Infection may start at the tattoo or piercing site on the surface of
the skin. The normal clear or clear-yellow fluid that drains from a body
piercing site may change to creamy yellow, brown, or red or look or smell like
Infection may also occur deep inside the wound, with few noticeable
signs at the site. Pain and swelling may develop. The skin over a tattoo or
around a body piercing may heal while an infection is present in the wound,
causing a more serious infection, such as an
cellulitis. Infection can also spread to involve the
bones (osteomyelitis), the joints (septic arthritis), or the whole body (sepsis).
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