How to cure an infected helix piercing
Helix piercing is one that is placed on the outside of the ear, in the area of cartilage, an ideal area for perforations due to the scarce blood vessels found in it. In addition, the propeller also has a very optimal degree of hardness-flexibility to place this type of piercings, which usually do not give any type of complication.
However, and as with any type of perforation in the body, the risk of an infection exists. Not only is it very important to take the right care to avoid it, but it is essential to learn how to identify an infection and take the necessary measures to cure it. Do you want to know in more detail how to cure an infected helix piercing? Take note, because from a HOW TO we offer you an effective step by step and other tips to keep in mind.
Symptoms of an infected helix piercing
Putting a piercing involves doing a small piercing in the ear or anywhere, so like any other wound, it will take a while to heal, and this is where doubts may arise: is the helix piercing properly healing or is it becoming infected? Is pain normal days after piercing in the ear?
The first thing to keep in mind is that this type of piercing takes between 2-3 months to heal completely, however, there are people who may feel discomfort and discomfort in the perforated area even 6 months after performing it.
The first days after having your helix piercing it is normal to have a slight inflammation and some redness in the affected area, but these symptoms should always go to less, never to more. It is also part of the natural healing process that there is some clear fluid oozing from the wound. Especially during the first weeks you will have to observe the evolution of your helix piercing very carefully, since in addition to the symptoms described others could appear that indicate that something is not going well. These possible symptoms of an infected helix piercing are:
- Increased pain in the area and especially intense to the minimum friction.
- Swelling that does not subside.
- Progressive redness and with a tendency to darkenness of the area where the piercing is located (goes from red to purple).
- Presence of yellow or greenish pus. It should not be confused with clear liquid or a minimum amount of white pus, which would be normal in the healing process, since white blood cells come to the rescue of that wound.
- Presence of blood.
- Tenths of fever, unequivocal symptom of any type of viral or bacterial infection.
- A ball may come out in an infected ear piercing, however, this lump called keloid may appear for other causes, so we recommend identifying this ball well in the ear. If it is accompanied by pus, pain, redness or inflammation, it is most likely an infection. We recommend you take a look at this other article on How to cure a keloid in piercing.
Recommendations to cure an infected helix piercing
Taking due precautions and putting yourself in the hands of professionals who have all the guarantees when placing the earring, it is unlikely that you will have the perfected piercing. However, if this happens, you must pay due attention to it to avoid complications.
First of all, you should know that before any of the symptoms mentioned in the previous section, it is best to call the center where you were pierced so that they can observe the healing process. Another recommendation is that you go to a pharmacy so that they can give you a good antibiotic ointment and explain how to use it step by step. Keep in mind the following:
- Watch with the piercing material: it is most likely that the professionals who have performed the piercing have already told you, however, it is not superfluous to insist on the importance of using surgical steel earrings, a hypoallergenic material that will avoid worsening the infection.
- Avoid perfume and makeup: if you begin to observe or feel symptoms that your piercing is infected, it is essential that you avoid using perfume or makeup, as they could worsen the infection. From a HOWTO we also recommend wearing your hair collected while you are healing, as this will prevent your hair from getting entangled in your piercing.
- Maintain good hygiene: try to keep your wound as clean as possible, wash it carefully with neutral soap and dry it well with gauze and with extreme care so as not to hurt yourself.
- Use physiological serum: to have the wound even cleaner and prevent the infection from going further, you can also wash it with physiological luck. Remember to dry your ear well with gauze, but always do it very carefully so as not to hurt yourself.
If it is a mild infection, these tips plus the application of a specialized antibiotic cream will be enough to relieve pain and cure your helix piercing. However, in more severe cases where there is pain, pus or fever, it is essential that you go to the doctor, since he will have to recommend antibiotics or a more specific treatment.
How to prevent the helix piercing from becoming infected
The first step so that you can show off your helix piercing avoiding complications is that you put it in a specialized center with all the guarantees. In addition, other important tips are:
- Daily and specific hygiene: daily and specific hygiene is essential as a precautionary measure. Wash your piercing at least twice a day with neutral soap and warm water and dry it always giving soft touches so as not to hurt yourself.
- Clean hands: before handling your piercing, make sure your hands are absolutely clean. Many times we assume that our hands will not have microbes, however, touching the freshly made piercing with dirty hands is one of the main reasons why it can be infected.
- Be careful when sleeping: during the first nights, try not to sleep leaning on the side on which you have the piercing, since you could hurt yourself and wake up with intense discomfort in the ear.
- Avoid daily creams: prevent the makeup or daily creams that you normally apply to the face from accidentally reaching the piercing area, as they could infect the freshly made perforation.
- Watch with the headphones: you not only have to watch with the headphones, but also with the same mobile phone. In the first weeks, do without these as much as possible and try to talk on your mobile using the speaker and microphone, not leaning it on your ear.
- Collect your hair: having your hair collected, without falling into your ears, will prevent the rubbing of the piercing with your hair and that you can touch the piercing more than necessary without realizing it.