An extremely graphic video of an infected tattoo has resurfaced on YouTube and social media users are still left cringing after watching the stomach-churning footage. Based on the comments written by viewers, via the Daily Mail, many who’ve never had a tattoo are now second-guessing their desires due to the jaw-dropping video.
According to Opposing Views, the infected tattoo video documents an unidentified woman’s trip to the doctor after suffering discomfort from a troubling lump on her back. It has been reported that the infected lump is a result of her tattoo. The footage captures the massive tattoo design, which stretches across her entire back. But, with a closer look, the tattoo isn’t the only thing noticeable. The massive lump — which appears to be feverish, swollen, red, and inflamed — is clearly visible.
The video begins almost immediately the doctor creates an incision in the middle of the lump. When he applies a little pressure on the lump, it quickly begins to ooze. For those who have a weak stomach, watching the duration of the video might not be the best idea. But, for those who enjoy gruesome pus volcanoes, this video may ultimately become one of your favorites. As the doctor applies more pressure to the infected tattoo area, infected, brown pus comes gushing from the incision.
Here’s the clip of the infected tattoo incision:
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During an interview with Daily Mail, Dr. Arun Ghosh revealed some details about the infected tattoo. Apparently, the infection has caused an abscess or cyst to form under the skin near the infected region where the tattoo is. Dr. Ghosh also discussed the massive amount of pus that has also developed and how severe the infection could have become if she hadn’t have sought medical attention.
“She’s developed an abscess, a pocket of infected pus. I’ve removed similar ones. You start squeezing and there’s huge amount of pus inside the cyst. If you left it, it would become a hard, cottage-cheese like lump,” said Dr. Ghosh. “It’s unusual to see an abscess that big. If that got into her body, she would have died of blood poisoning.”
— Dr Sarah Brewer (@DrSarahBHealthy) February 13, 2016
Dr. Ghosh also revealed another factor that raises the possibility of tattoo becoming infected. Apparently, a person’s weight can also increase the chances of an infection developing. Since the skin tends to be thicker on a larger person’s back, sweat ducts become blocked. “If you get a large lady the sweat ducts become blocked. The sweat can’t come out the body so it forms inside, creating an abscess.”
Before walking into a tattoo parlor, there are a number of factors to consider in order to decrease the possibility of walking out with a potentially infected tattoo. According to Tattoo Do, there are several reasons why tattoos become infected, but in most cases, unsanitary materials are one of the leading causes of infected tattoos.
If you think your tattoo may be infected, there are numerous signs that could be strong indicators of infection. It has been reported that inflammation, swelling, discharge, foul odor, fever, red streaks, swollen lymph nodes, and allergic reactions are some of the most obvious signs. Dr. Ghosh also discussed other reasons why tattoos can become infected.
“It could be that the tattoo needle pierced the skin and introduced bacteria into the abscess, causing it to become infected,” Dr. Ghosh suggested. “Or the tattoo artist has overworked the area with a needle. This leaves the pores wide open and sweat can clog them up, forming a cyst.”
— Tufairi. B. Kawawa (@Tufairi) February 13, 2016
Although light swelling and redness are common immediately after a tattoo has been etched, these two symptoms tend to disappear within a matter of days. If any of these symptoms persist, it’s best to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Infected tattoos can lead to serious health consequences, and in some severe cases, death is even a possibility.
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