerous times, including a half sleeve and a full back piece, and it was totally new to me. But its just something that comes with the territory.
No worries


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by B.MURPHY from IP: 24.115.208.159 on 12/22/05
P.A

We as artist have to start to start comparing situations.Take into consideration that opaque style pigments were never really used mostly whites.And most of these supper bright tattoos come from a strong dark against light foundation.So these whites are in every color because ther being utilized to lighten the value of the color.I have been hearing alot of stories about extreme swelling or iching.Let face it your basically stabbing the shit out of someone to make a tattoo so it will swell and be sore.But when it is months later and it is still giving problems that should be checked out.We have to stop with are ego (im the best in the world bullshit)We all have alot to learn even the best of use.And get together and learn from each others mistakes.Then we will be respected as an industry.Just like doctors and so on.When they have a problem they compare notes and figure it out.But thats just one assholes thoughts.


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Posted by Kazakai from IP: 65.25.50.45 on 02/10/06
Ohio

i just got a tattoo yesterday, and its on my inner lower arm and its swollen, red and it hurts like hell. its warm to the touch and im really worried about it. i kept it bandaged for 1 1/2 hours and washed it, put lotion on it and washed it about an hour later, ive been keeping an ice pack on it like my artist told me to, but its still really bad, the swelling hasnt gone down and it hurts bad... anyone know whats going on with my arm???


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Posted by Kazakai from IP: 65.25.50.45 on 02/10/06
Ohio

i just got a tattoo yesterday, and its on my inner lower arm and its swollen, red and it hurts like hell. its warm to the touch and im really worried about it. i kept it bandaged for 1 1/2 hours and washed it, put lotion on it and washed it about an hour later, ive been keeping an ice pack on it like my artist told me to, but its still really bad, the swelling hasnt gone down and it hurts bad... anyone know whats going on with my arm???


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Posted by taz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 02/11/06
MIDWEST

to lca...sounds like a classic case of red syndrome....your body probably does'nt like red.....to simplify the shit out of things.and sebastion....great info...never heard it all explained so precisely and in a language most can understand...One thing....that is the difference between antibacterial and antibiotic...antibacterials attack bacterias and antibiotics fight virus buggies The reason I recommend using an antibiotic ointment is that a very minimal layer of ointment not only provides a bit of a barrier against germs, in fact "sealing" the open wound (I think it may help ,at least minimally,to help keep the pigment from migrating back out of the fresh holes that have not yet sealed themselves in the natural course of healing...t


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Posted by kphillip@cnr.edu from IP: 141.155.226.201 on 03/10/06
Bronx, Ny

I got a tattoo 2 and a half weeks ago on my foot. Like may others this is not my first but actually my sixth. So when my foot started to swell more than normal and trying to put on a flat shoe that was no where near the tattoo was unbearable I knew I had a problem. Im not sure if it was the tattoo artist or place or just a reaction to the color ink. But I went to the Doctors and am anti biotics to kill any infection that may be present in the skin. Needless to say this is my last tattoo ever because no one should have to go through any of this.


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Posted by liz from IP: 24.117.152.93 on 03/10/06
ms

I did a tattoo on the top of my leg...came out really great but of course like any tattoo it hurt like heal and because of the area it kind of hurt to walk. It was red and warm to the touch but with A&D and using lubiderm it has healed just fine. Everyones skin and reaction is different. Mine itched like hell around the area of the tattoo and I think it was a reaction to the ink being I have sensitvie skin, but know that the tattoo has time to heal its doing great. Your tattoo is going to hurt and can look red thats expected and everyone responds differently to having a tattoo done and how well your body is able to heal. Its like if you had a cut and you put your dirty hands on it or got some type of debris in it, theres always a chance that it might become infected.


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Posted by mrd from IP: 67.1.46.236 on 03/14/06

i just got two tattoos a week ago, and they healed nicely. however, the color on them was a little faded for my liking so i just had them touched up yesterday. each tattoo is on my upper forearm, just below my elbow. they are stars, one in green and one all black. well later on today, the black one devloped this red area around it, going from the tattoo all the way to just before my wrist. my arm doesn't hurt, the tattoo isn't swollen or discharging anything. it isn't warm to the touch, but its SUPER red. what should i do?? help!!!


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Posted by krissimouse_d@yahoo.com from IP: 67.136.119.156 on 04/05/06
bullhead city, arizona

well i got a tattoo on my foot, in february... and it still isn't fully healed... ironically i was sick not a week before so i was on antibiotics while and after i got this tattoo... well the very first night my foot swelled so badly that i wasn't able to even wear a mary jane shoe that didn't even touch the tattoo... i kept it the way i have kept all of my other tattoos, with antibacterial soap and neosporin. my mother and sister got tattoos from the same artist the same day. **and their's were fine!** either it was the spot i got it at or the way i was taking care of it OR it was the artist... either way... my tattoo is really ugly and i hate it... and the scarring is so bad from the infection that i don't know if i will be able to get it fixed... because i love the design... just not the way that it turned out. now i have gone to this artist several times before and i have never had a problem with his work... but i don't want to go back to him to fix it... because i don't know if i can trust him with this... i am really worried... and now that it's april... it's still not fully healed to where i can get it touched up yet... and i don't know what to do... any feed back at all ... will be really and greatly appreciated... thanks.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 04/05/06
midwest

First off if you have had good luck with the same artist before this tattoo it probably had nothing to do with him...Secondly using neosporin is one of the worse things you can use...too high a concentration of neomycin sulfate!...Not Good.at all..And finallya tattoo should be allowed to heal for a MINIMUM of 8 weeks before any touch up is done and then only if the artist is confident it is healed sufficiently.

At this point consult your artist and LIsTEN to his suggestions...you quite probably contracted an infection from accidental contact with a contaminated source...quite easy to do my friend.

Is there any way you can e mail me a pic of your tattoo? If so I would be able to get a much better idea of the problem.

Anyway keep us infomed and thank you for posting!!...TAz

e-mail....taz@paintedangel.com


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Posted by aangel_8_6@hotmail.com from IP: 165.21.154.111 on 04/18/06

i juz got a tattoo 17 days before on my ankle.. think it's heal.. but it's very itchy and they are little red bumps on the outline.. wonder wat's the problem.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by caribou from IP: 206.123.36.48 on 04/18/06
Schefferville Quebec

Don't ask for a diagnosis here, go see a frikin doctor fer crissakes!

Repeat after me...tattoo artists for tattoos, doctors for medical advice.


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.197.135 on 04/18/06
mental institution

NO!!!!!

This is a forum about tattoos and aftercare and healing are all part of the tattoo process.Don't let ANYBODY make you feel bad because you ask a question about how your tattoo is healing. I post on this forum to answer questions.

Most tattoo healing problems are very minor and a simple suggestion can help immensely. Severe infections from tattooing are just not all that common. If I think for one second that there is or could be a major infection problem I will be the first to tell you to go to the doctor.

Our responsiblity as professional tattoo artists extends past the tattoo itself...we have a responsibility to follow through with the customer...sometimes that is impossible with your original artist for whatever reason and that is where we can help

I in no way will give any medical advice....I will try to anwer your questions to the best of my ability..so keep asking Folks!!!...TAz


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Posted by caribou from IP: 206.123.36.17 on 04/18/06
Schefferville Quebec

Aftercare of a normally healing tattoo is the tattoo artist's domain, yes.

Infection takes it out of the relm of aftercare and into the relm of medical situation...major liability issues here.

I'll say it once more and let it lay..."My fresh tattoo is weeping ink, is this normal?" - aftercare/tat question, ... What should I put on my tattoo as it heals?" - aftercare/tat question..."my tattoo is itchy what should I do?" - aftercare/tatquestion....my tattoo is flakey and scabby, is this normal? - aftercare/tat question...

Pus is coming out of my tattoo, it's red and It hurts like hell...Get thee to a frigin doctor. This is no longer a tattoo issue.

Taz, if we disagree on this I don't think it is by very much... I'm bowing out on this one now out of respect for your years of experience.


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.197.135 on 04/18/06
Tazs' Home for Wayward Girls

FUCK THAT BOU!!!

You WILL NOT bow out on me just when we get a good argument goin dammITTT!!!!!!!!!!


Just joshin pal!...We do basically agree but ya gotta kind be careful HOW ya say somethin know what I mean...I want people to feel comfortable with their questions and not feel like they may get shot down ya know ...


ok NOW what can we argue about?

DAMMITTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by charcat from IP: 70.149.189.43 on 04/18/06
Baton Rouge, LA

I've been reading for a week now, so I hope this is not a repeat, sorry if it is. I got my first tattoo last Thurs. (not quite a week ago) and I love it, but how much peeling is normal? When I take a shower there are large pieces of skin just rolling off my back(Some about half an inch or so). I know everyone is different, but I was hoping for anyone's experienced advice. Otherwise, there is little or no soreness and redness is gone days ago.


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 04/19/06
mental institution

Peeling is ok just part of the healing process...TAz


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Posted by charcat from IP: 70.149.189.43 on 04/19/06
Baton Rouge, LA

Thanks Taz. Been reading your stuff a lot and your a doll. I think I've researched tattoo stuff as much as I read birthing books before I had my daughter. I'm a little OCD. You guys are great!


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 04/19/06
mental institution

Thanks so much!!...And thanks for your post!!...TAz


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Posted by Lilly Girl from IP: 70.39.99.179 on 04/23/06
Cleveland, OH

I'm new to this page, but have read a lot on it. Also, I am not new to getting ink work done and honestly if I coulds find my artists cell # I wouldn't be posting here. But I can't wait until Tuesday when the shop opens up again.

So here it is:

I'm getting work done on a oil painting style lilly tattoo that is wrapping around my belly, at about belt level. I had 4 of the flowers 1st level of color done on Friday. All but one flower are doing great. Esp the one with red ink. It's one with blue and green inks that is worrying me. It is consistantly oozing, it is clear with exception of ink spots. The rest don't hurt other than normal bump into sort of this, but this one is hurting all the time. I've always used the same artist and never had any problems. I use Dial to wash a couple times a day, and Curel about 2 times a day, which has always done great for me in the past. I guess what is totally confusing me is that this particular flower is in the middle of the ones that are doing just fine. This is also my 1st color tattoo (all others have been in black & gray). Please tell me I'm worrying for no reason.

Thank you for your help and your wisdom in these pages.


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Posted by Lord Mortis from IP: 24.12.40.84 on 04/23/06
hell

to me this sounds like an allergic reaction to something in one of the dyes, the best advice I can give you here is let it heal normally untill you can speak with your artist... its only a couple of days, but if the condition worsens significantly, see a doctor.


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Posted by Lilly Girl from IP: 70.39.99.179 on 04/23/06
Cleveland, OH

Thanks for the info. I didn't think of an allergic reaction. When I have heard of people having reactions it's always linked to the red ink.

Thanks again!!!


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 04/23/06
Tazs' Home for Wayward Girls

Hey Lily!...Some of your problem an done that I see on a daily basis is the use of Dial soap...this soap is great for piercings but has some marginally harsh chemicals that may attack some colors it seems thi affects mostly shades of blues and greens...I would much rather see you using a pure soap with no harsh additives like the Dial antbacterial has...Soaps such as Ivory ( the old fashioned bar soap unless you are allergic) or neutragena seem to work very well for my clients....some with sensitive skin use no soap at all...just plenty of warm water >

Good luck!...TAz


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Posted by Lilly Girl from IP: 192.35.79.70 on 04/24/06
Cleveland, OH

Thanks Taz! I've always used Dial based on what my artist told me and it's always worked for all my other work. I will pick up some Ivory. I took a benadryal this morning and that seemed to help some of the inflamation.

I did have another question that's been bugging me.

Is the color coming out? If it is what am I going to do about getting blues & greens in my tattoo. It's a memorial tattoo and the color have a lot of meaning.

Also, is this going to scare to a point that it's going to look messed up?

Thanks again. :) Have a great day.

P.S. Taz~ I've found this site really helpful for other things than just this. Thanks for having it for us.


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Posted by Lilly Girl from IP: 192.35.79.70 on 04/24/06
Cleveland, OH

Thanks Taz! I've always used Dial based on what my artist told me and it's always worked for all my other work. I will pick up some Ivory. I took a benadryal this morning and that seemed to help some of the inflamation.

I did have another question that's been bugging me.

Is the color coming out? If it is what am I going to do about getting blues & greens in my tattoo. It's a memorial tattoo and the color have a lot of meaning.

Also, is this going to scare to a point that it's going to look messed up?

Thanks again. :) Have a great day.

P.S. Taz~ I've found this site really helpful for other things than just this. Thanks for having it for us.


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Posted by me@yahoo.com from IP: 130.36.27.120 on 04/24/06

"antibacterial and antibiotic...antibacterials attack bacterias and antibiotics fight virus buggies".... Taz

Hey Taz just a quicky, antibiotic don't kill viruses or they could make your cold go away. I think one way to look at those two terms is antibacterial would be like topical like on a countertop or on skin and antibiotic is like penicillin in the body, work good on strep or steph but not on a roto virus as a cold or not on hepititis. Not my opinion fact!


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 04/24/06
Tazs' Home for Wayward Girls

Lilly...
without seeing yer tattoo I just cannot tell you much more of anything (email a pic?) There is a possibility of losing color in which case it would need to be redone...as far as scarring goes well thats a possibility too...about all you can do at this point is wait and let the tattoo heal then decide...consult YOUR artist first.

I am sorry you had this problem and hope you don't allow one bad experience ruin you on the beautiful world of tattooing!

Thanks for the props but I am just one of the many people on this forum that try to help....The real props go to Gabe and the TattooNOW staff for allowing us to participate on such a valuable source of tattoo information...And the best thing is...ITS FREE!!!!!

Keep in touch Lilly and let us know how yer tattoo turns out and send a pic if possible!......TAz


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 04/24/06
Tazs' Home for Wayward Girls

To ME...I never stated that antibiotics kill EVERY virus.
Thought I made that clear but thanks for pointing that out!!

Keep on me...I an't perfect ( well...Almost!!LOL!!)...TAz


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Posted by Lilly Girl from IP: 70.39.99.179 on 04/24/06
Land of Cleve

Taz~ The only reason why I haven't called my artist is b/c he went on vacation the day after my tattoo with his little girl and I don't want to interupt that. And I could ask the other guys in the shop however they aren't back until tomorrow. I will be stopping by there tomorrow to talk to one of them.

This is in no way discouraging me from getting this one finished or any other ones in the future. I get this shit happens for no reason... all I wish is that it didn't hurt so bad! Yes I am a baby.

I had my husband take a couple pics of it tonight, I don't think the pics show what is going on all that well but I figured what the heck I'll post them any way. Also so you know it isn't complete yet and it really shows in the pictures.

[IMG]http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g82/vkirk/mine-for-web-3.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g82/vkirk/mine-for-web-2.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g82/vkirk/mine-for-web-1.jpg[/IMG]

I hope the pictures turn out in this post, if not I'll email them to you.

What do y'all think of the design and idea?

Thanks again.


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Posted by Lilly Girl from IP: 70.39.99.179 on 04/24/06
Land of Cleve

Well poo... looks like the images didn't up load. I'll email them.


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 04/24/06
Tazs' Home for Wayward Girls

Hey Valerie I got your e-mail...the design is ok looks like just a minor problem...think you will be OK dear!...T


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Posted by Wingless2Fly from IP: 70.37.88.231 on 05/12/06
Orange County, Southern California

Hiyas.. I've spent about a half hour reading all the tidbits about infections.... I just really REALLY need to vent about my artist.

I had been going to the same artist for about 6 years now....4 tattoos later.. I decided it was time for a new one....

I chose a design and had it placed on my forearm (as my friend had one there and I fell in love with its placement)......

I got a business card for an artist from one of my clients and hit him up... thinking it would do me good to try someone new.

He seemed great.... spent two hours with me coloring and redesigning my piece, and we set an appointment. I got the work done, and surprisingly, it wasnt as painful as all my other tattoos... so all in all, it was a great experience.

The next day or so, my roommates kitten scratched me RIGHT on my fresh flesh.... and later that night, I was awoken in AGONY... I had never felt pains like that in my life.... (no ladies, no childbirth yet for me....)

I took some motrin and held up as long as I could... went to work the next day, and I could HARDLY move my arm. I called my tattoo artist (as I had NEVER had an infection before)... and he told me it was probably an infection, that maybe I wasnt keeping it clean (HELL YEAH I WAS, my tattoos are my investments and a reflection of me, WHY would I not take care of it?) I told him about the kitten, and he told me I was probably over dramatizing the situation, just go put ice on it, dont worry.... blah blah.....

now, almost a week later, there are still some spots where its still moist and not scabbing.... this has been one of the worst tattoo experiences of my life..... and what makes me angry, is that I believe he told me not to worry about it because he was afraid of looking bad... (considering he has been asking me out also....motive for bad advice?)......

I'm taking antibiotics as of today.... but I have been reading about all of your stories, and I'm very angry.... and wish I had read up on this sooner instead of taking my new artists word.......

believe me, its pretty embarrassing.... its in a spot where everyone can see it, and its absolutely GROSS looking..... customers kinda shy away from me in fear of catching what I have lol....

Anyhoo.... THANKS SO MUCH for reading and letting me vent...... all of the advice here was VERY helpful! Any more advice, PLEASE email me!!!

Disgruntled, disgusted, and disappointed,
Megz


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 05/12/06
mental institution

Cat scratches can cause SEVERE infections....I wouldn't be too quick to blame the artist although its sounds as if he needs lessons in artist-customer relations...

The first thing you should do is consult a doctor...and without seeing the tattoo we really can't tell you much of anything...can you e- mail a pic (taz@paintedangel.com)...TAz


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Posted by johnson_erwin@yahoo.com from IP: 74.136.214.74 on 05/13/06

I just got a tattoo last saturday and its red. i applied lotion and that burned so i went back to the a and d ointment. its still red and hurts. is this part of the healing?


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Posted by TAz from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 05/13/06
mental institution

Thats what...a week ago?...Your tattoo probably should be well into the healing stage by now....how are you caring for it and where is it on the body? and can you e-mail a pic?...TAz


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Posted by Niki from IP: 68.19.211.155 on 05/16/06
Tn

I just had my tat from about 5 years back redone. Now It hurts like a #$%^&. I don't remember it hurting this bad when I first had it done. Its been close to a week and it is still bothering me. I have been cleaning it daily and doing the lotion after I clean it and before bed. I was wondering if it is hurting like this because it is a cover up job or if it might be something else. My husband says that the scabs on it are a yellowish/white and my tat is black.


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Posted by Niki from IP: 68.19.211.155 on 05/16/06
Tn

I just had my tat from about 5 years back redone. Now It hurts like a #$%^&. I don't remember it hurting this bad when I first had it done. Its been close to a week and it is still bothering me. I have been cleaning it daily and doing the lotion after I clean it and before bed. I was wondering if it is hurting like this because it is a cover up job or if it might be something else. My husband says that the scabs on it are a yellowish/white and my tat is black.


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Posted by Niki from IP: 68.19.211.155 on 05/16/06
Tn

I just had my tat from about 5 years back redone. Now It hurts like a #$%^&. I don't remember it hurting this bad when I first had it done. Its been close to a week and it is still bothering me. I have been cleaning it daily and doing the lotion after I clean it and before bed. I was wondering if it is hurting like this because it is a cover up job or if it might be something else. My husband says that the scabs on it are a yellowish/white and my tat is black.


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Posted by Niki from IP: 68.19.211.155 on 05/16/06
Tn

I just had my tat from about 5 years back redone. Now It hurts like a #$%^&. I don't remember it hurting this bad when I first had it done. Its been close to a week and it is still bothering me. I have been cleaning it daily and doing the lotion after I clean it and before bed. I was wondering if it is hurting like this because it is a cover up job or if it might be something else. My husband says that the scabs on it are a yellowish/white and my tat is black.


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Posted by Niki from IP: 68.19.211.155 on 05/16/06
Tn

I just had my tat from about 5 years back redone. Now It hurts like a #$%^&. I don't remember it hurting this bad when I first had it done. Its been close to a week and it is still bothering me. I have been cleaning it daily and doing the lotion after I clean it and before bed. I was wondering if it is hurting like this because it is a cover up job or if it might be something else. My husband says that the scabs on it are a yellowish/white and my tat is black.


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Posted by xDarkesthourx from IP: 207.177.106.123 on 05/16/06
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

when mine got infected, my artist told me to spray it once or twice a day with peroxide, put it in a spray bottle, and spray it, and whip it away and wash it not to long after, and the redness went away right away,


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Posted by kissablej@hotmail.com from IP: 203.59.85.181 on 05/24/06

ok i got a tattoo on saturday ( its wednesday now) on my lower hips. its a small red rose, with a black out line.....

The thing is it STILL hurts , bits of the black outlining have gorn dark blue and a bit smudgy and the red bit of the rose ... i have been spraying it daily with antiseptic spray which has Penzalkonium Chloride and Mthyl Hydroxybenzoate in it... do you thik there is a peoblem with my tattoo???


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Posted by Mollly from IP: 70.168.202.52 on 05/24/06

I hope this isn't a dumb question but here goes: After looking for a new artist to design a custom sleeve for about a year I finally found an artist who has done beautiful work and has a good reputation. I saw a picture of him giving someone a tattoo without a plastic bag over his tattoo machine, my prevous artist always had one . Is it something I should be worried about? Any advice will be helpful.
Thank you Molly


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Posted by tripps from IP: 65.125.109.5 on 06/04/06
Moline, Il

Im having a lot of fears of ever being tattooed again.... and for any tattoo lover out there you know how depressing that can be. On April 2nd of this year I got my new tattoo of mine and my husbands zodiac symbols interlinked. This tattoo is so crazy looking... Im so in love with it that i just want to show it off to the world....only theres a problem. I THINK IT"S INFECTED!!!!!!!.. The first four days after getting my tat was normal tat healing. Then I started to get little red bumps all over the outside of the tatt...not on the tatt itself ever...Then the spots started spreading to my extremities..(not as many as right around the tatt but like two or three per extremity). Every time I go to the doctor the bumps arnt oozing any more so they cant culture it (see if anything is growing). Sometimes it looks like the bumps are almost gone and then they'll start to come back... Have you ever heard of this before.. Im pretty sure my tattoo artist would have used the upmost care with me.. He works in one of the best shops around town and I babysit for his little boy all the time so i know he would'nt just do an oops on me...Any advice on the next step???? I just want to show off my awesome TATTOO DAMMIT!!!


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Posted by gilbert from IP: 68.64.156.190 on 06/04/06
Fullerton , California, US

Taz there was an article on your page about a tattoo that was on its 17th day of healing and the outlining was itchy and red, little red bumps alomost like I was burned..its only the oulining none of the shadding is itchy nor red...But the the outlining is really itchy and is starting to look like little blisters...I am going on 6 weeks after the work that has been done. Please tell me you have seen or heard of this before..I am concern.....Spoke to a Rite Aide Pharmacist and she just told me to apply neosporin + PIN RELIEF.....Should I wait or go see a doctor? I know you are going to say to go see a doctor, but I think its just a reaction, possibly old ink that the artist used....Thanks: Gilbert From OrangeCounty California ( Fullerton )...


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Posted by destinedfarewell@comcast.net from IP: 71.120.171.59 on 06/08/06

I agree with all these guys.. everybody heals differently.. And I do mean that literally, every single person that I've known that's gotten tattooed has healed completely differently.. My mom's tattoo took two months to heal what would usually take two or three weeks, not because she got any infections, but because she has an autoimmune disease.. it's not that she can't get tattoos.. it's just that her immune system isn't as effective when it comes to healing..
My friend Abby had almost no problems healing her tattoo, it didn't itch, it didn't flake real bad, and it didn't scab..
I, didn't have a whole lot of a problem with healing mine. It was very painful and pink for a few days.. (a lot of which was probably caused by contact with my shirt.. <3 for rib tattoos..) it flaked a lot, and got stuck to my sheets at night.. (as a tip, you should always change the sheets on your bed after a tattoo.. because it's damn near impossible to get that ink out)... I have a skin disease called keratosis pilaris, and it causes little red bumps on essentially my entire body.. but anyway, I have a great repetoir with my artist (you should go in to the place where you're getting it done a few times before actually getting your tattoo, when they're not too busy, of course.. just observing the customer-artist interaction, and if you get a bad vibe from any of it, especially aftercare questions, find a different artist.. sometimes, depending on the artist, and the person being tattooed, you can observe for awhile as well ) anyway, because of the location of the shop versus my house.. I usually just stopped in to say hi, how's it goin'.. et cetera.. but, beyond the keratosis pilaris, I have the beginnings of an autoimmune disease as well, I essentially have what is called a hypersensitive immune system.. my body is really aggressive when it comes to open wounds, and the lymph nodes in the back of my neck swelled up to the point where I couldn't move my neck side to side.. Anyway, because of this, I scabbed really bad, especially in certain areas where the shading is really dark, or where I have color.. It was important for me to be able to go in and actually talk to my artist about the healing process, instead of just calling on the phone.. People are generally nicer face to face, than on the phone.. sad fact of life...

And it's not just a few people that I know who've got tattoos.. tattoos have been a party of my life for.. 15 years.. I've grown up around people who were tattooed.. (covered.. because if I recall correctlly.. up until about 1996, it was illegal to even have a tattoo in Indiana..)

So the moral of this story? A lot of things can be attributed to the normal healing process.. remember.. YOU know YOUR body.. your artist doesn't.. you know how you heal cuts, scratches, sunburns, scrapes.. if you're prone to infections.. talk to your artist AND your doctor before getting a tattoo.. both can recommend ideas to help your healing process.. if you think you're getting an infection.. DON'T WAIT.. see your doctor ASAP.. it's better to be safe than sorry.. make sure you have a good repetoir with your artist, and if you have any questions after your tattoo.. it isn't too much hassle to go into the place where you got it, because honestly, it is permanent, and you can never spend too much time and energy making something that is going to be on you for the rest of your life look good. Remember, you're the customer, you are paying them to torture you (lol) they should be able to take the time to talk to you, because if you enjoy your tattoo experience, you will be more likely to be a repeat customer to them.. (my retail experience is showing through).. if you're uncomfortable at any time before getting tattoo.. DON'T GET TATTOOED! And if you're worried about anything, and you're not getting conclusive results from your artist, don't hesitate to go to a doctor..

And another obsessively long post..

P.S. Tip you're artist.. they're nicer to you afterwards.. <3


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 06/08/06
Painted Angel Studios

Gilbert...Although I think I may have answered this before I will one more time....No NEOSPORIN!!....And most pharmacists no little about tattoo aftercare.....consult your artist!!!!...Without seeing your tattoo I can really tell you nothing...T


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Posted by m_hook2184@hotmail.com from IP: 70.150.14.9 on 06/20/06

I got a tattoo about 5 days ago on the outside of my leg, a couple of inches above my ankle. For the most part it's healing as normal. The only thing that worries me is that the lower half of my tat is still fairly painful to the touch and there is a slight redness surrounding the area. It's a fairly bright red and extends out about a quarter inch from the edges of my tattoo as well as being noticeable in the bare areas inside the design.It isn't leaking anything except for a little bit of clear fluid and a small trace of ink occasionally. I've talked to a couple of friends who have been inked in the same location and they said the redness is normal, but I'm a bit of a worrier and like to have a second opinion. I wash it with Dial antibacterial soap several times a day and moisturize it with plain Lubriderm lotion as needed I've also started to use triple antibiotic ointment in case it is infected. I have heard that some people have an allergic reaction to red ink, and the lower half of my tattoo was done in red and black ink, so could this be an allergic reaction, or something more serious, like an infection?

The artist I went to was very clean, he makes sure that you are physically there and watching when he opens the sterile packaging containing the needles and tubes and lets you verify that the packaging was not tampered or opened before he opens them. With all that in mind, I'm not worried about a contaminated needle or tube.


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Posted by tattooin bitch from IP: 12.217.21.169 on 06/20/06
iowa

I use single use pre steril needles and single use lexan tubes all OE gas sterilized and in blister packs with the blue marker that showes if it was done properly. its a bit more expensive but i feel it is worth it


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 06/20/06
Painted Angel Studios

MHOOK...I can pretty much assure you that the problem is that you are using Dial soap!!...Thats a no no...that soap is designed to kill bacteria and in order to do that it must contain a fairly harsh chemical (triclosan)and it also contains surfactants (detergents) both of which CAN not always but CAN attack the pigment in your tattoo ...you should discontinue the use of that stuff and instead use a mild PURE soap such as Ivory BAR (not the liquid) soap or any other pure soap like Neutragena....I almost guarantee that your problem will fade away nearly overnight...try it!...And you should probably discontinue the antibiotic ointment...its great for the first couple of days but after that it can cause problems...I recommend Berts badger balm...available only in Cracker barrel restaurants...yeah weird I know ...but the stuff is AWESOME

Hope I have been of some help...send pics?...TAz, Painted Angel


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 06/20/06
Painted Angel Studios

I just learned that you can purchase the Badger Balm at
www.pcfallon.com....a lot of other good stuff too!...TAz

ps...use the unscented healing balm


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Posted by tattooin bitch from IP: 12.217.21.169 on 06/20/06
iowa

WOW thanks taz didnt know that about the dial soap!! one day on the site and im learnin new stuff already!!!


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 06/20/06
Painted Angel Studios

So are you an artist or a collector?...Either way welcom to the TattooNOW family!!...We love seeing new people..and we have some awesome regulars on here!


WECOME!!!...TAz and the GANG!!!


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Posted by giulia from IP: 87.192.18.254 on 06/21/06
dublin,ireland

hi i d really appreciate your help,i got this mediun tattoo of a flaming dice on my lower back about 10 days ago but the flame are still burning and the area feels hot and kind of tight i ve bben washing and applying cream on it do you think it could be an infection or an allergic reaction?i never had any problem with tattoos before even with red ink,but this is my first medium one all my other were small,also i got another small one done at the same time amd thats healed already with no problem at all


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Posted by Misty from IP: 152.131.10.2 on 06/23/06
Helena,montana

Just got my first tat- on my foot. The artist is great- it actually felt really good getting the ink- and I was warned about the foot hurting. Anyways, he warned me about the top of the foot- so I am afraid to ask him if it is normal to develop discomfort a couple days after the tat- I HAVE to wear shoes for atleast 9 hours a day. I leaked a small amnt of ink yesterday, then to lessen discomfort tried a semiocclusive dssg- and noticed a 'wet scab' on top- went away after I took that dssg off and now I see a little bit of scabbing, it feels a little bruised, no real redness- is this normal? and is this the part of the foot tatoo that is supposed to hurt?


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Posted by naomi from IP: 69.225.37.36 on 06/23/06

okay...I went to the doctor and they said i do have an infection..I got the tattoo 6/16...I have had others(tattoos) this one is a little different this is under my arm if hurt and i thought hey i guess this part just heals different but it start to be really painfull after and warm and very swollen and so i seen my dr and they gave me a shot and some pills. It is now a week and i see little spots on my tat that is still not healing it is sticky/wet and burns slightly i am still taking the pills but is there something i can put on it?? Or at least in the spots that arent healing. I go back to finish my tattoo next month. I just dont want the tattoo to look discolored in some spots so can i prevent this??
[IMG]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y142/naomimcr/100_1948.jpg[/IMG]


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Posted by elizagonzlaes@sbcglobal.net from IP: 69.225.37.36 on 06/23/06

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y142/naomimcr/100_1948.jpg
i took a pic of it!!


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 06/23/06
Painted Angel Studios

Misty..yes ...just part of the healing process...


Naomi...looks as if you are recovering from a moderate infection...I would discontinue use of all ointments and lotions let it dry heal....allow very little water to touch it....if you do not see a dramatic difference in a few days go back to the doc!...TAz


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Posted by m_hook2184@hotmail.com from IP: 70.150.14.9 on 06/24/06

Okay. So I decided to go to the doctor thursday night, and turns out I got a case of cellulitis, which if you didn't know, is an infection under the skin. Doc figures I got it when I spent several days in the woods doing training operations. (FYI..I'm in the active army, so we're always out in the field) He said it most likely got contaminated by dirt and crap like that. Anyways, he got me started on antibiotics and I'm going back tonight for a follow-up since it doesn't look like the antibiotics are doing anything yet. (Hope it's nothing serious.)
Also, I stopped using Dial and switched over to Tattoo Goo's deep cleansing soap. It's what I've used on all my other tattoos, so I figured I'd use it on this one.
Anyways, thanks for the soap info. It's amazing the things you learn on here.


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Posted by Sir J-Werk, The Friendly from IP: 168.166.22.18 on 06/24/06
CIA Headquarters

All good my friend! The Antibiotics will start to take their effect in about two to three days. Just make sure that you take all of them that! Let us know how everything turns out. Take Care.....J


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Posted by napasgal from IP: 69.23.136.169 on 06/25/06
NEBR, USA

I love tattoos as much as all of you. But we all need to be aware of a "super bug" that is sweeping across the country, from tattooing among other ways. It is called MRSA and is identified by rashes, puss, fever or chills, etc. It needs to be researched by all of you that have a burning or painful sensation that is beyond the regular healing process. I have had pain and scabbing with every tattoo I have ever gotten, and they are all fine. But excess is excess. This is a treatable infection if caught soon enough. Like I've seen on this site which is great advice, if you think you have an infection, GO TO A DOCTOR! Prolonging it will only make it worse. Not catching it soon enough may result in being hospitalized and given iv antibiotics and fluids. I wish everyone with these problems luck, and a 'happy ending'.


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 06/25/06
Painted Angel

Thanks Napas...there are already several posts on here about MRSA...but we sure appreciate the heads up!!!,,,MRSA is a killer!!


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Posted by m_hook2184@hotmail.com from IP: 70.150.14.9 on 06/25/06

Okay, so I went back to the doc last night and they confirmed that I have a case of cellulitis, which if you didn't know, is an infection underneath the skin. They figure it probably got infected when I spent last week out in the woods. Doc said it most likely got contaminated by dirt and not being able to clean it as often as I would have liked to. The PA said it looked like the artist also dug too deep with the shading needle making it more vulnerable to infection. The infection occurred in the most shaded part of my tattoo, so it's a pretty good hypothesis. Anyways, they gave me some antibiotics and a shot (most likely penicillin or another antibiotic).

He told me to put bacitracin on it and keep it bandaged, but wouldn't it be better to stop using it and let it dry heal instead? I'm getting mixed messages and not quite sure which instructions to follow.

I can see where he's right from a medical standpoint, but at the same time, he doesn't really know that much about making sure my tattoo doesn't get ruined, which is just as important to me as getting over the infection.


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Posted by srotolo@columbus.rr.com from IP: 65.24.44.127 on 07/03/06
ohio

I need some help! I got a tattoo exactly a week ago and am having some big time problems. My tat is on my left forearm just under the elbow. I seem to be getting deep wounds in some areas. Espically on some of the black lines. I have not noticed any puss or discharge. In the deeper wounds I notice that as they dry it turns a yellowish color and gets hard like a scab. And my arm hurts like hell!! Does anybody have any ideas? Am I just a wimp?

Is this just a sensative area? I have eleven tattoos and have never had one feel like this. This is by far the largest one I have.

Any ideas would help and make me feel much better!


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Posted by sebastian from IP: 68.6.54.84 on 07/03/06
Santa Barbara

Sounds like you got hit a little hard, deep healing is a sign of deep tattooing, can be good can be bad but there is nothing you can do but wait and see, lots of hot runnning water and whatever soap you normally use will keep it clean enough to heal up fine, again I say no ointment but no body ever likes to leave it dry so whatever....it will heal up regardless, If there is any droppout I always blame the application, And I mean that in my own tattooing as well. The back of the arm moves a lot it should hurt a lot and should itch like crazy and the hardest part is to leave it alone and stop thinking about it.


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Posted by Fannybchou from IP: 83.114.150.125 on 07/13/06
Paris, France

Hello, i got a cover up tatoo on my feet/anckle almost 2 weeks ago, it looked just fine when the artist was done, i even saw her again 5 days later, she said it was a little bit dry and it would take a bit longer to heal since i have a dry skin. Anyway since i saw her the colors changed (she said they would get lighter but the color looks weird) it starded swallen, peeling (which apparently is normal from what i read) and in some part there is big scabbing. i feel like it might be an infection under it but it doesnt hurt though, i just feel the dryness and sometimes it itches.
If someone could help me that would be great i could even send the pic if you want...
Thanks


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Posted by mattb from IP: 24.249.220.11 on 07/21/06
CT

Hello,

Great forum.

I just got a tattoo a week ago, it is small all black on my calf. It was fine for the first few days and now it feels bruised and surounded by redness. I have been cleaning it twice a day and applying bacitracin. I am notcing that the outlines are fine but the center areas are pitting. The artist must have gone too deep. It is red in the pitted areas and seems the ink has fallen out. I assume it just needs to heal but I am getting a bit concerned as it is sore. It doesn't ooze any ink anymore (it did the first few days) but now it just looks like crap.

Just wondering if I should see a doctor or give it a few days.

-MattB


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by mattb from IP: 24.249.220.11 on 07/21/06
CT

Hello,

Great forum.

I just got a tattoo a week ago, it is small all black on my calf. It was fine for the first few days and now it feels bruised and surounded by redness. I have been cleaning it twice a day and applying bacitracin. I am notcing that the outlines are fine but the center areas are pitting. The artist must have gone too deep. It is red in the pitted areas and seems the ink has fallen out. I assume it just needs to heal but I am getting a bit concerned as it is sore. It doesn't ooze any ink anymore (it did the first few days) but now it just looks like crap.

Just wondering if I should see a doctor or give it a few days.

-MattB


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 07/21/06
Painted Angel

It NEVER hurts to see a doc but unless it is exhibiting a pus like exhudate I would ask my artist first!


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Posted by widow622 from IP: 216.166.216.3 on 07/24/06
Hinesville, GA USA

Hello all! I've been checking out the forum for a while and thought I'd share my story on how no matter how many tats you get, you can still inadvertanly screw up your own healing process.

First off I have one of the best artists in the world, clean to the point of being anal about it(never a bad thing in my opinion) . Patient, and always available to answer questions. I had 4 tats before having him do a full back custom piece. I have never had any probs and heal amazingly fast(mainly cause i listen to how he wants it taken care of and yes everyone I bit the bullet and quit tanning at his request) Everything was going wonderful, (I can sit for long periods of time) until we started the red and orange flames on the sides of my back, and you guessed it my skin DOES NOT like red, at all. Swelling, feeling like a giant sunburn, you name it. Also fairly normal, as a matter of fact my artist had said before we started it might be an issue, usually if you take black exceptionally well, color, and especially red can be an issue. At that point we finished up in smaller sections rather than irritating large sections all at once. The color did take longer to heal, but it looks amazing now and was well worth the extra time it took.

Now here comes the brain fart section on me not paying attention to what i was doing. After 14 weeks on my back you'd think i could deal with a simple sacred heart on my outer right calf, right? WELLLL... one you have the red issue again, seeing as the heart it red, and of course more flames coming out of the top, glutton for punishment aren't I? the next day after getting the tat I wore straight leg jeans to work(casual Fri always do) not even thinking about how it would compress my leg from sitting all day,duh! by 5 my leg was killing me, and i had to go to another property, so I rolled my jeans up to my knee thinking it would help and worked another 5 hours like that, sitting doing reports mostly and every time i stood up i thought i was going to scream. By the time I got home and got out of those jeans, my lower leg had swollen up like the elephant man. Spent the weekend drinking lots of water, with my leg up and the leg went back to normal. Went back to work Mon and the ankle swelled up again, called my artist that nite and he said get your butt down here and let me look at it. It wasnt infected, still irritated where the red is, but normal for me, said the ankle swelling was normal, and not nearly as bad as he expected since i had spent most of fri evening restricting the bloodflow to the leg, and of course the you know better than that speech.

So the upshot is this, LISTEN to your artist, and a truly good artist will always listen to your concerns, and if you have a really good relationship with him he will call you a dumbass if you do something stupid(suck it up and take it) Everyone is differant, certain inks, areas of skin, and even the clothing you wear can affect healing.

There are many amazing artist out there that take amazing pride in their works of art, you are their canvas and improper after care is the equivolent of cleaning the Mona Lisa with paint thinner. If your aftercare is not a concern of your potential artist, then they are not someone you should be using. Just my 2 cents, hope it helps!


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 07/24/06
Painted Angel

Thanks so much for that post!!!...On the money!!!


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Posted by kandee_raver@hotmail.com from IP: 65.41.83.182 on 08/01/06

I got a tattoo about 3 weeks ago on my left leg above my ankle of 3 black japanese symbols. I used a&d and the redness went away quickly and it didnt hurt for more than a day. once the tattoo started getting peeling and itchy, I began using a baby lotion because that's all i had. around the tattoo just got really red, so i got lubriderm and began using that. The redness has decreased significantly but is still there and it has been 4 days since i switched. Is that normal that it is still red 3 days after? it doesnt hurt, no pussing, itching or anything, it's just red. Should I go see a doctor, or is this normal?


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Posted by kandee_raver@hotmail.com from IP: 65.41.83.182 on 08/01/06

I got a tattoo about 3 weeks ago on my left leg above my ankle of 3 black japanese symbols. I used a&d and the redness went away quickly and it didnt hurt for more than a day. once the tattoo started getting peeling and itchy, I began using a baby lotion because that's all i had. around the tattoo just got really red, so i got lubriderm and began using that. The redness has decreased significantly but is still there and it has been 4 days since i switched. Is that normal that it is still red 3 days after? it doesnt hurt, no pussing, itching or anything, it's just red. Should I go see a doctor, or is this normal?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Special Red from IP: 71.251.167.238 on 08/01/06
Buffalo, NY

Kandi -
I'm not an artist, but baby lotion... that crap's harsh. Speaking as a MOTHER, I wouldn't put it on my child's unbroken skin, let alone an open wound. There's so much fragrance in it.

A great site I personally use to check on my child's products, but could be especially helpful to you, is ewg.org/reports/skindeep2. For example, I looked up Johnson and Johnson Original Baby Lotion, here's some facts:

3% Fragrance - immune, sensitization, neurotoxicity 1 ingredient listed as "fragrance" - unspecified mixture of chemicals that have been linked to potential for immune and nervous system toxicity

21% Skin sensitizer 8 ingredients with potential to instigate immune system response that can include itching, burning, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin (sensitization)

More red X's:
Ingredient(s) not disclosed on label
Ingredient(s) not assessed for safety
Insufficient safety data
Classified as toxic

Source:
http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep2/report.php?type=PRODUCT&id=8800173

Anyhow, I hope that helps anyone who looks. It's nice to check up on what products you use on yourself, especially if you're going to use them on a tattoo.


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 08/01/06
Painted Angel

Great post REd!!!...I have been screamin at people for years to stay away from baby lotion for anything not just tattoos!...The stuff is full of harsh fragrances and other "unidentified "crap...don't use it...

Kandee...Baby lotion is probably what caused the problem...didn't your artist tell you what to use and what not to use?...ya did get tattooed in a shop right?...TAz


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Posted by Special Red from IP: 71.251.167.238 on 08/01/06
Buffalo, NY

Thanks Taz. Hah, like I say, I may not be an artist, but I try to keep informed. And nearly all of the baby products on the market are almost the absolute WORST you can put on your skin. You'd be better off finding some rotting chow mein at the dump and slathering it on. :)


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Posted by kandee_raver@hotmail.com from IP: 24.225.250.204 on 08/01/06

they told me to use lubriderm at the tattoo shop, they said nothing about dont use baby lotion....i just asumed its safe enough for babys so why not? well, will the redness go away or is it infected?


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Posted by kandee_raver@hotmail.com from IP: 24.225.250.204 on 08/01/06

they told me to use lubriderm at the tattoo shop, they said nothing about dont use baby lotion....i just asumed its safe enough for babys so why not? well, will the redness go away or is it infected?


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.199.146 on 08/01/06
Painted Angel Studios

There is no way for me to say without seeing the tattoo...send a pic via e-mail if possible....but yes baby lotion even the "good"brands suck for tattoos and basically for anything else...why are you not taking your problem to the artist who did it?


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Posted by butterfly06 from IP: 70.28.2.224 on 08/11/06
here..

A couple weeks ago I went out and got a tattoo with my sister for our birthday, a cute lil four leaf clover we had been planning for years (had to wait for her to turn 18) Now I'm no tat rookie, the clover would be my fourth and I never had any problems with the others so I was a lil freaked when I saw this one go a deep red around, a lil sowllen, warm to the touch, chunks of skin missing and bla bla bla...after looking it up I was positive it was infected went to see a doc and was told it was..she put me on an oral anitbiotic and a cream ointment...it looks like it's doing better now the redness is gone and so is the warmth etc. it's scabbing majorly but i'm guessing thats normal considering the layers of skin im missing...

Point of my lil story was that I'm curious to how it's gonna turn out once it's healed. I know you guys can't tell me specifically but any idea as to how bad it would be and if getting it retouched would bring the infection back would be great...and any new tips on aftercare would also be great. (i'm used to using dove unscented soap and a vitamin E lotion)
Thanks B


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Posted by butterfly06 from IP: 70.28.2.224 on 08/11/06
here..

A couple weeks ago I went out and got a tattoo with my sister for our birthday, a cute lil four leaf clover we had been planning for years (had to wait for her to turn 18) Now I'm no tat rookie, the clover would be my fourth and I never had any problems with the others so I was a lil freaked when I saw this one go a deep red around, a lil sowllen, warm to the touch, chunks of skin missing and bla bla bla...after looking it up I was positive it was infected went to see a doc and was told it was..she put me on an oral anitbiotic and a cream ointment...it looks like it's doing better now the redness is gone and so is the warmth etc. it's scabbing majorly but i'm guessing thats normal considering the layers of skin im missing...

Point of my lil story was that I'm curious to how it's gonna turn out once it's healed. I know you guys can't tell me specifically but any idea as to how bad it would be and if getting it retouched would bring the infection back would be great...and any new tips on aftercare would also be great. (i'm used to using dove unscented soap and a vitamin E lotion)
Thanks B


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 08/11/06
Painted Angel Studios

Sorry you had a problem...no way to tell what its gonna look like ...just let it heal...dove is NOT a pure soap use Ivory instead...and vitamin e can cause problems on a fresh tattoo...using it AFTER the tattoo is sealed and healed is cool just not on the open wound...no ,getting it touched up will not "bring back"the infection just make sure that you are totally healed and the infection is indeed totally gone...TAz


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by SueBird from IP: 24.205.225.194 on 08/18/06
CA

When I got my first tattoo yeeeears ago, I had no clue that I was allergic to latex. When it was finished, I went home and followed the after care instructions to the dot and still got infected. 1/2 of it was black, oozing and extremely painful. Needless to say when I went to the doctor, found out I was highly allergic to latex! Luckily I took good care of it and it turned out just fine. The others I've gotten since then, the artist used poly gloves and I haven't gotten even the slight bit of reaction from it. I got a new piece done about a week ago. The artist didn't have poly gloves and only had powder free latex gloves and I knew I was taking a 50/50 chance on getting another reaction but had to get it done considering he was leaving town for an X amount of time. Sure nuff got another reaction. It wasn't as bad as the first but still oozed and bubbled quite a bit and had to go back to the doctor. It's healing well but still has pretty large scabs. I'm keeping my fingers crossed it'll turn out as well as the first. If not...it's back for more punishment! But this time w/poly gloves! So I highly suggest that you check to make sure you're not allergic to latex. Hope this helps!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

Here's another tattoo healing/ infection question.

4 days ago i got my ankle touched up and my piece added to, all the way down my foot and more around my ankle. my foot's been pretty swollen, but EXTENSIVE internet research convinced me that foot tattoos often cause swelling similar to a sprained ankle. so i didn't freak out. the swelling has gone down some and the pain is a LOT better, BUT the tattoo includes 13 little stars, all separate and a few of them aren't looking so good. two red stars have red around them and one orange one in between them is a little irritated as well. the is/was kind of bubbly. i say "was" because while applying a little lotion today on one of the stars the scab came off and oozed what looked exactly like red tattoo ink. it's kind of got tiny holes in the scab now and underneath it really looks like wet ink. i know this isn't possible after four days.

i totally would go see a doctor, buy my insurance doesn't kick in till september 1st, so if anyone can give me advice in the interim or help me to not totally freak out, i'd REALLY appreciate it.

thanks


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Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.15 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

Jessie, do you have a way to post a picture on here (i.e photobucket) or a link to a photo. That would help us in helping you.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

Here's another tattoo healing/ infection question.

4 days ago i got my ankle touched up and my piece added to, all the way down my foot and more around my ankle. my foot's been pretty swollen, but EXTENSIVE internet research convinced me that foot tattoos often cause swelling similar to a sprained ankle. so i didn't freak out. the swelling has gone down some and the pain is a LOT better, BUT the tattoo includes 13 little stars, all separate and a few of them aren't looking so good. two red stars have red around them and one orange one in between them is a little irritated as well. the is/was kind of bubbly. i say "was" because while applying a little lotion today on one of the stars the scab came off and oozed what looked exactly like red tattoo ink. it's kind of got tiny holes in the scab now and underneath it really looks like wet ink. i know this isn't possible after four days.

i totally would go see a doctor, buy my insurance doesn't kick in till september 1st, so if anyone can give me advice in the interim or help me to not totally freak out, i'd REALLY appreciate it.

thanks


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Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

Oh my gosh..

Get to the doctor NOW!! You can totally DIE from that!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.15 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

Theval, she will not.... she will only die mostly.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

thanks guys. tears.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

Only mostly dead?

OH my GOSH.....Get to a doctor NOW!! You could totally MOSTLY DIE from this!!


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Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.15 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

Okay, no crying now....Theval, scalpal.... Let's start from the beginning... what have you been using on your tattoo as far as after care is concerned?


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Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

washing two or three times a day with soap and warm water, putting a thin layer of fragrance free lotion on after and every so often in between if it feels really dry.


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Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

what kind of soap are you using?

This is important.. because you still might end up dying...


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Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.15 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

Type of soap? And have you put any antibiotic ointment on it at all?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.15 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

roflmao! Theval!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

a bar of dove.


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Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

bar of Dove....

Is that like eye of newt?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

about 5 minutes ago when it oozed and the inky stuff came out i put on some antibiotic ointment i got out of the first aid kit in my office.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

close theval, it's one quarter moisturizer, they said so on tv, and everything on tv is true.


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Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

yup...

you're definitely gonna die now..


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

if i do, you can have my ipod. for being so nice to the new girl on the tattoo forum.


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Posted by SIr J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

~Trying to keep a straight face....THEVAL!~

Jessie,

Never ever use Dove! Only use a very pure soap, ie IVORY. So, immediately, stop using Dove, get some Ivory (the plain kind) and use that.

What is the name of the ointment you just used?


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Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

Sweet!!

Er...um.. wait..

I don't want you to die...

But if you still wanna give me the IPOD, it's cool!


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Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

triple antibiotic by American First Aid

(bacitracin, neomycin & polymyzin-8 ointment)


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Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

ANd last question, name of lotion?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

Jessie,

We like you. You are hereby ordered to post more. You are not allowed to only ask this question, and then go into hiding.

*duct tapes Jessie out in the open*


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

vaseline intensive care advanced healing fragrance free skin protectant lotion

(aw theval, you don't want me to die, see how much progress we're making already?)


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

I never said that I WANTED you to die...

I just stated that you MIGHT...


sheesh..

:o)


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Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

ah, the warm glow of acceptance . . .

k, i'll post more, providing i'm not dead.


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Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

Okay,

Oh well fuck, you are going to die...........















No seriously, you are.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

good idea.

Now take your happy ass to the other threads. You have a ton of work to do.


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Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

are you sure?

can't they just amputate or something?

i could handle life on crutches, they're good for hitting people.


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Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

*spits cherry coke everywhere*

J-
Don't tell her she's going to DIE!! I just convinced her to post more!

You're fucking everything up! AAAAHHHHHH


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Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

i'm not leaving this thread till someone says,

"jessie you're not going to die. here's what you should do (besides switching to ivory soap) . . . "

(but with more ellaboration than that)


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

"jessie you're not going to die. here's what you should do (besides switching to ivory soap) . . . "


There... said it. Now start wandering. This thread will still be here when you get back.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

*sigh*


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

Jessie,

There are ingredients in Dove which cause reactions in your tattoo. I am not a chemist, I don't know what exactly they are called, but that is just the way it is. At this time, start using Ivory, but only wash your tattoo once a day... The reason for ivory is because it is a very pure soap.... Stop using the antibiotic ointment... at this point that could only cause more problems.... Don't use any lotion for a couple two or three days. This will actually help those troubled areas dry (which is what you want right now). After than go back to using your lotion as often as you think about it but only wash your tattoo once a day.....


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessie from IP: 216.241.240.30 on 08/25/06
los angeles, ca USA

thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you!!



yay!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

And if I missed anything I am sure the Taz man will be right behind with the follow up post....


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/25/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

Dammit...

I thought we were gonna make her sweat a bit longer about it....


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.15 on 08/25/06
I am the Resurrection

We've only just begun....


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by jessiferrr@yahoo.com from IP: 24.126.126.156 on 08/26/06
glug glug glug

btw guys, better already.


i'd get down on my knees to thank you, but having read your deepest darkest thread, i'm 'fraid to.


so just: Thanks Again!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by litmana@hotmail.com from IP: 65.2.26.106 on 08/29/06
Miami,FL

i got a tatto almost a week ago. It is my 5th tattoo and my largest. Its on my stomach hip area and its, without a doubt, infected. Almost a boogery white layer over parts of my tattoo that oozes like nasty in the shower. I cant even rest anything near or around the tattoo, it hurts so touch more than the tattoo itsself hurt. Im really worried. Put medicated neosporin(sp?) on for the first time today and i hope it heals. Just wanted to see if it had happened to anyone else and if you guys have any suggestions for the pain and the infection. a&d makes me break out so i was directed to use coco butter and then lubriderm after it scabbed and peeled. I dont know if its a side affect. None of my other tattoos have reacted like this.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 63.235.184.142 on 08/29/06
Terminally Lost

DO not use neosporin.... High concentration of neomycin sulfate is bad for your tattoo.... bacitracin.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Doctor John from IP: 69.209.133.229 on 08/29/06
Fraser,Mi USA

Litmana, if you're not exaggerating the seriousness, you may want to see
a doctor about your tattoo as it certainly does sound infected if there is a
discharge like you described and it is that tender. I'm not trying to be an
alarmist but certainly don't sound right. Like J-werk said, stop using neosporin, switch to Bacitracin, apply a very thin coat and blot any excess
off the surface. I'd also suggest going back to whwere you got it and show
whoever did it to get their opinion/suggestions. If the area is hot, get to a
doctor asap...Doc


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by theval from IP: 65.9.148.9 on 08/30/06
ummm..fuck if I know...

OMG....

YOU are going to DIE!! Get to a doctor NOW!!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Cutie Patootie from IP: 63.138.161.2 on 08/31/06
New York, New York

First off, Sebastian thanks for the in-depth explanation it was much appreciated. I got my first tattoo on Saturday in California and went to a very reliable source. I Googled and got this website as I broke out in a rash on my lower back, which is where my tattoo is (the OM Sanskrit Symbol). I was a bit itchy yesterday and then it got worse today, Thursday. The tattoo itself is fine no oozing, no redness and no puffiness - it just looks like my back broke out. The local pharmacist thought it looked like an allergic reaction and suggested I take a mild antihistamine and the Tattoo parlor suggested I not use the Lubriderm lotion, so I get back to the office and wash away the lotion and take an antihistamine and the rash seems to be going away - go figure.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Swrinn from IP: 69.177.18.201 on 09/01/06
Meriden, CT

I got a new Tattoo on Sunday from an experienced tattoo artist which goes around most of my right ankle. I have several other tattoo, so I know the healing process. This tattoo is definetly infected. It is not scabbing at all. My skin around the tattoo is very red, even some broken blood vessels. There are blister looking soars on the tattoo. The only thing I have changed in my care for this tattoo is to put plastic wrap on it when I sleep. I didn't want the sheets to stick to it. I only put the plastic wrap on when I sleep. I wash it at least 3 times a day. I have been putting Bacitracin on it. today I increased to the neosporin becasue it just hurts so bad. Was it the plastic wrap that caused this? I know the Tattooist. I know he uses brand new needles. He does not Autoclav his needles. He buys new. I watched him take it out of the package. This is something that my Tattooist told me to do. Has anyone heard of this before? I did call my doctor. I'm waiting for them to call me back.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Swrinn from IP: 69.177.18.201 on 09/01/06
Meriden, CT

I got a new Tattoo on Sunday from an experienced tattoo artist which goes around most of my right ankle. I have several other tattoo, so I know the healing process. This tattoo is definetly infected. It is not scabbing at all. My skin around the tattoo is very red, even some broken blood vessels. There are blister looking soars on the tattoo. The only thing I have changed in my care for this tattoo is to put plastic wrap on it when I sleep. I didn't want the sheets to stick to it. I only put the plastic wrap on when I sleep. I wash it at least 3 times a day. I have been putting Bacitracin on it. today I increased to the neosporin becasue it just hurts so bad. Was it the plastic wrap that caused this? I know the Tattooist. I know he uses brand new needles. He does not Autoclav his needles. He buys new. I watched him take it out of the package. This is something that my Tattooist told me to do. Has anyone heard of this before? I did call my doctor. I'm waiting for them to call me back.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by supremesounds@tmail.com from IP: 75.32.55.62 on 09/03/06

I got a tatto last Sunday and everything went fine everything peeled and so on but there is one spot that turned into a hard scab is this normal and what can i do ? i can send some pictures if need be


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 65.140.197.81 on 09/03/06
Recovering from Crown

Supreme,

Chances are that if everything healed fine except that one spot there "could" be the possiblity that one area "may" have been a little over worked which led to the scabbing..."maybe". Some scabbing is normal as everyone heals differently. If you want, shoot me a picture and I'll take a look at it....J


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Posted by koochiesore@yahoo.com from IP: 24.165.32.44 on 09/03/06
earth

what topical ointment can you put on a tattoo that is most unlikely to cause adverse reaction like allergy and irritation?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by xEx from IP: 195.93.21.99 on 09/04/06

I had a cherry tattooed on my foot about a week and 2 days ago and am getting slightly paranoid about the healing process - this is my second tattoo, and though I know that on the foot the healing process can take longer, my other tattoo was no trouble -
1. The tattoo has scabbed, which I would usually take as a good sign but it is still weeping - not puss, but the usual coloured-ish watery oozey stuff. The scab is making the tat look very ugly, and though my other tattoo obviously scabbed, it looked nowhere near as ugly as this one.
2. It's red and swollen around the outside, though this is mainly when I walk on it, not when I'm resting it (I've only worn pumps/flipflops since I've had it tattooed so no sock/shoe would have iritated it).
3. It hurts when I walk on it too much (I know the simple answer may be; Don't walk, just rest, but I have stuff to do =P I've been trying to rest it as much as I can though) It doesn't hurt to touch/isn't got to touch.

Sorry this is a long post, and as I am new to this posting experience, I would really really appreciate any help offered by anyone - Is this all normal? Does it sound like an infection or am I just being too paranoid?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Hotspark from IP: 70.109.242.53 on 09/04/06
Goin down

1.Go see your artist

2.If you're not satisfied with his/her answer,see a doctor.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by dora1987 from IP: 86.131.93.186 on 09/05/06
plymouth,devon

I am at the same stage as your cherry tattoo. I had a star on my foot tattooed last Tuesday and it got infected as I didnt have time to rest it when it started to swell up. I recommend you seeing a doctor. Im currently on a heavy dose of antibiotics. Its best to be safe than sorry as they say! i hope it gets better soon.


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Posted by xEx from IP: 195.93.21.99 on 09/05/06

Thanks for the advice - I may call my doc. tomorrow if it isn't feeling better by then, I hadn't thought about it up until now as I wasn't sure how much a doctor would know about tattoos & the aftermath of them??
What made you think that yours was infected, as then I can compare and see if mine's really similar to that?
Does the antibiotics help alot with the tattoo?

And, another point if anyone wants to answer - How much should I really be washing my tat? I put way more tattoo goo on this one than my other and the ink started to bleed out, so my boyfriend told me to let it dry heal, which I have been doing..Anyone wanna confirm that this is a good idea?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 207.192.207.158 on 09/05/06
Painted Angel Studios

Everything in moderation...didn't your artist tell you how to take care of your tattoo?...JEESH!!!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by xEx from IP: 195.93.21.99 on 09/05/06

Sure did, but after reading a bunch of articles about what not to wash it with, how many times to wash it, and all that - it got a bit on the confusing side.
Thought I'd pester people on here before I go and pester my tattoo artist, as the info. seems to be reliable on here.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by whateverang from IP: 65.95.48.66 on 09/07/06
Courtice, Ontario Canada

I got my 1st tattoo last Wed, Sept 6th, on my left calf.
I seem to have a lot of scabbing and I think I may not have washed it enough the morning after I got it cause I tought it might wreack it
Now there is a little redness around it, and my ankle is swollen.
I was using Dove, but will stop. I am using unscented Lubriderm 1-3 times a day very sparingly.
Noticed today after washing that there was a tiny bit of yellowish discharge after patting it dry
I'm getting kind of freaked out by the scabbing after reading that many peel.
I don't think I'm dying!!!, but want my tattoo to look great.
Should I do anything more?
I think I'll let it aire dry tonight and not put anything on it.
Any suggestions??
Thanks
Ang


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by whateverang from IP: 65.95.48.66 on 09/07/06
Courtice, Ontario Canada

I got my 1st tattoo last Wed, Sept 6th, on my left calf.
I seem to have a lot of scabbing and I think I may not have washed it enough the morning after I got it cause I tought it might wreack it
Now there is a little redness around it, and my ankle is swollen.
I was using Dove, but will stop. I am using unscented Lubriderm 1-3 times a day very sparingly.
Noticed today after washing that there was a tiny bit of yellowish discharge after patting it dry
I'm getting kind of freaked out by the scabbing after reading that many peel.
I don't think I'm dying!!!, but want my tattoo to look great.
Should I do anything more?
I think I'll let it aire dry tonight and not put anything on it.
Any suggestions??
Thanks
Ang


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 09/07/06
St. Lunatics Asylum

Angie,

Get an Ivory bar of soap and Bacitracin ointment (Stop using the lotion too, for now.).... Wash your tattoo under warm water 3-4x a day w/ the Ivory using your fingertips....rinse in cold water.... pat dry, don't rub dry.... let air dry for about ten minutes to make sure all the water is gone.... put a thin layer of Bacitracin on the tattoo.... don't put to much on or you will suffocate your tattoo.... blot the excess off.....do this for another 3 days... On Monday the 11th stop using the Bacitracin and switch over to an advanced healing, non-scented lotion. Apply 4-5x a day for the next three weeks...continue to wash your tattoo with the Ivory but you will only need to do it once a day when you get to that point....

Hopefully you made sense of that. If you have any questions feel free to post again or even, if you want to, email me... (Just click on my name above for the addy)....J


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 168.166.22.14 on 09/07/06
St. Lunatics Asylum

PS.... keep in mind that your tattoo is only a couple of days old. It won't start peeling until day 4 or 5.... Also, no hot tubes, saunas, pools, direct sunlight either for the next 3 weeks....


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by emge from IP: 70.26.170.108 on 09/07/06
toronto canada

Courtice, eh? That's not too far from me. Where was it done?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by whateverang from IP: 65.95.48.66 on 09/07/06
Courtice, Ontario Canada

Thanks for the quick reply.
The only stuff I have in the house is a bacitracin zinc & polymyxin b sulfate cream. will that work for tonight? and I'll look for the other stuff tomorrow.
Sucks about the hot tub as we are getting a new one on Monday, but I will not be going in as tempting as it will be. My husband will be sure to let me know how great it is.
I will follow your guidelines and keep you posted.
My concern is the swelling as I was just finishing a dose of antibiotics before I got the tattoo for a mosquito bite I scratched in my sleep to the point of it being like rug burn, it was on the other leg and right in the joint of my leg and ankle. It's been 3 weeks now and it's looking good now, but my foot swelled bad for that so I may be prone to some swelling.
Again thanks for all the info
Ang


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Posted by whateverang from IP: 65.95.48.66 on 09/07/06
Courtice, Ontario Canada

Should have said I got it last week on the 30th of August so it's been 8 days.
Sorry for the mix up in dates.
Anything diferent I should or shouldn't be doing?
Later,
Ang


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Sir J-Werk from IP: 63.235.185.235 on 09/08/06
The Nerd Box

Oh, well if that is the case....Yes....Don't use the ointment anymore! Just use the advanced healing/ non-scented lotion as often as you can think to put some on.... you should come out mah-velous!!!! keep me updated!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sklappal from IP: 71.213.209.105 on 09/09/06
sioux city, ia

I just got my 1st tattoo, on on my ankle just above the ankle bone. i got it Sept. 4th. anyway, on friday morning it was very sore still, but all the redness and swelling of the tattoo was gone. while i was at work yesterday, [friday] i noticed below the tattoo, my ankle and my whole foot is completely swollen. My tattoo, looks fine, its below it thats swollen. Its not red, or hot, just huge. I am kind of worried. anyway does this all sound normal for the 1st week???


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Posted by Milky Wimpshake from IP: 65.80.176.74 on 09/09/06
Tennessee

I just got my first tatto done last Monday. It's a tribal version of the Aries ram I drew myself. It's on my arm. Since then Ive kept a thin layer of Vaseline on it, replacing up to three times a day and it's been progressivelt hurting more and more everyday. Nothing unbearable or anything but then this morning I noticed it's begun to ooze and peel like there's some sort of infection. I'd like to know the best way to care for this or if this is just normal. Should I use peroxide to kill the infection or pull out the old(not too old) antibiotics from the medicine cabinet. Should I wrap it? Should I continue to use Vaseline or should I switch to Lubriderm or some other product?

Thanks for reading.

CJ


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sklappal from IP: 71.213.209.105 on 09/09/06
sioux city, ia

I just got my 1st tattoo, on on my ankle just above the ankle bone. i got it Sept. 4th. anyway, on friday morning it was very sore still, but all the redness and swelling of the tattoo was gone. while i was at work yesterday, [friday] i noticed below the tattoo, my ankle and my whole foot is completely swollen. My tattoo, looks fine, its below it thats swollen. Its not red, or hot, just huge. I am kind of worried. anyway does this all sound normal for the 1st week???


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sklappal from IP: 71.213.209.105 on 09/09/06
sioux city, ia

I just got my 1st tattoo, on on my ankle just above the ankle bone. i got it Sept. 4th. anyway, on friday morning it was very sore still, but all the redness and swelling of the tattoo was gone. while i was at work yesterday, [friday] i noticed below the tattoo, my ankle and my whole foot is completely swollen. My tattoo, looks fine, its below it thats swollen. Its not red, or hot, just huge. I am kind of worried. anyway does this all sound normal for the 1st week???


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sklappal from IP: 71.213.209.105 on 09/09/06
sioux city, ia

I just got my 1st tattoo, on on my ankle just above the ankle bone. i got it Sept. 4th. anyway, on friday morning it was very sore still, but all the redness and swelling of the tattoo was gone. while i was at work yesterday, [friday] i noticed below the tattoo, my ankle and my whole foot is completely swollen. My tattoo, looks fine, its below it thats swollen. Its not red, or hot, just huge. I am kind of worried. anyway does this all sound normal for the 1st week???


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sklappal from IP: 71.213.209.105 on 09/09/06
sioux city, ia

I just got my 1st tattoo, on on my ankle just above the ankle bone. i got it Sept. 4th. anyway, on friday morning it was very sore still, but all the redness and swelling of the tattoo was gone. while i was at work yesterday, [friday] i noticed below the tattoo, my ankle and my whole foot is completely swollen. My tattoo, looks fine, its below it thats swollen. Its not red, or hot, just huge. I am kind of worried. anyway does this all sound normal for the 1st week???


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by keaz@kreationz.net from IP: 67.142.130.12 on 09/09/06
Texas, USA

Stop hitting resfresh!!!! We heard you the first three times.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Gilly McLeod from IP: 67.70.52.141 on 09/14/06
Canada

I have a full back piece, and am continueing my half sleeve onto my lower arm... I have never had a problem with healing before (except one small run in with red ink and bumps years ago), but now that I have extended the tattoo lower onto my forearm, the inside of my elbow (crook of my arm), is having severe problems with scabbing. Currently it is simply the outline, and the rest of my arm looks beautiful. Here it is one week later, and it is healed to LOOK at... but that spot where my arm bends is a mess. Sadly, I have lettering across that part (my daughters name), and it is becoming a mess. What advice would you have at reducing the damage, and clearing up the issue? (My artist is away, but I am due in another week) Thanks if you can help!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Gilly from IP: 67.70.52.141 on 09/14/06
Canada

I have a full back piece, and am continueing my half sleeve onto my lower arm... I have never had a problem with healing before (except one small run in with red ink and bumps years ago), but now that I have extended the tattoo lower onto my forearm, the inside of my elbow (crook of my arm), is having severe problems with scabbing. Currently it is simply the outline, and the rest of my arm looks beautiful. Here it is one week later, and it is healed to LOOK at... but that spot where my arm bends is a mess. Sadly, I have lettering across that part (my daughters name), and it is becoming a mess. What advice would you have at reducing the damage, and clearing up the issue? (My artist is away, but I am due in another week) Thanks if you can help!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sexy_bunny from IP: 63.201.25.201 on 09/21/06
Sparks, NV USA

Hi guys. I just got a tattoo about 5 days ago. This morning I like woke up and my back was a little sore (nothing wierd there, sometimes I toss and turn all over the place), but like, i was going to apply some aquaphor like my artist said, and i see some of it was peeling! I kinda freaked out because I didn't know if this was normal. I mean I know peeling is a normal process of healing, but some of the color came off! Now my awesome tattoo isn't even. This sux. I don't know if I should wait a few days or just go get a touch-up..what should I do?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Jenn from IP: 69.194.182.103 on 09/23/06
Miss, Ont, Canada

I just got a beautiful ankle/foot tattoo on Sept 19 and have been following my aftercare instructions as given, but have noticed a few spots on the top of the foot and high on the ankle where colour blending had been done that have started to scab badly. When I was cleaning the tattoo today I noticed a few of the raised scabs have a slight yellow liquid underneath them. Is this normal, or is it getting infected? I would call my tattoo artist but they have left for a tattoo convention in Montreal for the weekend. The rest of the tattoo is healing nicely and seems the be in the 'milky' stage.

Any thoughts, recommendations?

Jenn


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Reece Sala from IP: 202.150.124.100 on 10/02/06
NEw Zealand

i was wondering if u could tell me and every one eles on this site that have left comments how we as tattoo clients can learn from this and how we and other people who are thinking of getting tattoos can avoid getiing infected!..and a question i would like to ask aswell is do people recover from infected tattoo and is it seris or not?

heres my email sala_2008@hotmail.com..


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Hayden from IP: 24.17.80.20 on 10/07/06
Seattle,wa

I just want to say thanks to everyone for all the info that can be found in this thread, its helped me to not freak out so much about my first tattoo.

I got mine about 3 weeks ago and its just now starting to heal correctly, I guess due to scabbing and maybe even an infection Ive lost some ink and will have to get it touched up.

I think my biggest mistake was over caring for it.

There was one post a few months back in this thread that was asking for tattoo artist to get together and compare notes, I think that would be wise, as a newbie to the whole tattoo thing I've found a ton of information and a lot of it just begs for me to ask more questions, its a little confuing to have one guy say use this or that and another guy say dont use that use this, or I always use this but thats just me.

Some type of standard on after care would be cool, I guess... but then again I also understand everyone is different when it comes to healing.

Anyway, thanks for all the advise here...

and my question is, and I hope its cool to ask here...

Whats the signs that your artist is tattooing too deep? Pain factor Im sure but what about first timers that dont know the difference. Is there a tale-tale sign in the finished tatto that would alert one to this?

Thanks
-hayden


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by gabe from IP: 71.123.92.31 on 10/07/06
OffTheMapTattoo.com / TattooNOW

The best person to get healing instructions by FAR is the artist doing the work. they know how they tattoo and what heals their work the best. What works for one artist may not work for another. The last two tattoos I got I healed dry, I kept the tattoos very clean but applied no ointment whatsoever. Now, I got the tattoos from two very talented artists who cause little trauma to the skin so this would probably not work for other artists... So, the only person you should be listening to when healing your tattoo is the artist who did it. If you dont trust their healing instructions, then you shouldnt have trusted them to do the tattoo.

As far as going to deep, dont know what to tell you expect I would always go to a very experianced tattoo artist I trusted to do the right thing 100% of the time...


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by firstimer from IP: 131.15.48.58 on 10/10/06

I had my very first tattoo done on Saturday, 7 October, and it hasn't been a pleasant experience.

First off, I found out that I'm allergic to red dye. Secondly I applied Neosporin (per my artists direction) to find out that I'm allergic to Neosporin. So I had two different allergic reactions going on. I've been taking Benedryl to counter the reactions and it seems to be working. I am a little red surrounding the tattoo, which is located on the inner side of my right ankle. My tattoo is very "bubbly", sort of cauliflower looking in areas, which I assume will flake off. However, it "weeps" constantly. My artist said that's normal and it's just plasma (YICK). How long will the weeping continue? From what I've described it currently looking, will it be scarred and ugly?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by firstimer from IP: 131.15.48.58 on 10/10/06

I had my very first tattoo done on Saturday, 7 October, and it hasn't been a pleasant experience.

First off, I found out that I'm allergic to red dye. Secondly I applied Neosporin (per my artists direction) to find out that I'm allergic to Neosporin. So I had two different allergic reactions going on. I've been taking Benedryl to counter the reactions and it seems to be working. I am a little red surrounding the tattoo, which is located on the inner side of my right ankle. My tattoo is very "bubbly", sort of cauliflower looking in areas, which I assume will flake off. However, it "weeps" constantly. My artist said that's normal and it's just plasma (YICK). How long will the weeping continue? From what I've described it currently looking, will it be scarred and ugly?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Taylor from IP: 205.188.116.130 on 10/11/06
OS, MS USA

OK, so how much scabbing is normal?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Retali8 from IP: 205.188.116.130 on 10/11/06
PA

I also had a question about infection. Working on a sleeve and about a week ago, I got the crease where my lower arm meets my upper arm done. It's healed ok for the most part, but a few scabs look like they've opened up and expanded where my arm bends. They're not too deep, but nothing like this has happened in the past. Then again, this is the first time I've had any crease on my body tattooed. Is this caused by the initial tightness of your skin tearing a bit during the healing process, or could it possibly be an infection. There's really no puss or inflamation, just a little clear liquid on top of the openings. I've been using my regular anti-bacterial soap and have dabbed a small layer of triple-A just in case. Any professional info or suggestions would be much appreciated. Out


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Retali8 from IP: 205.188.116.130 on 10/11/06
PA

I also had a question about infection. Working on a sleeve and about a week ago, I got the crease where my lower arm meets my upper arm done. It's healed ok for the most part, but a few scabs look like they've opened up and expanded where my arm bends. They're not too deep, but nothing like this has happened in the past. Then again, this is the first time I've had any crease on my body tattooed. Is this caused by the initial tightness of your skin tearing a bit during the healing process, or could it possibly be an infection. There's really no puss or inflamation, just a little clear liquid on top of the openings. I've been using my regular anti-bacterial soap and have dabbed a small layer of triple-A just in case. Any professional info or suggestions would be much appreciated. Out


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by kulrider from IP: 80.77.200.188 on 10/13/06
Malta

Hi Guys,

This is my first post and I am slightly confused. My tattoist told me to use Biafine 3 times a day and I washed it with antibacterial cream which seems that it is not all that good as it contains triclosan which might affext the pigmentation. (mine is Black). Can I just use just warm water to clean (no soap) and keep using the biafine? BTW I did it yesterday and it doesn't hurt at all. At least for now :).....

thanks in advance


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by kulrider from IP: 80.77.200.205 on 10/15/06
Malta

any help please?......seems that everybody is on holiday:)

cheers


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by p0rno_star from IP: 84.70.221.198 on 10/24/06
england

i have a new tattoo, its my forth and its on my ankle. i got another one on my wrist at the same time and it seems fine, im just worried bout the one on my ankle because 1 part of it has gone really red . it feels a bit like a bruise, whihc im hoping it just is i probably hit it at some point, but just to make sure does anyone think i should get it checked out? its not pussy or swollen, however isa little indented.

i rekon i musta bumped it and knocked off the scab and its just bruised does anyone have a second opinion???

just to be sure, thanks. x.


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Posted by p0rno_star@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 84.70.221.198 on 10/24/06
england

oh yeah and juts to add, when i say new i mean like a week


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Posted by p0rno_star@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 84.70.221.198 on 11/01/06
england

yeah i left it and its getting better.


but thanks for the great advice..


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Posted by mac from IP: 24.43.13.140 on 11/09/06
kitchener

I just spent about an hour reading through everything.. great site... I like many of you have several tattoos... hovever I just got the rest of my stomach belt done... I have had the back done 4 ever and the frount about a year ago and now I just got the sides done about 2 weeks ago... anyways I looked at it last night up close( it isnt sore red pussy ) but when looking up close under alot of the ble it seems to be raised.. when I lotion it up I cant really feel anything bumpy but when I am in the light and the reflection comes on it it the blue parts are shiney and raised under neath... just wondering if anyone has any insight to this??? either email me back or post it on here!! thanks guys.. cheers


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Posted by Woodstock from IP: 24.94.88.158 on 11/10/06

Hi all,

Got my fifth tat 7 days ago, well first session anyways. It is the center peice for a 1/2 sleeve which fills almost all of my upper arm. Appeared to be healing nicely until about 2 days ago (around the time I began peeling). A small portion of the tattoo is now very red and irritated. The rest of the tattoo is healing nicely. I was using Triple Antibiotic Ointment. I discontinued use of that ointment and am now using fragrance free, Lubriderm. I am worried that the irritated part might become infected or might be infected. The rest of the tattoo is healing nicely... any advise on how to help the irritated portion and avoid infection is appreciated.


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Posted by vicx from IP: 83.67.69.13 on 11/15/06
england

hey i my first tattoo a week ago, a little lime green heart on my wrist, all was going well until it scabbed up. it was really swollen and had a like a red rash around the heart. The actual tattoo was really hard and full off this gross like puss stuff. and the the other night it went all soft and guncky again and it was peeling loads and the middle of the heart pealled off!! and all the ink has started to come out with the puss and its started bleeding again.its scabed up again now but what i can see the outline is still green but inside the heart its all patchy, where the ink has come out. =[ is it infected??? what shall i do?? is ther such thing as tattoo's rejecting?


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Posted by Tattoo Girl in Alaska from IP: 64.4.232.127 on 11/30/06
Hatchers Pass,Alaska

I just got a tribal tattoo with a lily on my ankle almost a week ago and I am concerned about infection. The area in the center, where the lily is located, is just sore, which I understand is normal. However, the outer edges of the tribal are very sore and my skin is pink/red at least a 1/2 inch around the tips of the tribal designs. I thought it was maybe because that is where he did the most shading (shaded from black tribal to purple at the tips) but it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It is the largest tattoo I have gotten and just wanted to make sure it is normal (goes from my ankle about 2/3 of the way to my knee). Also, I do use lubriderm but what about neosporin? I have been applying that at least once a day (not a huge amount) to try to calm it down but, once again, it doesn't seem to be getting much better. Should I stop the neosporin? By the way, I do wash it with soap and water in the morning and I have been covering it with a gauze wrap (breathable) at night so I can sleep. Any tips or advice is appreciated.


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Posted by tatgirl from IP: 72.138.113.177 on 11/30/06

I got my tattoo on tuesday with my dad. it looks amazing and the artist did such a great job. there is a bit of swelling still but its normal considering its on my foot/ankle bone... it doesnt hurt to touch it and im moisturizing with Vitamin E cream... its pretty sweet. no problems. i will definately be going back to this place again. my dads tattoo is jsut the same. his is more red but his tattoo has much more detail but he tells me he cant even feel it unless he flexes his arm to use his crutches (broken foot;)) aha but yeah, this was the best experience ever and no problems at all!


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Posted by tatgirl from IP: 72.138.113.177 on 11/30/06

I got my tattoo on tuesday with my dad. it looks amazing and the artist did such a great job. there is a bit of swelling still but its normal considering its on my foot/ankle bone... it doesnt hurt to touch it and im moisturizing with Vitamin E cream... its pretty sweet. no problems. i will definately be going back to this place again. my dads tattoo is jsut the same. his is more red but his tattoo has much more detail but he tells me he cant even feel it unless he flexes his arm to use his crutches (broken foot;)) aha but yeah, this was the best experience ever and no problems at all!


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tattoo infection

Posted by PhoenixisinTX from IP: 72.201.72.32 on 12/26/06
texas

I got a tattoo that stretches from ankle to armpit about 3-4 years ago and never had any issues with it. Infection or otherwise. Today i ran my hand along my thigh to find that my tattoo felt raised. There was no pain, nor redness but mildly itchiness. I thought most infections happen within a couple weeks of the work being done. Does anyone know why this is happening now? Any answers would help.


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Posted by RequiemLolita from IP: 12.199.86.74 on 12/28/06
York, Pennsylvania, USA

About three days ago, I got a tattoo on the outside of my calf. Now, I have another tattoo on the back of my neck, that never gave me any problems healing, but my leg seems to be a tiny bit red still. The ink sometimes leaks a clear liquid, but not in an excessive amount, and it's a bit swollen as well. I'm mildly worried that it's not healing correctly. The ankh on my neck seemed to have healed quickly, but due to it's location, I never observed any discharge or swelling. (of course that doesn't mean that there wasn't any) My leg isn't in any more pain than what I would expect, and the discomfort seems to be lessening daily.

What I'm worried about is the discharge, redness, and mild swelling.
I have been keeping it clean, and applying A and D ointment a few times a day, when it seems dry.

Could this irritation be caused by my jeans touching it while I'm at work?
Is all of this part of the normal healing process of a tattoo?
Should I switch to applying Neosporin?

Any input would be much appreciated.


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Posted by dfairy77 from IP: 68.117.133.76 on 01/02/07

Don't use A & D ointment my back broke out so bad and i got my tattoo 2 weeks ago and im getting scars from my back breaking out...i never get zits on my back ever and i have them everywhere now and i can't get rid of them


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Posted by jessicap1616@aol.com from IP: 170.53.96.25 on 01/03/07

I would not recommend Neosporin for healing. It is a trible antibiotic made for healing infections. Your tattoo is not an infection, therefore you are putting extra things on your skin that your skin does not need, which can lead to problems. A&D is petroleum with Vitamin D. Petroleum clogs pores. It is ok for tattooing (we all use petroleum b/c its cheap), but not to rest on the skin for long periods of time. Your tattoo cannot breathe properly.
If you treat your tattoo right during healing, you should not get an infection. I recommend Ohm Ointment. It is all natural, and heals beautifully. Its worth buying it at the shop or ordering it online (www.tattooointment.com). Why pay all that money for a tattoo for it not to heal properly?


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Posted by Princess Jer from IP: 69.254.254.35 on 01/03/07
KS

That broad seems to know her stuff. I've also heard of absolutely no ointments at all. Just clean hot water.


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 01/03/07

In a perfect world where there are no airborne bacteria there would be no need for any antibiotic ointment..however we do not live in a perfect world...we recommend triple antibiotic just to give that little bit of added protection from the nasties...however we advise clients to use the ointments for only a short period while the tattoo is still in the open wound stage and then use it very sparingly so as to allow the tattoo to breathe...oxygen is by far the best healing agent for any tattoo or piercing.... and A&D ointment has vitamin A AND vitamin D in a petroleum base...again we have found that Berts Badger healing balm works wonderfully for aftercare!


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Posted by purple_xerox@hotmail.com from IP: 72.208.134.183 on 01/04/07

i just got a tattoo on each foot two days ago, and yesterday i started noticing that the surface looked really bumpy. some areas are smooth, but on one foot a majority of the inked portion is very raised. theyre still very sore and its very uncomfortable to touch the raised areas. when i first noticed the bumpiness i also noticed droplets of clear, greenish fluid coming to the surface. is this normal healing for a foot tattoo? is it normal for the area to be more tender since its on the foot?


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flower on my foot

Posted by laika from IP: 67.150.168.28 on 01/09/07
Laguna Beach, CA, USA

hi. i need some advice. Four days ago, i got a large flower design tattooed on my foot to cover up a star that i had gotten done a few years ago. it looked awesome at first, but then 2 days later, my foot swelled up. it began to scab, which i know is normal, but now, it looks as though there are blisters under the scabbing. it is also oozing some ink from the blistered parts. the care instructions (after i got it) were to wash it and let it dry out for 4 days and then apply a small amount of tattoo goo once a day for 2 weeks. i'm totally freaked out that something is not right. any advice would be great. thanks.


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Posted by kate from IP: 72.38.172.237 on 01/15/07

got a fairly large flower design on my ribcage in august by a not so great artist, and despite some crooked lines, it healed very very well. i had it touched up and shaded a couple days ago by a different, much more skilled artist and its seems to not be healing as well this time around. would that have something to do with it being inked over a tat thats already there?


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Posted by issachar@grinnell.edu from IP: 132.161.154.27 on 01/22/07

Hey I got a tattoo on my forearm about 4 days ago (all black) and its still kind of red. Part of it looks a little brownish and gooey but it doesnt feel too bad. Should I be worried and if not how should I treat it?
Thanks,
Jess


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Posted by Heiresslisa from IP: 84.66.177.27 on 01/26/07

Hey,
I got my first tattoo 6 days ago, its a small star on my hip. it was fine for the first few days, but now the scab is really thick and in some points in the star its really red and raised,its also slightly tender. i clean it daily and moisturise alot. does anyone think this is bad, or just normal?
please help, thanks
x


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Posted by jalabean from IP: 196.3.51.241 on 02/13/07
nutley,nj,usa

Hi,

As a birthday present to myself -- I got a tattoo on the inside of my ankle (right above my ankle) -- about 5 days ago... well it was fine -- the first nite.. i cleaned it - put some ointment on it.. i noticed the next day that it seemed to be leaking color.. at first i thought maybe it was bleeding but it was the red ink -- however it looked a bit mushy to me -- so i figured maybe i put to much ointment on it -- cut back on that -- and if formed a huge scab (s)... i cut down on the ointment but it hurts becuz the scab is soooo dry.. and when i use the ointment..it makes the scab mushy.. I guess i want to know -- how much scabbing is tooo much scabbing -- and how long will it take to clear up.. this is not my first tattoo w/ red ink.. but this is the first that this has happened too???? please help..


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Posted by jalabean from IP: 196.3.51.241 on 02/13/07
nutley,nj,usa

Hi,

As a birthday present to myself -- I got a tattoo on the inside of my ankle (right above my ankle) -- about 5 days ago... well it was fine -- the first nite.. i cleaned it - put some ointment on it.. i noticed the next day that it seemed to be leaking color.. at first i thought maybe it was bleeding but it was the red ink -- however it looked a bit mushy to me -- so i figured maybe i put to much ointment on it -- cut back on that -- and if formed a huge scab (s)... i cut down on the ointment but it hurts becuz the scab is soooo dry.. and when i use the ointment..it makes the scab mushy.. I guess i want to know -- how much scabbing is tooo much scabbing -- and how long will it take to clear up.. this is not my first tattoo w/ red ink.. but this is the first that this has happened too???? please help..


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Posted by Alicia Dunbar from IP: 69.177.154.134 on 02/18/07
CT

I got a tattoo yesterday of a medium sized butterfly on my lower back. It looks like there is blood on the tattoo but when I clean it and apply ointment it doesn't come off. It looks as though the blood is trapped just under the surface of the skin. Is this normal? It is making my tattoo look less than attractive and was wondering if I need to do something to fix it or if it will come out when it peels or whatnot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by Alicia Dunbar from IP: 69.177.154.134 on 02/18/07
CT

I got a tattoo yesterday of a medium sized butterfly on my lower back. It looks like there is blood on the tattoo but when I clean it and apply ointment it doesn't come off. It looks as though the blood is trapped just under the surface of the skin. Is this normal? It is making my tattoo look less than attractive and was wondering if I need to do something to fix it or if it will come out when it peels or whatnot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by Alicia Dunbar from IP: 69.177.154.134 on 02/18/07
CT

I got a tattoo yesterday of a medium sized butterfly on my lower back. It looks like there is blood on the tattoo but when I clean it and apply ointment it doesn't come off. It looks as though the blood is trapped just under the surface of the skin. Is this normal? It is making my tattoo look less than attractive and was wondering if I need to do something to fix it or if it will come out when it peels or whatnot. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Posted by jcmc513@verizon.net from IP: 72.93.124.133 on 02/26/07

I got a tattoo 4 days ago....I applied tattoo goo as instructed...I now have a red pimply rash all over the arm the tatto is on and the rash has even started to spread to my other arm...but nowhere near as bad as the tattoo site. Any ideas? Is it possibly an infection or maybe a reaction to the goo?


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Posted by taitbs37@yahoo.com from IP: 75.64.158.205 on 02/27/07
memphis, tn, usa.

Okay, i got a tattoo about 6 or 7 months ago and now im getting bumps within the tattoo. I realized this just the other day. There aren't anymore bumps other than where my tatoo is located. there not over the tatoo, either, they are in it. They aren't red or the color of my skin, they are under my tattoo, and they are black. What in the heck could this be? Irritation? Infection? HELP!


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Posted by chanie_s@yahoo.com from IP: 66.76.25.103 on 03/09/07

I just got a tattoo a week ago. It is tribal with my sons name in it. The only thing is they guy who did it tattooed over a scar and now my ink is coming out in spots, the rest is healing fine. How do i know if i have ink poison or not and what do i need to do??? Please help!!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 66.143.44.59 on 03/09/07

There really is no such thing as "ink poisoning" as such, you may have an infection , see both your artist AND a dermatologist.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 66.143.44.59 on 03/09/07

There really is no such thing as "ink poisoning" as such, you may have an infection , see both your artist AND a dermatologist.


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tattoo

Posted by babyred@killamail.com from IP: 66.76.25.103 on 03/09/07

I just got a tattoo a week ago on my back, it is pretty large. However i didnt feel it when he did and i dont feel it now. It is healing fine considering instead of antibiotic ointment i been using Vitamin E skin oil and it works GREAT!! I have good coloring, no swelling, no itching, nothing!! I didnt clean it the first day i got it (my tattoo artsist did a great job of keeping it clean as he was working) I havent had any problems so far!!


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Posted by liz from IP: 129.67.95.110 on 03/14/07
uk

Hi, I'm having ongoing problems with my tattoo and this looks like a great place to get advice. I had a tattoo done on my foot almost two months ago. It is a bamboo tattoo and I got it done in thailand, which in retrospect was clearly daft as I am now having loads of problems with it. I did check the artist out and was confident of his hygeine, but i think the tattoo being on my foot and me wandering around in sandals has meant that it was left vulnerable to infection. It's a pretty big tattoo that covers most of my foot, and as it was done with bamboo it didn't bleed at all or scab as my other machine tattoos have done. The artist told me that as it was a bamboo tattoo it would heal much quicker than a machine one and that I could go in the sea the next day, but I was much more conservative than this and didn't go in the sea for a week or so and then when I did I covered it with vaseline first as he'd told me to do.
Anyway, I've got two obvious problems with it that seem to have got worse in the past 3 weeks or so. Firstly, I am pretty sure that I am having an allergic reaction to the blue ink he used. The tattoo is blue and black and the black areas are perfect (which is making me even sadder as I can see how it should have looked) but the blue areas are bumpy and there are a few red patches around some of the blue bits. I have been taking antihistamines and applying antihistamine cream for nearly two weeks now but there doesn't seem to be any change.
Secondly, there is one area of the tattoo that is swollen, sore to the touch and red around it. I went to the doctor 5 days ago and she agreed with me that I must be allergic to something in the blue and also said that she thought I had an infection. She put me on antibiotics (flucloxacillin) and I have now nearly finished the course. She said that I should rest it over the weekend but this has been impossible as I've been moving house and starting a new job. So the infected bit now does look a bit better as the swelling has gone down but it is still far from healed, I'm going to go back and see her but I'm don't have huge confidence in her.
So questions I have
- should I continue with all the antihistamines?
- I saw somewhere that steroid creams may help with the allergic reaction, any ideas about that?
- I found this page http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php/Ink_Allergy that suggests using silver sulphadiazine dressings for allergic reactions to tattoo ink, anybody know anything about it?
- how can I expect my tattoo to end up looking? I absolutely love it and need to mentally prepare myself for how it's going to end up! I don't mind so much if the bumpy-ness stays but will the red patches around some of the blue always be there? or is the blue ink going to come out altogether? and what will happen to the infected bit?
Thanks for any advice you might have, liz x


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Posted by katie from IP: 216.63.194.138 on 03/14/07
El Dorado, Ks, USA

I think my tattoo is infected, I have only had it for 5 days, it is all scabby, which i was told was normal. I have been applying ink fixx which is the lotion the artist gave me, several times a day. Its really tender and hot, and the area around it is red. Do you think I should see a doctor, or is there something I can use at home?


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Posted by nostra from IP: 81.97.149.172 on 03/28/07
blackburn,lancashire,england

hi i got a tattoo 5 days ago on my forarm its my sons name each letter is about an inch big the top 2 letters closest to the inner elbow are quite irritatable and are red around the edge i know that the inner forearm is a sensative place especially when you consider the fact it goes right up to the inner elbow but everytime i apply my lotion it feels like a burning sensation is this normal to say its nearly a week old my 1st tatt was an 8 inch reeper on my shoulderblade but that healed fine could it be that im still applying ointment to it that its not healing its scabbed over nicely and there has been no oozing at all just wondering if im being paranoid or if its possible theres a slight bacterial infection all the equiptment used was stralized properly its just the reddness around the edge of the top 2 letters that is bothering me as they are the most sensative aswell


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Posted by nostra from IP: 81.97.149.172 on 03/28/07
blackburn,lancashire,england

hi i got a tattoo 5 days ago on my forarm its my sons name each letter is about an inch big the top 2 letters closest to the inner elbow are quite irritatable and are red around the edge i know that the inner forearm is a sensative place especially when you consider the fact it goes right up to the inner elbow but everytime i apply my lotion it feels like a burning sensation is this normal to say its nearly a week old my 1st tatt was an 8 inch reeper on my shoulderblade but that healed fine could it be that im still applying ointment to it that its not healing its scabbed over nicely and there has been no oozing at all just wondering if im being paranoid or if its possible theres a slight bacterial infection all the equiptment used was stralized properly its just the reddness around the edge of the top 2 letters that is bothering me as they are the most sensative aswell


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Posted by ndeniseg81 from IP: 24.72.173.236 on 03/28/07
angleton,texas

okay here goes my question I have gotten several new tattoos recently me and my husband are aspiring artists and have takening up tattooing no one else yet just ourselves. Okay the thing is I have one that is possibly infected or I am thinking it could be an allergic reaction to brown ink? Not really sure it looked like it was going to heal up great then all of a sudden it kinda just split the scab started to fall off and it is weeping stuff that is kinda clear and the tattoo itself is not raised up at all, but indented also really red around the brown areas. This tattoo has red in it but it is not the red that is weeping just the brown. We don't reuse any needles they are all brand new and even on each other we still wear gloves. I take care of all my tattoos the same way so I am really thinking that I am having an allergy to the brown ink. It is like my skin is try to weep out the ink any thoughts?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 66.143.44.59 on 03/28/07

Probably NOT a reaction, almost assuredly an infection.

See a doctor SOON!

May I ask what training do you have in BBP,cross contam etc etc?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Little Miss PMT from IP: 80.1.224.5 on 03/28/07
Scotland, UK

Hiya Nostra
I think as you get older you take longer to heal.
I've got 3 tatts. First two about 10 years ago, didn't remember having to wash it as often as I have done my 3rd. They scabbed and healed quickly with very little itching and pain.
This 3rd one....................jee wizz!!! Hurt afterwards, it is agony. Been getting really bad pains first thing in the morning, the length of pain is decreasing, but pain increasing :o(
Lovely scab, just waiting for it to fall off now, its been 7 days exactly.

As for others, treat it like a big graze, clean it for the first day or two and let nature take over from then on. After all we've all had scabs when we were little and no one died!!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 66.143.44.59 on 03/28/07

If your tattoo is really red around the edges you should show your artist THEN go to a doctor, a simple infection can get really bad really quick. Is it worth it to hesitate?


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Posted by ndeniseg81 from IP: 24.72.173.236 on 03/29/07
angleton,texas

okay all the others are healing fine but my daytime profession is nursing so I am aware of infections and blood born pathogens and am very careful to prevent cross contamination. But I started antibotics anyway this is not my first tattoo but it is the only one I have ever had that has had brown and red ink in it like I said we don't tattoo others since we are getting the feel for the way the colors and ink flow it is different from a canvas. But I belive now that maybe I may have gone to deep on this one since it was the first one I attempted to do and it was on my self. thank you for getting back to me I admire anyone who is proud to show how beautiful the artwork of tattooing can be. Like I said I am a novice at doing it but not getting them done so this was a learning experince gone wrong I suppose. thanks alot for your input.


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Posted by Con Dientes from IP: 67.164.117.104 on 03/29/07
San Francisco, California, United States

his past Saturday, I got a fairly large piece on my right calf. Pretty much takes up the whole length and width of my calf. The tattoo itself is healing well, it is about five days old and is starting to crack and flake off. I am dry-healing it because my artist said to use A&D which made it all mushy and disgusting. The problem is with the rest of my lower leg. The entire thing is swollen, including my ankle and foot. It is really painful to be standing for a long time, and I put most of my weight on my other leg when there's absolutely nowhere to sit. I have had my artist look at it, she said it looked infected, but it wasn't anything to worry about. She gave me Provon medicated soap with 0.3% Chloroxylenol. I have been washing it twice daily since I saw her on Tuesday. I have also been keeping it elevated on pillows when I sleep. The swelling goes down overnight, but comes right back as soon as I have to get up and put weight on it. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, but all this not being able to stay standing for long periods, and limping around is getting really depressing. I am just wondering how typical/atypical this is with the calf area, how long this should go on, and if I am doing all the right things to care for it pre-doctor appointment. Any other comments would also be appreciated. Thanksamillion! =)


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Posted by Sezmak from IP: 81.159.194.210 on 03/30/07
England!

Hey, this site is awesome! I was worried about the tattoo I got a couple of days ago - its on my ankle and was really painful yesterday but now its not painful, but still swollen a bit - skin feels tight. the tattoo itself isn't weeping at all, only tiny amounts of the clear liquid. but its just the swelling im worried about!
its wierd cos the first tattoo i got on the back of my neck was perfect in like 2days, didnt even scab! no pain, nothing! hmmm, any help? just to quash my fears of my foot dropping off haha


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Posted by RhiRun from IP: 71.255.161.178 on 04/04/07

Ok, so I have asked this question on another tattoo forum and they all immediatly told me to go to the doctor, but I want your guys opinion because it seems like you don't over react as much. I got a new tat on the inside of my right ankle on Monday (today is Wednesday). This is my 15th tat or so, so I am not new to this. Recently, the new one has gotten pretty sore. The scab is not like the scabs I have had on my other tats, this one is more bumpy. The outer edges of the tat are red (like a slight pink with a few streaks in them) and it is slightly warm to the touch. Touching it hurts pretty bad, and walking is not too fun either. Up until this morning, whenever I put ointment on it, some reddish brown stuff would run down from it, which I figured was part of the color because it is red and black. The last time I got a tat with red in it, I had such a bad reaction to it that little bumps appeared all in the tat and I pretty much had a full body breakout. So, I am wondering if I am just allergic to the red ink or if this tat is indeed infected or nothing is wrong at all and my body is just healing this one differently. Tonight, I washed with antibacterial soap and let it alone wihtout ointment for a bit then put some Bacitracin on it just in case. Any advice on all this? Some help would be greatly appreciated. Taz, any thoughts?


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 04/05/07

Whoever told you to go to the doctor was NOT over reacting at all.
Without seeing it and just by your description I would get my ass to a doctor QUICK!!!!!!!


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Posted by in_so_mn_ia_c@yahoo.com from IP: 71.142.77.247 on 04/05/07
fremont, ca

Hey, I just got my third tattoo last Sunday (4 days ago) and it's healing a lot differently than my other two. It's on my inner arm just below my elbow. It looks like it's scabbing really badly. It feels like my skin is cracking every time I stretch my arm out and this morning I woke up and it was bleeding a little. I've been taking care of it with dial soap and cocoa butter (which is what I did with my other two) but from what I've been reading, the dial soap is not a good idea. My best friend got the same tattoo in the same place by the same artist and hers is perfectly fine. Any suggestions on how to get the scabbing to heal without ruining the tattoo??


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Posted by sherry from IP: 24.47.174.180 on 04/09/07

i got a tattoo on my inner forearm 2 days ago. it has been VERY swollen all around the tattoo, most of my arm is swollen, actually.. and red. i fell asleep on my arm and when i woke up i had green goo all over my shirt, im assuming its ink because my tattoo is mostly green and yellow. is that part of the regular "peeling"? it burns like hell too and it feels really tight. ive had 3 other tattoos but they never felt like this or oozed color out. is this ok?


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Posted by Shimmerchik from IP: 207.190.60.54 on 04/11/07
Orlando. FL, USA

I got a tattoo on the outside of my foot about a week ago. This is my 3rd tattoo. It was ok until Saturday, when it started to sting and swell. Not just swell around the ink, but the entire area around my ankle swelled. I iced it and continued to clean it, and proceeded to go to work the next day. By the end of my shift, I was in sooo much pain! I had to sit down and take off my shoe ( i had wrapped that tattoo in saran wrap like the artist instructed me to), and my whole foot and ankle and half my calf was swollen. I couldn't move the ankle joint at all, and it was severely painful to touch. It was worse than when I had broken it years ago. I had to be wheeled out of work, and carried into the car home. I was taken to the hospital, and they took one look at it and knew I had a nasty infection. They said the area may of not been cleansed well before the artist started the tattoo, and some bacteria got under my skin through the needle. The infection ended up eating spreading throughout my ankle. The doctor immediately gave me a shot of antibiotic, in the butt, how nice. He also prescribed heavy duty antibiotics and vicodin for pain. He told me to watch it, because the infection could spread into my leg and I could end up with blood poisoning and wind up in septic shock. He ordered me out of work until further notice. I can only walk with crutches, and I have been having a low grade fever and super headaches.
It's not fun.
I hope after all this is over, my tattoo at least looks good!!!
:p


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Posted by TiffnyG4888@yahoo.com from IP: 24.3.128.119 on 04/12/07
Pittsburgh,PA

I got a tattoo about 2 weeks ago on my left foot. It's a small heart with a thick black outline and pink in the center. I have a large flower on my right foot, and it healed perfectly. This tattoo started out fine, and after a couple days scabbed over. That was fine too. But after that, it started oozing alot, and is still painful two weeks later. Also, a big portion of my scab is still attached, and from what I can see underneath, my tattoo is already faded and you can barely see the pink anymore. What should I do? And is there any way that I can go back to the artist and have it filled in free of charge?


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Posted by risewiththefall@yahoo.com from IP: 68.88.202.52 on 04/12/07

hey taz... i just got 2 tattoos 6 days ago, 2 birds on my hip and 3 stars behind my ear. the tattoo behind my ear is doing fine, itches a little somtimes but i think thats normal. but the birds on my hip, have been red all week, the redness isnt as bad as it was, but its starting to peel a little bit too. im just wondering if its normal for it to be red this long? ive been using neosporin, and a&d ointment. my tattoo artist told me to not wear jeans within the first 3 days of getting my tattoo, but i had to wear some for work and its been red since.


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Posted by soccer_rox_9@hotmail.com from IP: 142.12.40.10 on 04/17/07
Canada

I got a tattoo about a year ago.. and lately( maybe the last 3-4 weeks) it has been inflamed and scabing. IT has also been very itchy and sometimes the scabs will break open. Is this normal? because it has been fine up until now ? anyone know ?


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Posted by soccer_rox_9@hotmail.com from IP: 142.12.40.10 on 04/17/07
Canada

I got a tattoo about a year ago.. and lately( maybe the last 3-4 weeks) it has been inflamed and scabing. IT has also been very itchy and sometimes the scabs will break open. Is this normal? because it has been fine up until now ? anyone know ?


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Posted by soccer_rox_9@hotmail.com from IP: 142.12.40.10 on 04/17/07
Canada

I got a tattoo about a year ago.. and lately( maybe the last 3-4 weeks) it has been inflamed and scabing. IT has also been very itchy and sometimes the scabs will break open. Is this normal? because it has been fine up until now ? anyone know ?


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Posted by soccer_rox_9@hotmail.com from IP: 142.12.40.10 on 04/17/07
Canada

I got a tattoo about a year ago.. and lately( maybe the last 3-4 weeks) it has been inflamed and scabing. IT has also been very itchy and sometimes the scabs will break open. Is this normal? because it has been fine up until now ? anyone know ?


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Posted by soccer_rox_9@hotmail.com from IP: 142.12.40.10 on 04/17/07
Canada

I got a tattoo about a year ago.. and lately( maybe the last 3-4 weeks) it has been inflamed and scabing. IT has also been very itchy and sometimes the scabs will break open. Is this normal? because it has been fine up until now ? anyone know ?


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Posted by djraven666@gmail.com from IP: 212.36.181.65 on 04/23/07
india

Hey Taz woss up? MY name is raven and im from India,,...I just got done a tottoo on my arms and its gone worse..skin has become red and warm and the skin is already falling and it has not even got dried a bit...pus is flowing from everywhere and pain is heavy..what should i do? will the colour not take affect from the area wher the skin is out? plaese help me bro and save my asssssssssssss...plaese reply on my email id if possible...peace..


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Posted by DEAD DOLL from IP: 69.235.227.9 on 05/01/07
LOS ANGELES, CA USA

IS IT JUST ME...OR DOES IT SEEM THAT MOST COMPLAINTS OF POSSIBLE SKIN INFECTIONS ARE IN THE ANKLES OR THE FOOT. PERHAPS IT IS A VERY SENSITIVE AREA TO TATTOO. IT IS JUST MY OBSERVATION. BUT HERE IS MY STORY...

I HAD MY TATTOO DONE ON MY FOOT AND AROUND MY ANKLE YESTERDAY. IT IS A PRETTY BIG PIECE. I HAVE OTHER TATTOOS BUT THIS WAS AND STILL IS REALLY PAINFUL. ESPECIALLY DURING THE SHADING AROUND THE BONNIE AREAS OF MY FOOT. I USUALLY HAVE A HIGH PAIN THRESHOLD, BUT I HAD THREE HOURS WORTH OF WORK AND COULD NOT HANG ANY LONGER. I DECIDED TO SCHEDULE A RETURN TO GET IT FINISHED BECAUSE I COULD NOT CONTINUE. IT WAS REALLY PAINFUL. NOW, MY FOOT IS RED, TENDER AND SWOLLEN. I WENT TO THE DOC'S JUST FOR PRECAUSIONARY MEASURES EVEN THOUGH THE TATTOO SPOT I WENT TO IS A VERY PROFESSIONAL AND STERILE ENVIROMENT, BUT ANY BREAKAGE OF THE SKIN HAS A RISK OF GETTING AN INFECTION. THE DOC GAVE ME SOME ANTIBIOTICS JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT NO INFECTION OCCURS CONSIDERING THAT ITS ON THE FOOT AND PRESSURE IS ON IT WHEN I STAND AND WALK. BUT MAN!! LET ME SAY I DO NOT LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING IT FINISHED. THE TATTOO LOOKS FREAKIN AWESOME!! I GOT A LOT OF COMPLIMENTS BUT IT HURTS JUST AS MUCH AS IT LOOKS. BTW, MY TATTOO IS OF A SEVERED ANKLE AND FOOT. LOL, THAT IS WHY I SAY IT LOOKS JUST AS MUCH AS IT LOOKS. BUT MY DOC WAS ONE OF THOSE REAL CONSERVATIVE TYPES AND DID NOT RECOMMENDED TATTOOS PERIOD FOR THIS VERY REASON. SO NOW I AM A BIT APPREHENSIVE OF GETTING IT FINISHED. I WILL SEE HOW I HEAL WITH THIS BUT IT HURTS WHEN I WALK. THEN AGAIN IT IS MY SECOND DAY...BUT THE DOCS SCOLDING REALLY MADE ME THINK.


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Posted by tim@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.169.74 on 05/01/07

You are sooo right!. A goodly portion of all tattoo problems seem to be in the lower leg/foot areas.
I think that this is because of lack of circulation due to the area being so far from the heart.

Oh and please stiop with the capital letters!. That means you are YELLING!!!!!


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Posted by bruinsbabe47@aol.com from IP: 24.91.26.169 on 05/13/07

i got my lower back tattoo done a week ago, its still red around the tattoo and its very sore. it hurts when anything touches it, and i cant even sit in a chair without being in pain. this is my 3rd tattoo and my others didnt hurt that bad. could it just be because its a larger tattoo, or the area i got it on? or is it possible that its an infection, i've been washing it and applying a triple antibiotic cream, is there anything i can do to ease the pain.


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Posted by agirlinterupted7 from IP: 67.149.158.244 on 05/14/07
Columbus, Ohio

my tattoo is almost a week old now and the scab is really thick in someplace and nearly gone in others-can one spot on a tattoo get infected? I'm a little worried. I've read some of the other esponses and am washing it with warm water and actibaterial soap. I was initally using A&D but my skin had a weird reaction to it so I went to sentless, colorless lotion like the artist that did my first tattoo recomended (my first one healed very qucikly) this one is colored in though and my first one wasn't.
This tat is also pretty tender to the touch, but that might just be location (on my inner arm near the wrist) or something I'm not sure I guess I'm just wondering if you know what the start of an infection is like so maybe I can see if I've got warning signs or something.
Moslty I'm just hoping someone will put my mind at ease a little.


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Posted by tim@paintedangle.com from IP: 67.65.35.253 on 05/15/07

If you read a lot of other posts you would know that antibacterial soap can and freqently does attack tattoo pigment. The only soap you should use on a fresh tattoo are the pure soaps such as Ivory and Neutragena. These soaps do not contain any of the harsh chemicals that all antibacterials do and that could be part of your problem although without seeing the tattoo we can't tell.

Post a pic!


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Posted by arwen_q from IP: 142.162.82.207 on 05/22/07

I just got a tattoo on my calf about 2 and a half weeks ago. It's been healing pretty good, aside for a minor breakout that I had because of the lotion that I was using. Unfortunately now there is one area about two inches round that is red, swollen and incredibly tender. There is no discharge of any kind and the rest of the tattoo looks and feels fine. Any thoughts on what this could be or what could be the cause?
Thanks


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Posted by alexandra from IP: 207.81.236.81 on 05/27/07

Is it possible to get a tat infeciton 6 years after you get it done? 'Cause for the past few days mine has been raised and very itchy. I don't think I've done anything wrong to it other than possibly switching from hard to soft water. It's not discoloured unless I scratch it (which i've been trying very hard not to do). Any advice as to what i can do? Is this normal? Thanks!


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Posted by tracy HELP!!! from IP: 86.42.209.11 on 05/29/07
ireland

i got my first tattoo 7 days ago and its like sun burn it really kills me to clean it... is mine in fected it is also a bit red in places its a smell chinese symbol just above my ankle


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Posted by sthrnrebel150@aol.com from IP: 24.163.123.19 on 06/02/07

i got a new tattoo on tuesday and it is begining to get infected pretty bad but i was wondering what exactly should i do about it because my dumbass friend threw me into the pool on thurs and i think thats the reason it is infected but just let me know what i need to do.


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Posted by elisa from IP: 67.170.73.84 on 06/03/07
seattle,wa

hi! i got a tattoo the back of my neck about more than 2 weeks ago, lately a little bump above the tattoo developed, it got smaller now but all over my shoulders and there are these small red pimple looking things but they are not pimples. there is only one pimple looking thing on the tattoo itself and it doesnt really hurt. do you tihnk it might possibly be an infection? i used antibacterial soap for wash and aquaphor ointment. i called the tattoo place today and they said i might have to stop using the aquaphor because they think it might have clogged up the tattoo.im afraid i might have an infection or allergy!

thank you so much!


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Posted by elisa from IP: 67.170.73.84 on 06/03/07
seattle,wa

hi! i got a tattoo the back of my neck about more than 2 weeks ago, lately a little bump above the tattoo developed, it got smaller now but all over my shoulders and there are these small red pimple looking things but they are not pimples. there is only one pimple looking thing on the tattoo itself and it doesnt really hurt. do you tihnk it might possibly be an infection? i used antibacterial soap for wash and aquaphor ointment. i called the tattoo place today and they said i might have to stop using the aquaphor because they think it might have clogged up the tattoo.im afraid i might have an infection or allergy!

thank you so much!


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Posted by battlecat from IP: 71.193.18.100 on 06/03/07
usa

I was told my one of my artists that you should avoid all contact with pets near new tattoos- change your sheets daily, don't let them touch or lick the tattoo, etc. because you can get a staph infection on the area of the tattoo and beyond from pet dander and saliva.
Incidently, my last tattoo covered half my forearm and it swelled, got red, was warm to the touch, and looked like it might be infected...then it went away and healed up just fine. Everyone heals differently. Just don't pick at it, scratch it, or use lotions with alcohol in it.
FYI- I use Egyptian Magic. Available at Health Food Stores, made of royal jelly, olive oil, beeswax, honey, propolis, etc- it is odorless, has no sting, keeps the skin flushed with lipids and moisture, and results in zero scarring and minimal scabbing if you can keep your hands off it.


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Posted by swift kick from IP: 209.62.173.195 on 06/04/07

I just gave myself a tattoo yesterday and it is a very tiny one. I don't know how to take care of it and i was wondering if anyone has any suggestions, any ointments or lotions. Also, is hydrogen peroxide a bad thing to use on it? I have done that once now to make sure no bacteria get at it. I feel really stupid, as i prolly shouldnt have done this. any help would be great. thanks. Please give suggestions quickly. :(


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Posted by dannyhesel@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 87.114.134.161 on 06/06/07
uk

or8, im thinkin of gerrin a tattoo on me arm/shoulder.. no colour just a black tribal. BUT i have an acne problem ya c.. not bad just visible spots ere and there wi the usual black heads.. how bigs the risk of infection if any cos its buggin me.


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Posted by ashley from IP: 74.61.81.54 on 06/10/07
TX

My boyfriend and I both got tattoos last night. He got a pretty big cross on his upper arm. A few hours later his armpit was really swollen, and again this morning along with his other armpit. Is this normal?


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Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.169.74 on 06/11/07

Danny you should see a dermatologist first and try to clear your skin up as much as possible BEFORE you get tattooed.

Ashley...while a bit of swelling is normal when the sweeling travels to the armpit( especially BOTH armpits) then your boyo should run, don't walk, RUN to the doctor NOW!!!!


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Posted by CarolynM from IP: 74.13.94.81 on 06/18/07
Canada

First of all, I feel like such a crap cause even though this is my second tattoo I didn't know about tipping. The first one I don't care much about cause the guy was a jerk and I now know that my anklet is worthless pretty much. But I absolutely LOVE my new found artist/shop and my new inner wrist tattoo...

Here's my problem though and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere, starting to really freak out, especially cause my artist is away at a convention. Got it 4 days ago, following aftercare and healing was going great or so I thought and then yesterday morning I wake up and the whole inside of the tattoo (it's about 3"x2") is pruney like when your fingers are in the water too long. I stop everything. I didn't touch it all day, no lotion nothing. I had been using nonscented Curel. Wake up again this morning and it's still the same. No heat, no redness but sore to touch, still scabs, no flakes. Very "pruney". Any advice? I'm really REALLY worried. Thanks.


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Posted by CarolynM from IP: 74.13.94.81 on 06/18/07
Canada

First of all, I feel like such a crap cause even though this is my second tattoo I didn't know about tipping. The first one I don't care much about cause the guy was a jerk and I now know that my anklet is worthless pretty much. But I absolutely LOVE my new found artist/shop and my new inner wrist tattoo...

Here's my problem though and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere, starting to really freak out, especially cause my artist is away at a convention. Got it 4 days ago, following aftercare and healing was going great or so I thought and then yesterday morning I wake up and the whole inside of the tattoo (it's about 3"x2") is pruney like when your fingers are in the water too long. I stop everything. I didn't touch it all day, no lotion nothing. I had been using nonscented Curel. Wake up again this morning and it's still the same. No heat, no redness but sore to touch, still scabs, no flakes. Very "pruney". Any advice? I'm really REALLY worried. Thanks.


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Posted by CarolynM from IP: 74.13.94.81 on 06/18/07
Canada

First of all, I feel like such a crap cause even though this is my second tattoo I didn't know about tipping. The first one I don't care much about cause the guy was a jerk and I now know that my anklet is worthless pretty much. But I absolutely LOVE my new found artist/shop and my new inner wrist tattoo...

Here's my problem though and I can't seem to find an answer anywhere, starting to really freak out, especially cause my artist is away at a convention. Got it 4 days ago, following aftercare and healing was going great or so I thought and then yesterday morning I wake up and the whole inside of the tattoo (it's about 3"x2") is pruney like when your fingers are in the water too long. I stop everything. I didn't touch it all day, no lotion nothing. I had been using nonscented Curel. Wake up again this morning and it's still the same. No heat, no redness but sore to touch, still scabs, no flakes. Very "pruney". Any advice? I'm really REALLY worried. Thanks.


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Posted by tinibaby2 from IP: 68.189.184.214 on 06/19/07
South Carolina

Ok, so I got a tattoo one week ago today on the top of my foot. Since it has peeled, it has faded badly. I did exactly what my artist told me, wash with mild unscented soap( i used ivory) and aquaphor for the first 2 days, and then switched to eucerin lotion whenever it seemed to get dry. I have stayed out of the sun, i only wear flip flops (the thing is the area that my flops go over the area, has not peeled or faded nearly as bad). I don't want to go back and bug my artist again, but am i gonna have to really wait 6 to 8 weeks to get this thing touched up? And is fading really badly normal? I can shoot anyone over pic of it to see the difference if you are willing to look at it. thanks!!


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Posted by D @ EAST COAST TATTOOS from IP: 142.162.245.185 on 06/20/07
Deer Lake Newfoundland CANADA

Ok so this message board is pretty long but as far as I am seeing there are alot of complaints about tattoos on ankles and feet that seem to be infected. I will tell you from my experience they are susceptible to alot of swelling and therefore alot of plasma. When you get a tattoo on your lower leg or foot area you MUST stay off your feet for at least a few days, pressure builds up on that area and can cause alot of swelling which like I said produces plasma and then your tattoo kinda stays wet and sticky like which we all know is bad for a tattoo. Also if you have any pets, the pet hair that may be floating around near the floor in your house can cause a reaction in your tattoo even if you are not allergic, pet hair is not always clean ans can cause problems. I hope this helps!!!


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Posted by Megan from IP: 71.209.117.64 on 07/02/07
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hey.... Your new tatt is going to hurt -- it will even feel like a sunburn for a few days....

Signs of infection are lots of scabbing... puss ( Yeah gross)....

To Avoid an infection don't go swimming, especially in a lake.

I have three tatts-- and as long as you follow the guidelines your artist sets down you should be fine.


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Posted by jennie from IP: 216.239.75.98 on 07/07/07
canada

hi there, i have read your entire board and sorry this might be a question already answered but i need some advice. My artist is on holiday and i just got a cover up done on my shoulder blade and 1/2 of my back. It is only in black and gray, so far it has been 8 days old but i have like small red bumps/blisters all over the whole tattoo, no puss but friggen itchy like hell, sort if like a heat rash. I have been using bactin only 4 times a day as per my tat artist, do you have any recommendations. should i change creams or just let it heal naturally. i have tried not to scratch it as i know what the damage can do but it feels like crawling insects (kinda exagerating) i have 7 tattoos and this is my 8th but something is different, i have never experienced the small red bumps/blisters before.

please help..... really appreciated very much
take care

jennie .


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Posted by dancandy from IP: 207.200.116.130 on 07/15/07
WI.

Hi, I have five tatts and I love them all. No infections ever and alot of that has to do with doing your homework. Never all of a sudden decide to go to a tatt parlor and get a new tatt without knowing about the company first. I don't know about the A&D ointment I never used that I always use the Tattoo goo on them. I had one on my ankle swell alot however it depends on the colors used and how much they need to go over it to make it look new for good. In a week I was fine. There is alot of good points on here about making sure that you clean it the right way. The pealing and the scabs are all normal. Don't panic, but make sure you do your homework.
Good luck!!!


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Posted by napoleonthe88th@earthlink.net from IP: 68.42.242.247 on 07/28/07
Kansas City, MO

Hi, I just got the outline of a sleeve from my ankle to my knee about 2 weeks ago. I already had one tattoo with color done on my shin that was a pretty good size. The healing process was going fine (I think) until I showed up for my vacation in Michigan around the 21st. My leg has gotten red and swelled up ALOT. I am almost certain this is an infection and I dont think it had anything to do with the artist.
I feel like I did not wash it enough. I am now taking benodryl and antibiotics perscribed by a doctor. Does anyone know how long this will heal?or whats going on??
Thanks for your help
-Taylor


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Posted by analicious from IP: 206.126.88.20 on 08/07/07
toronto

great board!

i also just got another ankle tat, it's my 3rd. the other 2 healed with no probs at all, but this one - ouch! weepy, red, painful and sensitive to everything - vit E cream, any unscented lotion, washing, clothing, any contact at all. my others were also done 10 yrs ago in my early 20's, so i think it does get harder to heal as you get older.

based on all these stories i am going to switch my soap to Ivory and keep it dry and not put anything on it at all for a few days (to let the plasma out naturally).

thanks again for all the advice 'n tips - happy healing, y'all :)


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Posted by VomitSauce from IP: 209.32.221.104 on 08/07/07
Minneapolis

I have been working on a sleeve now for about 15 hours. I have a bunch of of other tattoos all over me so getting work done has never been an issue. I always heal quickly and never had a problem. About 10 days ago I went and had some more work done on my arm. We worked the forearm, top and bottom as well as under my arm. Everything healed perfect except the parts in brown on top of my arm. They feel thick like aligator skin, (and everything else I've had done has healed smooth) are just a little sore to the touch, and really itchy. The color has gone from a deep brown to a thick off-white milky color in a lot of areas. There's no redness, swelling, pain, or pus coming out. But the skin is a thick and milky looking. I don't think it's an infection. Possible allergy? Phototoxicity? Everything has already peeled so not sure what will happen next. I'm going to see my artist tonight to look at it but was wondering if this has happened to anyone else? The tattoo did get some sun though I tried my best to keep it covered. All the other work I got that day turned out fine, but none of it was this brown color. The rest was red, green, black, and orange. I am allergic to sulfa if that is helpful. Any insight would be good. I don't want to get stuck with an F'ed up looking arm for the rest of my life....


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Posted by VomitSauce from IP: 209.32.221.104 on 08/07/07
Minneapolis

I have been working on a sleeve now for about 15 hours. I have a bunch of of other tattoos all over me so getting work done has never been an issue. I always heal quickly and never had a problem. About 10 days ago I went and had some more work done on my arm. We worked the forearm, top and bottom as well as under my arm. Everything healed perfect except the parts in brown on top of my arm. They feel thick like aligator skin, (and everything else I've had done has healed smooth) are just a little sore to the touch, and really itchy. The color has gone from a deep brown to a thick off-white milky color in a lot of areas. There's no redness, swelling, pain, or pus coming out. But the skin is a thick and milky looking. I don't think it's an infection. Possible allergy? Phototoxicity? Everything has already peeled so not sure what will happen next. I'm going to see my artist tonight to look at it but was wondering if this has happened to anyone else? The tattoo did get some sun though I tried my best to keep it covered. All the other work I got that day turned out fine, but none of it was this brown color. The rest was red, green, black, and orange. I am allergic to sulfa if that is helpful. Any insight would be good. I don't want to get stuck with an F'ed up looking arm for the rest of my life....


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Posted by Sodapopagv@aol.com from IP: 205.188.116.65 on 08/13/07

So i got a tat on the back of my neck less than a week ago and i think it might be infected...it's not really swollen but still pretty sore and scabbing but that may be from the fact ...i can't use a&d because i am allergic to it i'm pretty sure...from previous use and the minor use on this one.I have red bumps all over where the a&d was...does anyone know what to do...cuz i'm really dreading going to to doctor if its nothing


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Posted by Sodapopagv@aol.com from IP: 205.188.116.65 on 08/13/07

So i got a tat on the back of my neck less than a week ago and i think it might be infected...it's not really swollen but still pretty sore and scabbing but that may be from the fact ...i can't use a&d because i am allergic to it i'm pretty sure...from previous use and the minor use on this one.I have red bumps all over where the a&d was...does anyone know what to do...cuz i'm really dreading going to to doctor if its nothing


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Help with healing?

Posted by BoomerGirl from IP: 76.213.150.237 on 08/23/07
Oklahoma, USA

What an informative and cool forum. I need some help from you all.

I had my thrid tat done one week ago. (Leftlowe calf, above ankle by three finger widths). The design is amazing; a tribute to a lost loved one. It's about 2 inches by three inches.

Dilemma: redness surrounding the design and some swelling.Not a lot of heat, not painful too much, but a little achy. It's scabbing very little (hooray!) but the prolonged redness is troubling me.

I use an anti-bacterial soap, use clean, dry paper towels to pay gently dry and used Bacitracin for the first five days. Now, plain, unscented, Lubriderm.

Any ideas from the experts on the redness and swelling? Many thanks in advance!


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a little help?

Posted by BloodyTears from IP: 70.105.198.155 on 08/29/07
pa

i just got my tattoo about a week ago (it's a small flower with mom written below it). i know that a little redness and some swelling is normal. here's the thing though. my tattoo didn't start to swell until about two day or three days ago. it was sore and hurt a lil when i walked for the first few days. although that has stopped i noticed that my ankle, below the tattoo is swollen. it's only a small area that is swollen, the tattoo itself is only sore to touch in the center of the flower. The guy who did it was an apprentice (sp?). This isn't my first tattoo it's actually the 5th time i've been tattooed. i've never hads a problem with my other tattoos before, they've all healed perfectly fine no heavy scabbing or anything. should i go to a doctor and seek medication for a possible infection or irritation? or should i just apply ice to the swollen area and continue care of the tattoo as i did the rest of mine? anyone have any ideas?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by dmpls from IP: 72.54.11.243 on 08/30/07
Georgia

I think you should go to the doctor and check it out. Is there any tiny pus pockets or liquid? Then it might be infected.
I got my Tat on my ankle two weeks ago this coming Saturday and starting last weekend about a week after I got it. I noticed the redness was not going away and it looked swollen and starting to scab in the middle with what looked like little pus pockets. I swore that is was infected but everybody I asked including 1 guy at a different tat shop said it looked irritated but that it was ok to just keep doing what I was doing. So I did and finally it was not getting any better so this past Tuesday I went to the doctor and they told me it was infected. My doctor said to put Neosporin on it and gave me an antibotic. 2 days now and the red is not as red but there is still some pus. I just can't wait til it heals because it is still so sore. I don't know if there will be any damage to the tat or not until it heals but i hope not. It is still sore as hell. But overall it looks like it is getting better.
The weird thing is that the whole tat is not infected just the middle and the first tat i got, healed just fine. it was on my lower back.
my suggestion is go with your gut, if you think it is infected, get it checked out. cause i didn't and it got worse. i knew that is was infected but i listened to everybody else but myself.


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Posted by Bloody Tears from IP: 70.105.198.155 on 08/31/07
pa

well i didnt go to the doctor yet. my tat though doesn't have pus pockets or anything like that in it. i've been putting neosporin on it and keeping it bandaged over while i'm at work. but it seems to be so far healing alot better. the soreness went away and it sorta just seems like a big scab on it and it sometimes gets itchy. also the swelling is seeming to go down a bit. i was talkin to a friend of mine and he told me that the guy probably went too deep with the needle and that it'll get better by just takin normal care of it. so far he's been pretty right on with what he has told me. if the swelling doesn't go down anymore though i will go see the doctor. but thank you so much for the advice, i was really worried about it.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by dmpls from IP: 24.30.117.230 on 08/31/07
Georgia

Your Welcome! That sounds great I hope it does completely heal on its own with no problems. I think I am going to have to have mine touched up but mine is healing with the help of the antibotic. Yours probably was just irratated with going to deep. Good Luck!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by the wicked from IP: 75.65.34.25 on 09/01/07
west memphis, arkansas

i got another tat about a week ago, i have several others, but this time i used a different kind of ontiment, i used bacitracin, on my other tats i used tattoo goo and some kind of vasoline lotion, the new tat is on my forearm and about 3 days ago i started getting this little pimple like things beside the tat, some people tell me that i could be allergic to the bacitracin, i stopped putting anything on the tatm as its pretty much healed but i still have those little bumps beside it....any ideas on what the hell happened???


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tatoo removal

Posted by saruul from IP: 88.136.168.32 on 09/03/07
paris

Hi guys; i wanna remove my tatoos.one is my breast other is on my back?i really wanna remove it as soon as possible;what skin peels is usefull and effective?where should i can buy it from?how much does it cost?please help me to remove it.last time i tries laser.i can tolerate it cuz it sooo painfull.please help me to peel my skin


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Madge from IP: 75.73.239.123 on 09/09/07
Minneapolis, MN

I just got a great coverup tattoo on my hip today. I have a lot of others, but they're all fairly small, and the new one is quite large. The area about an inch around my new tattoo is puffed up visibly and slightly pink. The whole thing feels unusually hot. I even put a ice pack with a wash cloth wrapped around it over it, and it hasn't cooled off at all. It may be premature since it's only been about 10 hours, but the puffiness and heat is freaking me out! Is it possibly infected, or is this pretty normal?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by **Bubble** from IP: 81.179.152.128 on 09/11/07
Uk originally from florida

I got a tattoo over a week ago now ( not my first i might add)
Ive been cleaning it properly and appling tattoo goo.
Problem is that in the centre of my tatoo (1 inch star on my inner wrist) is now missing 4/5 layers of skin.
ive stopped using the tattoo goo and its scabbing over.
is this something that will affect the quality of y tatoo or should i leave it be?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by **Bubble** from IP: 81.179.152.128 on 09/11/07
Uk originally from florida

I got a tattoo over a week ago now ( not my first i might add)
Ive been cleaning it properly and appling tattoo goo.
Problem is that in the centre of my tatoo (1 inch star on my inner wrist) is now missing 4/5 layers of skin.
ive stopped using the tattoo goo and its scabbing over.
is this something that will affect the quality of y tatoo or should i leave it be?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by young56@verizon.net from IP: 68.82.165.163 on 09/11/07
bridgeport pa 19405

I got a tatoo last week its pretty big and almost healed but some of it look like little pieces of a puzzle are missing what does that mean?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by donna from IP: 208.100.244.133 on 09/13/07
washington

I am a diabetic so should know better than to have so much done on my foot, ankle leg, but it is so awesome. And i have a wonderful artist/tatooist. I dont think this is her fault.

I do think it might be infected. Friday its been three weeks. About a week ago I would say that all the green, and light green leaves were very red, sore and scabbed. Where as the other colors healed nicely. Now its just two larger leaves. I am pretty sure they both have lost some color, one below ankle has the thickest,deep scab, but the least amount of redness, one above other ankle and close to leg bone, is firely red. Not swollen, not hot, no streaking. I just have been telling myself I am a diabetic I take longer to heal. I have added to lotion, neosporin just in case. And coincientally, I am on antibiotics for something else. I figure cant hurt the process for tattoo also.

But....does this sound normal, (remembering I take longer to heal?) or is it infected?? (no puss, not much heat if any, maybe slightly swollen, but not really visbly so.

d


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by donna from IP: 208.100.244.133 on 09/13/07
washington

I am a diabetic so should know better than to have so much done on my foot, ankle leg, but it is so awesome. And i have a wonderful artist/tatooist. I dont think this is her fault.

I do think it might be infected. Friday its been three weeks. About a week ago I would say that all the green, and light green leaves were very red, sore and scabbed. Where as the other colors healed nicely. Now its just two larger leaves. I am pretty sure they both have lost some color, one below ankle has the thickest,deep scab, but the least amount of redness, one above other ankle and close to leg bone, is firely red. Not swollen, not hot, no streaking. I just have been telling myself I am a diabetic I take longer to heal. I have added to lotion, neosporin just in case. And coincientally, I am on antibiotics for something else. I figure cant hurt the process for tattoo also.

But....does this sound normal, (remembering I take longer to heal?) or is it infected?? (no puss, not much heat if any, maybe slightly swollen, but not really visbly so.

d


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by artyfartychick from IP: 70.187.171.130 on 09/16/07
Irvine, CA

Hi all~

I got a tattoo around my left arm down near my wrist on Friday night. Saturday it was looking mostly okay but my forearm has been really sore, particularly when I let it hang down by my side. I started seeing little bubbly things on it yesterday and I figured it must be a normal part of the healing process. It's gotten worse today, covering most of the tattoo except for a small portion of it on the inside of my wrist.

I was told to wash it once a day and apply a non-petroleum based lotion to keep it from drying out.

I had been cleaning it once or twice a day with Aquanil lotion and water, gently applying the Aquanil and then washing it off under running water and then applying a lotion I've used for sunburn in the past (Korres Natural Products' Yoghurt Cooling Gel).

It's gotten worse today, and so I thought I might be getting an infection... I picked up some mild antibacterial soap at Whole Foods (similar properties to Neurogena) and Bandaid Cleansing+Infection Protection Foam, which is a first aid anticeptic containing Benzalkonium chloride .013%. The pain is down, as is some of the swelling... the bumps look better but still remain. One of the flowers has a petal that looks like there's a bit of bleeding going on.

I'm about to go visit the pharmacy to pick up some Bacitrin... between the mild soap and the Bacitrin, am I good to go, do you think, or should I go see the doc just to be sure I don't have an infection?

Photos of my arm from Friday night shortly have I'd had the work done can be seen here: http://onesundayafternoon.blogspot.com/2007/09/tattoo-time.html

Today, after the cleanup with the antibacterial stuff: http://www.onesundayafternoon.com/blog_images/Tatt-Comp_web.jpg

Thanks for your help... great forum.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by gypsyise from IP: 64.12.116.65 on 09/17/07
chicago, IL USA

I got a tattoo on the inside of my wrist last monday nite - its a small peace sign a heart & a smiley face :) anyways the first 2 are looking fine , scabbing but healing normallyi think but the smiley face is very red and seems to be scabbing a lot more. could it be something to do with the color yellow? it is the only part that bled so its kind of weird because i kind of bled a lot on the outlining of all of my other tattoos but the inside of this - like all behind the yellow - is so red and its on the outside of it as well - i have been washing it with soap 4-5 times a day or more as i was told and using a&d ointment. Any advice would be appreciated.
thank you


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sheecy from IP: 192.147.113.119 on 09/19/07

Ok... I got a tattoo on my foot two days ago...well actually its on my foot and spreads towards my ankle and a little up my leg. The artist said not to bandage it because of the awkward shape and not to wear socks. I wasnt told to wash it afterwards or anything and now its swollen...like my left foot around lets say 2-4 inches from the tattoo and its like a darker red around the outline of the tattoo. So is this at all normal or am i in deep shit?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sheecy from IP: 192.147.113.119 on 09/19/07

Ok... I got a tattoo on my foot two days ago...well actually its on my foot and spreads towards my ankle and a little up my leg. The artist said not to bandage it because of the awkward shape and not to wear socks. I wasnt told to wash it afterwards or anything and now its swollen...like my left foot around lets say 2-4 inches from the tattoo and its like a darker red around the outline of the tattoo. So is this at all normal or am i in deep shit?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by sheecy from IP: 192.147.113.119 on 09/19/07

Ok... I got a tattoo on my foot two days ago...well actually its on my foot and spreads towards my ankle and a little up my leg. The artist said not to bandage it because of the awkward shape and not to wear socks. I wasnt told to wash it afterwards or anything and now its swollen...like my left foot around lets say 2-4 inches from the tattoo and its like a darker red around the outline of the tattoo. So is this at all normal or am i in deep shit?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by HELP from IP: 69.241.206.180 on 09/20/07
FL

I had permanent makeup applied to my lower lids about three weeks ago. They seemed to be healing well the first week but by the second week, my right eye would burn like fire was in the tear duct. I've been to the eye Dr. twice and he said there is no infection in the eye itself, but he put me on antibiotic eye drops four times a day. I've used those for a week. This is no better. If I touch my eye in the corner by the tear duct it feels like my eye is on fire. Now today, I have this burning going down the side of my nose and cheek. I also have a stiff neck. Has anyone ever had this sort of reaction before from tattooing the lower lid? I'm beginning to get scared. I see my medical Dr. tomorrow but the eye doesn't look too bad. It is just very red on the inner lower lid and burns to blink or touch. Thanks


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by AliceJaggers from IP: 67.142.130.16 on 09/21/07
New Mexico

sheecy: you're in deep shit. that is not normal. you need to wash it two times a day with un scented soap, and put curel lotion on it. do not buy any random products that say "for tattoos!" or anything of the sort. i hope i gets better!!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Chicken80 from IP: 67.62.10.210 on 09/21/07
MD, USA

So, I got a question- last week I got a sacred heart tattooed on my left inner ankle. As an RN with several years experience, I'm pretty sure that what I'm now experiencing is an allergic reaction as opposed to an infection- there is a 1/2 inch red halo around the perimeter of the tattoo (which is primarily done in reds and oranges), with some mild swelling of the ankle/foot as compared to the other one, weeping clear fluid, itchy, kind of sore when my pants rub up against it, and it's warm to the touch. This is my sixth tattoo and I've always healed up with no problems, but, again, I think I may be allergic to the red ink this time around. My question is this- how do you deal with an allergen that's embedded in your skin?!? Will my body just get used to it, or what? I'd hate to think I have to take Benadryl for the rest of my life, or something.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Molliejewel@yahoo.com from IP: 24.9.82.210 on 09/23/07

If you got a tattoo on your ankle or anywhere near a bone, the bone is going to be a little tender. The sunburn part just sounds like the skin being irritated form the actual tattoo itself. I wouldn't worry about it.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by tabitha from IP: 66.66.166.22 on 10/02/07

I just got a tattoo three days ago, and the area around it is red, it's extremely sore to the touch, and it feels hot. It's across the top of my shoulders, over my spine. The tattoo itself was extremely painful, but I've never had a tattoo hurt for this long before. I've been using cocoa butter lotion with vitamin e, and I've been washing my hands with soap and hot water before applying... What should I do? Should I try just washing with soap and hot water and waiting to see what happens? I can't afford to go to a doctor, I don't have any medical insurance. Should I try to get some antibiotics or something? I am really scared.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by radn1981@hotmail.com from IP: 213.185.10.83 on 10/11/07
Denmark

Hey. I just got a large tattoo on the outside of my upper arm yesterday. My arm is a bit swollen and it is a bit red around the tat aswell. Also it hurts a bit. How long can i expect this to continue before i should start worrying about a possible infection?


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Posted by radn1981@hotmail.com from IP: 213.185.10.83 on 10/11/07
Denmark

Hey. I just got a large tattoo on the outside of my upper arm yesterday. My arm is a bit swollen and it is a bit red around the tat aswell. Also it hurts a bit. How long can i expect this to continue before i should start worrying about a possible infection?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Free from IP: 71.252.136.251 on 11/25/07
Fort Worth Texas, USA

I got my first tattoo across my back, fairly large. its been 2 solid days and its still oozing and i have brown (ink I guess) all over my shirt. Its been painful especially in specific areas. We have been washing it with antibacterial soap 3 times per day and putting Aquaphor on it. Just read the ingredients on it and its first ingredient is petroleum! Husband is on his way to store for curel and noxema. I know this is a wound and it will hurt, but how long does the plasma keep pushing to the surface? my husband has to wash it 2-3 times to get it all off. Then we let it air dry. He said it is scabbing already on two areas (the most sensitive areas). I thought the goal was to NOT let it scar! How do i stop this? I read one article by a guy who puts lotion and saran wrap on his tat for 12 hours per day, washes it and lets it air dry. He does this for 2 weeks and swears by it. I really just want to know this oozing thing is ok and that i'm not oozing my entire tat onto my shirt. And an idea on how long the pain lasts would be nice tool


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by free from IP: 71.252.136.251 on 11/25/07
fort worth, texas usa

I forgot to mention that when I wake up in the morning my face and eyes are swollen too.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by adikkted from IP: 69.107.80.164 on 11/27/07

How long the pain will last depends on how big the area is and how heavy he got working in the ink. Scabbing is not that bad of a reaction, it's actually normal, once it scabs and how you treat it Lotion constantly, and don't pick at it...let the scabs fall off naturally, it may look like a scar over the tattoo but I asure you it will eventually turn out fine. My concern is the swelling with your eyes in the morning, talk to the tattoo artist and he should go over questions like have you changed your laundry detergent, are you taking sleeping pills, have you changed soap, lotion, etc, etc. Your post was long so I may not have addressed all your questions. Let me know if u got anything further. Time for bed... good luck!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by hope_from_sorrow@yahoo.co.uk from IP: 81.178.107.130 on 11/27/07
Uk originally from florida

I got a tattoo over a week ago now ( not my first i might add)
Ive been cleaning it properly and appling tattoo goo.
Problem is that in the centre of my tatoo (1 inch star on my inner wrist) is now missing 4/5 layers of skin.
ive stopped using the tattoo goo and its scabbing over.
is this something that will affect the quality of y tatoo or should i leave it be?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by faithjnkns from IP: 167.7.184.210 on 11/27/07
lexington sc, usa

i just got my 6th tattoo this one is on my right wrist and the girl that gave it to me didnt know what she was doing . she gouged the skin so deep in a few places my wrist looks like hamburger meat and its so badly infected i ended up in the emergency room getting Antibiotics and a Tetanus shot . i went back to them this past sat. and the girl that did it told me it was the way i was carrying for it but that is bull i got another tat on my left wrist the next day and took car of it the same way and its not infected . what should i do.


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 69.107.80.164 on 11/27/07

Hope,
Scabbing can be normal, treatment of the area is your concern, exactly how are you applying the goo (saran wrap, gauze, etc) to the area, and for how long? Make sure you let it breath, do not pick at the scabs, were you drinking heavy anytime within 48 hours of the tattoo (before or after). It sounds fine, keep the scab lotioned for a bit. For future reference, I am not a big fan of Tattoo goo, I prefer A & D ointment.

Faith,
Sounds like the tip of the needle might have been bent, that shit will chew you up for sure. She may be inexperienced as a tattooist, and didn't know why she was tearing you up.Good luck!, In these cases, if the shop owner won't do nothin, like clean it up, then girl, I say you go fuck her up, but I wouldn't listen to me, cuz the food in jail is terrible. Guess you could see a civil lawyer, and sue her ass instead of beat it.

One girl named Hope, the other Faith.....both with wrist tattoos!


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Posted by WaxLyrical from IP: 220.233.140.6 on 11/29/07
Australia

Hiya - I would really appreciate ANY advice here.

I admit - I'm a total hypochondriac but I just need some reassurance. I recently (6 days ago) had a relatively large tattoo on my outer calf. It is still really sore, is scabbing over and has a slight redness around it - but what's bothering me the most is that my leg, ankle and foot are really swollen.

Could someone please tell me if this is normal? I understand it's a trauma and a bit of swelling might be normal but it is quite swollen and 6 days on - I'm wondering if this is cool...

Thanks so much...


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by adikkted from IP: 69.107.80.164 on 11/30/07

How've you been treating it? How big is large? How clean was the shop? Were you drinking heavy before, or after(meaning 48hours before, or after)? Was there any pus before, or after scabbing occurred? How do you generally heal with your other tattoos (or past wounds if this is your first?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Djeuris from IP: 84.198.248.141 on 12/02/07
Ghent, Belgium

Hi, I got my first tattoo little over a week ago and have been taking care of the it as the guy said.
I can feel it somewhat thick, but it's not scabbing at all.
The problem though is that I got a little wound (a scratch? I don't even know) right under it.
What should I do with it?

Thanks


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by adikkted from IP: 69.107.80.164 on 12/02/07

Under it, or over it?


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Posted by Djeuris from IP: 84.198.248.141 on 12/04/07
Ghent, Belgium

Well, I don't know really.
The tattoo itself seems fine, but at this place it's red and a bit swollen on both sides of the ink.
Also, is it normal that there are small grey-brownish dots all over the tattoo? A friend of mine said he had it too, but I'm still a bit cautious.
I'll try to get a picture up to show what I mean

Thanks


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by Oopsydaisy from IP: 71.81.3.99 on 12/04/07

I got a tattoo re-work a few days ago around my ankle. I took the bandage off a couple hours later as instructed, but since then I've done nothing with it. No ointment, no lotion, nothing b/c I misunderstood the after-care (and couldn't find the sheet until today). I put on Aquaphor today - once I found the sheet and saw I has misunderstood aftercare.
Now I'm worried b/c my whole ankle is pretty swollen and the tat itself has some raised bumps within the design. Could I have screwed up the tattoo, and should I be worried about infection? Or is this normal? The tattoo I got covered was 13 years old and I don't remember a thing about the healing back then.
Thanks!


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Posted by Oopsydaisy from IP: 71.81.3.99 on 12/04/07

I got a tattoo re-work a few days ago around my ankle. I took the bandage off a couple hours later as instructed, but since then I've done nothing with it. No ointment, no lotion, nothing b/c I misunderstood the after-care (and couldn't find the sheet until today). I put on Aquaphor today - once I found the sheet and saw I has misunderstood aftercare.
Now I'm worried b/c my whole ankle is pretty swollen and the tat itself has some raised bumps within the design. Could I have screwed up the tattoo, and should I be worried about infection? Or is this normal? The tattoo I got covered was 13 years old and I don't remember a thing about the healing back then.
Thanks!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by alexa from IP: 69.42.4.87 on 12/13/07
california

hi, so ive read the whole board and ive seen some people mention having red bumps kind of like blisters under a healing tat? what is that? i have several tattoos, and none of them have done this before. For the most part i heal quickly, and most of the time i dont scab. About three months ago i got an black oleander flower about 4-5 inches across done on my upper back. No scabbing at all, no swelling or any problems. it was amazing how fast it healed. Last week i went back to the same artist and got it touched up and blue color added. for the first 4 days or so it seemed to be healing well, same as all the others. I wash it with mild soap twice a day and use A&D lightly. yesterday i noticed several red bumps on the edges of the tattoo and a few underneath... they look like blisters almost but i dont know... other than that the tattoo seems to be healing alright it just seems strange because i usually heal remarkably well& fast. also... this one itches like hell... its driving me crazy its 330 in the morning and i cant sleep because i want to scratch so bad. i know better though.... anyways... anyone know what these blister-like things are?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by ADIKKTED from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 12/14/07
PASSING CEREBUS

Alexa everybody heals differently, you may have a higher level of platelets and plasma in your blood then others. Those are coagulants which act in the healing process. You need not worry if you don't heal the same way others do!


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Posted by erinehaley@hotmail.com from IP: 121.55.246.132 on 12/14/07

I got a tattoo on my foot two days ago and my foot is really swollen. The artist told me that this would happen but it is more swollen than I anticipated. It also hurts a little to walk and it hurts a lot to touch. I am just wondering if it is infected or if it is just healing and what I should do to help it.


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Posted by erinehaley@hotmail.com from IP: 121.55.246.132 on 12/14/07

I got a tattoo on my foot two days ago and my foot is really swollen. The artist told me that this would happen but it is more swollen than I anticipated. It also hurts a little to walk and it hurts a lot to touch. I am just wondering if it is infected or if it is just healing and what I should do to help it.


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by KZAR from IP: 24.107.177.65 on 12/28/07
ST. LOUIS, MO

I got 2 tats 8 days ago - one one each forearm (Black and red nautical stars)
I am a bit concerned about how they are healing (or not healing). One is a bit worse than the other...Left arm(done first) seems to be in better condition than the right arm(done second). Both are displaying deep "pitting" in the black areas and swelling all around in the non-inked areas. In some spots, it looks like the black fill has been removed and all that is left is the outlining. On both arms...the areas that "appear" to be healed look sorta milky...almost as if there is a few layers of skin over the ink.

My main concern is that these tats are super detailed and it looks as if there may be scarring. I have followed the aftercare procedures to the letter...axcept, after the 5th day, I switched from A+D to Neosporin because I thought they may be infected. I have a feeling that I got "hammered" on the second tat due to it being a marathon 4 hour session and it was close to closing time and my artist was wanting to hurry through it. Some of the pulls went pretty deep...I am wondering if they may have gotten infected.

I went back in today and asked some advice...one guy walked over and went "whoa" (not in a good way). All that was suggested was to use some witch hazel to draw some of the irritants out and reduce the redness/swelling. I was told to stop using neosporin and just keep using the A+D and witch hazel.

But again, my biggest fear is that all of this pitting and scabbing is going to ruin the sh*t out of my nicely detail artwork. is it infected? normal healing? AAARRRGH! Is there any recourse I have with the shop? I paid a lot for this work I will be uber pissed if it turns to a rat's nest of scars and muddy ink.


Any thoughts?


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by JULIEJACKSON84@HOTMAIL.COM from IP: 58.173.145.160 on 01/02/08
AUSTRALIA

I GOT A TATTOO ON THE BACK PART OF MY ANKLE 2 WEEKS AGO I LOOKED AFTER IT AS I HAVE DONE ALL MY OTHERS BUT IT GOT INFECTED, MY ANKLE SWELLD UP & THE TAT WAS RED & OZZING, WENT TO DOCS GOT ANTIBIOTICS ECT WHICH I HAVE JUST FINISHED, THE SWELLING HAS GONE DOWN & THE TAT HAS STARTED TO HEAL ALTHOUGHT LARGE CHUNKS OF INK ARE MISSING & THE SKIN IS PEELING SO MY TAT LOOKS LIKE ONE BIG MESS AHHH, HAS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS HAPPENING & IF SO IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET THE TATTOO REDONE ONCE IT HAS COMPLETLY HEALED (WHICH I KNOW WILL BE A VERY LONG TIME)?? PLEASE HELP


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Posted by Annmarie from IP: 98.195.13.70 on 01/07/08
league city, texas usa

Iv'e read most of the posts and someone else has probably answered the question. I just got my 5th tat:) and it is awesome! its a topless pinup girl about 8-9 inches long on my left upper thigh 9 outer area) well my dumb butt, i think i used way to much A&d on her. then like a dork wasn't thinking and washed her a few times with dial. cuz i got belly pierced and wasn't thinking couldn't use it for tat? i have red bumps all around her and even all over my thigh area. they aren't to bad but of course i scratched the bumps not tattoo! and made them more irritated. took benadryl itching stopped so i havent done really anything stopped with lotion and not using dial. only thing i have right now is antibacterial soap like you use to wash your hands. only used that a few times. i so don't want to mess my tat up. the one i got in oct was little and it is perfect! this is the biggest tat i have so..what is there to do and did i ruin it by over protecting and smothering? oh p.s i got the tat 9 days ago. i can get a pic to anyone who wants to see what i am talking about?and the red bumps are little some have tiny white areas TINY tiny


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Posted by andyc7887@gmail.com from IP: 129.68.174.140 on 01/14/08

I got my 3rd tattoo 8 days ago, and I am doing my normal routine (took bandage off after 2 hours, washed it and apply ointment when it is dry for the first 3-4 days then regular lotion) Now the problem with this that I haven't had with any other concerns me. The tattoo is on my arm right over my tricep and there was a bump in it and the whole thing had pretty much peeled, this bump began to hurt, but the one on my back encountered a similar problem when a pimple sprouted up in the tattoo I guess because of irritation and one day it just popped and then stopped hurting and healed fine, but this one on my arm popped the other day, and I do tend to get pimples on my arm, the only difference is this still hurts, I have been washing it and putting a tiny dab of neosporn on just the area where it was bleeding after it popped...should I be worried? or is this probably just the same type of incident as the pimple on my back.


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Posted by Killycat from IP: 152.10.186.238 on 01/16/08
North Carolina

I got my first tattoo about a week ago on my ankle and now my leg hurts, almost feels like my muscle maybe. I may just be paranoid but could this have anything to do with my tattoo? I thought it may be because I went back to college and I have been walking around much much more than usual but only the leg I got my tattoo on seems to hurt. Am I just being crazy or could it be something to do with the healing process?


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Posted by ckyadio691 from IP: 69.69.74.220 on 01/25/08
NJ

alright my friend got a home tattooing kit, hes done quite a few on himself and nothings happened to him ive seen him give someone else one too but idk how it turned out...i know its probably a dumb question but should i trust a home tattooing kit or what?


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Posted by jess from IP: 68.162.165.48 on 01/26/08
zelie pa usa

home tattoo kits are junk. not only should your friend not be tattooing without an apprenticeship. but they should not be tattooing when they clearly dont know what they are doing. tell your friend stop fucking people up!


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Posted by fraggle from IP: 122.104.73.132 on 01/28/08
australia

hi there. had a japanese symbol tattooed on my foot yesterday. it was my 5th tattoo and my 1st home job. i can barely put any weight on my foot 2day and it is VERY sore to touch. ive never had probs like this b4. do u think something could be wrong or is it just becoz its a sensitive part of the body that i use alot and is under a bit of weight and pressure? thanks for ur opinion.


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Posted by ijustateyoufordinner@Hotmail.com from IP: 71.248.78.92 on 01/29/08
maryland

hey guys i have a question.. has anyone experienced this before?...
i tattooed myself last nite a small tattoo on my left wrist and then touched up a tattoo that was higher up on the same arm. everything looks like its healing okay for the second day and ive been keeping it clean but.... i have this horrible pain in my arm. like near the second tattoo all the way down to my hand,, its kind of painful to type or grip things.. im not sure if its justt sore from all the tattooing or what? maybe i went alittle too deep with the needle on the larger tattoo.. if anyone has any ideas please let me know, thanks!!


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Posted by akgirl from IP: 69.178.9.177 on 01/30/08
Anchorage, AK

Hey! I've been reading over the board, and there's some really great info here, but I still have a question...I got my 7th tattoo done about a week ago, on my wrist. There's no redness or unusual pain, but yesterday I started noticing a little bit of white seepage. I soaked and put a little pressure, which seems to have helped. The tattoo is a series of very small stars, and each one has scabbed almost entirely, with a few of the scabs coming off already, but I just chalked that up to the small scale of the artwork. Should I be more concerned??? Thanks :)


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Posted by akgirl from IP: 69.178.9.177 on 01/30/08
Anchorage, AK

Hey! I've been reading over the board, and there's some really great info here, but I still have a question...I got my 7th tattoo done about a week ago, on my wrist. There's no redness or unusual pain, but yesterday I started noticing a little bit of white seepage. I soaked and put a little pressure, which seems to have helped. The tattoo is a series of very small stars, and each one has scabbed almost entirely, with a few of the scabs coming off already, but I just chalked that up to the small scale of the artwork. Should I be more concerned??? Thanks :)


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Posted by Alive0utofhabbit@aol.com from IP: 24.93.174.19 on 01/31/08

I got a tattoo three weeks ago on my inner wrist. this is my second black ink tattoo. It scabbed and healed fine, but as it was scabbing, the area became noticeabley raised and would not stop itching. To this day it is still like that, except that the scabs naturally fell off completely. My artist said that I was most likely allergic to the ink and that is my body's reaction. Will it ever go to normal? Is there any lotion I could put on it to make the swelling and itching stop??


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Posted by The Kid Frankie from IP: 69.88.107.224 on 02/12/08
Bayside NY

So I got a tattoo about 6 days ago.

The was major swelling for the first 2 days.
It was feverish and red. But that all went away.

What im noticing now is still a slight bit of swelling..certain area's of the tattoo are sensative to touch..not painfull enough for me to consider it a infection..but who knows.

Any info on why it continues to feel like a BAD bruise/ Warm to touch.

Hope someone replies.


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 02/12/08
PASSING CEREBUS

The warm to touch feeling is most likely a result from the swelling. The swelling could be there for many reasons...if it doesn't look like an infection (ie...puss, excessive scabbing, hurt to touch) it is a good chance you're having an allergic reaction(most likely to the ink). Try some benadryl, and Aleve(Naprosyn, an anti inflammatory)

Good luck!


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 02/12/08
PASSING CERERBUS

OOPS! I missed that you do have sensitve to touch area....could be small infection, or an allergic reaction...sounds like it's getting better. If it stays the same, or gets worse see a doctor! It wouldn't hurt to show it to your artist and ask for their opinion.


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Posted by lovebug28@hotmail.com from IP: 142.59.79.187 on 02/27/08

Hey so I got a tattoo just over a week ago. its on the back of my calf and its my fourth tattoo. so i figure hey i know how to deal with this thing right. well apparently not. the area around it is fairly red, it hurts like to touch. but sometimes even when i'm walking it causes pain. I wash it regularly and i put ointment on it. but its still like leakin grossly lol and the color is like coming off. it used to be black now looks purplish even redish pink.
I could use any help anyone can offer


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 02/28/08

Sometimes color rejects....sometimes the client puts too much ointment on and the colored dead skin looks like the ink is coming out...could be a lot of things...See your artist!


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Posted by Audy from IP: 65.123.145.2 on 03/04/08

Ok I got a skull tattooed on my foot about a week and a half ago, it was a lot of shading with black ink, most of it is healing and looks good but there are some spots that are still raw and bleeding, just a little bit of bleeding not much at all and around the bottom of the tattoo its still a lil red and swollen, I wash the tattoo once a day with ivory bar soap and apply curel fragrance free lotion, I let it dry when I noticed the difference in the healing stages and started my washing and lotion routine again after a day or two, should I be worried about it being infected or are these areas just taking a lil longer to heal because of the work done.


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 03/04/08

Are you wearing shoes?


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Posted by Audy from IP: 65.123.145.2 on 03/04/08

After I got it done I went bare foot for 2 days then flip flops for the next 2 days, after the 4 days I did put a loose tennis shoe on and then stopped wearing them when I noticed the healing difference and now I am wearing a croc like shoe that DOES NOT touch the tattoo what so ever


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 03/04/08

Don't wear shoes, sandals are fine. Let the tattoo breath. Wash it more often. 3-4 x's a day, keep it clean. It really shouldn't be bleeding still, unless it is not airing out. Do you have a tendency to bleed? Were you drinking the day before, during, or after the tattoo?
Does it hurt to touch directly, or around the area? Is there pus(creamish-yellowish) oozing out? Probably should be fine. Serious problems see your Dr. or artist!

People, Keep Your Shit Clean...the lotion is for the healing of the tattoo "quality", not the wound!

Anti bacterial soap is a must!!!


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Posted by ariesbabe_02@hotmail.com from IP: 65.123.145.2 on 03/05/08

I have gotten a tattoo on my other foot before and didn’t have this problem it was done by a different artist and this new piece is larger then the other one. I do kinda have a tendency to bleed but this one bled more then my other 2. No I did not drink during, the day before, or the day after. It is just a lil tender on the bottom of the tattoo where it’s red but it’s not unbearable or super painful. No there isn’t any puss or yellow fluid weeping out of it. Thanx!


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Posted by adikkted from IP: 65.223.107.226 on 03/05/08

You'll be fine! Just keep it clean and let it breathe!


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Posted by Audy from IP: 65.123.145.2 on 03/05/08
New Mexico

Thanx for your help!


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Posted by gemini from IP: 96.232.122.5 on 03/30/08
staten island new york

When in doubt-see a doctor. Waited 2 days too long- after everyone telling me to keep it clean -its normal. Finally on day 5 I saw my doctor who sent me to hospitall for 2 days for intravenous antibiotics. Listen to your body. If it looks real funky and feels real funky-it is. This was my 5th tattoo-I should have known better.
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Posted by pointandlaugh16@aol.com from IP: 129.3.155.173 on 03/31/08

The reason they tell you not to drink alcohol around the time of receiving a tattoo is because it dehydrates you. If your bleeding more this time around it is likely because you are less hyrdated then you were the previous time. Drink plenty of water well before getting a tattoo!


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Posted by pointandlaugh16@aol.com from IP: 129.3.155.173 on 03/31/08

P.S.- Home tattooing kits are nooottt a good idea. I would never ever ever get a tattoo from an unexperienced artist. If they have not been properly instructed on santization and cross contamination, the chances of you getting an infection are going to be much much higher. Any decent tattoo artist has been through an apprenticeship of some sort. This way not only do they learn how to properly sanitize, but also technique. I would never let someone who didn't have experience put something on my body that is going to be there forever. Tattoos are deffinitally worth paying an experienced artist to do. If an artist is any good, chances are they will be well established within the community. If they aren't working for someone or haven't previously worked for someone, chances are they aren't serious about it and they aren't any good. Every well established tattoo artist has to start at the bottom and work their way up. Tattooing random people when you haven't had proper training is NOT the way to do it.

Also, if you are getting a tattoo, the only way to trust that this artist is the right artist for you is to look at their portfolio. Any good artist would be proud to show it to you.


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Posted by cruizin69 from IP: 70.255.21.151 on 04/15/08
anywheres usa

Hey this is for TAZ gotta question for ya. I have had a tat for a little over a year, was my first and last one, it is on my upper, outter, left arm. I have never had any probs with any of the black, green, or blue inks. In the middle there is a reddish heart and I have had nothing but probs with it. Not real bad probs, never any oozing of anything. It has just always itched really bad, only gotten 1 bump on the edge of it one time and that was it. It isnt red ( like infection red) it is just where the heart is, is like sticking out. Its not inflammed or swollen b/c it never goes down. It is always dry and it itches really bad most of the time. Sometimes it goes days with out bothering me and then bam it itches again. The healing process went good with it from what I was told, only one thing my son saw that I had a scab and I wasnt paying attention and he rubbed it off, it was hanging though about to fall off anyway and none other part of the heart was touched. I actually figure that it is an allergic reaction to that certain color of ink because one other person that I know was affected by that ink as well, and the artist used a clean needle right out of the bag, he was my bro in law so I watched him open the needle. Anyway I havent had any pain or ozzing at all with the tat so prolly just a reaction. Is there anything I can do to help the tat, I dont feel i need medical attention or I would have already gone to dr, its been a year so go figure. I just need some advice and tips on things that I could be doing to where it isnt itching and stuff on me and to where maybe I could get it to actually go down with the rest of the tat. Would greatly appriciate any advice Thanks Cruizin69


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Posted by Kristin from IP: 86.212.64.112 on 04/25/08
New york

so I just got a tattoo two days ago. I have had two tattoos before. However I am In france and got one on my ankle. this tattoo is peeling really bad already and it is oozing clear water like stuff with ink in it as well and it looks like chunks of my skin is missing. I am just nervous because I got it done over in France. Could this be an infection..... I really hope not. any sort of info on this would be great so I could stop stressing over it. Not to mention they over charged me.

thank you so much


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Posted by pointandlaugh16@aol.com from IP: 129.3.155.173 on 04/30/08

Red ink causes allergic reactions in many people. Chances are it is an allergic reaction. If it has been going on that long, you should probably see a dermatologist. That would be your best bet. Otherwise, your only bet is to apply lotion. I don't know how much that will help but it's worth a shot.


Clear liquid coming from your tattoo is normal. Peeling, is normal. Even swelling to some extent is normal. When you were getting your tattoo, you should have done some research to make sure the shop had a good reputation and was clean. You are most likely fine though. Just keep taking care of it and it will heal eventually.



My allergic reaction was pretty rough. My ankle was swollen for a good 3 weeks. Everytime I stood and blood rushed to my ankle, it felt like someone had stuck a hot iron on my leg. Red spots began to form under my skin in some areas and some of the ink was rejected. It took forever to heal, and occasionally, still itches. But everything will be alright. Just wash your tattoo properly and apply the proper ointment,


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Posted by hanna from IP: 216.220.216.162 on 04/30/08
olathe, kansas

I'm really suprised no one has talked about how being sick can affect your tattoo. I just got my 7th tattoo last sunday and the previous friday I had been kissing a guy. I had no idea that I was getting sick. Showed no signs of it. So I got my tattoo and all was fine. But monday morning I came down with a horrible case of strep throat. And when I say horrible I mean to the point that my tonsils were takin up my throat. And I noticed my tattoo got all funky. The skin around the tattoo turned a yellowy orange color and my tat is way to painful to touch and is very hot. The skin is all mushy and pus is coming out everywhere. I have alreadu had huge sections of the tat wipe off in a mess of pus and its absolutely disgusting. And yes I know its an infection and I'm on antibiotics. So seriously people do not get tattooed if you are sick or think you could be getting sick because I wouldn't wish this on anyone.


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Posted by fidget56_418@hotmail.com from IP: 216.8.170.144 on 05/15/08

I recently (4 days ago) got a rather large tattoo on my calf. Now, I am not a novice since this is my 6th, and am very good with my aftercare. I got the tattoo at the same place where I had my last three done - so I don't think it was the shop or the artist, but I believe it to be infected.
First of all I could barely put any weight on that leg, it hurt more than anything, and the entire area was very swollen and red! I thought at first that it was because the tattoo itself was so large. Then today after showering I was lightly drying it off with paper towel when I noticed yellow discharge. Three hours later the scabs were enormous! I quickly went back to the tattoo shop and they suggested putting polysporin on it.
Almost 20 min after applying a light layer of polysporin on the tattoo it feels so much better. All the redness and swelling are gone, but I can see the yellow puss now. Very gross. I've made an appointment with my doctor, just in case.
But I was wondering if maybe the ink would react this way? This is the first tattoo I've had colour in (all the rest are just black tribal work)
And if so, could having an infection like this cause me other health problems? It's pretty stressful so any information would be helpful.


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Posted by Erik from IP: 76.243.208.193 on 05/27/08
Cleveland

This is a great thread. I learned a lot about my own (ongoing) experience compared to others'.

I am three sittings into my second full sleeve, and I usually heal awesome (if I do say so myself). However, I got what is probably an infection after my last sitting. I say 'after' because I'm pretty sure it's my own fault and not my artist's, who is very experienced and responsible.

The weird part is that I had several areas colored in that day: separate areas on my wrist, underarm, elbow, and shoulder. On the second/third day the wrist stuff started having noticeable problems. Burning and redness got worse instead of better, and large blobs of "leftover" epidermal ink stuck around instead of washing off.

I used lots of products to try and solve this complication, which I now know after reading this page was the *wrong* thing to do. I used Vasoline as usual at first, but switched to unscented Aveeno lotion, then sprayed it with Bactine and covered it with Neosporin, then started washing it with this baby detergent called Dreft at my RN mother-in-law's suggestion, and just recently gave up all ointments and just washed with Dial. =( A visit to the ER 4 days after the sitting had 2 doctors confirming that it was infected and giving me strong anti-MRSA antibiotics.

The tattoo is still honestly very red, stiff and leathery. I know my body will handle all of that in time. What worries me most is that I still have chunks of chalky, crystalline ink stuck under my healing skin. It looks like hard chunks of crushed up candy stuck under my skin in certain places. That is seriously bumming me out because I don't know if it will ever heal properly. Like I said, this is the *wrist* portion of a whole sleeve, the most visible tattoo on my body, so I'm really stressing that it will never be normal after this trauma.


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Posted by SoccerIsSweet20 from IP: 207.172.120.94 on 06/06/08

I know this isn't really about a tattoo infection, however i just got my first tattoo yesterday, and after i clean it, when i'm patting it dry, the color is coming off on the paper towel. It's not leaving less on my skin that i can notice, but i'm wondering if i'm doing something wrong, or how long should i be expecting a little color when i dry it?
Thanks.


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Posted by Lady J from IP: 74.185.93.229 on 06/10/08
Birmingham, Al

Hi, I need some help. I am 44 years old first tatoo a small heart one and a half weeks old on my lower leg. The heart looks pink and its hard in the middle. It is black and scabed. I stoped using the a&d oint 3 days after the tat, now the artist tells me its infected. What do I do?


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Posted by abbw from IP: 71.205.158.73 on 06/23/08
Grandville, MI, USA

I just got my first tattoo a little over a week ago on my lower hip and had a couple questions and concerns...For the first 3-5 days after i got it done everything seemed fine, using the a&d ointment and washing it with antibacterial soap.. then a couple days after that it seemed like it was getting pretty flaky and losing ink....it was a little sensitive to the touch at that time but not too bad, then it started scabbing...Since the location of my tattoo is on my hip area, my clothes tend to rub on the tattoo which i think lead to my problem, a couple days ago, i noticed that a few areas on my tattoo that were irratated, the scabs have been ripped off with some of the ink and the area was pretty sore and pus was starting to form, after that redness formed around the tattoo and i had a slight fever...I suspected infection so i got on an antibiotic right away...I continued washing the area with the antibacterial soap but left the area dry after that with very little or no ointment...Ive been on the antibiotics a couple days know and the fever has subsided, the redness is still there but the soreness has minimized, and the pus has seemed to stop...now on the areas that were infected, the ink seemed alot lighter then the rest of the tattoo, and/ or faded and the area is still raised/bumpy and a little flaky/scabbing....I was just wondering on average how long it usually takes to heal after infection and if it is possible to get the color touched up after an infection was present....Also is there anything else i need to know to insure the healing process will continue without any more problems..Thanks so much


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Posted by Insomiac from IP: 69.142.75.122 on 07/12/08
Media, PA

Ok, so I'm not entirely sure if this belongs here.. I read through majority of the posts on here, and didn't see anything really about whats going on with me.

I got a tattoo done back in June (I'm gonna guess between the 9th and 11th) I'm not sure of the exact date. Its not my first tattoo, more like the third, and haven't had this occur with either of them previously.

The tattoo is on my left hand, and it is healed. (not scabby or anything) cause well by now I would have been to a doctor if that was the case. Anyway, a new needle was used so on and so forth. But the other day I noticed this bump, and if it were just a bit to the left or right more I wouldn't think much of it, but its right smack in the middle of one of the lines. Now, the tattoo is all black. I have previous kanji in black and had no issue, although, I know all ink is the same..

Now, stupid me, as I can't seem to help it assuming the bump was some weird out of place pimple of sorts I decided to attempt to pop it. Upon achieving this goal its got a clear fluid coming out of it, but since this intiate popping of the whatever it is the irritation from before popping is has increased and the bubble seems to have grown a bit. And to add to what is making me paranoid is the ink in the bubble so to speak seems oddly darker than the rest.

Simply put; should I go make an app with the doctor, or just put some antibacterial on it?


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Posted by Insomniac from IP: 69.142.75.122 on 07/12/08

I meant all ink isn't the same... I should proof read.


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Posted by Dutchess0110 from IP: 205.188.116.65 on 08/20/08
BVT, NJ

my husband had an arm band done on 8/14/08. We have a feeling that it is infected. The band goes all the way around his bicep, and it's oozing pus and the scabbing is lifting off in places, so that you can see the ooze underneath. Trust me, he has been keepin it clean, and applying Triple-Ant like crazy. Last night when he got out of the shower, the scabbing was hanging off of the tattoo in shreds, and the inked areas were white and wet looking. The only weird thing is...it is not hot to the touch, although very painful, and not red or inflammed looking. I've been trying for 2 days to get him to go to the dr or the ER, but he said it's just caused the artist admitting that he may of went "a little too deep".. Any suggestions?
By the way... the needles were brand new, we watched everything being open in front of us and the artist was meticulous about his cleanliness...


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Posted by red_daisy41@yahoo.com from IP: 76.123.200.54 on 08/21/08

I got a tattoo on my ankle 3 wks ago, 2 days afterwards it started swelling and the tattoo and skin around in turned bright red, my ankle swelled, the person who did this tattoo said this was normal. 1 wk went by, it kept getting worse, I went to the ER, I was told I have CELLULITIS from the tattoo. It's been 3wks and the pain, swelling and redness are still here after 2 different antibiotics, I was told that the infection in deep in the tissue not just in the skin. If this new antibiotic doesn't work the next step is IV antibiotics in the hospital before the infection spreads to my blood stream. He used a new needle, but did not sterilize the necessary parts of the tattoo gun. Please make sure before you get a tattoo from anyone that everything is sterilized, because of this, I doubt that I can trust to get another one. and this person has been doing it for more than 10yrs. you can never be too careful, especially when it comes to your life and limbs.


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Posted by kittyfarts from IP: 68.118.57.101 on 08/24/08
Grants Pass, OR

I just got a forearm piece done (very pretty peacock), on 8/20. The artist did all the outlining for the peacock and we've only done color on the background so far. The color looks great, but, and I hope I'm describing this well, in the curves for the design in the feathers( kind of a tear drop shape), and only in the curves, it is pretty red and swollen. When I push on the area I notice it is actually a knotty, hard kind of bump. Similar to a mosquito bite.

I'm not necessarily worried about infection at this point as much as keloid? scars, and what that may look like if they don't go down and I have color filled in over them later.

Also, could that be a result of the artist going to deep while trying to keep steady on a curve?

Thanks for any advice you've got.


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Posted by Tattoo Safety First from IP: 98.145.85.120 on 10/10/08
Coeur d' Alene, ID

There's seems to be a lot of people in this industry who just don't really know. All your questions regarding the safety precautions that actually decrease the risk of disease transimission and decreasing cross contamination for both the artist and the client can be found at tattoosafetyvideo.com


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Posted by Donna80 from IP: 75.155.159.73 on 10/17/08
canada

I got a tattoo about 6 years ago and in the past year it has been flaring up and itchy. It is a black chinese symbol on my foot. I have one on each foot, same artist, different days. Can anyone tell me wtf is going on with my foot?


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Posted by Donna80 from IP: 75.155.159.73 on 10/17/08
canada

I got a tattoo about 6 years ago and in the past year it has been flaring up and itchy. It is a black chinese symbol on my foot. I have one on each foot, same artist, different days. Can anyone tell me wtf is going on with my foot?


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Posted by causintrouble from IP: 209.150.94.210 on 11/03/08
Los Angeles CA

My girlfriend just got a tattoo 8 days ago. an experianceed friend did it for us ( i also got one the same day) mine has been great and is healing really well., stars on my back,. she got hers on her calf/lower leg. 3 of the 6 stars are fine and already peeling. the other 3 closest to her ankle are red. the one right above her ankle is slighly swollen and hurts to touch. it peeled a little but it doest but doesnt look good under the peeled part. i want to take her to a doctor ..any suggestions to do before or straight to the doctor.


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Posted by Paige Nicole from IP: 207.63.229.131 on 11/10/08
Harrisburg, Illinois

okay..so i just recently got a new tattoo on my right hip and a couple weeks later i got more done to it now its hurts so bad i almost cry and its looking infected i am scared that i will have a bad lookin tat or i wont be able to get it finished plz help...


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Posted by Paige Nicole from IP: 207.63.229.131 on 11/10/08
Harrisburg, Illinois

okay..so i just recently got a new tattoo on my right hip and a couple weeks later i got more done to it now its hurts so bad i almost cry and its looking infected i am scared that i will have a bad lookin tat or i wont be able to get it finished plz help...


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Posted by m. from IP: 69.227.67.108 on 11/16/08
US

heyy
i'm new to the site and to tattoos. sorry if this has already been answered.

One week ago today(sat) i got a small star on my foot(my first one), about the size of a quarter, its outlined in black with a blue inside, he mixed white and blue. he used new needles, he showed me, and did a good job. i am scared tho that i have an infection/irritation. idk which one. the tattoo is semi red on the outsides. not too bad tho, and a little swollen, again not too bad. the edges have lost its scab and look fine. but the inside is still lumpy. it doesnt hurt to touch but is still somewhat sensitive. can anyone please help me in trying to find a quick solution to this. please feel free to email me(anytime of the day!) with help and/or questions. id be open to send a picture if its needed.

and advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Posted by Kait from IP: 216.56.8.239 on 11/25/08
Wisconsin

I got my first tattoo on Sunday (11/23/08). I got it on my right foot, it's kind of placed off to the side, but still on top. Sometimes it hurts to walk, it feels swollen/lumpy in one main area (right where the bone and nerve were hit). When I first took my bandage (monday morning) there was a few drops of blood on the bandage, but that was it. I have not noticed anymore bleeding, matter of fact, there hasnt been any liquids coming out of it. But because it hurts so bad to walk, and it seems swollen in one main area...should I be concerned about any infection? This is my first tattoo I have gotten. I have been keeping up with aftercare; washing it with lukewarm water and anti bacterial soap, dapping it dry with papertowel, and then applying non fragrenced lotion; Eucerin (spelling?).
I might just be over reacting because it's my first tattoo and I got it in a super sensitive place. But your feedback/advice would help!

Thanks!

P.S. The tattoo artist was SUPER sterile. I watched him wash his hands, and then put the gloves on and I saw the needle come out of the SEALED package.


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Posted by kendra_jones from IP: 68.13.89.210 on 11/30/08
Nebraska

Hey you guys.
I have this issue with tattoo healing that doesn't deal with any of my clients, but myself and I just can't find a way to fix it. I go through the nines with my tattoo healing process, but I have an amazingly large scarring and elastic skin. This causes my tattoos to scab over immediately and scar. While the one on my foot was the worst, I am looking to get a full back peice and i was just curious about your reccomendation on if I should. I don't want it to distort. By the way, my skin is genetic, no way to help it.


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Posted by kait from IP: 205.213.173.30 on 12/05/08
Wisconsin

OKay, so here is an update on my foot tattoo....last time I posted I said that I haven't noticed any liquids or puss coming out. but now my whole foot hurts! (it will be one week since I got the tattoo this sunday). My foot feels bruised really really really bad....when i walk..it feels like my foot is swollen or sprained. I have been applying very little A&D ointment, and washing it with Dove anti bacterial soap (non frangrence) and in the center of the tattoo...very light yellow almost clear liquid is coming out. ..i'm not sure if it's puss or if it's my body releasing fluids. Also, I have noticed that when I put ointment or lotion on it, some of the scab comes off...my tattoo is black and when the scab falls off it's black. Is that normal? The scab is fairely thick....and by the arms of the tattoo the scab has fallen off...and it looks fine. (I got the Dave Matthews fire dancer symbol) Or is the scab supposed to be a different color? It is VERY red around the tattoo...especially from the middle to the bottom. The tattoo does not feel hot...or have a warm touch. It was fine after I posted last week....but now it's got worse! Also, because it's winter in WI....I have to wear socks.....They are light weight and loose....but when the fluid is coming out of the tattoo....it sticks to my sock...so I have to peel the sock off from my foot.

I'm getting very concerned...and I don't have health insurance to go to a doctor......

PLEASE HELP!!!!!


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Posted by BSueshapiro@hotmail.com from IP: 168.143.109.2 on 12/08/08
Alexandria, va

I just got two new Tatt's on the inside of both wrist. Theses are far from my first Tatt's but however they are the first to turn purple around them. The day they were done and the day after a little red but now they are purple around them.. whats going on??? is this just from the location??/


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Posted by weeone from IP: 204.50.126.8 on 12/09/08
Pickering, Ontario, Canada

I got a tattoo on the side of my outer thigh on Saturday, it's been a week and i noticed it's gotten really faded already. It's black except now it looks blueish grey. Is that normal? Please help! I've been using Glysomed cream and it worked fine on my last tattoo.


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Posted by sassymjen from IP: 66.208.12.146 on 12/17/08
Gaithersburg, MD

I got a red and black tribal tattoo on memorial Day weekend 2008. the black healed fine but I was allergic to the red ink. it was puffy, itchy and scabbed for a very long time. My body completely rejected the red ink. The red has completely faded (now it is flesh colored). It kinda looks like a raised scar. That was 9 months ago it's manageable but it still itches and gets dry sometimes.


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Posted by amnesiac from IP: 82.5.137.60 on 12/28/08
Essex, UK

Reading this thread with great interest as I had my first tattoo last week on inside of wrist partly in rememberance of my best mate who committed suicide earlier this year. I had three stars, pink for my mum, blue for my dad & orange for my friend. The blue one is playing up, red all round it, sore to the touch a lump under it whereas other two are good as new. Could this be a colour thing?Aftercare was cling wrap with regular washing & bepanthen for two days then just the wash & bep 4 times a day. No discharge or anything yet so may pop back to tattooists tomorrow to get advice before rushing to docs. Will keep you updated.


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Posted by amnesiac from IP: 82.5.137.60 on 01/04/09
Essex, UK

Tis all cool with it, he said to let it settle then will re-do colour where the slight infection thing was, had two more done yesterday, the other wrist & back of neck which bloody hurt! But tis cool.


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Posted by caramel delight from IP: 68.209.181.141 on 02/17/09
merritt island, fla

is hemp lotion/oil okay to use for a tattoo that's healing, or should i get something else for it?

also, i got my tattoo done 2/13/09 and it's been four days. should it feel like a slight rug burn? it's on the lower left of my back and comes into contact with shirts and what not. maybe it's just me being paranoid because it's my first tattoo..


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Posted by dmc484@hotmail.com from IP: 24.229.10.86 on 02/24/09

ok..i got a tattoo on the inside of my foot toward my heal alittle over 2 weeks ago. i noticed it was getting infected. i didnt wear shoes or socks and i followed the after care directions to a T cause i knew how prone foot tats are to infections. and i know the artists work and never had a problem before. so i went to the dr. and he put me on an antibiotic called Levaquin...after a few days i noticed that wasnt working, so i went back and he put me on cephalexin, now ive been on that for about a week and there is still no improvement. the pain has gone away a bit but i still get throbbing at times, its still just as red as it was before. i have some scabbing where the infection is. the outline of my tat is totally gone. i have dark and light greens in my tat and they have faded to a gray color. i did use dial soap, so is that what happened to the color??

i called the dr. again today and hes putting me on another antibiotic that i have to start today. he said if this doesnt work i have to call the infectious disease center or something...

what will i have to do if this new antibiotic doesnt work?? and is there anything i can be doing to help get rid of this infection?!?!?! email me with any info u have dmc484@hotmail.com


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Posted by Dallymariet@att.net from IP: 67.191.187.20 on 04/08/09
Atlanta, Ga

I got tattooed 1 day ago by an amateur who also happens to be my bf. This is my first tattoo, and I think it might be infected but I don't think his ego will let him admit I might be too. It's a smallish star on my forearm, and I'd say about an inch to 2 inches there is a surrounding area of red that's painful if you touch it and is somewhat warm. My tat isn't pussing or anything but this area is kind of concerning me. I've been using bacitracin and washing it. Is this normal or should I have it checked out or wait it out and see if it gets worse/better in a couple days???


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Posted by xXQUIZITx from IP: 12.152.10.64 on 04/27/09
Charlotte,NC

I wouldn't let your BF tattoo you or anyone else with no Exp ...as too your tatt clean it 2 times a day using ivory soap and let dry for 10 min. and apply a very thin layer of A&D to it....


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Posted by onion_surfer from IP: 82.1.254.5 on 05/07/09
UK

Sorry couldn't help noticing sobody saying antibiotics fight viruses which is not true. They do fight bacterial infection. Viral infections are totally different and cannot be treated with antibiotics.

If you are worried about your tattoo and it is red and tender and hot to touch give it a gentle wash using antibacterial soap and use a sparing amount of ointment such as tattoo goo but do not suffocate it. If there are any bacterial cells there they will simply love breeding under a warm layer of goop. It is also a good idea to rub a bit into an area such as the crook of your elbow just to make sure it is not a reaction to the ointment that is making your tattoo red.

Keep a close eye on the tattoo without prodding it, remember you should NEVER touch a fresh tattoo without washing your hands first. This applies to clothes too, putting on dirty clothes will increase the chance of infection. If the red area around your tattoo is quite large try drawing a small line at one edge of it as a marker as it is not always easy to tell if it has grown (especially if you are worrying and checking it constantly).

If it is noticably worse the next day go see a doctor, they will be able to give you an expert medical opinion unlike members of an internet forum. If they are concerned they will give you precautionary antibiotics as it will most likely be a staphylococcus epidermids or staphylococcus aureus (usually harmless bacteria found naturally on the skin) infection.

If you notice and discharge coming from the tattoed area or it smells a little perculiar these are the big flashing red lights of an infection so get to the doctors PRONTO.

These are not serious if treated quickly, a short course of antibiotics should suffice and if you catch it early enough an antibiotic cream may be all you need.

As reassuring as it is to hear pepole tell you it is normal and will go away, blood bourne infections can be life threatening if left untreated and the sooner an infection is nipped in the bud the less likely it is to ruin your tattoo. Excess swelling around a fresh tattoo is likely to warp it.


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Posted by onion_surfer from IP: 82.1.254.5 on 05/07/09
UK

Also, don't leave a tattoo wet. Warm skin + excess moisture is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria


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Posted by UptownGirl from IP: 75.73.14.129 on 05/14/09
Minneapolis, MN, USA

So I definately think my tattoo is infected. I got it 3 days ago actually two black stars one one each wrist. Thats chick grinded the shit out of my right wrist, and now its all pusy and red. I was puttin Tat wax on it, and just soap and water and now I'm using bactine too. Hopefully it'll kill the infection, and i wont have to go to the doctor. Any other suggestions of what i should do?


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Posted by Wadrix from IP: 90.214.208.105 on 05/17/09
UK

Hi i am busy in the middle of a huge tattoo on my bk. 8 days ago the tail of my raven started to get shaded in didnt get it all done tho as my skin swelled up and got sore after sitting and working on it for awhile so decided to take a rest and let me skin heal before working on it some more.1 week later it has scabbed over but part of the tattoo weaps when ever i lay bk agains it like when resting in bed and its always the same little spot that weaps no where else.i chked the area out in the mirror and i can sea like a paleish red spot in this little area of the tattoo im not sure of this is something normal as part of the healing process or if i have some kind of infection.i have have 5 tattoos and this is the first time ive had a problem or a query can anyone help me?


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Posted by Wadrix from IP: 90.214.208.105 on 05/17/09
UK

Hi i am busy in the middle of a huge tattoo on my bk. 8 days ago the tail of my raven started to get shaded in didnt get it all done tho as my skin swelled up and got sore after sitting and working on it for awhile so decided to take a rest and let me skin heal before working on it some more.1 week later it has scabbed over but part of the tattoo weaps when ever i lay bk agains it like when resting in bed and its always the same little spot that weaps no where else.i chked the area out in the mirror and i can sea like a paleish red spot in this little area of the tattoo im not sure of this is something normal as part of the healing process or if i have some kind of infection.i have have 5 tattoos and this is the first time ive had a problem or a query can anyone help me?


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Posted by Wadrix from IP: 90.214.208.105 on 05/17/09
UK

Hi i am busy in the middle of a huge tattoo on my bk. 8 days ago the tail of my raven started to get shaded in didnt get it all done tho as my skin swelled up and got sore after sitting and working on it for awhile so decided to take a rest and let me skin heal before working on it some more.1 week later it has scabbed over but part of the tattoo weaps when ever i lay bk agains it like when resting in bed and its always the same little spot that weaps no where else.i chked the area out in the mirror and i can sea like a paleish red spot in this little area of the tattoo im not sure of this is something normal as part of the healing process or if i have some kind of infection.i have have 5 tattoos and this is the first time ive had a problem or a query can anyone help me?


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Posted by KC from IP: 71.231.137.185 on 05/18/09

So I got a beautful tattoo on one half of my back between two sessions on Wednesday and Friday of last week. I got it from the same reputable and talented artist who has done all of my other tattoos, he has more that 20 years experience, uses a new out-of-the-package needle each time, gloves, and he is very sanitary. He knows what he's doing, and all of the other work he has done for me (4 pieces in various locations) has healed beautifully.

That said, I'm a little worried that the very bottom of my new tattoo, which lies about at my beltline, is infected. There is no white or foul-smelling pus or anything, but almost 3 days out from the Friday session it is still leaking what appears to be lymph in the little 2 inch spot that was most worked/shaded. It is also pink and a bit warm, whereas the top of the piece (on my shoulder) is not. Mostly it just hurts, I would say even more than when I got my foot done . . . and that fucking hurt. My main concern is that I cannot seem to get this one spot to just dry up and scab over like the rest of the tat has . . . I've woken stuck to my bedsheets over and over and I've tried sitting in front of a fan to just get the fluid to dry-- which works until I move, or sit, stretching the skin at all, and then it seems to start all over again. I have been washing it with hypoallergenic barsoap, warm water and my (well-sanitized) hand a few times a day, and while I've been putting a light coat of vitamin E ointment on the upper parts, which are now all nice and flakey like good tattoo should be at this point, I am reticent to put any on this problem area unless it dries out. This area doesn't seem to be spreading, but it is awfully sore and pinchy (result of infection? sentitive spot, beltline?), and as I said is just looks, I dunno, sort of shiney and atypical in this one area, even when I can get it dry for a while with air blowing on it.

I should also mention that the day after my second session I came down with a whopper of a cold/sore throat, I'm quite certain that this was not a result of the tattoo, probably just unfortunate happenstance since I am always around a lot of people, and after taking some Zicam, soup and a day of lying about in bed (with my shirt off to let the air let at my tattoo) I'm feeling much better. Could just having come down with this have effected my body's ability to heal effectively? Does it seem likely that this is an infection? Have you seen this sort of thing before? I already have medical bills up to the ceiling from an accident earlier this year, so I figured that I'd put this to a panel of experts before having to fork over hundreds of dollars for some douchebag intern to prescribe me amoxicyllin. I have a pic I can email, though the quality is not excellent.

Thanks,
KC


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Posted by buggies from IP: 68.32.224.83 on 06/04/09
Wyomissing, PA, USA

I had 3 tattos done on Saturday. One on my back is fine, just the normal itchy, using lotion for that one. Now the problem is a part of the flower vine around my lower calf and a part of the dolphin. The one flower is red in and out of it. It is a blue flower. The dolphin is a slight bit red near his lower fin. I am using Bacitracin on the flower and the dolphin. Is this normal? I wear scubs at work and it seems to become irritated after my shift is over. I bandaged it last night before going to bed. That seems to help. I don't want to be a hypocondriac and go running to the doctor for nothing. It isn't warm to touch and there is no oozing. Please let me know what you think.
58 year old (young) worry wart....lol

Thanks in advance!


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Posted by victoriab from IP: 76.6.230.116 on 06/16/09
Ohio

I got both my feet tattoo'd last friday... everything was fine.. and now today Tuesday.. they itch like hell and they are a bit swollen and the actual tats are fluid filled blisters? They aren't red or hot like an infection.. but is the fluid filled blistering normal?


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Posted by victoriab from IP: 76.6.230.116 on 06/16/09
Ohio

I got both my feet tattoo'd last friday... everything was fine.. and now today Tuesday.. they itch like hell and they are a bit swollen and the actual tats are fluid filled blisters? They aren't red or hot like an infection.. but is the fluid filled blistering normal?


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Posted by blah from IP: 24.63.6.141 on 06/20/09

u guys are dumb. u dont use lotion untill the tattoo is healed. its only to get rid of the dry skin that fallows the healing process. use a&d untill it stops feeling tender which should take up to a week then switch to lotion.and trust u would know if your tattoo was infected. u would be in horrible pain.


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Posted by Kells from IP: 202.173.151.150 on 07/20/09
Bris

ok so ive read alot and have seen some cases that are similar in many ways to what im going through but id still like to know your opinion sorry if it requires repetition
I got the inside of my ankles done just over a week ago. one side was finished completely, the other side just the outline and then finished 6 days after.
the one i had done first (this also being the leg i use when driving and stand on more) i did keep the bandage on for longer then i usually do cause i went out for a bit after and then proceeded when i got home to clean like i have with my last 7 tattoos before that (i always used tattoo goo) but i noticed a few days after that it was very painful and would go very red just around some sections where the vine and leaves are when i had to drive or walk alot
i then switch to bepanthem which helped it a bit
when i had the other one finished the tattooist was concerned of infection but it was suggested to try savlon as i might have used a bit too much bepanthem and bacteria got to it
its been another 4 days since and i still have that redness and it gets a little sore if i stand on it for too long or drive heaps but its more the redness that has been concerning me.
any thoughts as to why this is? is that normal? am i over caring for it? could it possibly be irritation from being the inside of my ankle and having to use those muscles so much? anything i could use to help reduce the redness? but my main concern is whether i should see a doctor or not?
any help would be greatly appreciated


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Posted by Angel from IP: 69.254.138.174 on 07/21/09

I'm a tattoo apprentice and I gave myself a tattoo (under supervision). I'm sure that my tattoo is infected and I'm sure that the tattoo is overworked. I didn't know that I was drilling myself at the time, I'm just starting to learn about tattooing. After a few days the tattoo looks like beef jerky and its red 1-4 inch all around the tattoo (I used red ink). I called the dr.'s office and they didn't take it seriously, thus I can't get an appointment. I'm so scared...I'm scared to go to the ER, what if they want to cut it out? What if they want to do something horrible and painful? What do I do! I've been washing it with dial and I have been putting Neosporin on it. When will it start to look better? Am I freaking out for nothing?


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Posted by Angel from IP: 69.254.138.174 on 07/21/09

I'm a tattoo apprentice and I gave myself a tattoo (under supervision). I'm sure that my tattoo is infected and I'm sure that the tattoo is overworked. I didn't know that I was drilling myself at the time, I'm just starting to learn about tattooing. After a few days the tattoo looks like beef jerky and its red 1-4 inch all around the tattoo (I used red ink). I called the dr.'s office and they didn't take it seriously, thus I can't get an appointment. I'm so scared...I'm scared to go to the ER, what if they want to cut it out? What if they want to do something horrible and painful? What do I do! I've been washing it with dial and I have been putting Neosporin on it. When will it start to look better? Am I freaking out for nothing?


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Posted by jessie from IP: 67.132.47.194 on 08/12/09
New Jersey

Hi, I just got a tattoo done on Saturday, it was my fourth tattoo and I have never had a problem in the past. I went to a local place by my parent's house, and the artist used new needles ( I watched him open the packages and everything) But its now Wednesday and I am experiencing some tenderness and pinkness still. I have never had any pain after day one, so I'm a little weirded out. His recommendation for aftercare was to use A and D for first two days then switch to fragrance free lotion. I use Lubriderm. Anywhoo, on the third day I tried to switch to the lotion but it BURNED like crazy like the wound was still open. I switched back to A and D for an extra day, then did the lotion the next day and it seemed fine. But then this morning I noticed what looked like the tiniest bit of dried clear fluid in two spots and it was still pink and tender to the touch. I am so freaking out about it being infected, but its also on my wrist where I have never had one before. I know this is a sensitive area and I type all day I noticed that the clear dried liquid is where i bend my wrist the most...I have never had this happen in the past, and the residual pain to the touch is worrying me. Should I see a doctor, is it infected? Should I switch back to A and D for the rest of the week? Thanks!


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Posted by parkypig from IP: 62.239.159.5 on 08/13/09
Uk

If you are concerned, go see your doctor. at least it will put your mind at rest...
i had a tattoo on my inner right bicep on monday, today is thursday and its still red around the area.. i know for a fact that this area is very painfull, (for me anyway)left arm sleeved so im not duely concerned as i watch my artist set up from scratch every time, and he is obsesed with the cleanliness of his studio.
Ive had a reaction to the red ink, in as much there is discharge, but again ive left the cream alone, in this case "Tattoo Aftercare" to let the tattoo dry naturally and scab normally...
if you have any concerns regards your tattoo and if you think its infected. you a. return to your artist and ask if the reaction you are having is normal (Just because your mates, brothers, auntys sisters didnt do that, it doesnt mean yours wont.) b. visit your doctor to see what he suggest, it could be the natural healing of your own body..


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Posted by deniseward66@hotmail.com from IP: 88.148.11.107 on 08/15/09
spain

hi had a tattoo done three days ago started to heal nicely now it raised in places and seems to be a bit weepy some pain but on leg so to be expected dont know if start of infection or just healing any advise would be appreciated.


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Posted by Parkypig from IP: 62.239.159.6 on 08/17/09
Uk

First Tattoo Denise?


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Posted by deniseward66@hotmail.com from IP: 88.148.11.107 on 08/17/09
spain

no have got three or four but none of the on my leg still a bit sore but seems to be scabbing over now


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Posted by Slappy from IP: 67.83.36.167 on 09/16/09
NJ, USA

I just got a shoulder implant, am I done getting tattoos?


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Posted by Becci from IP: 90.221.163.129 on 10/19/09
UK

Hey guys just a quick question, I'm on day 9 since havin tattoo and I'm a bit worried about how its healing up.

I've been puttin bep on it 3-4 times a day and washin carefully with soap each evenin. It seemed to be comin along nicely until last night when the scab started to crack and it became reeeally itchy! I'm used to a bit of an itch but this was ridiculous!! The main thing I'm worried about is under where the scabs are cracking it looks pinky, like a scab thats been picked rather than a scab thats dropped off on its own!

Now I havent picked it or anything but I did wake up at one point last night when one of the cracked scabs caught on my bedding a bit. I'm wondering whether its cracked because its on my ankle therefore a lot more movement in that area but I really want it to heal nice! Do you think its normal to be pinky underneath the scab and will the colour come through later? Its a few years since I had my last 2 so 1) i hardly remember the healing process and 2) they're much smaller (tiny in fact!) so I dont think i'd have had the same kind of scabbing with them anyway!

Would be interested to know what u think... and a bit of reassurance would be lovely if this is normal!!! Thanks


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Posted by kymess_jr from IP: 64.59.144.87 on 10/22/09
canada

Well, I went down to Vegas with a friend on the weekend. We had talked for a couple of years about getting a tattoo when down there, so we found a shop and I got my first tat, a martini glass with red dice in it. I know the guy used new needles and everything seemed clean. I've been doing the aftercare just as I was told-- gentle washing with soap, using the A&D lotion he gave me and I used some lotion one time, Aveeno that I use on some skin rashes I get because of allergies to wheat.

Anyway, 2 days after I didn't feel it was healing right even though I've never had one before-- it was very red, swollen and tender around it and the tat is very raised in the red areas and was still oozing a little, but clear discharge. Also, when I wash it it gets this clear gel like covering over the whole thing that can easily wash away with some ink in it.

I went to the doctor right away and he said it was infected and gave me a tetanus shot and some antibiotics, which I've been taking for a day now. He also said it looked like my skin had been burned by the needle. I came on here after and have now read about "red reaction" which is what I think I have. Also, I think the artist may have overworked it.

What I'm still curious about is the healing process. The red areas are very raised and bumpy. The stem of the glass is pretty flat and for the most part seems to be healing normally, except that today a small piece at the base washed away in the water and the skin under has no black pigment in it like it did before.

Do you think it will heal flat? And will the colour be ok? or is there a chance it can flake away? I know I want to add more white into it when it heals but I wonder if any of the colours will look ok.

I know I'm overly nervous cause it's my first one and I really just wanted this to be a fun memory to share with my best friend, and instead it's turned into a bit of a nightmare.

I'm going to try to attach a few pics that show the bumps in the dice and the area where it came off on the base:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/kymess_jr/IMG_1003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/kymess_jr/IMG_0993.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/kymess_jr/IMG_1000.jpg


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Posted by kymess_jr from IP: 64.59.144.87 on 10/22/09
canada

Well, I went down to Vegas with a friend on the weekend. We had talked for a couple of years about getting a tattoo when down there, so we found a shop and I got my first tat, a martini glass with red dice in it. I know the guy used new needles and everything seemed clean. I've been doing the aftercare just as I was told-- gentle washing with soap, using the A&D lotion he gave me and I used some lotion one time, Aveeno that I use on some skin rashes I get because of allergies to wheat.

Anyway, 2 days after I didn't feel it was healing right even though I've never had one before-- it was very red, swollen and tender around it and the tat is very raised in the red areas and was still oozing a little, but clear discharge. Also, when I wash it it gets this clear gel like covering over the whole thing that can easily wash away with some ink in it.

I went to the doctor right away and he said it was infected and gave me a tetanus shot and some antibiotics, which I've been taking for a day now. He also said it looked like my skin had been burned by the needle. I came on here after and have now read about "red reaction" which is what I think I have. Also, I think the artist may have overworked it.

What I'm still curious about is the healing process. The red areas are very raised and bumpy. The stem of the glass is pretty flat and for the most part seems to be healing normally, except that today a small piece at the base washed away in the water and the skin under has no black pigment in it like it did before.

Do you think it will heal flat? And will the colour be ok? or is there a chance it can flake away? I know I want to add more white into it when it heals but I wonder if any of the colours will look ok.

I know I'm overly nervous cause it's my first one and I really just wanted this to be a fun memory to share with my best friend, and instead it's turned into a bit of a nightmare.

I'm going to try to attach a few pics that show the bumps in the dice and the area where it came off on the base:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/kymess_jr/IMG_1003.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/kymess_jr/IMG_0993.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v503/kymess_jr/IMG_1000.jpg


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Posted by daddys_angel91@hotmail.com from IP: 164.76.164.247 on 10/25/09

I got a tattoo in July of this year. Sometimes it swells up again for no reason. When it swells up it itches again. Any idea why?? Is that normal?


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Posted by LAS from IP: 69.246.223.216 on 11/02/09

I received a tattoo on my ankle two weeks ago today. I am not in any pain, but my skin is very tight and my tattoo is surrounded by really red (inflamed) skin. It is slightly warm to the touch. I went to the Immediate Care this weekend and they guessed that it might be cellulitis. There is no pussing, so they gave me Bactrim to take orally just in case and to follow up with my regular doctor. I currently have an appointment for tomorrow because it seems to be getting redder. I am starting to freak out. I continually wash it by hand with Dove soap, let air dry and then apply a very thin layer of non-scented Vaseline brand lotion.

Help...please.


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Posted by Moe from IP: 161.184.82.149 on 12/18/09
Canada

Hokay, So last Saturday I had my chest tattooed with 2 swallows, with lots of color. I overmoisturized the tattoo which caused an infection. The scabs became VERY thick and soggy, and there was a yellow/greenish scabby discharge, and some parts peeled off. I am now on antibiotics, both topical cream and pills. I'm noticing a slight difference and i think it's healing. Anyways my question is how long does it usually take to heal an infection? I know everyone is different but I have a touch up appointment in 2 weeks..
Oh and I think I might be allergic to the red ink as well, it seems to be taking the longest to heal and the scabs look bubbly... and does it look like it can be fixed?? The eye in the red and yellow bird is really messed up.. here are some links to pics, sorry the quality is not the best..

http://c1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/133/l_769848dc240c435ba0f2080d1fb1f9fc.jpg

http://c2.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/121/l_2cf70abb9fd74b2da9adb0051b97e379.jpg


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by the-dude-man from IP: 212.129.64.223 on 04/01/10
dogtown

dudes, my no.1 tip about tattoos is try not to read negative forums like this .... Especialy if your just after getting one they will only make you stress and worry!!
Relaxe, enjoy it and follow your local friendly inkers advice and directios and you will be fine... And remember those wise words... Dont worry be happy!!
Live life!!


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Posted by lilirishqt84 from IP: 67.184.197.199 on 04/02/10
chicago

so i had just got the whole top of my foot tattoo'd 2 days ago it big green clover. so far the whole top of my foot is really swollen and red and hard to walk on. i guess concidering its a foot tattoo (which is constantly moving/bending) and he had some trouble getting the color to be solid this might be normal? we went over it a couple times in one sitting he drilled in the color quite a bit. theres no abnormal pussing or whatnot...just the clear liquid stuff here and there. does this seem pretty normal or anyone else have this same issue with feet tattoos?


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Posted by lilirishqt84 from IP: 67.184.197.199 on 04/02/10
chicago

ive always seen red ink heal VERY rough. it gets that overly large scab as well. seen it in about 4 or 5 tattoos already.


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Posted by lilirishqt84 from IP: 67.184.197.199 on 04/02/10
chicago

ive always seen red ink heal VERY rough. it gets that overly large scab as well. seen it in about 4 or 5 tattoos already.


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Posted by sarahphillips47@hotmail.co.uk from IP: 82.37.160.191 on 04/16/10
midlands

i think my tattoo may be infected, i had a tattoo on my foot a wk ago, it has 4 stars on it, 2 of the stars are healing fine but the 2 stars nearer my toes arent, one of them thats mint green is peeling alot and weeping clear fluid and bleeding slightly leavin a open wound type of thing, they both (the other is orange coloured) are red around the outline and slightly sore
im using bepanthen but have been advisded by the local pharmasist to put germolene on it
any advice would be appreciated
thanx
sas x


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Posted by pixitails from IP: 198.54.202.182 on 06/23/10
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

I have a new tattoo on my hip bit more than a week ago. Pink and purple. Everything went smoothly and it looked beautiful! I was, and still is!, very chuffed with my new tattoo! I follwed all the aftercare rules to the letter, but on day 4 everything started going horibly wrong as I developed an allergic reaction to something. I read every forum and webstie I could, and figured I am probably allergic to the ink, or the zam-buk ointment I used. I switched to different ointment and lotion, but still I suffered! Even the glands in my loin swelled as it tried to fight the allergy. Eventually I put my pride in my pocket and went to the doctor. He was very understanding and helpful and even said that despite the allergy and dry skin and scabs, the tattoo still looks good and the colour and lines still in tact.
He gave me a cortizone injection and prescribed cortizone ointment (bactroban) toe put on the skin around the tattoo (not on the tattoo!). He also prescribed anti-biotics and antihistasmines. And now, 2 days later, I am almost completely healed and my tattoo looks gorgeous!
So what I actually want to say is, that the advice here on the forums are good, without it, my problem would probably have been a lot worse, but if it does not work, swallow your pride, do yourself a huge favour, and go to the doc. It is the best you cna do for your and and your tattoo!


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Posted by pixitails from IP: 198.54.202.182 on 06/23/10
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

I have a new tattoo on my hip bit more than a week ago. Pink and purple. Everything went smoothly and it looked beautiful! I was, and still is!, very chuffed with my new tattoo! I follwed all the aftercare rules to the letter, but on day 4 everything started going horibly wrong as I developed an allergic reaction to something. I read every forum and webstie I could, and figured I am probably allergic to the ink, or the zam-buk ointment I used. I switched to different ointment and lotion, but still I suffered! Even the glands in my loin swelled as it tried to fight the allergy. Eventually I put my pride in my pocket and went to the doctor. He was very understanding and helpful and even said that despite the allergy and dry skin and scabs, the tattoo still looks good and the colour and lines still in tact.
He gave me a cortizone injection and prescribed cortizone ointment (bactroban) toe put on the skin around the tattoo (not on the tattoo!). He also prescribed anti-biotics and antihistasmines. And now, 2 days later, I am almost completely healed and my tattoo looks gorgeous!
So what I actually want to say is, that the advice here on the forums are good, without it, my problem would probably have been a lot worse, but if it does not work, swallow your pride, do yourself a huge favour, and go to the doc. It is the best you cna do for your and and your tattoo!


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Posted by people are dumb from IP: 174.113.19.148 on 09/04/10
barrie ontario canada

your an idiot its obviously going to hurt for a wild fucking idiot


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Posted by Sweet rose from IP: 27.0.52.34 on 12/01/10
india

i got my tattoo done 2days back on my ankle n it was very red n swollen so i immediately understood it was an infection....i went to doctor n he gave me a tetanus injection with some tablets of amoxicillin n some ointment....my feet feels lighter now..... plz take tablets under medical supervision......since the ankle is closer to the ground & soil more is the chance of infection...


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Posted by aiya_tree@yahoo.com from IP: 74.177.108.137 on 12/16/11

I am at the hospital, as I have been for the past 3 days, hooked up to IV antibiotics, from a severe infection from my tattoo I received 4 days ago. My tattoo artist did an exceptional job, maintained proper cleanliness, etc. My tat is on my foot and after I got it I accidently (as if anyone would purposefully) stepped in a pile of cat shit. I thoroughly cleaned the bottom and sides of my foot, (it didn`t get on my tattoo) and applied hand sanitizer but it wasn`t enough and I have another 24-48 hrs at least here. The pain is excruciating, I can barely walk, pain pills morphine nothing takes away this pain. My foot started swelling and turning red, a very dark "angry" red. My foot started rejecting the ink as soon as she was done before I stepped in the shit. It was a dark purple very pretty, but it looked like it (my tat) was crying blood tears LITERALLY within minutes of her finishing. The hospital is unsure why I got so infected but I almost lost my foot in one day.


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Posted by Taramichele523@gmail.com from IP: 207.243.120.66 on 07/06/12
Victoria, TX

I came across this thread bcuz I'm looking for infected tattoo care instructions to try to save as much of my new beautiful tatt. And sharing my experience may help others so...

The day of my tattoo (looking back) was the first time I did NOT watch my artist set up. I wish I would have. Day 2 I was in a lot of pain. Day 3 I went to the shop and had them look at it. They informed me that it was fine and bcuz it is on my foot I could expect 5-7 days of intense pain, swelling and bruising. And I still thought hmmmm. And asked then to look closely at one spot that I was concerned about. No no no it's healing nicely. Ok whatever you think you're the professional. I went home did some research and found the same info I was just told. So I continued my after care and added propping and ice packs from what I found online. The next day it was red all around the edges in the area I was concerned about. That night I couldn't walk. It was so swollen and my entire tatt was red. The next day I woke up and said eff this I'm going to the doc. It was infected alright. Doc took a culture and I'm waiting to find out what type of infection I have. Doc says bcuz of timing it lilkely occurred the day of my tattoo. Meanwhile I'm on antibiotics that make me puke. I'm on crutches and all of the shaded parts of my tattoo are sunken in and oozing yellowy brown junk. It hurts worse that child birth, knee surgery, back injury, migraines and anything else I've ever experienced.

MORAL OF MY STORY.... YOU know your body better than anyone else in this world. If it doesn't feel right it ain't right.

And to the person getting skin grafts: did you find out what bacteria you were infected with? I'm wondering if you were allergic to the ink and your body was trying to push it out and due to that it didn't heal and became infected. Just a thought. Nothing to base it on.

Good luck to all of you! Wish me luck in healing and that I don't have to get a touch up bcuz I don't think I could take the pain again. FOOT TATTS HURT LIKE A MOTHER!!!


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RE:tattoo infection

Posted by bob cat from IP: 24.181.43.166 on 07/06/12
USA alabama

hello there is a lot of nasty bugs out thair these days sence we walk on our feet we tend to find it sorry for your pain take your meds keep it clean and elevated asmuch as u can try to not use tomuch ointments or in other words slow down on them they can also cause infections !!!! i tatted both my girl friends same time on thair feet ones a clean freak and the other ran out to the dog pin the next day well shes the nicer looking one of the two and it took 2 weeks or so to heal and the other was healed 3-5 days and has the nicer tatt so please dont blame your artist he or she probly took all the proper steps in doing your tatt !! good luck hope your tatt heals and dosent need any repairs our feet are hard to heal once more good luck


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Posted by marymary from IP: 96.38.146.122 on 08/21/14
nevada

I got a tat aug2nd its infected im on antibiotics for 7days still pus now its black in one of holes


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Posted by marymary from IP: 96.38.146.122 on 08/21/14
nevada

I got a tat aug2nd its infected im on antibiotics for 7days still pus now its black in one of holes


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