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What happens when your piercing gets itchy?

What happens when your piercing gets itchy?

Itchy Piercing: You could be allergic to nickel. This is the most common cause of itching after piercing any parts of you body. If you are allergic to nickel, you might have to remove the "earring" from the affected area. ...Read more

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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


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What does it mean if my cartilage piercing is itchy? Should i be worried?

What does it mean if my cartilage piercing is itchy? Should i be worried?

The question is-: Is this an allergic metal contact dermatitis? If you are allergic to nickel in the stud, it will probably need to be replaced. Ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection ; lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or has ^'ing pain you need med eval. ...Read more

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Why are my ear piercings sore and itchy? Could this be a sign of infection?

Why are my ear piercings sore and itchy? Could this be a sign of infection?

Allergy: Common allergies after piercing are nickel sulfate from metal and reaction against missguided use of antibiotics on the skin. Allergies to bacitracin, neosporin, trirlple antibiotic, and nickel are the most common of all contact allergies. A dermatologist will help you. Usually infections are not itchy. ...Read more

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I have small itchy bumps around belly piercing?

I have small itchy bumps around belly piercing?

Contact Dermatitis: Localized itchy rash around area of metal belly piercing is concerning for a possible contact dermatitis. Contact allergens include metals (most commonly nickel), glues, plastics, rubber, fragrances, etc. Avoidance is mainstay of treatment along with topical steroid creams. See an Allergist if you are concerned. Diagnosed by allergen patch testing. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painful, itchy, white bleeding lump behind earlobe piercing?

What to do if I have painful, itchy, white bleeding lump behind earlobe piercing?

How long since pierc: You will want to see a DR, preferably a dermatologist. You may need to stop using anything in it. A common cause for this is the use of an ointment which causes an allergic or irritant reaction. AVOID bacitracin, neomycin, triple antibiotic, peroxide, tea tree oil as these are common causes for what you describe. Water (shower) is good for this. ...Read more

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My belly button is itchy and red and sometimes wet and sometimes crusty. I don't have a piercing and shower regularly.?

My belly button is itchy and red and sometimes wet and sometimes crusty. I don't have a piercing and shower regularly.?

Relax...: Relax it's probably not a hygiene problem; but it could be a superficial bacterial or fungal infection, the vast majority of which have nothing to do with bathing (or lack of it). The belly button is also a classic site for psoriasis, and certain kinds of eczemas. See a dermatologist and get a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Red and itchy belly button piercing. Could it be infected? How do I treat this?

Red and itchy belly button piercing. Could it be infected? How do I treat this?

Contact dermatitis: The metal may be responsible. If drainage, pus- remove the ring, antibiotic ointment like bactroban (mupirocin) locally bid. See pmd. ...Read more

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Recently got my ears pierced and it is itchy around the piercing. The skin is also flaking off. Is this normal?

Recently got my ears pierced and it is itchy around the piercing. The skin is also flaking off. Is this normal?

Allergic reaction: You may have an allergic reaction to the metal in the posts used for the piercing. Most often this is due to nickle. Change to a different type of ear ring. If you have any swelling or discharge, you should see your doctor for a possible infection. ...Read more

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Recently got my ears pierced and it is itchy around the piercing. The skin is also flaking off. Is this normal?

Recently got my ears pierced and it is itchy around the piercing. The skin is also flaking off. Is this normal?

Skin: YOu may have an allergy to the piercing you have in. Sounds like eczema. You could try some hydrocortisones cream but if no change, see a MD. ...Read more

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Good day I got an upper ear-piercing and around it felt itchy so I itched it and now it seems to be swollen it doesn't hurt or anything but I can see i?

Good day I got an upper ear-piercing and around it felt itchy so I itched it and now it seems to be swollen it doesn't hurt or anything but I can see i?

Itching & swelling: May just be irritated from the surgery (Yes, piercing is a surgical procedure), but may be infected. If swelling/itching still present in a day or two, see your GP or Urgent Care. ...Read more

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My ears piercing holes are watery and get crispy. They also get very itchy. My ears don't hurt. Why is it doing this and how can I stop it?

My ears piercing holes are watery and get crispy. They also get very itchy. My ears don't hurt. Why is it doing this and how can I stop it?

Allergy: You may have developed a contact allergy to an earring you have been wearing. Give them a rest don'twear earrings for a few days and see an allergist to get a patch test to determine what metal you are allergic to. It is probably nickel. ...Read more

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Got Tragus (cartalige) pierced a week ago. Using a 50% salt watter / 50% hydrogen peroxide solution. Piercing/ear is very itchy. Normal? Any advice?

Got Tragus (cartalige) pierced a week ago. Using a 50% salt watter / 50% hydrogen peroxide solution. Piercing/ear is very itchy. Normal? Any advice?

Stop peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is not beneficial for any wound and tends to be irritating. Aquaphor or vaseline is OK. Water (a shower) is good for it. Leave it alone, do not spin it. Avoid alcohol, iodine, bacitracin, neosporin as these are never useful on existing wounds and are irritating or sensitizing. If the stud is not surgical steel or 14k gold you may be reacting with allergy to nickel sulfate. ...Read more

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I have small bumps on both my ears(worse on ear w/ the helix piercing) they are small and a little paler than my skin color, itchy sore to the touch,?

I have small bumps on both my ears(worse on ear w/ the helix piercing) they are small and a little paler than my skin color, itchy sore to the touch,?

Cartilage: This sounds like one of the frequent complications of piercing cartilage anywhere in the body. Doing this is a big risk, because cartilage contains no blood vessels, and often reacts to the injury of piercing by growing together erratically. You really need to see a dermatologist, but first remove all your piercings, let the wounds heal, and never pierce cartilage again! ...Read more

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I have a small pimple-like bump on the inside of my nostril where i just a peircing. Its painful and itchy and uncomfortable, what should I do?

I have a small pimple-like bump on the inside of my nostril where i just a peircing. Its painful and itchy and uncomfortable, what should I do?

Take antibiotic now!: In the future, if you ever have a piercing, make sure the person looks to see if you have any abscesses he is piercing first! Oh, and by the way, pull out the foreign body until you are healed! ...Read more

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My skin gets really itchy now and then, and it happens every day... i don't know why, please help?

My skin gets really itchy now and then, and it happens every day... i don't know why, please help?

Itchy skin: Itchy skin most often is due to dryness. Use moisturizers. If itchy all over off & on, consult with us for a blood test to be sure it is not eosinophilia which is rare. ...Read more

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My cat bit me and now it is raised and itchy what has happens?

My cat bit me and now it is raised and itchy what has happens?

Cate bite: Bites from cats are polymicrobial, with a mix of aerobes and anaerobes. Common aerobic pathogens in cat bites include Streptococcus species (including Streptococcus pyogenes), Staphylococcus species, especially S. aureus and Moraxella. But Pasteurella multocida, a small cocco-baccilus is very possible. You should see your PCP if it does not inprove in the next 48 hours. ...Read more

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When my bf naked back gets into contact to almost anything it gets itchy and these small bumps appear in the multitude. Any recommendations?

When my bf naked back gets into contact to almost anything it gets itchy and these small bumps appear in the multitude. Any recommendations?

Hives: This sounds like dermatographic urticaria. It is a histamine response which causes itchy rashes. Antihistamines can help. Occasionally one can find the trigger, but most of the time it is unknown. A pcp, allergist, or dermatologist may help. ...Read more

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I feel like something is crawling on top of my head sometimes it feels itchy but it only happens on the left side of my head what could it be?

I feel like something is crawling on top of my head sometimes it feels itchy but it only happens on the left side of my head what could it be?

If problem, see doc: You may be experiencing scalp (skin) problems. You may also have a peripheral nerve irritation. If problematic, then do get this assessed by your clinician. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My anus has been itchy for 3 days. Not bad enough to where I have to scratch it but it's constant. I'm 18, this has never happened. What could it be??

Anal pruritis: This could be hemorrhoids, fungal infection or other infection. You can try some over the counter hemorrhoidal cream first, and if this does not work, see your MD. ...Read more

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I have tiny bites all over my body. This happened 2 weeks ago and again just now. Nothing has changed in my routine or eating habits. Very itchy?

I have tiny bites all over my body. This happened 2 weeks ago and again just now.  Nothing has changed in my routine or eating habits. Very itchy?

Insects vs allergies: Hard to say what you have without a proper history and physical. This could be anything from insect bites to a contact dermatitis. See a doctor in person or get a video/phone consult so someone could take a look at it, .
Anything from scabies to poison ivy. The differential is large. ...Read more

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Why do we itch? What happens in our body that makes us itchy?

Itch: Itch is the need to or desire to scratch. Receptors in the skin transmit sensation to the brain or spinal; cord. There is actually a scratch reflex simialr to a pain reflex (you get stuck with a pin and jump). Histamine is a chemicla releaed by cells in response to certain stimualtions, histamine cause local itchy response by stimulating nerve fibers. Mechanical irritation also stimuates these. ...Read more

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Do you think I have crabs? Please read. I do be a lil itchy at night nothing severe it goes away in like 5 seconds but it don't happen every night once in a while when I don't think about it... And im too scared to look down there.

Do you think I have crabs? Please read. I do be a lil itchy at night nothing severe it goes away in like 5 seconds but it don't happen every night once in a while when I don't think about it... And im too scared to look down there.

Pediculosis : Pediculosis pubis is the name for crabs infesting the pubic area. Crabs (lice) often live in the pubic area or near the anus. The can also live in the hair or in your eyelashes. The lice’s saliva can cause a person to become very itchy, which is usually worse at night. There may be spots on the skin that look bluish gray where the lice has bitten. Sores can develop when the skin is scratched. The diagnosis is made by identifying adult lice or their eggs in the hair. Crabs can be transmitted from towels, bed linens, and clothing. ...Read more

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Looks like a scratch then gets itchy bumps?

Looks like a scratch then gets itchy bumps?

Dermographism: See a dermatologist. If it is distressing, try cetirazine (Zyrtec) 10mg. Start at 1 a day. Sometimes it can make you sleepy, in which case you can change to loratadine (Claratin). Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 a day. The generic is the same, only costs less. ...Read more

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When I shower my skin gets really itchy. What could be wrong?

Itching : Could be related to the soap or body wash you are using, try a sensitive skin product, use warm water instead of very hot and use moisturizer after showering. Take care! ...Read more

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Why after a cat scatches you the spot gets swollen and itchy?

Why after a cat scatches you the spot gets swollen and itchy?

Infection/irritation: This is very likely superficial infection or could represent a true mild allergic response. The allergists might call this a scratch test. Cats carry a lot of bacteria that can get out of hand quickly. Cat bites should generally be treated with antibiotics early. ...Read more