What does your doctor prescribe when you need antibiotics for your piercing?

Antibiotics for infected piercings.

And what doctors prescribe for this.

Below, my findings and my opinion.

This is, as you read, my opinion. I am not medically trained and I do not claim to be. I am very experienced in my profession and have many certificates to my name. This is also where I base my findings. In no case I think I know better than a medical professional, in no case do I advise my client to not follow the advice of a medical professional.

Often a Fucidin ointment is prescribed by the general practitioner when treating a problem with a piercing. The active substance in Fucidin is fusidic acid. Fusidic acid is an antibiotic, which means that it works against bacteria. It is usually prescribed for skin infections and persistent inflammations. It is an ointment or cream.

It is cautioned to avoid contact of the product with the eyes and not to allow the product to enter the mouth or nose, in connection with possible irritation, while it is often prescribed for nasal aspirations.

This medicine is usually recommended too soon or too quickly, because often there is not even a real infection, but rather an irritation that can be easily remedied by proper care of the piercing.

In addition, an ointment is greasy and clogs the pores. This means that the wound of the piercing can still not heal properly and dirt can also easily stick to the wound.

It is also true that locally applied antibiotics can lead to an allergic reaction with allergic contact eczema as a result. Other possible side effects include itching, rash, redness, swelling, irritation, contact eczema and a burning, pricking or tingling sensation of the skin. The skin can also start to scab as a result of the locally applied antibiotics.

Should there still be an infection, then an antibiotic is often required. With piercings it is much more effective to take antibiotics orally (by mouth) in the form of tablets or capsules. Should it still have to be administered locally for faster functioning, then preferably in the form of a gel.

The difference between the different ways of administration:

  • An ointment is made with a greasy base. This is especially suitable for dry skin.
  • A cream is less greasy and absorbed faster through the skin. This is for example pleasant when used in the face.
  • A gel is not greasy, easily absorbed and dries quickly.
  • A capsule or tablet works from the inside so that the wound is not disturbed any further.

Where I have noticed the best results (in actual inflammatory cases with piercing) is Amoxiciline. Because it works from the inside, it is also very effective.

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