Actual piercing infections are rare BUT as a piercing is a wound, it can happen.
The best way to solve if you have an infection or not is to see your piercer!
Most of the time when a client comes in saying their piercing is infected, its usually a very very mild skin irritation from getting something like getting body wash into the area, the area has a bump on it, or the piercing is angry because the area keeps getting touched/played with!
If you think your piercing is infected, STOP TOUCHING IT.
If you think your piercing is actually infected, touching it is the worst thing you can be doing. That will spread germs to the piercing site and away from the piercing site to possibly infect someone else. Go see your piercer and if you do not feel their solution to the problem is good enough, go see your doctor.
Signs of a possible infection are as follows: Increased pain, swelling, redness, or warmth around the affected area.
Tips to help prevent infection - Dont pierce yourself - Dont let a friend pierce you - Keep good hygiene - Don't touch it - read our aftercare sections on how to care for a healing piercing - regular check ups with your piercer - dont apply oils, creams, makeups, body washes without talking to your piercer first - eat a balanced diet
If you are worried your piercing is infected, Modify suggest's seeing your piercer but if thats not possible for certain reasons, seeing a doctor. If you can't see them asap, keeping the wound clean is important.