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What signs of infection from piercing should I watch out for?

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Watch out for these signs of infection:

  • Pain that does not go away after a day or two
  • Unusual pain or swelling
  • Yellow, bad-smelling discharge
  • Prolonged bleeding
  • Excessive redness

From: Piercing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Body Piercing."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation web site: "Piercing."

Family Doctor web site: "Body Piercing."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Body Piercing."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation web site: "Piercing."

Family Doctor web site: "Body Piercing."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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