A skin condition that sometimes occurs in infants and toddlers, impetigo can also be found in those who’ve recently gotten a tattoo. Symptoms include red, easily popped sores that leave behind a yellow crust. It’s highly contagious and is typically found on the face, neck, and hands.

Impetigo from a tattoo is mainly due to unsterile conditions and tools. When unsanitary pigment is implanted into the skin, a slew of infections can occur. Other symptoms include fluid-filled blisters, swollen lymph nodes, an itchy rash, and irritation.

Once a person has impetigo, he or she should be considered highly contagious. Not only can it be spread through skin-to-skin contact, it can also be transferred through items such as towels, bedding, and toys. Insect and animal bites can spread the bacteria to others.

Several things, such as diabetes and a poor immune system, can make people more susceptible to the infection. The cure depends on the type of impetigo that was contracted, but a doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics. Bathing and gently soaking the infected area daily is important because it’s easy to spread the infection to other areas of the body. Refraining from picking at scabs and wrapping the area with a nonstick medical dressing are the only ways to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.