How to Treat Piercing Infections

Infected PiercingPiercing infections are uncomfortable. While they are a common problem with body piercings it’s vital to remember that most piercings do not get infected. Proper procedure and proper aftercare will prevent most infections. It means you have to choose your body piercing studio and your piercer carefully, and it also means you should clean your new piercing regularly and perform all aftercare instructions.

That being said, infections do happen from time to time. The good news is that most of them are not serious and can be treated easily. However, it’s vital to know that infections can pose a serious risk for your health so you should always treat them seriously.

Seek Medical Help

If you think you might have an infection in your piercing, it’s best to contact your doctor. Do not try to heal yourself on your own: it’s better to seek professional medical help. Even if your doctor says it’s nothing alarming, it’s best to make sure. Similarly, do not rely on advice given by your piercer: if in doubt, always seek medical help. While piercers are knowledgeable professionals who know a lot about piercings and aftercare, only your doctor can tell you how to treat an infection and only your doctor can tell how serious a problem is. It’s always better to be told it’s nothing serious than to wait a lot until the infection is well underway.

That being said, you don’t have to rush to your doctor every time you notice any slight change with your piercing. It’s important to pay attention and observe your piercing to see how changes develop. Most problems are insignificant and can go with a bit of cleaning and extra care. That being said, your piercing should never worsen: if it becomes more tender, or painful, or red, or swollen, it’s a sign the infection is underway. Infections are serious so if your condition worsens it’s vital to seek medical help.

Keep in mind: it’s much better to take your jewelry out and lose your piercing than to endanger your health. You can always get repierced later, once the infection is cleared. You don’t want to risk your health or permanent tissue damage.

Home Remedy

There are some effective home remedies you can try in case of a mild infection. Keep in mind, however, that this is not a substitute for a medical advice and that you should visit your doctor in case your infection worsens or if symptoms persist.

Salt water works great against infections. Saline solution is the best cleaner for your new piecing, and it will also help clean your piercing if you have a mild infection. To make a salt-water soak for your piercing, simply dissolve one teaspoon of sea salt in one cup of warm water. Make sure everything is clean and sterile.

To apply to your piercing, simply soak the piercing using a cup (just like you did during aftercare) or use a clean washcloth saturated with the solution. This treatment should be done 2-3 times per day. Apply this salt solution for 10 to 15 minutes per session.

In the case of a mild infection, this remedy should help. In case you don’t notice any improvement, seek medical help.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid any anti-biotic creams or other similar products because they can easily trap any dirt inside the piercing. These creams will also prevent piercing from breathing.
  • Do not remove jewelry on your own. Once the jewelry is removed, the piercing might close, which will trap pus and bacteria inside your body. You need to let the infected piercing breathe. If jewelry has to be removed, let your doctor do it.
  • Keep in mind that infections can lead to tissue damage and other health problems. They are not a joke so you should take them seriously.
  • Never avoid to seek medical help just because you want to keep your piercing. It’s much better to heal the infection, even if it mean to retire a piercing. Once you are healthy and everything is settled you can get pierced again.

Is it Body Jewelry Cheap, or just Cheap Body Jewelry?

Ball To Small and curve to Short

Ball is To Small, and the Curved Barbell is to Short

Why are there so many different prices on Body Jewelry for what all appears to be the exact same thing? You’ve heard it over and over again,
“you get what you pay for”, well it is true.
Usually a ring that is $0.99 is simple not even close to the same quality of a ring that is $11. Now I don’t mean to say that the price tells the whole truth, because there are companies that will sell that same $0.99 ring to you for $11, but it is one indicator to look at. At the very least you need to realize that if 10 companies have their ring priced at $8 to $12 and another company has what seems to be the same ring for $1.99 or whatever, then the odds are very good that the $1.99 ring is crap.

Body Jewelry is especially hard because the differences are very subtle, and can go totally unnoticed by the trained eye, and certainly by the newcomer. Some are even impossible to check without x rays, and the companies know this.

Metal Allergy, or More likely Cheap China Jewelry like from Spencer’s or one of the cheap kiosks in the Mall. Also the Curves are now to short due to the Inflammation. Hard to say if they were always to short.

Cheaper quality items can have a lot of nickel in them to cause a nickel reaction in your body like seen above. Sometimes they even use what is commonly known as pot metal which is total garbage and barely suited for little figurines or key chains in vending machines. In Glass body Jewelry there are major issues of strength, where one piece has a high strength the other may be prone to shatter, which needless to say is not good in your piercing. 😉

On metal pieces there can also be sharp corners, burrs, scratches and even gouges. aesthetically there is also the grade of the polish on the metal. Does the Stainless Steel look like your kitchen sink, or a medical instrument. There is a huge difference between 316L Surgical Steel and 316LVM Surgical Steel.

The effects to your piercing from wearing low quality body jewelry made with inferior metals that are not suitable for your piercing can be serious, commonly causing piercing rejection, infections, and Keloids. And to tell you the truth none of those are much fun. Why would you go through the pain and healing maintenance time if you are just going to stick anything in your piercing. The odds are it will get badly infected and if not taken care of your piercing will migrate out, or you will have to take the jewelry out and let it close up under a doctors care, and then either way you will not have the piercing at all. (note: Do not ever take the jewelry out of an infected piercing without a doctors advice).

Sometimes you can find the popular items for up to 10 times less cost then other retailers. Now just add the doctors bills, prescription antibiotics, and getting the piercing done again, to that $0.99 and you will have your true cost. (not counting pain and aggravation of course)

Beautiful Belly Piercing

A Beautiful Healthy Belly Piercing

At Body Jewelry By The Chain Gang, they try to only carry quality items that will not cause problems for you or your piercing. they offer a variety of materials such as

We “Carry very High Quality Body Jewelry Only because we have pride in our business, and care about our customers.”

Respect the business’s that respect you.

Face it Any Business can carry the junk jewelry and just look at their bottom line, that is cheap and easy and actually more profitable.

We carry the better quality jewelry for a reason, YOU !!
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