Warning! Do not get a tattoo if......

United States
March 6, 2007 9:21am CST
My daughter's tattoo of a butterfly is still not completely healed. She went back to the studio and had a star place on her lower arm. It is terrible infected. The area around the tattoo is red, it is pussing, and causing her quite a lot of pain. She has gone to the doctor today to see if there is something they can give her to treat the infection. She logged onto the internet to read a bit more on tattoos and infection. It stated that if your body has a difficult time with fighting off infection you should not get a tattoo. People with conditions such as Rhuematoid Arthritis have compromised immune systems and should not have a tattoo. The tattoo artist was told of her having Rheumatoid Arthritis, he should have known that she could have problems. He did not advise her against having the work done. Just wanted to give you a heads up. : )
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@Marie2473 (8521)
• Sweden
6 Mar 07
I am sorry to hear that she is in such pain. Hopefully the doctor will give her something to ease it for her. I am sure that the tatoo place either neglected to tell her to earn the money, or just didnĀ“t know. I think that it is important to really look it up (the tatoo place) before you choose and maybe now because of you, more people will search the net BEFORE they decide to get one. I hope that ur daughter will heal soon!
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• United States
7 Mar 07
She was on an anti-biotic, but I am not sure it is strong enough or the correct one to battle the infection.
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@lauriefnp (5112)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I'm sorry that she has to go through this. I hope that the doctor gave her an antibiotic. She should take extra care to clean the area well and apply antibiotic ointment to the tattoo to heal the infection and to prevent damage to the tattoo. She already paid a lot of money for it, I'm sure, and she's suffering through the infection; it would be a shame to have the tattoo ruined. The tattoo artist should have at least warned her that she may have problems healing and given her a choice before he went ahead. Many of my HIV positive or Hepatitis C patients got tattoos, but I always instructed them on how to prevent infection and what to watch for; although I tried to discourage them from getting tattoos or piercings, most of them went ahead anyways.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
She cleaned the area quite often and applied the suggested cream on it consistently. Some of the color has been pushed from the surface due to the swelling of the skin. I am going to clock her when I next see her because she was going to the doctors to have it looked at and never called me! : ) Gotta love adult children.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Wow, I didn't know that. I do know when I got both of mine I had to fill out a whole questionaire. I don't remember what was on it, but it seemed like a lot of "silly" questions to me. That mighta been on there. The place I go is VERY reputable, it's had nationwide recognition and has been in quite a few magazines. The people there are really great too! I hope your daughter has no long-term ill effects from this.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I wish we had reputable artists, but we have local yocals doing the work.
• United States
6 Mar 07
I think people would be better off reading up on it before sitting in the chair. It's not an easy process to go through. Even though you hear so many say it won't hurt. I have one and never will gt another. I knew that I had keyloid skin when I got it. I love my tattoo and so do many other people. My tattoo is raised up off my skin and like 3d. But it's nothing to play with. I hope your daughter will be ok with her problem. I would never get another one If I was going through this scare.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
Is keyloid skin common place?
@sweetlady10 (3619)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I am sorry to hear that your daughter is suffering from infection. Hope she will get well soon. I am afraid of any kind of pain, so I have never thought about getting a tattoo. It's very painful to get a tattoo on your body I think. It is good that you have informed people so they will be careful about this.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Is she using any ointment like neosporin on it? I know you're supposed to use neosporin as it will help it heal much faster. Some people's bodies take things harder than others. I don't think he told you're daughter not to get the work done because he wanted the money. He had to know it would cause a problem because they train for a while to get their state license. Thanks for warning others of this. Hope your daughter gets to feeling better.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
I just responded and don't know what happened but it's not showing up. Let me try this again. I'm sorry that your daughter is having such a hard time with them. I hope the doctor can give her something to heal the infection pretty quick.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
Wow, so sorry to hear that. I sure hope she will heal up real quick. Thanks for the info. I have no intention of ever getting one, but a lot of people do, and will find this post excellent. I have given you a + rating for it. Again, hope she feels better soon.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
6 Mar 07
That's because he doesn't make any money if he tells people that they shouldn't get a tattoo. Almost everybody I know, even diabetics, heal better than I do because I have fibromyalgia - heck, I had my ears pierced over 10 yrs ago & still have trouble with them so I stopped wearing earings.
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
6 Mar 07
Oh dear yes some tattoo's I have heard that they can get very infected, thank you for your information and I do believe in your daughters case the tattoo artist should not have done the tattoo in the first place knowing that your daughter suffered with Rheumatiod Arthritis.
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@stailgate (2364)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I did not know this!! thank you for letting me know. I would want to know all of that stuff before I had gotten one. Sorry to hear that she is going threw this. I know many people that have gotten them with no problems.
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@yanjiaren (9050)
6 Mar 07
Oh dear i am so sorry to hearof this today. To be honest i have heard stories that tatoos can even be skin cancer related but because i have never thought of having one i never really investigated it further.My niece whohas just turned 17 years old wanted one but i gave her advice that she might change her mind later on and wantit removed and it would be an arduous process. She did heed to the advice and got one of those fake tatoos instead,which looks just as good butis lesspermanent and damaging to the skin. Again,i hope your daughter gets better soon.
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@magikrose (5424)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I have heard that as well about tattoos. I want to get a tattoo but I cant afford one right now. I dont have arthritis and trust me my immune system is in full check since I bearly ever get sick.
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• Canada
6 Mar 07
I am sorry to hear that your daughter is going through that. I think that the tattoo artist should have said something to her about what could happen because she has Rheumatoid Arthritis. Either that or refused to do the tattoo altogether. I have six tattoos and luckily I haven't had a problem with any of them. Enjoyed your post :)
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@SageMother (2277)
• United States
6 Mar 07
It is good that you are letting people know about this. Tattoo artists aren't medical personnel, usually, and so they are not up on the latest medical findings, but then neither are alot of people in the medical field. I hope your daughter's problem clear up without her having to lose any infected skin!
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
6 Mar 07
Oh goodness Elusive that is bad. Can she sue him, if he was told then he has inflicted Injury on her, surly you can do something about this. As he is obviously careless. I hope your Daughter gets better soon.
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• United States
6 Mar 07
She has said that she will not refer anyone to him. He was irresponsible. Although his work is very nice, I believe that he needs to be more concientous regarding the health of his customers.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
10 Mar 07
Yes he does I agree with you there
@nuffsed (1274)
6 Mar 07
Aloe vera, aloe vera, aloe vera... Be sure to get a preparation that has a good amount of the Aloe extract in it. Preferably from someone like the American company .. Forever Living Products... You'll find them online. This preparation will heal the skin perfectly and you will will be so amazed you will want to sell the stuff yourself!!! This is a promise!!! Best wishes XXX
• United States
7 Mar 07
I will let her know about the aloe vera. I know it is great for burns.
• Canada
6 Mar 07
Am extremely sorry about this most tattoo parlors are not all look in to thing's like this...When i recived my tattoo I studied alot about the cleansliness of the place how they treat there customers if they did thing's clean..There are a lot of risks with tatties that people don't take on account when getting one there are usually to excited to get the work done to think twice....I myself think risks with getting a tattoo should be confirmed or studied!!! Best of luck to ur daughter hope all has a positive out come with the infection....Big Huggs
• United States
7 Mar 07
I have never been to this parlor, but maybe I should just walk in to see how he runs the joint.
• Australia
6 Mar 07
I think she should of done her research before getting it done its her medical condition she should know what effects it and what doesnt. It may also be that the place she went to is not clean and she got an infection from there you have to be careful when getting tattoos and have to get postive feedback from people
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• United States
7 Mar 07
She has learned her lesson from this, I am most sure of it.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I remember you telling us how your daughter had gotten the tattoo in honor of you and I thought it was so sweet..! It's a shame that it got infected; I know how you must feel, with her being in so much pain. Please, keep us updated on how she fairs with the healing and I'll say a prayer for her.
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