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Tattooing while on antibiotics post staph clearing - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Beauty & Cosmetics
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Practicing since : 2005
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you
User :   I had staph about 2 months ago and i got the infections drained and took a round of antibiotics, which cleared up the infections
Doctor :   ok
User :   I have a tattoo that I haven't finished in over a year, which I really want to finish, do you think that getting the tattoo will put me at risk for a recurrence of another infection
User :   I still have 2 refills left on the antibiotics, the doctor gave me 2 extra refills in case I had a recurrence
User :   The tattoo shop I go to is really clean, with professional artist that take their craft seriously
User :   Its an award winning shop
Doctor :   ok
User :   so what do you think
Doctor :   Is the pr inf bcause of tattoo
User :   no the infection ocurred out of no where
User :   I did not have any fresh tattoos, I was interning at a nursing home when the first infection started, but I am no longer at a nursing home
Doctor :   If the tattooing is done at the most hygienic methods you can proceed
User :   They use the most updated equipment and take the highest precautions when tattooing, they have a reputation to uphold. Ive heard people that work in hospitals say that the shop is cleaner than most hospitals they have seen
Doctor :   Good carry on then
User :   Should I take some antibiotics while the tattoo is healing to prevent a recurrence
Doctor :   It would be better
Doctor :   if you can take a prophylactic antibiotic
Doctor :   yes
User :   I have two refills of bactrim left
Doctor :   How many days that it takes normally to heal
Doctor :   a tattoo
User :   it take about 2 full weeks to completely heal and I have about 2 weeks of bactrim left for a refill
Doctor :   Start with Bactrim to days prior
User :   ok thank you for your help
Doctor :   and complete one fill
Doctor :   are you there
User :   yes I am here, the tattoo appt is tomorrow
Doctor :   Complete one
User :   Is it okay if I start the antibiotics tomorrow
Doctor :   if needed yu can take one more if you feel
Doctor :   Start from now on
User :   ok
Doctor :   if you have appnt tommorrow
Doctor :   and take only one fill
Doctor :   for 7 days
Doctor :   if you see symptoms of fever or infection
Doctor :   you can start the other
Doctor :   otherwise there is no need
User :   ok thank you for your help
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