How to Deal with an Infected Piercing

Body piercing is a practice where a person punctures any part of their body as a form of self expression, fashion, and artistry.

Infected Piercing

Body piercing is a practice where a person puncturing any part of the body as self-expression, fashion, and artistry. Piercing is widely known in different parts of the globe as a part of jewelry in someone’s body. The body already an excess century ago especially in tribes in different parts of the world.

Piercing for tribes is very essential it is part of their religious ritual. Some tribes believe that having a piercing will make them close to God and others put piercing in their septum as assign of bravery; this is usually seen in warriors in tribes. But today piercing is used in different ways. Though today it’s almost pretty normal seeing people have a piercing in their body we need to think many times before having it in our own body because sometimes things have gone wrong and can cause unwanted infection to our body. It’s very important to sanitize the things that were used in putting piercing in someone’s body to avoid occurring of the infection.

But if every you already have the infection caused by piercing you need to deal with it and how you to do so?

Infected Piercing: Ways On How To Deal With It

Dealing with pain caused by infection in our body is not easy and the following are the things you need to do to deal with infection caused by piercing:

  1. Go to your doctor as soon as you suspect that your piercing is infected by bacteria. To be able to know if your piercing is infected, you can the piercing will be red and warm to the touch. The infected area will have a discharge, varying from yellow to white. If you already have fever, go to your medical provider for immediate aid.
  2. Leave the piercing in your ear as long as your doctor tells you so. Removing your piercing can interfere with the healing process of the infected area. Always remember that you should not touch it and you should avoid playing with it because it can cause irritation.
  3. Apply antibiotic cream (as prescribed by your doctor). Use an antibiotic cream on the infected area for faster healing, but it should be prescribed by your doctor.
  4. Take prescription pills/tablets. If your doctor prescribes you a pill or a tablet, take it immediately. Usually, if your infection is severe you will experience fever and the infected area will become tender and inflamed.
  5. Drain your abscess (if it develops). Abscess is a type of wound that has pus, your doctor will drain that wound. Your doctor will apply warm to hot compress to the abscess, but sometimes the doctor will use injections to make the process easy.
  6. Surgery (for severe cartilage infection). If your infection becomes severe and it’s damaging your cartilage, surgery will be the best option to avoid further complications.

Preventing Piercing Infection

Before it’s too late to prevent your piercing infection by doing the following.

  1. Clean your piercing frequently: Use a clean towel and soak it to warm water with soap then apply it to your piercing area to make it clean. Keeping dirt and grime can cause the developing of bacteria that may lead to infection of your piercing.
  2. Wash your piercing with saline solution every day: Mix iodized salt into a cup of distilled water or mineral water and stir it until the water dissolves the salt and clean it to your piercing area.
  3. Always keep your hands clean: Do not touch your piercing if your hand is dirty you will carry bacteria to the piercing and can it can be infected.
  4. Do not wear tight clothes around your piercing area: Avoid using clothes that are very tight because it can make the piercing irritate especially in the genital area, nipple, and navel.
  5. Do not go into public pools if your piercing is new: If your piercing is about 2-3 days do not go into public pools and even hot tubs. Pools are the common area you can get different bacteria that can cause infection in your body.

Symptoms of Infected Piercing

  • Pain or soreness in the piercing area: Feeling pained after putting piercing in your body but feeling pained 5-6 after your piercing put in days is not normal and it’s a sign that your piercing is already infected.
  • Swelling of piercing: Swelling is one way of our body reacting to pain and other infection and if you notice you’re piercing swell after 5-6 days you put your piercing, it might be due to infection.
  • Fever: Fever is solid evidence that you are having an infection and you should see your doctor.
  • Excessive redness: Redness with tenderness is one of the symptoms that your piercing is infected by certain bacteria.
  • Puss and liquid discharge are present: Puss is usually yellowish or white discharge coming from the piercing area that infected.

Infected Piercing Complication

Yes infected piercing can cause different complications to us. Because of the bacteria in infected piercing other infection may occur. Infected piercing can trigger having the following.

Viral hepatitis Tetanu
Toxic syndrome Skin allergies
Brain abscesses Chronic infection
Endocarditis Nerve damage
HIV Prolonged bleeding

Where Can You Have A Safe Piercing Done?

Clean environment are the most important thing to consider where you can make your piercing done to avoid too much exposure of bacteria that can because of your infection.

  • You can ask your doctor if he will do piercing because there are doctors that will do the piercing.
  • Do your research: Researching clean piercing shop is a must. And check if they are licensed to do the procedure.
  • Make sure that the employees piercing gun is clean and sterile.

Before having a piercing consult your doctor first if it’s okay to you or it can trigger your health condition. People who are suffering from diabetes, heart condition, weak immune system, pregnant and those who take thyroid blood thinner are not allowed to have piercing in their body.

Before you seek any treatment for your infection you need to see your doctor first to check the severity of your condition. Improper medication may lead to different complications.

Signs Of An infected Ear Piercing

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