For many people, piercings are considered a way to express their individuality, a rite of passage or even a way to honour their cultural beliefs and religious faith. Piercings are a part of their lives and they look forward to undergoing the procedure.
Although ear piercings are popular and generally safe procedures, they can pose a risk of infection.
At Medical Piercing, we are dedicated to providing safe and sanitary piercings for patients of all ages. For this reason, we wanted to share clear and easy to follow instructions on how to prevent ear piercing infection.
Whether you choose to have your piercing done at one of our four medical piercing clinics in Ontario or at another licensed body piercing location, you can rest assured that the following instructions will help you keep your piercings clean and safe from harm.
But before we look at ways of preventing infection, let’s mention what is normal ear piercing irritation and the symptoms of an actual ear piercing infection.
It is normal that in the days following a new piercing, your skin might feel tender and a little itchy. A slight skin discoloration may also appear, but this should not persist, especially if you have been following the recommended aftercare instructions.
If discomfort persists, you might be experiencing a piercing infection or an allergic reaction to your earrings.
Infection and other complications can occur during a procedure when the piercing is not performed according to sanitary standards or when the piercing is not properly cared for following the procedure.
Symptoms of infection include:
Infected piercings can become a serious medical condition if not treated quickly. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, seek immediate medical help.
There are two main things you can do to avoid piercing infection:
Opting for the right piercing method is definitely a big step in the right direction to a safe and positive piercing experience. However, once the piercing is done, it will be your responsibility to ensure good hygiene of the area surrounding your piercing.
Here are 6 tips to keep your new piercings safe and healthy:
Need more information regarding our safe medical piercing method that eliminates any chance of your skin coming into contact with unsterilized equipment or material? Contact us today