With the rise in popularity of unconventional piercings, such as the anti-eyebrow piercing and even corset piercings, there has been a rise in the amount of piercing rejection. These atypical body piercings are also more prone to becoming infected and, often, the treatment for the infection can raise the risk of rejection. So how do you treat these two problems?
Stop using bandages over the body piercing after it is more than a day old. It may seem like a good idea to keep bacteria and germs out, but the friction between your skin and the bandage can irritate the body piercing jewelry and promote rejection.
Leave body jewelry in if it’s infected. This is vital to your own health. If you remove it while the skin is still infected the exit holes will close up and force the infection deeper into the skin. If you still want to remove the piercing do so after the infection is cleared.
Use salt soaks to clear infections and to promote healing. This is also good for rejecting piercings.
Visit the body piercing shop you were pierced at and ask the professional to take a look. If it’s a rejecting piercing the piercing artist will replace it with a smaller gauge to promote healing.
Visit a doctor if an infection is not clearing with regular salt soaks and vinegar compresses. Antibiotics can promote rejection in body piercings, but it’s better to lose the piercing than get a blood infection from improper treatment.
Follow the LITHA code. Leave It The Heck Alone. Dirty hands are the most common cause of piercing problems. Just stop touching.
References and ResourcesSalt soak
What infection and piercing rejection look like
Is that piercing infected or rejecting
Body piercing myths
Antibiotics and body piercings