a story of cellulitis in pictures by your ever-loving mod, hellbentforleather
so as i mentioned a few weeks ago, i was unfortunate enough to contract a cellulitis infection in my newest tattoo. a lot of the time tattoos get infected due to unsanitary materials used, or an unsanitary environment, but in the words of my tattooist, ‘fuck lauren, that sucks, but sometimes it just happens.’ this tattoo was done in a very sanitary shop by an experienced artist, which just goes to show that unfortunately sometimes this is just unavoidable.
for those unfamiliar with cellulitis, it’s ‘a skin infection caused by bacteria. normally, your skin helps protect you from infection. but if you have a cut, sore, or insect bite, bacteria can get into the skin and spread to deeper tissues. If it is not treated with antibiotics, the infection can spread to the blood or lymph nodes. this can be deadly.’
if you think you are at all developing an infection, please seek medical attention asap. i know it seems stupid (i thought it was too at first) but you literally can die from this so if your tattoo is inordinately swollen, hot, leaking puss or fluid and/or you are possibly feeling feverish and dizzy, please contact a nurse-on-call type service and then proceed as they advise. there is a good chance it’s not an infection as they are relatively rare but never leave it to chance.
there is a description of each of the stages pictured above under the cut, plus recommendations as to how to take care of an infection as it progresses
Sometimes it might “just happen” but I wager that it had something to do with the cat hair that is clearly all over you. Imagine how many germs are in that. Also, where did you get this done? This was done about a year ago at Dangerzone.