Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Symptoms and Care of Cartilage Piercing Infection

Symptoms and Care of Cartilage Piercing InfectionSymptoms:
  • You may experience severe pain, redness and swelling in and around the piercing site.
  • Often, very often, a white fluid drains out of piercing. This must not be mistaken with pus, because it is lymphatic fluid that acts like a cleanser for dirt and bacteria.
  • After a few days, yellowish crust forms, indicating that the piercing has started healing. However, it cannot be with every piercing.
  • If proper care is not taken while piercing, it can lead to infections or if you do not take proper aftercare instructions, infections may develop.
  • Infections are characterized with pus formation, bleeding, throbbing pain and bumps on piercing. Sometimes, piercing may produce foul smell.
A professional piercer must advise a person about proper piercing care. He must execute some precautionary steps while piercing. He must use sterilized instruments and wear clean gloves while piercing. Apart from these, a person who gets his ear pierced must follow the following steps to avoid cartilage infection.
  • Do not touch cartilage piercing with the naked hands. Dirty hands is the access point for bacteria to enter the piercing.
  • Use a disinfectant soap to wash the hands properly.
  • Never play with piercing jewelry. Fingering the piercing jewelry with dirty hands cause infection.
  • While putting on clothes, take proper care of piercing.
  • Use an antiseptic lotion to clean the piercing twice a day, till it heals completely. You can soak jewelry in alcohol solution for disinfecting it.
  • Never apply hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil or alcohol directly on piercing.
  • Don’t change the jewelry frequently in the initial months.
  • Always keep your hair clean and do not keep the public telephone receiver on the ear directly.

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