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Things to Know When Getting a Tattoo
There are health risks associated with getting a tattoo. These include allergic reactions and the transmission of bloodborne diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV, which is why you should always use a licensed tattoo artist in a licensed tattoo establishment.
How to Protect Yourself When Getting a Tattoo
- Tattoo artists and the tattoo establishment must both have a license issued by the Florida Department of Health.
- Licenses should be current and visible.
- The area to be tattooed must be cleaned prior to tattooing.
- Observe your surroundings. The facility should be clean.
- The artist must wear gloves and use a new pair if they become contaminated.
- Only sterile, single-use needles should be used.
- Ink, dyes, or pigments must be portioned per customer.
- Obtain after care instructions at the time of your tattoo and follow these to promote safe healing.
- Keep the tattoo clean.
- Seek medical attention if you have an allergic reaction or infection. Signs of a possible infection include excessive soreness, tenderness, redness, drainage, swelling, or pain at the tattoo site.
- Swimming and sunbathing is not recommended directly after getting a tattoo.
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