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Tattoo done, pain, scabbing, redness, swelling, yellow discharge. Normal symptoms?

I got a tattoo 5 days ago. The tattoo is slightly sore and has scabbed a lot. The skin around the tattoo is very red but not warm, swollen or sore. The tattoo is still weeping a little. The fluid is clear but slightly yellow. Some of the scabs have begun to fall off and the skin below looks fine. I m just worried because of it s still oozing and red. Is this normal for a 5 day tattoo?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

The symptoms which you have described, i.e. redness and mild yellow-colored oozing from the tattoo site, on the 5th day is suggestive of infection.

I would suggest the following remedial measures:

Wash the tattoo site with mild soap and water and keep the area dry.

You can start applying an antibiotic cream over the area twice a day.

Take tetanus toxoid (TT injection ) shot if you haven’t taken one in the last 5 years.

Do not pick at any scabs, which increases the risk of infection and can damage the design and cause scarring.

Avoid wearing tight clothes on the tattoo site.

Avoid sun exposure and swimming.

If you develop fever, swelling, warmth or any other complications, you have to seek urgent medical attention.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Specialist.
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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