What Is This Nose Piercing Bump?
Nose piercings are a common form of body modification. They come in many forms such as: earrings, nose rings, eyebrow piercings, lip piercings, tongue ring and others. These types of modifications usually do not cause any problems or complications. However there have been cases where these types of modifications can lead to infection or even death due to infections that could develop from the piercing site if left untreated.
The reason why it is so dangerous to leave piercings on too long is because they tend to grow into the skin and become infected. If left untreated, the infection will eventually spread throughout the body causing severe pain and possibly even death.
It is very important that you seek immediate medical attention if you experience any symptoms of infection such as fever, chills, muscle aches or other signs of high temperature like redness or swelling around your area.
In order to prevent infections, it is recommended that you remove all piercings within 24 hours of getting them. Also, it is recommended that you wash your hands thoroughly after touching your piercing sites. If you don’t follow these instructions then the infection could easily spread through the body and kill you.
If your piercing site becomes infected and starts to bleed, contact a doctor immediately as they can help treat the infection right away. They can also suggest you on how to care for your piercing in the most healthy and safest way.
If you fail to seek immediate medical attention and leave the infection unattended, it can spread into the bloodstream causing septicemia which is a life-threatening condition. Antibiotics can be used to treat this condition; however if left too long, it can cause death.
So how can you treat the infection?
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Apply warm compresses to the infected area to help soothe the pain and reduce redness and swelling. Do not apply the compress directly to the skin as this may cause further irritation. Rather soak a cloth in warm water then squeeze most of the liquid out before applying.
Hold in place with a clean bandage.
Take the prescribed antibiotic as directed.
Rest and get plenty of sleep. This will help keep your body’s defenses stronger which helps prevent further complications.
You should see signs of improvement within a couple days and hopefully you will then be back to normal without any lasting effects from the infection. However, if you experience any new symptoms such as vomiting, fevers or worsening pains you should contact your doctor immediately.
If you have a piercing and are concerned that it might be infected, contact a medical professional immediately. The faster you seek treatment, the higher your chances of recovery without any lasting effects.
The information in this post is intended for informational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms or health issues.
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