Infected Cartilage Piercing

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I think my cartilage piercing is infected, I know you're all gonna say you shouldn't have done this but I pierced it myself, I bought sterilised piercing needles online. I had previously pierced my ear myself before using a sewing needle and it went fine but I took the stud out because I couldn't sleep on my side which was annoying me.
Anyway, this piercing was fine up until yesterday evening when I changed the ordinary ear lobe stud in my cartilage to an actual cartilage bar. It is swollen to the point that the whole of the bar is covered by my ear, none of it is showing. I wash it with a cotton bud using hot water and salt, and make sure to dry it afterwards as I know that getting it wet is usually what causes infection.
What can I do to stop the swelling and hopefully prevent infection?
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Mine got infected after being ripped in a mosh pit.

Apply a hot (as hot as you can stand) compress to draw out any puss, then swab with tea tree oil which will clean and reduce pain.

Repeat several times a day,
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Hard to see the swelling but you could consider using those small, plastic, transparent, subtle rods that keeps the hole existing?
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Mine got infected after being ripped in a mosh pit.

Apply a hot (as hot as you can stand) compress to draw out any puss, then swab with tea tree oil which will clean and reduce pain.

Repeat several times a day,
I don't have tea tree oil, what could I use instead? Thanks


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Hard to see the swelling but you could consider using those small, plastic, transparent, subtle rods that keeps the hole existing?
The red bit is where it's swollen, usually it's really sort of in? (Idk how to explain it) but it's a lot different now. How are they any different to what I have at the moment? Do they prevent infection?


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I don't have tea tree oil, what could I use instead? Thanks
So obtain some? It'll be sold in Boots or similar for pretty cheap.
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So obtain some? It'll be sold in Boots or similar for pretty cheap.
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Get some TCP on it. Works a dream, for everything.
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Get some TCP on it. Works a dream, for everything.
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Bog standard disinfectant. The only thing you need for a whole host of ailments.
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Are you sure it's infected? I've had seven piercings and they all swell from time to time, especially when I change jewellery. My trusted piercer said that you will have no doubt when you have an infection, and it will feel hot and there will be puss etc. Either way, to keep it clean use sea or rock salt and water to clean it (household salt is said to aggravate it further due to the additives in some cases) and tea tree oil to get rid of infection. Most of all don't worry about it😊!


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Yeah, is it hot? Is there puss? That's infection.

Still swelling's not good. I got mine done professionally at the weekend and have had plenty before and never had significant swelling. If I were you I'd pop into a studio for advice so someone can look at it properly for you- admit you did it yourself but tell them you've learned your lesson (even if you haven't really).
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58403389[/url]]I don't have tea tree oil, what could I use instead? Thanks


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I have 12 piercings, and 6 of them are cartilage. I've always used hot salty water and Savlon spray. You can buy Savlon spray from any Asda, Boots, Tesco, or any pharmacy☺️
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I got my tea tree oil at dollar general
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