Nowadays, piercing is still a very popular form of body decoration, which people do not meditate on for very long. They simply decide to have a piercing and have it done immediately. However, this also entails the fact that a large proportion of these people do not realize that during the healing process they run a relatively high risk of infection in the fresh wound. In an untreated state, an infected piercing can gradually develop into a large number of different diseases and, of course, can leave unsightly scarring.
Check closer. Watch your piercing up close in a well-lit room and ask yourself a few questions.
How long have I had a piercing? The infection usually does not reach the fresh wound after piercing immediately after it has been performed. You will not be able to recognize a possible infection until about one week after the piercing.
Where is the piercing located? If your piercing is in areas that are generally more prone to inflammation (eg ear, navel, genitals, lips, etc.), the risk of infection will be higher if the piercing is not treated properly.
Did I do the piercing myself? Self-help piercings are much more dangerous and prone to infection, for many reasons, such as the use of unsuitable tools and non-sterilized or previously used aids, etc. The best way to avoid any problems is to see a doctor.
Look for redness. Fresh piercings are basically always slightly reddish or pinkish for some time after making them. However, if the redness does not gradually disappear or, on the contrary, worsens or darkens, then it is possible that an infection has entered the piercing.
Check for swelling. If the area around the piercing is unusually swollen for a long time, then the piercing is very likely to be infected.
Note pus or similar discharge. White pus usually indicates a very mild inflammation, which you should go through in the meantime and continue with normal hygiene for proper piercing healing. In doing so, check the piercing regularly and notice signs of progressive healing. However, a more serious situation occurs if the observed pus is yellow or green.
Sometimes a clear fluid can come out of the piercing, probably lymph, which indicates proper healing. Lymph appears when blood travels to the capillaries and seeps a little into the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system divides lymph into “bad ” and “good ” (bad lymph travels to the lymph nodes that you feel when you feel sick).
You can easily recognize a lymph by its white to slightly yellow color and the dry crust it creates around the injection site.
So there is no reason to panic in this situation. Just continue with the normal piercing cleaning and let it heal thoroughly.
The fluid that comes out of the piercing will in most cases be lymph. You should be worried about the denser and smelly discharge of a darker color.
Notice the pain. Stabbing pain or burning is quite common in the first days after piercing. After all, you have a fresh open wound on your body. However, if you experience very sharp pain on contact with the piercing, then this may be a sign of infection.
Make sure the piercing gives off heat. If your piercing is unusually hot to the touch or just gives off heat, this may be another sign of infection.
Notice the pierced part of the body in case of loss of function. Some parts of the body, such as the tongue, can become dull after the piercing, lose their sensation and any inflammation can make things much worse. If the area around your piercing is very painful, there is probably an infection.
Be aware of fever / chills / nausea. A clear sign of trouble is fever, often followed by chills and nausea. In this case, you may have either a local infection at the piercing site or a much more serious and potentially fatal systemic form – sepsis. If you have persistent high fevers, chills or nausea, consult your doctor. This is definitely not a normal reaction to piercings.
Get rid of the infection. If you’ve detected inflammation in your piercing, you’re probably wondering what to do with it now. The first thing that comes to mind is that you should pull the jewel out of the wound. However, this would be a big mistake, because it would allow the puncture to close, which would trap the infection inside the tissue, the pus would not drain and, as a result, an abscess could form at the injection site. Instead, you should continue with strict hygiene and contact your piercer as soon as possible.