How to Identify and Treat an Infected Tragus Piercing?
The infection of tragus piercing usually starts with a small sore or scratch on your body. After it heals, you may experience pain in the area where the wound was located. You might feel like something is stuck inside you or that something is crawling around inside your body. Sometimes after a few days of feeling sick, feverish and tiredness, you might even get diarrhea or vomit blood from your mouth and nose.
Infection of tragus piercing usually begins when there are tiny bumps or nicks on your skin. These bumps or scratches could be caused by:
Scratches from other piercings such as earrings, rings, studs and so on. Tattooing is another cause of these infections.
Scars from previous surgeries like cancer treatments, burns and surgical removal of tumors. Nicks and cuts caused by sharp objects such as knives, scissors and nails. Bumps and scratches from rough play. Small insects such as fleas, lice and bedbugs.
Itching or burning sensations in the affected area. If you have been scratching your head, neck or face, then you might have itching in those areas too.
You might also notice that the bumps are red and swollen instead of being smooth like they should be. This means that the infection is spreading to other parts of your body as well!
Most people ignore these symptoms and try to treat them by themselves. This is a dangerous mistake as the infection can spread through the blood to other parts of your body as well.
This could ultimately result in death if you do not take proper steps to get treatment immediately.
Home Remedies for Treating Tragus Piercing Inflammation
Antibiotic ointment: You can put a small amount of antibiotic ointment over the piercing site twice a day.
Lidocaine: You can apply a small amount of lidocaine ointment over the site to reduce the pain and itching.
Over the counter drugs: You can take over the counter drugs such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce fever and lower your body’s reaction to the infection.
Honey: Honey can be applied topically on the infected area to soothe the pain and reduce infection.
Coconut oil: You can apply coconut oil directly to the infected area as it helps your body fight off harmful bacteria and promotes faster healing.
Tea tree oil: You can apply a small amount of tea tree oil over the site 2 or 3 times daily for quick relief from pain and swelling.
Witch hazel: You can also use witch hazel to clean the infected area.
Garlic: Garlic is a natural antibiotic that is effective against bacterial infection. You can take garlic in tablet forms or eat garlic raw to speed up healing.
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is an organic home remedy that is effective against skin infection. You can mix it with water and soak the piercing site for relief from pain, itching and swelling.
Natural Supplements for Treating Inflammation
Vitamin C: You can take vitamin C in tablet form or drink orange juice to boost your body’s immunity and fight against the infection.
Zinc: Zinc is essential for repairing skin related wounds and it also helps in healing skin related infections faster. You can take zinc in tablet form or eat foods that are rich in zinc.
EPA and DHA: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are omega 3 fatty acids that reduce the swelling in your body. You can take supplements containing these ingredients or eat foods that are rich in EPA and DHA such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, soybeans, nuts and seeds.
Probiotics: Probiotics are good bacteria that fight off harmful bacteria in your body. You can take probiotic supplements to keep away infections or eat probiotic rich foods such as live yoghurt, cheese, pickled vegetables, sauerkraut and miso.
Flax seeds: Flaxseeds are high in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids that promote healing. You can grind a handful of flaxseeds and mix it in water to make a paste.
Apply this paste directly to the infected area for relief from pain and swelling.
Natural Remedies for Pain Relief
Witch hazel: You can apply a small amount of witch hazel to reduce pain and swelling.
Arnica: Arnica helps in healing skin related wounds. It is also effective against pain and bruising.
You can apply arnica directly to the infected area to get relief from pain.
Home Remedies for Quick Healing
Garlic: Garlic is a natural antibacterial agent that kills the bacteria that cause skin infection. You can take a clove of garlic, crush it and apply on the infected area for relief from pain and quicker healing.
Olive oil: Olive oil helps in relieving pain and also promotes faster healing of wounds and cuts. You can apply a little amount of olive oil on the infected area for relief from pain and faster healing.
Vitamin E oil: Vitamin E oil is a natural skin healer that helps the body absorb nutrients and promotes quick healing. You can apply a small amount of vitamin E oil on the infected area for relief from pain and quicker healing.
Home Remedies for Numbness
You can try any of these remedies to get relief from numbness:
Vinegar: Vinegar contains acetic acid that helps in numbing the skin. You can apply full strength white vinegar or dab some vinegar on a cotton and apply to the infected area.
Cayenne pepper: You can try this remedy if you are feeling sensation in your swollen skin. Dab some cayenne pepper on a cotton and apply to the infected area.
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Skin infection can be uncomfortable, unattractive and sometimes even dangerous. A skin infection can develop anywhere on your body but the most common areas are the feet (athlete’s foot), groin (jock itch), around the nails (onychomycosis), and in the hair (ringworm of the scalp).
A skin infection is also known as a “dermatophyte” or “tinea” infection. There are three common types of skin infection: ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis), jock itch (tinea cruris), and tinea of the feet (tinea pedis).
Athlete’s foot is a very common infection that can occur between the toes and on the sides of the feet. In most cases, the skin will begin to itch, swell and turn red.
The itching is often so severe that it wakes people up at night. There may be small blisters and cracks in the skin. The area between the toes is often a dark color (brown, black or red). You can get athlete’s foot by coming into contact with items such as shoes, socks, carpet or towels that have been in contact with the feet of someone who has athlete’s foot. You are also likely to get the infection by walking barefoot in areas where people have previously walked such as locker rooms and pools. Contrary to popular belief, the fungus that causes athlete’s foot is not spread through water. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can also cause other types of skin infection such as ringworm.
Treatments: Antifungal creams such as clotrimazole or Lamisil pills
Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a fungal infection of the scalp that often begins with patchy bald spots. The scalp is usually extremely itchy.
This type of skin infection is also known as “Kerion” and can lead to permanent hair loss if not treated. Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is often caught from pets or other people. It is sometimes seen in day care centers, especially when the children share combs or hairbrushes. The fungus that causes ringworm of the scalp can also cause other types of skin infection such as athlete’s foot.
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