A professional, licensed body piercer uses single-use, sterile needles, latex or nitrile gloves, and high-quality, sterile jewelry that is appropriate for the individual piercing. These safe practices prevent many problems with piercings, but complications are still possible. Infections are most often caused by touching a healing piercing with dirty hands; never touch your piercing unless you are cleaning it, and always wash your hands before you begin. You can also help prevent problems by cleaning your piercing only with the products recommended by a professional body piercer. Never use alcohol, ear piercing solution, antibacterial soap, or ointment on a healing body piercing unless you are specifically instructed to do so by your piercer.
Your piercer will explain what to expect as your piercing heals; the process varies depending on the piercing. Look out for prolonged swelling, redness, or bleeding (longer than typical for your particular piercing); lumps of tissue or fluid-filled bumps in or around the piercing site; or green or brown discharge (clear, white, or yellow discharge is normal). If you notice any of these symptoms, return to your piercer as soon as possible for assistance. S/he will be able to help you identify and treat the problem.
If you develop a fever within 24 hours of receiving a piercing, or notice a red line forming beneath the skin starting at the piercing site, consult a health care provider IMMEDIATELY, then return to your piercer after treatment to report the problem.
If you suspect a problem with your piercing, do not remove the jewelry without consulting your piercer first. Because puncture wounds, like body piercings, heal from the outside in, if you remove the jewelry the skin may close around an infected area, which could make the problem worse.
Many people misdiagnose problems with their piercings, and improper treatment can make a small problem worse. If you have a problem with any piercing, please return to your piercer as soon as possible. The body piercers at Miraculous Creations are always available to assist you with any concerns you may have about your piercings.