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Helix Piercing Infections

Helix piercing infections

Helix piercing infections

Helix piercing infections are normal as any piercing generates an open wound, which takes time to heal. And in this healing time, helix infection may develop, and there are specific reasons for it. Some of them are:

  • Oxygen issue: If you put an extreme and tight piercing into your helix, it will not have enough space to breathe, thus resulting in infection.
  • Hygiene: You should be very careful with your helix piercing because touching your jewelry or the ear with wet, dirty, or infectious hands will transfer bacteria to your helix, resulting in a serious helix infection.
  • Hair: Long hair can stick to your helix piercing wound, which can make you irritated, increase the wound, and result in more pain and infection.

Helix piercing infections possess some symptoms before catching heavy infection like extreme redness on your helix area, white or clear seepage dripping out of the wound, throbbing around the helix, visible swollen area, or feeling extremely irritated by the heat of the helix.

These symptoms are usual for a new helix piercing making it extreme is not normal. Generally, these symptoms only last two weeks after the piercing have been done and may not go after this limit.

Intense pain, swelling, bleeding, yellow or white pus seeping out of the wound, inflammation, and an unusual bump on any side of your helix are some signs that your helix piercing infection phase has started.

For better treatment, one should concern the doctor as they will prescribe the best and effective treatment options like topical medication or antibiotics, oral antibiotics, and topical steroids.

What should I do if Helix piercing gets infected?

If you have an uncomfortable piercing, the first thing that comes to mind is to remove your jewelry. While this may appear to be the greatest option, you should consult your doctor. If your piercing is unhealthy and you retrieve the jewelry on your own, microbes and pus might become trapped inside the holes if the opening closes up.

However, visit a dermatologist, who will generally swab the infection skin incision for culture and prescribe a course of topical and/or oral antibiotics. Throughout your therapy, your derm will most likely keep an eye on the area for the development of an abscess. We met with two physicians, Y. Claire Lee and Alicia Zalka, to discover more.