If you have a bulge in a hole in the body, you should never drain it yourself. A lump, especially if it becomes red, swollen, painful, or with pus, may indicate infection with staph or other bacteria. Consult your doctor immediately, as you may choose to drain the infection and send the fluid to a laboratory culture to determine the type of bacteria present. Meanwhile, you can prescribe an oral antibiotic.
Every time you have a skin wound, such as a body piercing, you run the risk of developing an infection. The risk increases if the tools used to make the drilling were not cleaned and properly sterilized between the different uses.
Treatment of infection
If the lump around a hole in the body causes pain, swelling, discharge or a bad smell, you may have an infection. The risk increases if the symptoms persist or if the redness spreads or if it turns dark red or purple and you suffer from fever. You need antibiotics, plus a cleaning by your doctor to treat the infection. Making an evaluation of the type of bacteria it contains is very important if the infection does not improve. A culture of the fluid determines the bacteria present, and also provides information to indicate which antibiotics are suitable to treat the infection.
Treatment of inflammation
A reddened bump does not always mean an infection. In some cases, the site of the perforation may be inflamed due to irritation. An inflammation usually improves over time, does not expand and does not have a nauseating odor. The drainage of an inflamed lump will not help at all, since it does not contain infected material. Injecting cortisone into the lump often helps reduce inflammation, although you may need more than one treatment, depending on the size of the inflamed area.
Trying to drain an infected site on your own can make the infection worse, especially if you use a contaminated tool and introduce even more bacteria into the wound. A serious infection that enters the bloodstream can be fatal. Let your doctor determine if it is necessary to drain a developed lump at the site of the perforation. Only a professional doctor should carry out this procedure.