Ear piercing infection: how to tell infected ear piercing

ear piercing infection

Ear piercing infection is very dangerous, no doubt. Often people just take and pierce some part of the body, and without much thought or hesitation. However, many forget about the real danger of infection.

Ear piercing is prone to getting infection without proper care. This is not only a huge risk to get a scar, but also to face a lot of dangerous diseases… well, unless you take control of it and begin treatment.

How to tell if you have ear piercing infection?

Take a close look and inspect the ear piercing puncture place. You’ll need light, lots of light! It’s very easy: just look at the puncture place and ask yourself a few questions.

How long have you been with the piercing? Usually fresh piercing is not inflamed, the moment you leave the piercing master. However, after about a week it will be quite clear if the piercing puncture place is infected.

sign of an ear piercing infectionWhere is the puncture? It is obvious that the piercing of those places where there’s more potential of infectious agents (ears, navel, genitals, lip) will become inflamed more likely.
Did you make the ear piercing yourself? A piercing done on their own, often gets infected. The reasons for this can range from improper use of tools and to the quality of sterilization. Let us just face it once – piercing should be made by a professional.

Ear piercing infection redness

swelling is growingInspect the piercing redness. Often a fresh piercing puncture have redness or light pink around it. This is normal, do not panic. But when the color becomes more intense and the redness lasts for a long time it is a sign of an ear piercing infection!

Ear piercing infection swelling

Take a look if the piercing puncture place is swolen. If the area around the piercing has swollen and the swelling is growing it is a sign of an ear piercing infection.

Pus is the most obvious signs of infection. White pus means a light, moderate piercing infection and you can just continue to care for the piercing. Yellow or even greenish pus displays a much worse problem.

You may notice a clear fluid – lymph in the area of the piercing puncture. This is normal, it’s part of an immune response to the violation of the integrity of the skin.
Lymph – a transparent-yellow, dry crust.
If the lymph is secreted, you can continue to care for the piercing as recommended. If the secretion is thick, smelling and darkish it is a reason to worry.

Ear piercing infection pain

Slight burning pain and itching is perfectly normal, if you feel it within a couple of days after piercing. However, if the pain becomes really sharp, and you begin to experience pain when touching the area of the puncture – you should know that this infection.

Ear piercing infection place is hot or lost sensitivity

Check the temperature of the ear piercing. If the place is unusually warm or even hot, it is most likely infection.

Nausea, chills, and a fever is an abnormal reaction to the piercingCheck if the pierced ear hasn’t lost sensitivity or functionality. A pierced tongue, for example, moves a little slower, and if it gets infected it won’t be actually able to move! If the motion is accompanied by pain, it could be a sign of infection.

Fever, chills, nausea – all these are very specific infection symptoms. But what exactly are the symptoms… well, if you’re lucky it is only a localized infection. If you’re not lucky – it is a systemic infection. If you’re not so lucky then it may be a symptom of a potentially lethal systemic infection. Nausea, chills, and a fever is an abnormal reaction to the piercing, and if they appeared right after the piercing puncture immidiately contact your doctor!

Treat the ear piercing infection. Do not be tempted to pull out the ear ring! It’s a huge, huge mistake. If you do so, the piercing puncture would heal while the infection will remain inside and the absence of drainage will lead to the abscess. Instead of pulling out your ear ring, continue to take care of the puncture area and refer to the master who made the puncture. And, of course, go to the doctor.

Ear piercing infection tips

  • Not every doctor knows how to treat this kind of illness. If you have an infection – you should address the piercing master.
  • Go to the therapist, he will redirect you to an expert doctor.
  • Gently rotate the ear ring when cleaning. But do that carefully – don’t aggravate the area of the puncture, for it increases the risk of infection. The master can give you a good advice.
  • Excessive hygiene is bad. Poor hygiene is bad too.
  • If the piercing is on your face, watch out for infection development. After all, there’s brain in your head.
  • Often, the piercing is inflamed, if you sleep with the ear piercing on you. Try to sleep the way you don’t put any pressure on the piercing area.
  • No, really, it sounds strange, but it is not necessary to polish the piercing to shine – all this can lead to an irritation, which could lead to the ear piercing infection.
  • Wash the sore area in a solution of aspirin in warm saline water.
  • If the piercing in the ear are swollen (but not much), you can use a cream with antibiotics in addition to the cleaning solution.