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How to treat infected tattoo allergy

An individual might end up with an infected tattoo allergy. Humans throughout the years have been practicing tattooing where some people use it for embellishment while in some cultures and tradition, tattooing is a sign of distinction of social rank which is still practiced in the present day.

With an increase in number of people having tattoos, there is also an increase in tattoo-related skin disorders. Some types of tattoo pigments and contamination of inks can cause reactions that varies fom mild or severe, especially in people with underlying conditions such as heart disease, immunological disorders and diabetes.

Symptoms of tattoo allergy infections

  • Inflammation of the affected area that looks like a pinking or reddish discoloration around the tattoo.
  • The tattoo will cause irritation and itch
  • The skin is warm when touched
  • The tattooed area becomes painful
  • Swelling of the affected area
  • Oozing yellow or green pus
  • The affected area starts to smell bad
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    Inflammation of the affected area that looks like a pinking or reddish discoloration around the tattoo.

  • Fever
  • Red streaks radiating from the tattoo area which is an indication of blood poisoning
  • Swollen lymph nodes


  • Proper hygiene and maintenance is not properly followed.
  • The tattoo parlor is not clean.
  • The equipment used for tattooing is not properly sterilized, needles are not clean and the tattoo artist is not wearing gloves.
  • The tattoo artist is not officially certified or not properly trained.
  • Wearing clothing items that cause irritation on the tattoo and prevents it from healing.
  • Exposure to other infected individuals
  • Touching the tattoo using dirty fingers
  • Sleeping on dirty sheets and using soiled towels.


  • If the symptoms become severe such as foul smelling liquid drainage and there is severe pain, it is vital to seek medical help immediately.
  • Apply a prescribed topical medication or ointment for fast healing of the condition. Make sure that the tattoo is kept clean as possible.
  • Cleanse the affected area with clean water at least 2 times every day and apply an antibiotic ointment such to a nonstick bandage.

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