Some signs and symptoms of an infected tattoo include skin rashes or an allergic reaction to the dye, raised scar tissue, and a tattoo that is still oozing blood or fluid after several days, according to WebMD. It is normal for a tattoo to appear swollen and have a surface crust for a few days, but anything beyond that should be seen by a physician.
Proper care of a tattoo can help prevent any negative reactions. Use any medications the tattoo artist provides or recommends, and follow the instructions for use carefully. Apply direct pressure to the area to help stop any bleeding, use a cold pack to reduce swelling and take an antihistamine to help relieve itching.Learn More
Over-the-counter pain relievers work well in relieving discomfort caused by tattooing, according to WebMD. However, it is important to contact a health care provider if any signs of infection, such as redness and swelling, or signs of an allergic reaction develop.Full Answer >
In most states, it is illegal for a minor to get a tattoo. However, in a few states, minors can legally get a tattoo with their parents' written consent. In those few states, it is possible for a 16-year-old to get a tattoo.Full Answer >
The "right" tattoo is a matter of personal preference. However, there are a number of factors that go into getting a tattoo that won't bring on feelings of regret later, according to KQED Arts.Full Answer >
New tattoos are often designed to cover existing tattoos. The success depends on the size, color and location of the original tattoo design. Older, lighter and smaller tattoos are generally the easiest tattoos to camouflage with a new tattoo.Full Answer >