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How do I know if my nose piercing is infected?

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Call your doctor if you notice these signs of infection:

  • Fever
  • Red, swollen, very painful, or tender skin around the piercing
  • Yellow or green gunk oozing from the site

SOURCES:

American Family Physician : “Complications of Body Piercing.”

Journal of Infection and Public Health : “Infective complications of tattooing and skin piercing.”

Cases JournalStaphylococcus aureus endocarditis : “Complication of nasal piercing by : a case report and a review of literature.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Body Piercing, Teens & Potential Health Risks: AAP Report Explained.”

Mayo Clinic: “Piercings: How to prevent complications.”

DermNet NZ: “Body piercing.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Body piercing.”

Government of South Australia: “Body Piercing -- Know the Risks.”

Victoria State Government: “Piercings.”

Association of Professional Piercers: “Aftercare.”

National Health Service: “Body piercing.”

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Body Piercing (for Teens).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American Family Physician : “Complications of Body Piercing.”

Journal of Infection and Public Health : “Infective complications of tattooing and skin piercing.”

Cases JournalStaphylococcus aureus endocarditis : “Complication of nasal piercing by : a case report and a review of literature.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Body Piercing, Teens & Potential Health Risks: AAP Report Explained.”

Mayo Clinic: “Piercings: How to prevent complications.”

DermNet NZ: “Body piercing.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Body piercing.”

Government of South Australia: “Body Piercing -- Know the Risks.”

Victoria State Government: “Piercings.”

Association of Professional Piercers: “Aftercare.”

National Health Service: “Body piercing.”

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Body Piercing (for Teens).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 13, 2019

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