Tattoo Infection Treatment in Ballantyne NC | AFC Urgent Care

If you’re dealing with an infected tattoo, visit AFC Urgent Care for prompt, effective treatment. We’re open 7 days a week – no appointment necessary.

As more and more people get tattoos, it’s important to remember that with every tattoo, big or small, there is a risk of infection. At AFC Urgent Care, we provide accessible, reliable care for tattoo infections to keep our community healthy and safe.

We do not offer tattoo removal.

Causes of Tattoo Infections

When bacteria, viruses, fungi or other microorganisms enter the skin during or after the tattooing process, it causes a tattoo infection. Contaminated tattooing equipment, improper sterilization techniques or poor hygiene practices also contribute to the risk of infection. In addition, failure to maintain proper aftercare, such as not keeping the area clean or using contaminated products during the healing process, can increase the chances of developing an infection.

Signs that Your Tattoo Is Infected

If your tattoo is infected, there are several signs and symptoms to look out for. Initially, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain that worsens over time
  • The tattoo feels warm to the touch
  • Pus-like discharge

It’s important to note that people with sensitive skin may experience moderate symptoms like a rash or red, bumpy skin, but if this lasts longer than a week, seek medical attention.

Will I get a staph infection if my tattoo is infected?

It is possible for a tattoo infection to occur due to different types of bacteria, including staph. However, it’s essential to understand that not all tattoo infections are caused by staph bacteria. If the infection is left untreated, it can lead to a more severe staph infection, which can be dangerous and life-threatening.

Tattoo Infection Treatment

If you think you might have an infected tattoo, it’s crucial to get medical help from a professional as soon as possible. At AFC Urgent Care, our skilled doctors can quickly and effectively diagnose and treat tattoo infections. Depending on the severity of the infection, treatment may include giving you antibiotics, draining any pus or fluid from the affected area or thoroughly cleaning the wound. It’s essential to follow your provider’s advice carefully, keep the area around the tattoo clean and dry, and avoid scratching or picking at it, to prevent additional infection or scars.

Preventing Tattoo infections

It’s crucial to take care of your new tattoo to prevent infections. Make sure you follow the aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist. Keep the area around the tattoo clean, dry and well-moisturized with an unscented lotion. You should also avoid immersing your tattoo in water, soaking in a pool or exposing it to direct sunlight for an extended period. Scratching or picking at your tattoo can also increase the risk of infection, so avoid doing so at all costs. Be patient and wait until your tattoo is fully healed before you engage in any activities that could put you at risk for infection.