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    I've had my tragus piercing for over 5 years now, and have never had an issue, but I've noticed it's swolen, red and sore and it's weeping.
    I don't want to take it out and get rid of it.
    What do I do???

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    Clean it morning and evening with salt water. Try not to touch it and avoid putting anything in your hair that can irritate it, hairspray, gells etc.

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    I wouldn't take it out, as the hole will close over and the infection will stay inside. I would bathe it in salt water a few times a day and just have good infection control i.e. wash your hands before you touch it, and turn it after using the salt water to get it inside the piercing

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    I found, when I had a piercing that got infected, I cleaned it in salt water and then got a needle and heated it as hot as I could, and stuck it through the piercing, cleaned it and my earring thoroughly and salt watered them, then put the piercing back.

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    Deliriums advice is spot on. You can also get a special anti bac soap from the supermarket and chemist that's great for infected and new piercings. I can't remember the name but it's bright yellow and stinks like anti bac. Don't take the piercing out, you MUST leave it in to let the infection out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blossompossum View Post
    I do body piercing at my salon. I would put a bigger bar or ring in and even though this will kill I would get some metho on a ear bud and dab it. That will dry it up and prevent infection
    So it's ok to put in a bigger bar?
    Will do the salt water.

    I love this piercing soooo much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blossompossum View Post
    I do body piercing at my salon. I would put a bigger bar or ring in and even though this will kill I would get some metho on a ear bud and dab it. That will dry it up and prevent infection
    Also good advice. It will hurt, but it will help the infection drain without having the hole close up.

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    I don't have metho, I have other spirits, acetone? And, erm, vodka

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    See if you can get a little container of hydrogen peroxide from your piercer and dilute it and dab it on with a cotton tip then shift the bar back and forth so it can work its way through.

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    Ok, DF says we may have metho somewhere, he will find it tomorrow.

    I have face wash with the active ingredient being peroxide, yay or nay?

    Going to attempt to change the bar now.


 

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