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Doctor insights on: How Can I Care Of An Infected Body Piercing

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What are the tell-tale signs that your body piercing is infected?

What are the tell-tale signs that your body piercing is infected?

Infections: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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Body Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing is the intentional piercing of ears, lips, noses, and skin of other parts of the body to create a place to attach rings or other jewelry to. Piercing in a risky location can lead to skin ...Read more


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What to do to prevent a body piercing from getting infected?

What to do to prevent a body piercing from getting infected?

Body piercings: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. ...Read more

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I have a body piercing that appears to be infected. Any recommendations to treat it besides saline solution?

Infected: Body piercing requires evaluation. Oral prescription antibiotics or topical antibiotics or I and D may be indicated ...Read more

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What body piercing hurts the most?

What body piercing hurts the most?

Nipple & genital: Each person has a different tolerance level for pain. The pain caused by a piercing depends on body location. Ear lobe piercings are usually tolerable. Piercings through cartilage hurt more. The tongue can be quite painful. Nipple & genital piercings have been described as very painful. ...Read more

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What is Body piercing a risk factor for?

Body peircing: Body piercing carries with risk of infection some of which can have serious consequences like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. ...Read more

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What can you use to closing up a body piercing with minimal scarring?

Leave it alone: In most cases, piercing will close on their own when left alone. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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Does getting a body piercing hurt long?

Does getting a body piercing hurt long?

Piercing pain: Each person has a different tolerance level for pain. The pain caused by a piercing depends on body location. Ear lobe piercings are usually tolerable. Piercings through cartilage hurt more. The tongue can be quite painful. Nipple & genital piercings have been described as very painful. The pain from doing the piercing is brief. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a body piercing to completely heal?

Varies: Average healing times by piercing locations. Facial – usually 6 to 12 weeks, ear cartilage 6 to 12 weeks, oral or tongue – 3 to 6 weeks, nipple - 2 to 4 months, genital – up to 9 months and navel – up to 12 months. See: http://piercingu.com/piercing-healing-time/ ...Read more

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Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Meningitis: If it is not done in a sterile fashion, infection can spread in the body, which can include meningitis as well. ...Read more

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Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

Yes... Carefully: Be careful and only go to a certified and approved site. People who have had cardiac surgery may be at increased risk for developing heart infections. Please discuss this with your doctor as they may recommend specific retailers that they know in your area. ...Read more

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If body piercing and tattoo infection is severe, does the patient need to have a surgery?

If body piercing and tattoo infection is severe, does the patient need to have a surgery?

Potentially: In some situations - if not responsive to antibiotics and other more conservative measures. ...Read more

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Docs, could a boil on your butt cause a new piercing on other part of your body to become infected?

Docs, could a boil on your butt cause a new piercing on other part of your body to become infected?

Yes: If you touch the lesion and then touch the piercing - then germs might be transmitted. ...Read more

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How can I make sure my piercing doesn't get infected?

How can I make sure my piercing doesn't get infected?

Clean: By keeping the area clean and dry. You can use soap and water. Hibiclens is a antibacterial soap. ...Read more

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My piercing is red, Is it infected?

How old is it?: If red, warm, swollen, tender or with streaking or pus - that could be consistent with infection. ...Read more

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What to do if cartilage piercing is infected?

What to do if cartilage piercing is infected?

Seek medical: attention - especially if red, hot, tender, exuding pus, swollen and spreading. ...Read more

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Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

This requires: Immediate medical care. These can go south quick. ...Read more

Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more