Over the years, women have embraced the canvas of their bodies. When it comes to ink, the permanence of a tattoo highlights something special in a women’s journey. Studies find that in the U.S., women are just as likely to have tattoos than men. There is something special about getting that first ink. It signifies the breaking of boundaries, shaking off an old self, and a moment of personal victory. While they’re pretty simple to get, there are basic health points to consider during the preparation and healing stages.
Do Research On The Tattoo Parlor
There aren’t many tattoo parlors out there that can get away with operating without licensed and skilled artists. But there are still some risks to be aware of. For instance, the traditional stick-and-poke method could open you up to HIV or hepatitis C. These are both serious and life-changing diseases. Hand-poking also falls under this category. Ensure that the parlor and artists are licensed, the gear is sterilized, and the premises are clean. You may also want to check out reviews to find out if there is a trend of infections.
Give It Time To Heal
There is nothing quite like the relief after scratching when the needle does its last run on your skin. But that’s not the end of the tattoo, as tattoo care starts immediately inside the parlor. The artist will usually cover it with a layer of petroleum jelly and a bandage. While it’s tempting to keep the bandage on there to keep it safe, it’s important for the tattoo to breathe. Remove the bandage after 24 hours and gently cleanse the area with antimicrobial soap and water. After your work of art is completely dry apply an antibacterial ointment to keep the area free from infection. You also will want to keep it moist enough to prevent the skin from cracking. You won’t be using a bandage anymore. Therefore, it’s important to keep the area free from tight clothing and avoid chaffing. This process can take two to four weeks. Avoid the sun, swimming, and scalding hot showers.
Look For Possible Warning Signs
It’s perfectly normal to experience redness, swelling, and tenderness after getting a tattoo, but it’s important to know whether you’re dealing with a possible infection. Any of the normal signs should decrease as time goes on. If this is not the case, it could indicate an infection. Other signs of an infection include a fever that leads to cold shivers, chills, and sweats. Also, look out for increased swelling, and inflamed tender skin. Bumps, redness, and rash are dead giveaways that something’s amiss. Also, watch for purulent draining. All these should warn you that you should contact your doctor immediately.
With the right research and proper care, a tattoo can be a bold and proud declaration. Good personal hygiene will go a long way to ensure it heals.
About the author
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Her interests are mostly related to fitness and nutrition. Click here for more articles by Jane Sandwood.
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