Madre, 22, reveals her face turned BLUE after a trendy ear piercing nicked a vein in her cheek
A mother-of-one was rushed to hospital when her face turned blue after she got her ear pierced.
Courtney Taylor, da Leeds, was left in agony after her cheek started swelling up.
The 22-year-old got her tragus – the small pointed cartilage in front of the concha – pierced on both ears.
While the right side was fine, the left side of her face becamse painful and it was too sensitive to clean the piercing.
Courtney was reassured by the piercer at the salon she went to that it was fine, but then her face turned blue and pals warned her it could be killer condition sepsis.
The young mum dashed to A&E where doctors were baffled by her condition.
They were eventually able to rule out life-threatening blood poisoning but said the piercing was too close to her face and a vein and possibly a nerve had been nicked.
Courtney Taylor was left in pain and feeling confused after an ear piercing turned her face blue
The blue mark spread across her face by the piercing site and continued to spread down her neck. The young mum went to hospital after friends warned her it could be sepsis
Courtney said: ‘I got both of my tragus pierced.’
‘However the left one became so painful, it was almost unbearable to clean it.’
‘I told my piercer and she had no concerns as because it’s cartilage it can swell and become very uncomfortable for a while.’
‘I agreed because I’ve experienced these symptoms in the past with a different cartilage piercing.’
The 22-year-old had got her tragus – the small pointed cartilage in front of the concha – pierced on both sides.
Despite her right side healing well, he left side started causing her concern but her piercer told Courtney there was no reason to worry
After arriving at the hospital the mum discovered her vein has been nicked and was given medication and told to wait for the vein to clot
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE AN INFECTED PIERCING
Proper care is essential to maintain the normal healing for a recent piercing. Before you get your body pierced be sure to research a qualified practitioner to carry out the work.
How to prevent an infection
- Clean your piercing twice daily with salt water and make sure to turn it in the process
- Dab dry with a clean paper towel
- Avoid using cotton wool to clean it that could get stuck and encourage an infection
- Do not attempt to pierce yourself or anyone else
- Do not go swimming with a new piercing
Signs of infection
- A little itching and slight redness is normal but any dark colours are cause for concern
- The piercing site may feel hot and swollen
- You may feel nauseous, shivery and dizzy
- There’s pus coming from the piercing
Call your GP or phone 111 if you think you have an infection
Ma ha aggiunto: ‘My right one was starting to get less and less sore.
‘However my left one was just getting worse, and it started bleeding.
‘So I looked in the mirror and saw all this bruising that was just getting worse and worse.
‘I rang my doctors who said it could be sepsis or an infection and to get straight down to A&E.’
‘I went to hospital and they rushed me through to a separate part of A&E so I could get seen faster.’
‘The specialist spoke to me and he said he’s never seen anything like this in his life.’
‘So he phoned another specialist. But they quickly ruled out sepsis, thank God.’
'Però, he said the piercing was a little too close to my cheek and a vein had been nicked and possibly a nerve.’
Courtney added: ‘He said to leave the earring in until completely healed.’
‘I was given antibiotics and told to leave the vein to clot.’
‘The bruising has calmed down, but it’s still quite painful.’
Courtney said she has brought it up with the salon she went to but wanted to raise awareness in case it happened to others.’