Infection is a common problem with body piercings. It usually happens with new piercings in healing but it is important to know that any piercing can become infected. Even the old, well-established piercings can become infected if you are not careful. When an infection starts to develop, there is an accumulation of bacteria and dirt inside the piercing and around it. The piercing becomes painful, red and swollen. Typically, pus will accumulate inside the piercing and might get stuck inside the piercing hole. Most of the time, infections develop due to dirt and inadequate aftercare. A new piercing in healing needs to be cleaned twice per day with a saline solution to remove dirt and accumulation of any material around the piercing hole. Also, you should never twist or turn the jewelry because it may cause the piercing hole to tear, which increases the risk of an infection. New piercings should be left alone as much as possible in order to minimize the risk of the piercing hole becoming infected. General warning signs of a piercing infection include redness, swelling, pus, piercing being warm to the touch, pain and discomfort. In more serious cases, the patient may develop a fever. If this happens the situation becomes very serious and you should seek medical help immediately.
If untreated, infections can lead to numerous problems. Losing your piercing and getting a scar are just some of the issues you may have with an infected piercing. In some cases, the infection can lead to serious health consequences. This is why it’s important to monitor your piercing regularly and to seek medical help if you see a problem developing. You should never leave a piercing infection untreated because it may cause serious health consequences.