Archive for October, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tattoo Skin Infection and Healing Cream

tattooBecause the outer dermal layers of skin are crossed when getting inked, it’s important to take good care of the skin after a tattoo by keeping the area clean and following any after-care instructions provided by your tattoo artist.

If you want to be extra prepared to have a positive tattoo experience, you could also invest in a good healing cream to help skin recover and return to its healthiest, best appearance.

Although usually there is no problem with infection after getting a tattoo, there are occasions where someone has a bad reaction to materials used or just simply doesn’t follow a hygienic procedure and an infection results. So, what do you do if you think you’re getting an infection after receiving a new tattoo?

First, try to get clear on whether the area is actually infected. Some natural parts of the healing process can be scary for first-timers. A newly tattooed area will often be red and irritated, and may even bleed, ooze ink or scab over. This does not necessarily indicate an infection. However, if the tattoo oozes a greenish or yellow pus, or if it is still red, swollen or hot weeks afterwards, this should raise concern.

You may want to go back to the artist who did your tattoo and ask for their perspective. Most tattoo artists have been trained to look for infections and will know what to spot. But the best step to take if you sense you may have an infection – or if you’re concerned about the health of the tattoo site, is to go see your doctor. He or she will be able to diagnose the problem and give you antibiotics if needed.

During the acute phase of the infection, your health practitioner may not suggest a healing cream, but may recommend using a topical ointment like Bacitracin or Neosporin. (Note: Only use these ointments after getting inked. If you apply right BEFORE getting your tattoo, they can clog skin and actually cause an infection.)

While treating an infected tattoo, you’ll want to keep it dry at all times. If your skin gets moist, it is more likely to pick up bacteria and fungus that can give you a lot of problems. After the infection is gone, you may want to use a healing cream that can help reduce the chance of scarring and can help restore skin to its natural, full strength and vitality so that your tattoo looks great!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MD Anderson Helps Patients through Radiation Side Effects

md andersonWe’re proud to be offered in MD Anderson, one of the nation’s leading (and the world’s largest) cancer care centers.

MD Anderson has been working to eliminate cancer for more than six decades. They focus exclusively on cancer and have seen cases of every kind. Their doctors treat more rare cancers in a single day than most physicians see in a lifetime, and they have ranked as one of the top two hospitals in cancer care every year since U.S. News andamp; World Report began its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey in 1990.

Best Doctors in America has recognized many of MD Anderson’s physicians for being among the best in the nation. The center has more nurses per patient than many hospitals in the country and they’re world-renowned for using and developing front-line diagnostic technology. That lets physicians pinpoint each patient’s unique cancer and tailor treatment for the best possible outcome.

Cutting-Edge Research

One of their greatest strengths is their ability to translate today’s most promising laboratory findings into tomorrow’s new, more effective and less traumatic treatments. They’ve pioneered countless medical advances over the years. New and innovative therapies generally are available at MD Anderson several years before they become standard in the community. Their clinical trials incorporate state-of-the-art patient care, while evaluating the most recent developments in cancer medicine. They also offer treatment opportunities for difficult or aggressive tumors.

MD Anderson ranks first in the number and amount of research grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute.

Support andamp; Education

At MD Anderson provides a number of important, helpful programs, including:

Integrative Medicine Center: Offers complementary programs, free of charge, to help with the non-medical dimensions of living with cancer.
Anderson Network: A unique cancer support group of current and former patients who can offer the right patient-to-patient advice and encouragement when you need it most.
The Learning Center: Provides books and other learning materials for reference and checkout by patients and their families.
Cancer Prevention Center: Offers programs, counseling services and information to help people make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent cancer or its recurrence.
The Jesse Jones Rotary House International: Provides a home-like environment with personnel who understand our patients’ health care needs.