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Quote Adam Replybullet Topic: Note on Infected Piercings
    Posted: October/24/2011 at 12:46am
A ton of talk in the piercing world is about infection, and how to avoid it. While cruising around YouTube, I came across this video of a girl with a horrible infection form an Industrial.

(I apologize for the irritating music accompanying it)



I don't know for sure, but from the description, it sounds a lot like Mersa.

The most important thing that I would take from this video is that just because the piercer says everything is sterilized, doesn't mean it really is. Some of the time piercers are fucking dolts that assume they know the same as a doctor. Learn what a sterile environment is for yourself so that you know better =)

Now you know... and knowing is half the battle!

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The doctors clearly stated that the PIERCER injected the bacteria. There was nothing I could have done to prevent it or clean it. It would have spread to my brain and killed me (a very potent strand of bacteria) whether I had left the bar in or taken it out. LUCKILY i took the bar out (thus the huge bubble formed), otherwise I wouldn't have even gone to the hospital, thinking it was just "normal piercing swelling and pain"... then it would have spread to my brain "silently" and killed me with NO warning sign.
you shouldnt ever take jewelry out of a healing piercing, but in my case, I was very lucky i did, otherwise i would be dead right now.

-yes, i cleaned it, twice a day with hot water sea salt soaks (about 10 minutes each) and once in the shower with an antimicrobial soap purchased from the piercer (brand: Satin)

-i never used alcohol or any other harsh chemical type to clean it with- thats a no no

- quote from the doctors and plastic surgeons from the hospital: "the piercer subjected the cartilage of the ear with a type of bacteria found in nursing homes and/or bed ridden people"... this couldn't have been prevented no matter what I did or how often I cleaned it, whether I kept it in or took it out...

-i called the piercer after day 3 of intense pain and swelling and he said it was all normal swelling and to just let it be....
It is actually a GOOD thing i took the jewelry out even though you're not supposed to, the bacteria would have spread no matter what. The giant bubble that formed was just a physical warning sign that i needed to get to the doctor.

-this was over two years ago but i'm still happy to try to tell you step by step what happened, although it went by extremely fast and traumatic, so it's hard to remember details....

-the point of this video is to help you weigh your options! if you want it, get it, but just be aware this CAN happen, i'm not saying it will.

***This is my story of when I got my industrial... there are some very graphic pictures so watch your stomachs! If you have any questions just leave a comment and ask :)
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Quote SolidOak Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 3:07am
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Quote Keiran1980 Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 3:33am
The photos look pretty painful.
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Quote saaaaan Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 3:45am
Because people have MRSA hanging around in their sheets?
Her ear actually doesn't look that bad all things considered.
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Quote WickedBody Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 11:51am
How didn't her ear look all that bad?.. That looked pretty infected to me. I've seen that video before, definitely would not want that happening to my ear. 
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Quote evalution Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 12:00pm
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it looked infected, but it didn't look like there was any necrotic tissue or anything. mrsa usually kills tissue pretty quickly.
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Quote WickedBody Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 12:44pm
Oh, alright. I suppose some necrosis would make things worse.. 
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Quote Cale Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 3:16pm
MRSA doesn't just lay around on sheets, but it can be contracted under the right circumstances, and dirty sheets could play a part in starting the infection. I doubt the piercer gave it to her. She probably touched the piercing with dirty hands, slept on dirty pillow cases, used a dirty towel after showering, or her hair got into it. It IS that easy to get an infection. Look at the first picture of her in the video with her one day old piercing. She has her hand basically on the piercing, and she's obviously pulling her hair away from the piercing to take the picture, which means her hair was on the piercing. Some bacteria can/will travel three feet to find a place to manifest and it's very important to keep your hands as far away from a fresh piercing as possible. The infection she had was very serious, and at that point it would have spread throughout her entire body so I'm not sure if it's staph/MRSA. A staph infection can kill you much faster that two weeks. WickedBody, necrosis would have made this much worse for sure. Necrosis is when the tissue dies and it doesn't look like she experienced anything like that, and personally I think she's extremely lucky to have only a minor deformity today.

I think what bothered me the most is "I called and he said it's normal" after just a couple days. She didn't actually go into the shop to have the piercer look at it, and I doubt she called him after that to see if she should remove the jewelry or not. How can anyone know over the phone what is really going on when you're as vague as "my piercing is kinda swollen" after two or three days because it is completely normal to experience swelling in any piercing. She should have went into the shop to further assess the situation if she was so concerned about it. So now the piercer is to blame and I'm sure he never once saw it in person.
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Quote WickedBody Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 3:19pm
I've seen some cases of necrosis before, so I know it's not something to mess around with. The skin turns dark to almost black with necrosis right Due to the tissue dying and lack of circulation? 
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Quote that1chick Replybullet Posted: October/24/2011 at 4:10pm
I don't fully understand how a doctor could say the infection DEFINITELY came from the needle.

I mean, there are a lot of ways to introduce bacteria into a piercing.

Granted, I sure as hell don't have a medical degree, but it just doesn't make sense to me to say the needle was DEFINITELY the cause of the infection...
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