I got my rook done about 3 weeks ago but it suddenly started to swell up yesterday and now its so swollen you can't even see the bar and is quite painful and throbbing like it's just been pierced. And its also going a bit crusty so I have to clean it every few hours (but not loads). The pharmacist said to go to the doctors but I dont want to take antibiotics unless I really have to, so I'm going to wait a few days and see if it starts to go down. But what else can I do apart from take painkillers and keep it clean to help it along? Is there anything I can do for the swelling?
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Thread: Infected cartilage piercing
18-05-2011 05:01 PM #1
Infected cartilage piercing
18-05-2011 06:00 PM #2
I would recommend that you see your GP as skin infections/soft tissue infections are generally difficult to clear however if you want to try alternatives I would suggest cleansing the area using a clean cotton pad and something like witch hazel. Applying an anti septic cream like savlon may also help.
Have you been able to remove the piercing? If you havent and think you can then I would suggest removing it. However if its very painful and the area swollen then its best to leave it for the time being.
Anti inflammatories such as neurofen can be useful for swelling but when its swelling caued by infection the infection usually needs to be treated first before you will see an improvement in the swelling.
Hope you get it sorted soon.
18-05-2011 06:15 PM #3
Professional advice, tallying with what my piercer told me is to leave the jewellery in.
I know it's counter-intuitive but if you take it out and it closes you'll get an abcess which might need to be drained in hospital and that's really nasty, it happened to a housemate of mine.
And go to your GP tomorrow, it's ok to take an emergency appointment because they need to be sure the infection stays out of the blood stream.
18-05-2011 08:01 PM #4
Yeah I'm not taking it out - I love it too much! I've been moving the gunk using tea tree oil and cotton buds and I'm going to do a warm saline soak later. I've changed my pillowcases too today. I'll see how it goes over the next few days because I could do without the hassle of doctors appointments in the middle of my exams but if it doesn't improve I'll go.
18-05-2011 08:09 PM #5
You should go the first day you are exam-free if you can. Or maybe your school nurse or university surgery could have a look at it for you?
18-05-2011 08:34 PM #6
We don't have a nurse or anything. I'll go tomorrow, but I dunno if I'll get an appointment straight away. Can I demand an emergency appointment?
18-05-2011 08:39 PM #7
Yes you can, just phone as soon as it opens and say you need to see a doctor same day.
18-05-2011 10:12 PM #8
My housemate says the redness has gone down a bit but that might be due to the warm salty compress. The stuff thats coming out of it appears to be clear too and doesn't smell, is that promising?
18-05-2011 10:18 PM #9
Promising, yes. Is it still hot to the touch? I'd still check in with someone tomorrow.
19-05-2011 02:03 PM #10
Well it's alot better today, the swelling seems to be going down and it's not painful anymore. The skin is starting to pucker around the top hole so I'm guessing that means its healing. I'm going to continue with the warm salty compressed because they really seem to be helping. I hope it doesn't leave a scar though
19-05-2011 02:55 PM #11
That all sounds normal to me. Keep an eye on it particularly if it feels warm to the touch.
19-05-2011 03:20 PM #12
Well it still hurts to touch and is warm but it's not constantly throbbing like it was yesterday so I don't need to take painkillers. Keeping an eye on it though.
19-05-2011 03:23 PM #13
Awesome. As well as saline, I found steaming really good when I got a slight infection in an ear piercing. Just boil a kettle of water, put it in a mixing bowl (not plastic!!) and then put your head over it under a towel for about 20 mins. Also does wonders for congestion, incidentally...
19-05-2011 03:39 PM #14
I might try that! Might get rid of my blackheads too :P
19-05-2011 04:17 PM #15TheSite.org convert
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heya. my mate had simular...did they use a gun to pierce it cuz if they did that means they have mucked the crtilege up when doing it that way because thats what happened to my mate . i'd get it sorted before it gets any worse : ) xDon't Judge Me ( :