Man Dies After Going Swimming With a New Tattoo
One of the main pieces of advice is not to go swimming with a new tattoo. As during those first weeks, your tattoo is like an open wound that needs to heal, and seal itself. Unfortunately today we hear that someone has ignored this advice. And has died after going swimming five days after obtaining a new tattoo.
The 31-year-old Hispanic man was told to wait at least two weeks before going swimming. However, he ignored this advice. And venture into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Just five days after obtaining a religious cross on his right calf. As his wound was still fresh, it became contaminated with flesh-eating bacteria. That tore chunks out of his skin, and ultimately led to his death.
The day after going swimming, the unidentified man developed a fever, chills and a red rash. Then his condition worsened over two days so he was admitted to hospital. Doctors were concerned about the patches on his legs, which had turned purple. They immediately suspected the vibrio vulnificus bug to be responsible. Because the man already suffered from cirrhosis (weak liver). Which was caused by the man’s daily habits of drinking six 340ml (12 fl oz) bottles of beer a day.
The man was given some antibiotics to help fight the deadly bacteria. Within just 24 hours of being admitted to hospital. Doctors were forced to place him on a life support machine as his organs had began to fail. He battled to fight through the septic shock, which is when the body attacks its own organs.
After two weeks of being in hospital, his symptoms had finally started to clear up. And doctors were hopeful of letting him return home. However his kidneys failed due to the septic shock. Soon after this, he died. Please let this be a reminder about not going swimming after getting a tattoo. And listen to all the advice from your tattoo artist, as they know best.