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How to Treat Infected Piercings

A couple of suggestions to prevent and treat infected piercing

Piercings are one of the most popular and versatile types of body art. Eyebrow, cheek, ear, belly button piercings, surface piercings, and dermal piercings are just some of the numerous piercings men and women choose for their body. However, if you don’t take necessary precautions and treat the piercing properly in the first few weeks after having it done, you could be faced with a series of problems that could even put your life in danger.

Belly button piercing

Prevent Infection

You must clean the piercing regularly in order to avoid any infections. Dip a cloth into warm water and soap and wash the new piercing gently. Be sure to keep all the bacteria, grime and dirt away from the pierced body part. What’s more, don’t rub alcohol on it, because you can end up with dry skin and possible infection. Additionally, don’t forget to rinse the piercing with saline solution at least twice a day. In the first 2-3 days, it’s best if you avoid the gym and hot baths, because the wound will absorb bacteria from the moisture which can cause an infection.

Body piercing

How to Treat an Infected Piercing

Swelling, excessive redness, pain, soreness, puss, and blood are all signs of an infected piercing. These problems usually occur after home piercings, or they can appear as a result of a mistake. Considering infections progresses fast, it’s essential that you react immediately after you notice some of the problems. Warm water and soap are always a great solution for cleaning the piercing.

Upper chest piercing

Antibiotics can also help, so feel free to apply them on the pierced area. Polymyxin B sulphate can fight off the bacteria successfully, if you apply it lightly to a pierced area twice a day. However, keep in mind that the ointment can cause allergic reactions, so if you see any rash on the skin, or if your skin starts itching, stop using it.

Piercing nostril

An ice pack will reduce swelling and bruising. However, remember never to apply the ice directly to the skin, but cover it up with fabric or wrap in a cloth towel. This way you will prevent the tissue damage and fight the swelling, so you could treat the infection.

Tongue piercing

Treat Cartilage Piercing Problems

Bumps are some of the most frequent problems of cartilage piercings on ears and noses. Once you see small, raised scars around the exit holes of the piercing, it means that the problem is already there, and you have to treat it properly to avoid more serious complications. A salt soak is all you need to fix the cartilage bumps. However, the safest way to avoid any ear piercing problems is to turn to a professional piercer and follow their advice on keeping the piercing clean.

Piercing ear cartilage

The piercing artist could also evaluate the state of your bump and estimate how serious your condition is. Therefore, be sure to visit them and see if you maybe need a better ring or stud for your piercing. Loose and too big jewellery usually causes bumps, as well as those made of the wrong material. Piercing artist will know which to offer you as a replacement for the one you had, and help you get rid of the problems caused by the first piercing.

Lower lip piercing

A piercing done by someone who’s not a professional can be extremely dangerous for your health. Therefore, make sure to always go to a piercing parlour if you want to get pierced, and that way be certain that the artists are professionals and that they’ll do the job right. Try to keep the piercing clean to avoid any potential problems and infections. However, if the infection appears, the previous suggestions will help you treat it successfully.

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Diana Smith

Author bio:

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a passionate writer. In her free time she enjoys writing interesting and informative posts on women's health and fitness related themes.

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