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Question of the Week – MRSA Carrier

January 20th, 2008
Q: I just found out today that I am a carrier of MRSA. I’m supposed to be getting a tattoo tomorrow. What are the risks? Thanks.

A: Definitely tell your artist about this so they can take extra precautions to protect you and themselves. Most people don’t even know they’re carriers, so you’ve got an advantage there. That doesn’t make you diseased or anything – about 2 million people in the U.S. carry MRSA and have no ill effects.

The risk to you is that once your skin has been broken and you have an open wound, the staph infection bacteria can enter your body. The key is to be sure that the area of the tattoo and around the tattoo are thoroughly cleaned to remove the bacteria. However, each cleaning is only temporary, so once you get home it’s going to be just as important that you keep the area clean at all times.

The risk to your artist is exposure to the bacteria if he/she has any open wounds that can cause it to be introduced into their own bodies. Keeping any cuts or scrapes covered and practicing Universal Precautions will protect them.

More Information: Tattoos and MRSA – What Are the Risks?

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week – MRSA Carrier”

  1. comment number 1 by: Rhoda

    I have seen a tattoo infected with MRSA and it might make you rethink getting a tattoo at all if you are at risk. There were boils all along the lines of his tattoo that left scars and absolutely ruined the work done. Be very very careful!!!!

  2. comment number 2 by: Mallory

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