A Permanent Mark and a Temporary Infection
Tattoos have undergone a long way of development from the first time they appeared in human cultures. Today, tattoos look like true works of art. For this reason, now, more than ever, people are into tattoos and an ever growing number of people decide to get tattooed. Unfortunately, many fail to care properly about these permanent body artworks, especially during the days when their tattoo is still fresh. This can easily lead to many health problems since the tattoo can easily get infected. Therefore, proper care and religious following of the hygienic instructions is a must if you wish your tattoo to look fabulous and healthy.
Most Common Tattoo Problems
Once you get a tattoo done, it is expected to cause you irritation, minor swelling and redness on the first two or three days. Also, tenderness to touch is normal during this period. However, if this goes on for a period of time longer than the one mentioned above, an infection may be affecting your tattoo. Another thing specific for infected tattoos is increased body temperature over the inflamed area. You can check this by placing your hand over the tattoo spot gently and sensing the warmth, comparing it to the rest of your body.
Another problem related to tattoos can be muscle pain beneath the recently tattooed area and a development of fevers. All this, along with the sensation of general weakness, may indicated an ongoing infection too.
Pain is normal to be felt during the recovery period and while the tattoo is still fresh. Yet, if the pain persists for a longer period of time, an infection is, again, the possible culprit. Furthermore, your tattoo may express problems through expelling pus, which might be green or yellow colored, possibly containing small traces of blood. Additionally, the tattoo spot might smell bad. One of the worst case scenarios is blood poisoning due to tattooing you had undergone beforehand. In this case, red streaks are to appear going outwards from the tattoo. This is a serous problem and it requires immediate medical assistance. Finally, swollen lymph nodes may be yet another sign of a tattoo infection.
There are a lot of bacteria which can enter your organism through a freshly done tattoo. Therefore, you need to be extremely careful and keep the spot disinfected, clean and safe from all the harmful microorganisms which might potentially do you harm. All in all, you had your tattoo done because you wanted to have it your whole life. Do not make that life too short because of your negligence.