Infections are among the most common problems with body piercings. While it’s important to note that most piercings never get infected, it’s also vital to remember that any piercing, even the well-established one, can get infected at any point. New piercings, piercings in healing and newly-stretched piercings are at a higher risk of infection, but you need to remember that any piercing can get infected, any time.
Infections are Nasty
Infections are bothersome even when they are not serious. When they are serious, they can endanger your health, so it’s important to seek medical help immediately. Infections are not something to ignore or treat as unimportant. While you should not panic if you notice your piecing infecting, you should not ignore the problem.
One tricky thing with infections is that they can go unnoticed for a long time and then spread rapidly. In some more serious cases, they can affect the whole body, so it becomes a serious health issue. Luckily, most of the infections are not that dangerous, but it’s important to keep in mind that this is not something to ignore or treat lightly. Again, the best course of action is to seek medical help.
That being said, the best strategy against piercing infection is prevention.
Since infections can be dangerous and since they often mean you have to retire your jewelry, it’s a better strategy to keep an eye on your piercing and prevent infections. This is a better course of action because it will keep you healthy, your piercing won’t get affected and you won’t have to worry about retiring your piercing.
While there is no guarantee an infection will never develop, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk. Here are the most effective tips on how to prevent infections:
- Know the dangers. While any piercing can get infected, the most vulnerable piercings are new piercings. This is why you have to take special care during the initial healing time. Another piercing to watch is a newly stretched piercing.
- Clean it properly. To minimize the risk for infection during the healing time, make sure to follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully. It’s vital to clean your piercing at least twice per day. Always use appropriate cleaner, such as a saline solution or a specialized solution made for aftercare. Never use strong, harsh chemicals on your new piercing.
- Do not touch your piercing. Perhaps the worst thing you can do is to touch your piercing, especially if your hands are dirty. This is particularly dangerous during the healing time (you should never twist or turn the jewelry!), but it’s not recommended even for the old, well-established piercings.
- Stay away from bodily fluids. It’s best to keep your new piercing away from bodily fluids – your or another person’s. In some cases, it’s unavoidable (such in the case of tongue piercing or some genital piercings), but it should be minimized. This is particularly true for another person’s body fluids – they should not come in touch with your new piercing! That may be a concern for sexual activities. This is why it’s important to use a condom during the initial healing time in order to prevent sharing body fluids.
- Observe your piercing. Learn to observe your piercing regularly, even if it’s fully healed. This is the only way to notice the trouble early. The warning signs are redness, pain, tenderness and swelling. If you notice any of these signs it might be a signal that an infection is developing. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to stop at early stages, but you need to observe your piercing regularly in order to catch an infection early.
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