Is it infected, or just irritated?

You wouldn’t believe how many times a week we get messages, phone calls and visits from clients with ‘infected piercings’.

9.9999 times out of 10, their piercings are simply irritated.

Signs of infection in piercings include:

  • Excess swelling
  • Redness around the piercing
  • Bleeding
  • Pus (brown, green and/or bloody secretion)
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Pierced area is hot to the touch

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If you have an actual infection, trust us, you will know about it! The only way to get rid of an infection is with treatment from a doctor or healthcare professional, usually with a short course of antibiotics.

If you’re unsure if your piercing is infected PLEASE SEE US BEFORE SEEING THE DOCTOR (unless all signs of infection are present).

Doctors aren’t trained, educated or knowledgeable¬†when it comes to piercings. They WILL tell you it’s infected, whether it is or not.

Antibiotics should only be used if you really need them, and unfortunately, too many piercees are prescribed antibiotics for infections that aren’t even there.

Okay. So, you’re worried about your piercing. It’s a little sore, red, has some crusties and is hard to sleep on. This means it’s either still in the early stages of healing, or it’s simply irritated.

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Common reasons for piercings getting irritated include:

  • Touching and playing with the piercing
  • Using harsh soaps and or products on the piercing (e.g: TCP or alcohol)
  • Irritation from skin or hair products (creams, shampoos, hair spray, perfume, etc)
  • Sleeping on the piercing
  • Wrong jewellery type, style, material or length
  • Changing jewellery too soon or too often
  • Improper placement or angle of the piercing

Irritated piercings that are left too long without an intervention can later lead to problems such as migration, rejection and hypertrophic scarring (bumps).

Different piercings take different lengths of time to heal, so it is always best to research your piercing beforehand and/or have a chat with us about the piercing you want, prior to having it pierced. We provide full aftercare information on how to best look after your piercing to avoid irritation and infection.

All piercings in our studio are performed by trained professionals who, from constant up-to-date research, are extremely knowledgeable in all forms of body piercing. Use them! Ask them questions, ask to see portfolios! All piercings are performed in a high-standard hygienic environment, using one-use sterile blade needles, sterilised tools and pre-sterilised high-quality jewellery for ALL clients. Your jewellery and needle/s are just for you and have never touched another body, giving you peace of mind that you are safe from potential infections.

Not just in our studio, but in any piercing studio, 99.9% of the time, an infected piercing is down to poor aftercare, not the piercer/studio. 

Your body heals the piercing, cleaning it simply removes any germs and dirt which have gathered throughout the day.

Hands off, keep clean and have a happy piercing!

Is that swelling or are you just pleased to see me?

So, you’ve recently had a cartilage piercing. There are lots of different locations this includes; tragus, helix, forward helix, rook, snug, conch, anti-tragus, daith and scaffold. While this blog post may not be directly aimed at ALL of these piercing locations, it’s a good bit of info to take into consideration if you have one of these/want one of these piercings..

Your initial jewellery will be appropriately sized to cater for any swelling that will occur with your new piercing – the size/diameter depends on the location and how much they tend to swell. Some, such as snug piercings swell more than others, such as helix piercings.

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We understand this can be super annoying for some people, but trust us when we tell you – it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re a lucky bugger, you may not swell all too bad and only need a few millimetres of the initial jewellery when it’s fully swollen. Some piercings can fluctuate during the first stages of healing (generally the first week or two) meaning it can be more or less swollen from day to day.

 

It’s important to keep an eye on your swelling – if you’re an unlucky one (this isn’t all that common) and swell to the length of the jewellery and it becomes tight, come back and see us immediately. Ibuprofen (if you can take it) and ice compressions can drastically reduce swelling for most people and can prevent excess swelling before it gets to the point where you need longer jewellery. Of course, proper aftercare and TLC with your new piercing also decrease the risk of over-swelling!

long jewellery

 

So, your new piercing is well into healing and the swelling has subsided – this usually occurs within a few weeks for most people, although some locations and individuals can take longer! Once your new piercing is settled and the jewellery is now annoyingly long again, it is important to come back for a check-up and downsize.

Prime time for downsizing is a hard one to get right. Ideally, as soon as the swelling has comfortably subsided, shorter/snugger jewellery should be put in instead to eliminate any problems that could occur in the final stages of healing.

fresh vs healed antitrag

Above left: fresh anti-tragus piercing with a 10mm curved barbell.

Above right: healed anti-tragus now fitted with an 8mm curved barbell.

Jewellery that is too long can cause problems for your healing piercing and is a common cause of piercing bumps (hypertrophic scarring), as your piercing is more likely to get caught and distorted whilst sleeping – which can cause a nice, straight piercing to become crooked/wonky over time. This is a common problem for; helix, forward helix and tragus piercings!

bumps

Luckily, we now stock the official No-Pull Piercing Disks to combat these bumps! (as seen in the left hand photo) More info can be found on our Facebook page: @Taattoobodypiercers.

 

As soon as your swelling has gone down, come and see us! We will be able to tell you if you are ready for a downsize or not – if you are, we will happily downsize your jewellery for free*! It’s also a perfect excuse for us to get healed/partially healed pics of our piercings!!!

 

*Downsize/jewellery change is a free service within a 3 month limit from when we did the original piercing.

Bump-Busters!

Hypertrophic Scarring, gone in an average of 2-4 weeks!

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Annoying bump on your piercing? The No-Pull Piercing Disk is proving to be the fastest and easiest way to nurse a bumpy piercing back to health! A few weeks wearing one of the super discreet medical grade silicone disks over your problem piercing works to decrease and eliminate your piercing bump.

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Light pressure from the disk onto the scarring helps to provide comfort and compression while the bump flattens until it’s completely gone. These little miracles can also be autoclaved – so they can be sterilised and ready to use in FRESH piercings such as; tongue, lips, cheeks and navels to provide comfortable healing without embedding or irritation!

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Have a pesky piercing bump? Come and see us Tues – Sat (9:30am – 6:00pm | Weds (9:30am – 4:30pm), or alternatively, send us an email at taattoobodypiercers@gmail.com OR send a message to our Facebook page: Taattoo Body Piercers!