“If My Piercing Starts To Bleed, Changes Color Or Gets Bruised And Swollen, Do I Definitely Have An Infection?”

Body Piercing Infection

Now wait a minute. If there ever was a hasty conclusion, then this is it! 🙂

Bleeding a bit, getting discolored, a little bruising, some swelling – all these are natural outcomes of a new piercing.

Let’s see – you get a nose piercing done. Your piercer will use a clamp – and obviously your skin will bruise a bit. Any kind of puncture can cause redness and a skin piercing is no different.




Do you worry when you scrape your knee and it bleeds, swells a little and then changes color as it heals? Obviously not, and this is simply because that is how all wounds heal naturally. So it is the same with your body piercing.

Piercing will cause swelling around the area, which will subside as the healing begins. Sometimes you might see a whitish yellow fluid coming out from around the piercing. This is also absolutely normal because when the piercing is made, the body finds a way to push out the dead cells in the area.

If you are thinking of pus, then that is entirely different. Okay – so your piercing is going to be a little sore for a while. That will pass too. When the jewelry is inserted into the piercing, there might be a little irritation, swelling and pain. That is a normal reaction of our body to adjust to a foreign object. As the healing progresses, the irritation, swelling and pain subside.

Just don’t do anything weird – like trying to remove the jewelry without first consulting your piercer! 😉




12 thoughts on ““If My Piercing Starts To Bleed, Changes Color Or Gets Bruised And Swollen, Do I Definitely Have An Infection?””

  1. My mom told me that i cant get my nose pierced and that if i want to get anything pierced it would be my belly button or a second hole in the ear. So i want to get my bellybutton pierced but i dont know if i can, see my belly button is weird. i dont have an outty but i also dont really have an inny. my mom seems to think i should be able to but my sister krsiten dont think i will be able to… so im just confused.

  2. ok its been one month today since i got my belly pierced
    (april 4). my ring is a hoop my piercer choose that for me i wanted a bar but he said ill get it after 6 to 9 months. but all my other friends got the bar when they got theres done rrr. my top hole is red around the hole. the bottom hole is not red at all. about a week ago i noticed that when i turn my ring white stuff came out of it. when i cleaned off i looked at the napkin and it had a very light green color. i squizzed the hole and a lil more came out… just last night i got some coming out of my bottom hole too… my piercing doesnt hurt at all but its color and the stuff coming out of it is scaring me… has it gone wrong?

  3. ok its been one month today since i got my belly pierced
    (april 4). my ring is a hoop my piercer choose that for me i wanted a bar but he said ill get it after 6 to 9 months. but all my other friends got the bar when they got theres done rrr. my top hole is red around the hole. the bottom hole is not red at all. about a week ago i noticed that when i turn my ring white stuff came out of it. when i cleaned off i looked at the napkin and it had a very light green color. i squizzed the hole and a lil more came out… just last night i got some coming out of my bottom hole too… my piercing doesnt hurt at all but its color and the stuff coming out of it is scaring me… has it gone wrong? can i get a bar any time sooner without harm?

  4. okay ive had my belly pierced for 5 months and its bleeding and it looks like skin is comeing out…. its benn hurting for a few days but i didnt think anything of it…. idk what i should do….

  5. Okay, well i had my belly button peirced 4 days ago (saturday)and ive noticed two bruises/ red marks on either
    side if my bar. I dont know if it is the clamp, but the clamp didnt hurt me.
    Or if its something else.. If anyone else has theses quierys please comment,
    many thankkss 🙂

  6. ive had mine done nearly 2 months and today i queezed it a little bit and a bit of yellow appeared. but it doesnt look infected because its nearly healed, is it actually infected?

  7. OK so I had mine done b4 new years..It Don’t hurt at all..A few weeks later i had redness and tonight i had Blood but it wasn’t constantly As if It was dry and it looks heaps Betta now,And my tips are

    * Wash it in the shower gently
    * Dont Move Around in your sleep so much
    *Wear loose stuff
    *spray the soap solution twice a day
    * wash in warm water&table salt&paper cup>>everyday untill it heals
    hope i helped (:

  8. I got my belly button peirced 3 days ago and the peircer did NOT use a clamp. there is bruising in the middle where the bar is.. tht normal???

  9. Hi all,

    So I have had my ears pierced since March of this year, and it is now December, and one of my ears in infected. It has been sore on a and off for the entire time since I have gotten them pierced and I just noticed now that on the back side of my ear it has changed color. It is not around the entire hole, but rather half of it. It looks like it’s black or a dark blue or something. I have been using betadine which is an anti bacterial, and I was wondering if the color change means that it is serious, and if I should see a doctor?
    Thanks for all the help

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