Infected piercing is not a problem of fresh or healing piercings but also old piercings. You could get an infection after months or after years. Do not be surprised if this happens to you i.e. if any of your piercing types are infected.
POPULAR TYPES OF PIERCINGS
Piercings are becoming very popular especially among the younger generation. Of course, there are many type of piercings which include conch, dermal, earlobe, eyebrow, hip, Monroe, nostril, rook, smiley, surface, web, Labret, tunnel, ear, tragus, bridge, anti-tragus, lip, tongue, belly button, industrial, cartilage genital and piercings on breasts. All these of body piercings are vulnerable to infections if proper care is not taken.
HAT CAUSES PIERCING INFECTIONS?
These infections are usually caused by bacteria, yeast, fungi and other pathogenic microorganisms due to poor piercing and personal hygiene (such as touching the piercings with dirty hands, using unsterilized piercing needles, swimming contaminate water, using dirty contaminated bedding, etc.). Furthermore the use of wrong jewelry (too small or wrong materials) for causing allergic reactions. Trauma, injuries are also causes of infected piercings.
INFECTED PIERCING SIGNS, SYMPTOMS OR HOW TO TELL IF A PIERCING IS INFECTED
How do you tell if a piercing is infected or what are some of the symptoms or signs of an infected piercing? Well, you will be able to know that our piercing is infected by the various signs and symptoms you will have. You need to carefully observe the piercing before to see if you can notice anything abnormal. This applies to both new and old piercings. Some of the common signs you expect to have included:
1. DISCHARGE FROM PIERCING SITE
The first common symptom you might have discharges from the piercing site. You might have yellowish or greenish discharge that might have a foul smell. This pus-like discharge commonly caused by a bacterial infection on your piercing site. You will notice the discharge when the jewelry moves or around your jewelry. If you have a white discharge, it indicates your infection is minor.
If your piercing has a clear discharge, it is likely to be lymph. This indicates that your piercing is actually healing. It is unlikely you have an infection if you have a clear discharge.
If you do not clean your piercing regularly, you might end up with scabs as crusting or scabbing occurs. Crusting and scabbing will often slow down the healing process of your infection but might be an infection signs on their own. Ensure you clean the piercing well removing any debris that might be building up.
2. BURNING SENSATION DUE TO ALLERGIC REACTION
The other common sign you will notice is an allergic reaction. This will be characterized by gaping skin as well as a burning sensation. Sometimes, you might have clear yellow discharges from the piercing site due to an allergic reaction.
To deal with an allergic reaction, check the jewelry material and ensure it is not what is causing the symptoms. Furthermore, ensure the piercing is not too tight or too lose as this can cause irritation similar to the one of allergic reaction. Finally, allergic reactions can be due to the various body care products you use.
3. SWELLING, REDNESS, AND TENDERNESS
Swelling, bruising and redness are the other common symptoms you might have in case of an infected piercing. It is normal to have some redness, tenderness, bruising and a swollen piercing immediately and for the first few days after a new piercing. Sometimes, swelling, redness, and tenderness might be accompanied by hot feeling i.e. the piercing site will feel hot to touch.
However, if the swelling, bruising and redness does not disappear after a few days and darkens, you are likely to have caught an infection. You can relieve swelling by cold compresses and take any anti-inflammatory medications as you treat the infection.
4. PAIN AND ACHING
Other than swelling, most infections on piercings might be aching and pain. You will tend to have a throbbing or stinging feeling on the piercing site that can be painful.
To help deal with pain and aching piercings, it is recommended to go for some of the over the counter medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen. They will help calm your nerves down as you seek further treatment.
5. ABSCESS AND BUMPS
Another common way to tell you to have an infected piercing signs is if you have bumps or abscess on your piercing. Abscess, which is basically “a swollen area within body tissue, containing an accumulation of pus” is caused by either poor drainage on the piercing or presence of a foreign material that causes the body to defensively reaction to that foreign material.
Hypertrophic scars can also cause bumps which will have some discharge which will not be pus. This is a sign you have repeatedly irritated your piercing. In case you have bubbles or bumps on your piercing site, you can try applying aspirin, chamomile tea bags, tee tree oil, sea soak among other home care remedies. The bump should disappear a few days.