Blog By M. Mitera
Piercings are open wounds. They need to be tended to and looked after during the healing process. Even after they’ve healed, piercings should still be treated with care.
The healing process, however, is the most important time as it’s when the piercing is the most susceptible to germs that inhabit the very dirty world we live in. Germs are everywhere and the one place you really don’t want them is in your piercing. Many clients come in saying that they have an infected piercing when in fact, it is is usually just slightly irritated. This blog will outline the differences between infections, irritations, and allergies when it comes to piercings!
**Keep in mind, we are not a doctors nor do we diagnose things. This information was found around the internet from multiple sources. If you you have an irritated piercing, it is a very good idea to come in to the shop so that we can look at it in person and make a plan from there. This blog is for informational purposes only to help clients understand the differences between irritations that can occur with piercings!**
Many clients immediately jump to the worst case scenario when their piercings become angry. It is immediately assumed that the piercing is infected and that isn’t the case most of the time. Usually, the piercing is just irritated and needs additional care to get it back to where it should be in the healing process. Piercings can become irritated a number of ways. The most common way clients manage to irritate their piercings is by touching it with dirty hands (when was the last time you cleaned your steering wheel??). Keeping your hands away from your piercing is extremely important and hands off is big rule number one! You may be cleaning it too much or too little. Perhaps you snagged it on your shirt/hair/bed linens/etc. Changes in the weather can also effect piercings and can cause patches of dry skin or redness around the piercing in question. Irritation will present a redness of the area, a secretion of clear or yellowish fluid, and perhaps a bit of soreness in the area. Of course, it’s always a good idea to get the opinion of a professional and if you’re having irritation issues, we are always happy to help!
Another common piercing issues we see is the problem of allergic reactions to jewelry. Some shops don’t use high quality jewelry for their initial piercings and nickel allergies are rampant these days. Almost everyone has a sensitivity to nickel in their body and it can cause some seriously uncomfortable reactions. When you’re experiencing a nickel allergy, you may notice that your piercing isn’t healing in the time that it should be. It may remain sore and tender for far longer than the average healing time and can also be accompanied with irritating skin rash. An example of these would be a series of red bumps around the piercing or the piercing will be discharging excessive clear liquid. If you think that you are reacting badly to low quality jewelry, stop by the shop so we can take a look!
Unfortunately, piercings can sometimes get infected. These are not as common as people believe them to be. An infection can bring symptoms such as a smelly greenish or dark colored discharge from the piercing as well as more of a hot feeling in the area. In order to avoid this situation, it is a good idea to consult a professional piercer as soon as you notice your piercing is upset. By viewing the piercing in person, the piercer will be able to better inform you of your next step. If you do have a piercing that is upset, DO NOT WAIT to get it attended to! By waiting, you risk getting closer to infection. It’s very important to address piercing problems as soon as they arise, in order to better solve them! Please come by the shop as soon as possible if your piercing is less than happy!
To avoid any of the situations mentioned above, be sure to care for your new piercing according to the aftercare that you’ve received. Check with your piercers and make sure to use high quality jewelry to avoid metal sensitivities, even in healed piercings. If you have questions regarding aftercare, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the shop to see myself or Farley.
About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at email@example.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.