Minor piercing infections are treated with antibiotics targeted at the most common bacterial pathogens. Surgical excision and drainage may be necessary in cases of abscess formation. In these cases, cosmetic damage may be permanent because of the disruption of cartilage architecture, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.Know More
The most common organisms involved in piercing infections of the ear are Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. These organisms are susceptible to fluoroquinolones and are easily treated in cases of simple infections, notes the American Academy of Family Physicians. People with allergic dermatitis may not be able to differentiate between the symptoms of infection and a reaction to the metal in the ear piercing.
Other infectious complications of piercings include the contraction of viral hepatitis B or C and tetanus. The American Academy of Family Physicians explains that while it is important to sterilize piercing guns between uses, body piercing salons are not regulated and many do not do this. This increases the chance of spreading bacterial and viral infections from one client to the next. Noninfectious complications of body piercings include scarring and keloid formation, an allergic reaction to nickel and trapping of the piercing within a pierced area.Learn more in Piercing
According to Living Healthy 360, an infected tongue piercing is painful and swollen with some reddening or discoloration appearing around the site of the piercing. It is very sensitive to the touch and may produce some lumps on the tongue.Full Answer >
According to Tattoos and Body Piercings at About.com, an industrial piercing heals in four to six weeks. If problems occur during the healing process, one should allow two to four more weeks before changing the earring. The healing time relies on the alignment, balance and aftercare of the initial piercing.Full Answer >
If there is a concern that an eyebrow piercing is infected, remove the jewelry immediately and apply a warm, moist cloth to the affected area. To prevent an eyebrow piercing infection, the area needs proper care and thorough cleaning several times a day.Full Answer >
The healing time needed before changing out jewelry varies depending on the part of the nose that is pierced, but ranges from 4 months to 27 months. Generally, cartilage piercings take longer to heal compared to simple skin piercings.Full Answer >