Infected Eyebrow Piercing

Body piercing has become popular in the last decade, going far beyond simple ear piercing. Both men and women are now piercing their noses, tongues, ears, eyebrows, nipples, navels and their genitals. Unfortunately, various medical complications can arise from body piercings, including serious infections that require surgery, contact dermatitis and rashes caused by metal allergies or the piercing technique.

Body Piercing Jewelry

Many pieces of jewelry designed for eyebrow piercings are not appropriate for other body parts. If you have not already pierced your eyebrows, choose jewelry made expressly for eyebrows. The size and length of the post is important. For example, a pierced earring is too short for an eyebrow piercing. Posts that are too long or too short can irritate the area around the piercing.

Metal Allergies

Most body piercing jewelry is made from gold, silver, stainless steel, niobium or titanium and their alloys. It's rare for stainless steel jewelry to cause an infection or an allergic reaction. However, jewelry made from other metals, even precious metals such as gold and silver, can be a mixture of gold, silver or platinum and lesser-quality metals such as nickel. Many people are sensitive to nickel, which can cause a rash, swelling, itching and long-term contact dermatitis. If you have a rash you can't get rid of, remove your body jewelry for a week or two to see if it disappears. If it does and then reappears when you put the jewelry back in your eyebrow, you have an allergy to one or more of the metals in that piece.

Too Much Touching

One thing that can cause a skin rash is frequently touching a newly-pierced area after the jewelry is inserted. Touching transfers dirt, sweat and harmful bacteria to the skin around the piercing. Keep your hands away from your newly-pierced skin. If you do touch it, always wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water first.


If you discover a rash around a piercing anywhere on your body, first remove the body jewelry. If the skin around the piercing swells, you may need to see a doctor for a local anesthetic. Depending on the cause of the reaction, you may need a topical or oral antibiotic. Keeping the site clean and using a topical antibiotic cream usually resolves the issue. Dissolve sea salt in some warm water and apply it several times a day to relieve the itching, if your skin is not infected. For a topical yeast infection at the site of the piercing that causes an itchy, scaly rash, the best treatment is a topical cream designed for yeast infections.

General Care

Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide near an eyebrow piercing. They can dry out the skin and cause flaking. Also avoid wearing makeup on and around your eyebrows until the pierced area has healed from a rash. Cover the piercing with a tissue to protect your skin if you use hairspray or hair dye. Do not use hair dye on your eyebrows if you have a new piercing. And remember to remove all your body jewelry if you dye your hair.


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