• Chills or fever. Fever could indicate that your tattoo is infected and you should consult a doctor immediately.
  • Long-term redness. Most tattoos will remain red for several days. If the redness persists, it is a sign that the tattoo is not healing well.
  • Oozing fluid. Fluid or pus may still be coming out of your tattoo after 2 to 3 days. Consult a doctor.
  • Swollen, puffy skin. Although it is normal for tattoos to remain raised for a few more days, the surrounding skin should not become puffy. This could indicate an allergy to the ink.
  • Itching and hives that are severe. An allergic reaction to ink can also manifest as itchy tattoos. An allergic reaction to tattoo Trusted Source may occur immediately after or even several years later.
  • Scarring. A properly healed tattoo should not cause scarring. You tattoo may scab over as it is a wound. Scarring can be seen in raised, puffy skin or pitted skin.