What Should I Do If I Have Discharge From My Piercing?

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What should I do if I have discharge from my piercing?

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Haruna Kwandi Mathias 1 year 1 Answer 393 views Active Member 0

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  1. Keep the piercing clean by gently cleaning the area around it with a saline (salt water) solution twice a day, preferably after washing or bathing.
    To do this, submerge the area in a bowl of saline solution (1/4 teaspoon of sea salt per egg cup of warm water) for a few minutes at a time. Alternatively, you can wet a clean cloth or gauze in the solution and apply it as a warm compress.
    Washing the piercing can help soften any discharge and allow you to clean the entry and exit points with a cotton bud or clean gauze. Once the discharge is removed or softened, the jewellery can be gently moved to work a little warm water through the piercing.
    When you’ve finished, carefully dry the area with a fresh piece of kitchen roll. Never use a shared towel.

    How to tell if your piercing is infected

    Signs of an infected piercing include:

    • red and swollen skin around the piercing
    • pain or tenderness when touching the area
    • yellow or green discharge coming from the piercing
    • a high temperature (fever)

    When to get medical advice

    Get medical advice immediately if you think your piercing may be infected. A delay in treatment can result in a serious infection.
    Contact your GP, emergency or go to a minor injuries unit or walk-in centre.
    Leave your jewellery in (unless your doctor tells you to take it out).
    An infected piercing can usually be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotic cream can be used to treat minor infections. Tablets may be needed for more serious infections.

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