Should I take out my piercing if its infected?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

When it comes to dealing with an infected piercing, it is important to approach the situation with caution. Many people’s first instinct may be to remove the earring in order to clean the area more effectively. However, removing the piercing can actually do more harm than good.

One of the main reasons why it is advisable not to remove an earring from an infected ear is that doing so can trap the infection within the skin. When you remove the earring, the wound may close up, creating a sealed environment for bacteria to thrive. This can lead to further complications and prolong the healing process.

Additionally, removing the earring can cause unnecessary trauma to the already irritated skin. The act of taking out the earring can result in pain, swelling, and increased inflammation, making the infection worse. It can also disrupt the healing process and potentially leave behind scar tissue.

Instead of removing the earring, it is better to seek advice from a healthcare professional or a professional piercer. They have the knowledge and experience to properly assess the situation and provide appropriate guidance. They may recommend a course of action, such as using a specific cleaning solution, taking oral antibiotics, or applying topical ointments to treat the infection.

In some cases, the infection may be severe or spreading rapidly, requiring immediate medical attention. Signs of a severe infection include excessive swelling, redness, pus or discharge, intense pain, and fever. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical help as soon as possible.

It is worth noting that prevention is key when it comes to avoiding infections in piercings. Always ensure that your hands are clean before touching your piercing, and avoid touching it unnecessarily. Clean the piercing regularly using a saline solution or a specialized piercing aftercare product recommended by your piercer. Avoid swimming in pools, hot tubs, or bodies of water until the piercing is fully healed to minimize the risk of infection.

If you suspect that your piercing is infected, it is generally best not to remove the earring yourself. Removing the earring can potentially trap the infection within the skin and cause further complications. It is advisable to seek guidance from a healthcare professional or professional piercer who can provide appropriate advice and treatment. Remember, prevention is key, so take proper care of your piercing to minimize the risk of infection.