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How tattoos affect skin cells; Part II

Although allergic responses to tattoo inks are rare, if you're concerned, find out the list of ink ingredients ahead of time and discuss these with your doctor. Consider having a few small pin pricks of color made to pre-test your sensitivity. An allergic reaction should be treated by seeking medical care typically; your physician will give you antihistamines and/or corticosteroids. Watch out for unusual swelling and redness.

There's always some risk of a severe allergic reaction like anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock requires an initial exposure to ingredients in the ink that sensitize your immune system. It's on subsequent exposure that you may experience a reaction that affects your whole body. Anaphylactic shock is very dangerous and can affect your breathing almost immediately. It can be treated with a shot of epinephrine, but because of its suddenness of onset can be life-threatening. This kind of response is very rare and unfortunately hard to predict.

After You Get Your Tattoo

koiThere will be redness and tenderness around the tattoo, but changes in skin color around the tattooed area, excessive redness and tenderness and excessive bleeding can all be signs of infection. You may be susceptible to a viral infection (e.g., hepatitis), bacterial infection, or skin irritation (dermatitis). If you have eczema, a tattoo may also cause a reaction. While it's theoretically possible to get AIDS from an infected needle, there have been no reports of AIDS infections in the U.S. from tattoo needles. However, as discussed below, it's very important to use a studio that's clean and follows good health and safety practices. You should see your artist open all your equipment new if you don’t, don’t get a tattoo from that studio or artist! Find a Professional Tattoo Studio, preferably REBEL INK

The one you choose should look clean. Most of the equipment will be disposable, so your tattoo artist should be using a new pair of gloves, mask, needles, when she starts your tattoo. What's thrown away shouldn't be tossed into an open trash bin, but instead should be placed in a special container that's typically labeled with a bio-hazard sign. Needles should be disposed of in a container for sharp instruments. What isn't disposed of should be sterilized using a special piece of equipment called an autoclave (a pressure pop that boils using steam and pressure to sterilize killing microorganisms by over-exposing them to high temperatures and pressure.

Regulations vary from state to state, but tattoo studios generally have to be licensed and so do tattoo artists. Ask about this when you select your tattoo studio; a professional shop will be happy to make you feel comfortable. Your tattoo artist should wash her hands using germicidal soap and should wash the area of skin to be tattooed as well. After outlining the tattoo, your tattoo artist should clean you skin again, before adding color to the design. Blood should be wiped away using a sterile cloth, which should be disposed of as if it were a biohazard. The finished tattoo should be cleaned yet again.

Caring for Your Tattoo

Rebel Rub™Initially, the skin around your tattoo will be a bit swollen. You should keep a bandage on the tattooed area at least a day or just keep it clean I’ve found people are more likely to wash there tattoo 2-3 times a day if it’s not covered and in my experience it’s been more effective in the healing process to keep it clean rather than keep it covered for the first 24hrs.. Monitor your skin for pain, redness that spreads outward from the tattooed area, excessive swelling, or pus. Wash the area with antimicrobial soap. You don't want to use alcohol; it will just dry out your skin. Pat the skin dry with a soft tissue. You can rub an antibacterial or antibiotic cream into the tattoo. Give your skin time to heal and don't expose it to pool water, or even hot bath water do not let your fresh ink sit in any water for any amount of time don’t take baths when you have fresh ink as this will seriously effect the healing process negatively. Sunscreen is a good idea for any part of your skin.
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