Oh! When a piercing becomes infected, swelling and pain are inevitable. Not only is this uncomfortable, but if handled incorrectly it can also lead to serious health problems. They include abscesses and unsightly scars. Time to act in good time! You can find out here which ointments and home remedies will help you quickly if your piercing (no matter where on the body) has become infected.
Is your piercing infected? This is how you recognize it!
Before starting a treatment, you should first check if your piercing is really inflamed. If it is still fresh enough, redness, swelling, and mild pain can still be classified as normal. Finally, a part of his body was pierced with a needle and the resulting wound must first heal. In this case, you don’t have to worry too much, just take care of your new piercing as explained to you by the piercer.
However, if you’ve had the piercing for a long time and it’s causing you problems, you should quickly recognize the following signs of inflammation:
- Severe swelling
- Significant redness that does not want to go away.
- Hardening of the surrounding tissue
- A noticeable heating of the skin around the piercing.
- Possible leakage of pus or other fluid from the piercing hole or the surrounding skin
- Pain when touched or just like that
- In some cases, the body reacts to a penetrating infection with circulatory problems and fever.
Do these signs apply to your piercing? So now you need to quickly take care of careful wound care. Because if the helix piercing, tragus piercing, tongue piercing and so on are inflamed, it can be dangerous.
Inflamed Piercing: These ointments and home remedies help Septum, Helix, and Co.
If your piercing is infected, you shouldn’t wait long before taking countermeasures. You can use these remedies against typical complaints of an inflamed piercing:
Saltwater: A proven home remedy is a salt water solution made from 250 ml of warm water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Put the solution on the inflamed piercing with the help of a cotton ball soaked in it or simply drip the salt water on the wound. Do this two or three times a day. This treatment is also good for a swollen tongue piercing. tip: Rotate the piercing gently (!) During treatment so that the solution can wet the puncture canal from the inside.
- Disinfectant care spray: Octenisept * and Prontolind * are classic piercing sprays that are usually taken home to the piercer after piercing. They not only serve to prevent inflammation, but should also be sprayed regularly (two to three times a day) in case of redness and other symptoms of inflammation.
- Antibiotics: If your piercing is already purulent and causes you physical discomfort, you must urgently see a doctor, because then self-therapy is no longer enough. He will prescribe an antibiotic against the infection.
- Special wound gel: A tip from the piercer that I personally received is to use special anti-infective ointments like Tyrosur-Gel * or similar products. These are used to treat oozing infected wounds and help speed healing. Simply apply to the inflamed area several times a day.
If the swelling is not that severe yet, but you still don’t want to heal properly, it’s best to see your piercer again. He can give you more professional advice on how to manage the problem.
By the way: Contrary to other opinions, it is NOT recommended to simply remove the piercing. As a result, the wound closes and inside it can form pus chambers and fluid accumulations from the wound to abscesses.
This is how to prevent a piercing infection
Many things can be to blame for the inflammation of a piercing: improper care, through which germs contaminate the piercing area, playing too aggressive with piercing jewelry or rubbing clothing. If you know what applies to you, then you also know where you need to be more careful in the future.
For example is yours Tongue piercing inflamed, it may be due to playing and pulling too much with your teeth in the socket. The same applies if your Helix drilling it’s inflamed and you’ve simply played with your hand too much and turned the plug. This is also very fast Tragus perforation switched on. On the other hand is yours Nipple piercing swollen, wearing lace bras or baggy clothes without a bra could be to blame. At worst, constant irritation from the piercing can lead to unsightly inflammation. So try to leave your body adornment alone as much as possible and for the entire healing period (!). It can be several months. This is the only way to prevent painful discomfort from occurring in the first place.
Always remember that a new piercing needs to be cleaned regularly with spray care so that germs don’t build up in the first place.
With proper care of your piercing, you can prevent inflammation immediately after piercing. Just click through our image gallery and find out the dos and don’ts to optimally support your body in healing.
High quality piercing jewelry against inflammation.
In general, it is also advisable to use high-quality piercing jewelry. Titanium or PTFE is especially recommended for a new insert, as they do not cause skin irritation or allergies. You should only switch to widely used surgical steel when your piercing has fully healed, as the material contains nickel and not everyone can tolerate it as well.
This is how the history of piercings goes back!
Would you have thought that? We were surprised by the duration of the piercings. You can get a brief insight into the history of jewelry in our video:
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