10 Home Remedies To Heal Infected Piercings

Piercing infection is common in both old and new piercings especially during monsoon season. Try these home remedies for relief.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: Aug 13, 2021

Soap water

Soap water
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Keeping your piercings clean is very important to prevent and heal infected piercing. Using an antibacterial soap can help keep bacteria away. If you have got a fresh piercing, you must keep piercing sterilised. Soak a cotton ball in soap water and clean the infected area using it. Do this twice a day for better healing.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil
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Tea tree oil has impeccable antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help in faster healing of the infection. If the infection is mild, you must use diluted tea tree oil and apply it on on the infected piercing. This would relieve inflammation and irritation. This would prevent the infection from worsening.

Turmeric Paste

Turmeric Paste
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Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory and antibacterial ingredients you can find. If you want to use a natural solution to heal your infected piercing, apply turmeric paste on the infection. Curcumin present in turmeric can promote healing. You can also mix turmeric powder with mustard oil and apply it.

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel
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In case of inflamed and irritated skin, use aloe vera gel to soothe the skin. Aloe vera is very gentle on the skin and so, it must be applied on the infected skin. You can use both fresh aloe vera gel as well as packaged aloe vera gel, whatever is available. This would reduce redness and burning sensation.  

Saltwater

Saltwater
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You must have heard of saltwater as a remedy for throat infections but it can also potentially aid piercing infection because of the antimicrobial effects. Cleaning infected piercing with saltwater solution can fasten healing by killing the bacteria and growth of microbes. You can do this multiple times a day to clean the skin and prevent further infection.

Ice

Ice
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Using ice on inflamed skin is the ultimate solution. Though this can provide only short-term relief and the pain might persist as you remove ice. However, cold compress and cooling effect can numb the pain and allow the skin to heal. Simply put some ice cubes in a clean cloth and apply it on the infected piercing. 

Neem

Neem
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Neem plant is a powerhouse of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. You can put this plant to use for treating infected piercing. This would eliminate infection-causing microbes to heal the skin. There are multiple ways to use neem. You can either bath with neem water or apply neem paste on the infected area.

Basil

Basil
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Basil or holy tulsi is also an antibacterial plant whose leaves can be used to heal skin infections along with other daily ailments. Make paste of basil leaves and apply it on the infected piercing. Keep it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off. Do this regularly until your find relief in infection.

Clove essential oil

Clove essential oil
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Another home remedy for infected piercing is clove essential oil. In case you don’t know, cloves possess antifungal and antibacterial properties that can be used to heal clove essential oil. Take clove essential oil and dilute it in a carrier oil. Apply this on the infected piercing to promote healing.

Castor oil

Castor oil
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Castor oil can also be used to heal piercing infection. This can kill bacteria that are causing infection. Apply cold-pressed castor oil on infected piercing using a cotton ball. You can do this multiple times a day to reduce irritation and swelling around the infected piercing. All images credits- freepik.com

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