Infected Conch Piercing?

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Friday May 11th, 2012 @ 4:21 PM

Filed under: Ear

So I got my left conch pierced about a week and a half ago and it has never been fine since I got it. It was never really sore feeling like my right conch was, it just always felt irritated/painful on it’s own. I was pierced with a 14g 1/2 in titanium circular barbell due to my surgical steel allergy. The irritation was increasing, so I went back and had it changed to a 14g titanium 3/8 barbell after a week. My piercer told me it was infected, and blood and puss was coming out of the hole. He told me to do sea salt soaks even though I’m not a fan since they really dry out my skin, and I did, but to no avail the pain was still there. Well the irritation/pain got worse and turned into an awful infection. I had been cleaning it like I should, I wasn’t over cleaning it. I never touched it unless I was cleaning it and even then it was with clean hands. I haven’t slept on it, and I keep my hair tied back away from it and keep all hair products off of it. I don’t know what could have caused the infection. I’ve been really careful with it. And I had my other conch pierced and had no problems with infection whatsoever. I woke up this morning in seering pain. My ear felt like it was on fire and the back of it was hot, red and throbbing. It hurt so bad, I felt like ripping the piercing out of my ear. I went to the doctor and got antibiotics for it and am currently hoping that those will help my poor ear heal.

So my questions are: What could have caused the infection? Could a person theoretically be doing everything right and still get an infection like I did? I don’t think it was the piercer’s fault. I tried out a new place this time since I moved and had the best piercing experience by far I’ve ever had. Everything seemed clean and sterile. My piercer thoroughly cleaned the work space, changed gloves multiple times, and used sterilized tools. And plus this place has had wonderful reviews. I had my right conch taken out when I got my left one changed to a bar due to the awful angle/placement, and want to get it

Theoretically yes. While recommended aftercare is in place to help prevent infection, there is no way to be perfectly safe. Bacteria can be found on every square inch of your body, most of this bacteria is not infectious however. People with compromised immune systems are at a significantly greater risk of infection.

You have done everything you can, just continue your antibiotics and follow your piercers recommended aftercare.

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2 Responses to “Infected Conch Piercing?”

  1. Honestly, it is more likely that your ear can’t handle the piercing and is trying to reject it because it is a foreign invader. I got my conch done with a friend while we both took immaculate care she had to take hers out because her body rejected it. So yes, it might be upsetting knowing you wasted money but, you should take it out for your well being.

    Tiana on January 3rd, 2013 at 10:53 am
  2. yes you can be doing everything right and still get an infection. bacteria grow at an alarming rate so can only take a microscopic amount to grow into an infection. you are doing everything correct so carry on as you are. id suggest considering you overall health at the moment, many things can influence your immune system, diet, exercise, smoking, sleep, stress etc also simple habits like changing your pillow case cover more often, washing every hat you own and not sharing bath towels.
    i hope this has helped, happy healing :D

    nici wilson on January 5th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

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