Every week, some people decide to get a tattoo. It may be the first one they have ever had, or simply the latest in a series of tattoos created for assorted reasons. Most people are happy with the tattoos they have, too. A survey conducted by YouGov in 2015 discovered 19% of adults in the UK have at least one tattoo. Of those people, 86% had no regrets about being ‘inked’. The remaining 14% regretted at least one of the tattoos they had. Of course, if you are going to get one or more tattoos, you will want to do your research first. It may be prudent to look for tattoo poisoning advice, too, so you know what to look for in case you get an infection.
How useful is tattoo poisoning advice?
Tattoo poisoning advice is a vital part of the tattooing process. A reputable tattoo artist should offer a clean and safe service, and should give you advice and aftercare information to minimise the odds of anything going wrong.
For example, you might receive a leaflet containing advice on what to do (and what not to do) following your tattoo. The tattoo artist will cover the tattoo once it is finished, and this covering should be left on for around two to five hours to protect it. Always make sure you follow the advice you are given, because it could prevent you getting an infection. Not only could this ruin your tattoo, it could also make you very ill. Good tattoo poisoning advice will help you minimise the risks.
How do you know if you have an infection?
Tattoo poisoning advice will reveal the signs of a possible infection, so you know what to look for. With that said, you will experience some discomfort and redness immediately after the tattoo is done. Watch for these things to happen and see your GP if you are concerned:
- Increasing redness around and over the tattoo
- Weeping or pus coming from the tattooed area
- A deterioration in these symptoms, because they can easily occur immediately after getting a tattoo
Make sure you keep your tattoo clean by following the instructions you were given in your tattoo poisoning advice, and don’t do anything you were told not to, such as go swimming.Open Claim Calculator
How to find a reputable tattooist
All tattooists in England and Wales must have a tattoo, piercing and electrolysis licence. This requires the tattooist to register themselves and their premises. Check and see whether the tattooist you have found has this registration. If they do not, go elsewhere.
Remember, a genuine tattooist will be only too glad to help you and to answer any questions you have. Use your instincts, too – is the tattoo parlour clean and fresh? Does it look tidy and inviting, or does it seem dusty or dirty? Don’t just trust the licence they have. Make sure their standards are just as good as they would have been when they applied. If in doubt, go elsewhere to get your tattoo poisoning advice – and your tattoo.
Make sure the tattooist goes through all necessary steps prior to doing the tattoo
If the tattooist launches straight into doing the tattoo, stop. They should ask you questions about your health and medical history prior to doing it, and go through any possible allergies or other issues first as well.
Even though you might be tempted by a cheap price, don’t opt for an unregistered tattooist or ‘scratcher’. The chances of falling ill from a poorly done tattoo are greatly increased when someone isn’t registered. If you have friends with tattoos, ask them where they got theirs done. Getting a recommendation can be very useful, but you should still check the tattooist they have recommended has been properly licensed and has premises that are clean and safe.
The risks of getting a tattoo
Of course, all the tattoo poisoning advice in the world cannot prevent all potential mishaps or risks. Some people are more sensitive than others, and there is a chance you may be one of the few people who are allergic to the pigment used for the tattooing process. You won’t know this until the tattoo has been done, and even then, it may take several weeks or even months to develop. If you are allergic, the tattoo will become sore and irritating. Some people can tolerate this and it may settle down, but in other cases, people opt to have the tattoo removed.
Other risks stem from the use of dirty needles, whether they are not sterile or have already been used on other people. These risks should be eradicated by going to a registered tattooist who follows all health and safety procedures. Sometimes, people may find a tattoo becomes itchy or uncomfortable if they go in the sun. If so, covering up and staying out of the sun will be necessary to prevent this from occurring.
Have you had a nasty experience or infection following a tattoo?
If you have, you might be wondering whether it could have been prevented. If you followed all aftercare advice to the letter, and something still went wrong, there may be a chance to make a compensation claim. If the tattooist was negligent, perhaps in not providing aftercare advice, not being registered, or not using sterile equipment, you could have a strong case.
To find out more, all you need to do is to call our team now on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Accident Advice Helpline has secured compensation for thousands of others over more than 16 years, and our personal injury lawyers can handle compensation claims stemming from poor tattoo poisoning advice and experiences, too. If we think you have a case, we will press ahead with it on a no-win, no-fee basis to ensure you have no worries about financial matters. With us to support you, getting compensation might be easier than you would think, so give us a call now.