Despite getting an ear piercing is now a simple procedure, are not to underestimate the risks associated with it, especially when the instruments used are not appropriate. Infection of the skin caused by a piercing is very frequent, and it is important to recognize the symptoms. This article will provide you with suggestions to prevent, recognize and treat infections caused by this popular trend .

Make sure you have to deal with a professional (avoid the do-it-yourself) A professional working according to the guidelines of the department of hygiene and use tools in accordance with procedures and prevention against diseases transmissible by blood (HIV). In any case, make sure you wash your hands with a germicidal soap , wear disposable gloves and use sterile needles or sterilized. sterilization is usually done through the autoclave, a device that sterilizes the instruments used and enables them to use on the body. jeweler’s gun is not recommended as it is a method, even if you use sterile disposable refills, the tool is not sterilized properly (not all stores have in fact an autoclave). So, avoid absolutely shops in which they practice with a piercing gun reusable due to the high risk of developing infections . Before you choose the piercing earring material: avoid nickel and brass (often cause allergic reactions) and opt for surgical steel.


Prevent Infection Once you have the piercing done: – Try to keep it clean. Do not touch it often and make sure your hands are clean. Wash it no more than twice a day with antibacterial soap ; – If you have formed a crust, remove it gently with a little ‘of cotton soaked in disinfectant (not to be alcohol-based, because it might dry out the skin); – Evita moist places where it is easier to contract an infection, such as swimming pools and spas.

The symptoms and treatment initially a bit ‘of redness around the area of the piercing is normal and usually lasts a few days. If the redness is accompanied by other symptoms such as – increasing pain, sweat, heat or tension in the area of the piercing – leaking pus yellow-green from the piercing – swelling of the glands in the neck and chin – fever then you should immediately consult your doctor because the situation could worsen. Once diagnosed the infection, the doctor will advise you on how to treat it: they are usually prescribed antibiotic ointment , but, alternatively, also tablets. It is important to apply the ointment or take the tablets for the period of time indicated by the doctor, so as to eradicate staph infection that is at the origin.