Here is a question that I get several times a day so I thought I should take a little time to talk about it. Chances are, your piercing isn’t infected but it is always good to ask a piercing professional as soon as you can. It is better to know than not to know. Don’t ask your friends, they are not the experts. Get the right information from the beginning. Here are some tips.
If you’re piercing is less than a week old, most likely it is not infected. It is common for new piercings to be swollen, sore and have a small pinkish to reddish ring around it and even discrete clear to white fluid. This is normal for puncture wounds and that is what a piercing is, a puncture wound. Keep cleaning it and follow your aftercare instructions. If you don’t have any instructions, then you can download ours from our website.
Here are some signs of a true infection. Does your piercing have yellow or green pus coming from it? Does the skin feel hot to the touch? Pain is normal but does your pain feel like it is sharp or shooting? If you said yes to one or more of these questions, you might have an infection. Time to go to your local piercer and get their opinion. They can be the deciding vote as to whether you should go to the doctor.
If you find out that you have an infection, don’t take out your jewelry. Removing it might make your infected piercing turn into an infected abscess and they are no fun at all. Go to the doctors for antibiotics, soak your piercing daily and keep it clean. Remember, never sleep on your piercing, this will only make it worse.
There are some tips of what to look for and what to do. I hope that it was helpful. The most important part, if you have a concern or question, ask your piercer. You have a fountain of information at your fingertips, all for free and from a real person that can answer you back. Until next week, I am Hardt Von Sachs and you are what you modify.