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Wilderness Medicine Tattoo
In March of this year, there was a report emanating from the Mayo Clinic that Mycobacterium chelonae may be present in some skin irritations associated with fresh tattoos. This germ is another nontuberculous mycobacterium. It was commented that the infection might be misdiagnosed or overlooked, presumably because such infection is so uncommon. It's notable that even though the infection is present within two weeks of the initial exposure, diagnosis may take more than four months, and with proper treatment (such as a macrolide antibiotic; e.g., clarithromycin) additional months for a cure.
I've been contemplating getting a tattoo of the Wilderness Medical Society logo, so now I have one more reason to postpone.
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