Skin & Soft Tissue Infections

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Skin & Soft Tissue Infections

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Tattoo Ink–Related Infections — Awareness, Diagnosis, Reporting, and Prevention


Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are the second most common infection encountered in hospitals, have been written about for centuries and were most likely the first infections that benefited from antibacterial therapy. Yet they continue to evolve. Who doesn't know the MRSA story. But what about tattoos?

Outbreaks of nontuberculous mycobacterial skin infections have recently been associated with contaminated tattoo ink. "Tattoos have become increasingly popular in recent years. In the United States, the estimated percentage of adults with one or more tattoos increased from 14% in 2008 to 21% in 2012. The process of tattooing exposes the recipient to risks of infections…

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