This has to be one of the most asked questions I get. Normally, the piercing is just irritated but there have seen some real nasty ones. If you ever want to quit eating for the day, Google “Infected Piercings” and click on Images. There are some really bad ones there.
Since I know most of you didn’t pay attention in Biology class, let me explain a few things. If you see a clear to white fluid “pus” come out of your piercings, don’t worry, that is normal. That’s Lymph and we like Lymph because it returns protein and excess interstitial fluid to the circulation. It also removes harmful bacteria. All you have to do is clean it with H2Ocean whenever you see it so that it doesn’t dry and turn into “Crusties” around your piercing. Crusties can be very painful if they are pulled through the piercing and it can rip off new skin as it is trying to heal. So keep it clean and it will go away with time.
If you have an infected piercing, the area around your piercing will be swollen, red, hot, tender to the touch and it usually secrets yellow, green or brown pus. If you have any of these symptoms, consult your professional piercer immediately. If your infection is severe enough, the piercer may suggest that you visit your doctor for a prescription of antibiotics, but always talk to your piercer before going to the ER. Often times, piercers know much more about piercings and what to look for than the average doctor.
Last but not least, go with your gut. If you’re worried about it, it doesn’t hurt to ask your piercer. It’s better to be safe than sorry.