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Tattooing post treatment for staph infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   hello
User :   just have a quick question
User :   I had 2 staph infections about 2 months ago, one right after the other. I have never had any prior staph infections in my life up until 2 months ago. Both infection were drained and treated with a round of antibiotics, they both healed fine, but left visible small scars. I have not had any recurrences since then. I am a tattoo collector and have a piece of unfinished art on my arm, which I would like to get finished. Is it to risky to finish my arm since I have had staph in the past? I still have 2 refills left on my antibiotics (bactrim) and was thinking of taking them after I got tattooed to prevent any type of infection. I am a healthy 27 year that works out. I am a xxxx xxxx and was working in a xxxx when the infections started. I no longer work in that environment and work in a clean office. What do you suggest, is it okay to get tattooed or would that put me at high risk for infection? The tattoo shop I go to is cleaner than a surgical room and an award winning shop with professionals. Please respond asap, because Thursday 7/24/08 is my a
User :   sorry if this seems cut and past but got tired of re-typing it, so I typed it in word so I can cut and paste
Doctor :   i still suggest that you complete the antibiotic dose
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   I did complete the antibiotic dose for the staph I havd
User :   had*
User :   The doctor gave me extra refills just incase I had a recurrence which I haven't I followed all the directions the Doctor gave me
Doctor :   ook
User :   Is it to risky to get tattooed or do you think with proper care, I should be okay?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   if you completed the course you would be fine
Doctor :   just take all the precautions
User :   should I take the rest of the anitbiotics while im healing from the tattoo just to make sure I don't have a recurrence or would that not be a good idea
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   there is no need
User :   Ok Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it.
Doctor :   as you dont have a recurrence
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