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The Best Ways to Treat an Infected Piercing

The Best Ways to Treat an Infected Piercing


The first thing you should do if you’re worried that your piercing is infected is to visit your local piercing studio and have them check it. If the infection is not too severe, here’s how you can look after it at home.


Have you had a piercing recently which has become infected? Whether you have an infected ear piercing, nose, helix, navel or whatever, don’t worry, you’re not alone.


Using these methods below you can reduce piercing healing time and treat your infected piercing, fast.


In this post we cover;

  • How to treat an infected piercing at home
  • How to clean your piercing naturally
  • Typical piercing healing time
  • Piercing aftercare


How to treat an infected piercing at home


It happens to the best of us, we forget not to play, twist or touch our piercing, or our piercing takes a slight knock and it becomes infected. It’s frustrating, painful and annoying.

You can take care of your piercing at home providing the infection is minor and doesn’t require medical attention.

If you’re worried about anything to do with your piercing, please don’t hesitate to come into the studio where we can advise you on how best to treat your infection.

If your infection seems to be severe, we may advise you to contact your doctor as you may need oral antibiotics to treat the infection.


  1. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching or cleaning your piercing
  2. Use a saline spray, we recommend H2Ocean or Stericlens
  3. Do not use alcohol or antibiotic ointments as these often further the irritation and slow the healing process.
  4. Avoid removing the piercing as this could cause the hole to close and area to swell up.
  5. Gently clean the piercing on both sides
  6. Dry your piercing after cleaning with kitchen roll


To help your piercing heal, it’s important to keep your piercing clean and dry.


How to clean your piercing naturally with H2Ocean


H2Ocean contains natural sea salt and essential minerals which helps your body heal and nourishes cells to increase regeneration.


It’s the only formula that contains antibacterial enzymes and healing agents.


  1. You will need to clean your new piercing twice a day
  2. Make sure your hands are clean before cleaning your piercing, never touch your new piercing with dirty hands and certainly don’t pull it or twist it
  3. Spray your piercing aftercare onto a clean piece of kitchen roll with low fibres (do not use toilet roll or a kitchen roll with lots of fibres as they can get into your new piercing and cause problems)
  4. Soak your new piercing by holding the solution soaked kitchen roll against it for a minute or so until any crust that has built up becomes soft
  5. Spray a little more solution onto a clean cotton bud and then use that to pull away any of the softened crust
  6. Get another piece of clean dry kitchen roll and pat the piercing and area around it dry, do not rub
  7. Do not just spray the piercing spray directly onto the piercing, this will not clean your piercing properly

Find out more about why to use H2Ocean here.


Typical piercing healing time


The time it takes your piercing to heal depends on a number of factors such as where on the body the piercing is, your type of skin and how clean the piercing is kept. It’s important you keep your piercing as clean as possible using the guidelines below and throughout the website.


Typically, piercings can heal after about four weeks externally but again this could vary.


Piercing aftercare


If you visit us here at Bloody Mary’s, we ensure all our clients are given detailed aftercare guidelines. You can also find more information here;





There is plenty of advice on our website about how to look after your piercing, what to look out for and methods for treating an infected piercing.

If you have an infected piercing and are worried about how to treat it, call or get in touch with our professional piercer who will be happy to assist you.

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