Question by  jvr (12)

How can I tell if my piercing is infected?


Answer by  Britt (453)

If your piercing is infected, the area around it will be red and inflamed. The area will also feel warmer then the surrounding area, and will be painful. There could also be some kind of discharge, or a foul smell. If you have these symptoms, please see your doctor.


Answer by  LadyBug4 (168)

There will be some swelling and redness on any new piercing, however, if it is not healing properly, it will become sore and may seep pus. Taking care of the piercing properly will reduce this risk! Keep it clean, use triple antibiotic ointment sparingly, and don't let your clothes rub on the area until fully healed.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

My symptoms were: swelling, the skin by the piercing was warm to the touch (inflammation), skin was excessively red, yellow pus from pierce site (not white... apparently that is fairly normal). Keep the pierced area clean using a liquid germicidal soap and also use a packaged sterile saline solution w/o additives. See your doctor if it doesn't improve.


Answer by  baba24 (270)

A lot of the times your ear would be swollen from the fluids, and red looking. If the earring is hard to turn you can tell also.

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