Mother has MOUTHWASH tattooed into her skin in bizarre attempt to cure infected tattoo she had to celebrate birth of her son (but won't rule out getting inked again)

  • Tara, 25, had heart tattoo featuring the name of her son
  • After a few months, it became itchy and started to seep pus
  • She started getting pain all the way up her arm
  • Had to be hospitalised three times due to infection
  • Tattooist's failed solution was to tattoo over heart with mouthwash
  • Eventually discovered problem was bad reaction to red pigmentation

A mother was hospitalised three times after a tattoo she had to mark the birth of her son became infected.

Tara, 25, who lives in the UK, had a tattoo featuring the name of her son, Connor, his date of birth and a big red heart on her wrist following his arrival in 2009.

'I had the tattoo to remind me how much I love my son,' she said on the latest episode of Extreme Beauty Disasters.

The tattoo regularly became infected and it could be dry, itchy and flaky as seen here

Tara, left, had this tattoo, right, following the birth of her son Connor but it regularly became infected and could be dry, itchy and flaky as seen here

'At first I was really chuffed with it, it was a cool tattoo and it looked great. But after a few months it started to hurt and didn't look right.'

The large heart Tara had inked on to her arm became itchy and started to seep pus. Then she started getting pain all the way up her arm into her armpit.

'It has turned into a nightmare,' she said. 'It stops me picking Connor up, swinging him around and giving him a squeeze. 

'The tattoo can be dry and flaky or wet and pusy and smelly. The tattoo has gone wrong and I'm not sure how or why.

'It has been quite scary as I have been hospitalised three times now.'

Courses of antibiotics over the years have helped keep the infection at bay but then it always returns again.

Dr Sam Bunting examines Tara's tattoo on Extreme Beauty Disasters and recommends she has a biopsy to gt the bottom of why it's becoming infected

Dr Sam Bunting examines Tara's tattoo on Extreme Beauty Disasters and recommends she has a biopsy to gt the bottom of why it's becoming infected

When Tara returned to the tattooist who gave her the inking seeking answers, he had an unusual solution. 

'I did go back to see tattooist and they tattooed an antibacterial mouthwash over the original tattoo to try and heal it,' she explained.

This failed to solve her problem so Tara turned to skin expert Dr Sam Bunting on Extreme Beauty Disasters.

She was stunned when she heard of the tattooist's attempt at a cure.

'It is natural to go back to the person who did the tattoo to get their opinion but mouthwash tattooed into the skin? I have never heard the like of it,' she said.

She recommended a biopsy to establish what was causing Tara's infection.

This revealed that Tara was having a bad reaction to the red ink coloured in the heart.

Dr Bunting was not surprised. 'Red ink is the most troublesome and the most common to be associated with adverse reactions,' she said.

The mother is smiling again now the infection has gone
She had the red pigment causing her adverse reaction removed using laser surgery

The mother is smiling again now the red pigment in her tattoo has been removed following laser surgery

To rid her of the pain for good, Tara then had to had a number of laser removal sessions to break down the red pigment in the heart, followed by steroid injections to reduce the swelling.

It worked and three months later the inflammation, itchiness and oozing of pus is all gone.

Tara said she felt much better and no longer had any symptoms of an infection. 

'I don't have to worry now about the infection or the pain,' she said. 

However, she has been left with a tattoo she isn't completely happy with the appearance of. 

And despite her recent ordeal, she said she wouldn't rule out having another tattoo in the future.

'To improve the appearance I think I will work what I have here into another tattoo - but not any time soon,' she said.

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