Tattoo Infection Treatment in Charlotte | AFC Urgent Care Monroe Rd
Does your tattoo look infected? Visit AFC Urgent Care for convenient diagnosis & treatment for infected tattoos. Open 7 days a week, no appointment necessary.
As more and more people opt to get tattoos, it is crucial to keep in mind that every tattoo, regardless of size, carries the risk of infection. AFC Urgent Care is dedicated to providing accessible and dependable care for tattoo infections, to protect the well-being and safety of our community.
We do not offer tattoo removal.
How do tattoos get infected?
Tattoo infections can occur due to various reasons. Ink, needles and other equipment used in the tattooing process may carry bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms that can cause infection if not properly sterilized. Improper care or hygiene practices, such as touching the tattooed area with dirty hands or clothing, can also introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection.
Tattoo Infection Symptoms
A tattoo infection can cause a rash or red, bumpy skin to develop around the tattooed area. This is a common symptom and should resolve within a few days. However, if symptoms persist for a week or more, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Other symptoms of a tattoo infection include:
- Redness and swelling
- Pain, tenderness and/or itching
- Heat radiating from the skin
- Pus-like discharge
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away. An untreated tattoo infection can lead to serious complications and more severe infections.
Will I get a staph infection if my tattoo is infected?
It is possible to get a staph infection from a tattoo, but not all tattoo infections are caused by staph. If you suspect that you have a tattoo infection, it is important to visit AFC Urgent Care right away to prevent a worse infection. Staph infections can be serious and even life-threatening if left untreated.
Tattoo Infection Treatment
AFC Urgent Care can diagnose and treat tattoo infections quickly and effectively. Treatment at our clinic may include:
- Draining pus or fluid from the affected area
- Cleaning the wound thoroughly
It is important to follow your provider’s instructions and keep the area clean and dry. You should also avoid scratching or picking at the tattoo site to prevent further infection or scarring.
How to Prevent a Tattoo Infection
After getting a new tattoo, it’s essential to constantly monitor the tattooed area throughout the entire healing process to avoid infection. To prevent infection, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions given to you by your tattoo artist.
Here are some tips for preventing tattoo infections:
1. Keep the area around your tattoo clean. Wash it with soap and water twice a day.
2. Apply a thin layer of unscented lotion to keep the skin hydrated.
3. Avoid soaking your tattoo in water or swimming in a pool.
4. Protect your tattoo from direct sunlight.
5. Do not scratch or pick at your tattoo.
6. If you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or pain, see a doctor right away.
By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your new tattoo heals properly and stays infection-free.