What it is: An unwanted pathogen (bacteria, virus, fungus, yeast, or mold) causing problems in the area of a piercing.
How to get rid of it: Kill the pathogen.
How to treat the symptoms: Reduce inflammation and/or stop secondary infections.
The best and safest option for killing pathogens, reducing inflammation, and stopping secondary infections is to use Guardian™ Silver Sol. Silver sol is a new technology that has been lab tested to kill pathogens and reduce inflammation. It can be taken orally and applied topically. It is also completely safe.
For detailed information about Guardian Silver (including comments by the former surgeon general of the US Air Force), this video provides the detailed information that will help you take control of your health:
How can I tell if I have a piercing infection? How can get rid of it? What is the best treatment for a tongue piercing infection? How can I prevent a piercing infection?
Piercing Infection – Defeating the Purpose
While body piercing can be seen as an attractive embellishment, there is nothing glamorous about a piercing infection, an unfortunate but rather common side effect. In fact, in 2008, health officials in the UK reported that 1 in 3 young people with a body piercing experienced medical complications.
Minor infections are simply unpleasant and unsightly, but serious cases of piercing infections have resulted in severe bleeding, blood poisoning and even life-threatening tissue damage from flesh-eating bacteria.
Tongue Piercing Infection the Most Common
The most popular piercings include ear, belly button (navel), nose, tongue, breast (nipple), eyebrow and genitals. Of all these, tongue piercing infections make up about half of all piercing infections. Unsterilized equipment, improper preparation of the site, incorrect size of jewelry and poor aftercare are a few of the factors that may contribute to an infection.
It may be difficult to tell if you have a tongue piercing infection because it is normal for the tongue to be swollen and tender for some time after the procedure.
Symptoms of an Ear Piercing Infection
Inflammation and redness are natural reactions to ear piercings; however, earlobe piercings typically heal quickly without complications. An ear piercing infection in the cartilage of the ear is more likely because the wound is harder to clean and takes longer to heal. Remember to keep the site clean and watch for signs of yellow or green discharge, redness, tenderness or red streaks around the site, or a rash and itching. These same symptoms apply to all piercing infections.
Guardian Silver Sol – Treat and Prevent Infections
A body piercing is, in essence, a self-inflicted puncture wound and must be cared for like an open wound. Since healing can take a very long time (up to a year), proper care and cleanliness is imperative. Clean the piercing site often by running the silver sol over the site, holding a silver-soaked gauze on the skin for 30 minutes at a time, or spray silver directly on the site. If you have an infection, you should also take 1-2 tsp of silver in the morning and at night.
You can actually build up your body’s defence mechanisms before a body piercing with Guardian Silver Sol. The elemental silver particles act as an internal disinfectant and can help avoid a piercing infection altogether. For future piercings, ask the technician to sterilize the piercing site with a swab of Guardian before and after. Continue cleaning the site often with silver sol as described above.
Technical term: depends on the condition
- swelling, considerable pain, redness or red streaks on or around the piercing site
- advanced symptoms may include fever, swollen or tender lymph nodes
- cross contamination during piercing procedure
- improper aftercare
- never do a piercing yourself; deal only with a reputable piercing technician
- ensure the environment and instruments are clean and sterile
- follow aftercare instructions very carefully
- use Guardian Silver Sol as a spray to prepare and clean the area to prevent infection