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What causes redness and irritation around the tattoo on lower leg after swimming?

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Dr. Ralph Chambers

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Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2016 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I had a tattoo done on the inside of my lower leg 2 weeks ago tomorrow. It was healing fine and I had no pain hardly any swelling. About a week after getting the tattoo I stepped into the kids pool without thinking trying to clean it out. Later that day I noticed that the tattoo area was red and irritated so I cleaned it and applied a topical antibiotic to it and wrapped it up. The next morning it was red and streaky around the tattoo and there was a little swelling and pain but nothing bad. Now the tattoo and about an inch all around is numb to the feeling. I'm unsure what to do.
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Answered by Dr. Ralph Chambers 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Hello. This is cellulitis--a skin infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello, welcome to HCM,
I've seen the image and gone through your query,

The redness indicates a skin infection. Nothing too serious but the topical antibiotic cream probably won't treat it well.

If it continues to spread you'd need a course of systematic antibiotics from your doctor

Please let me know if you need any more information
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