Public Health England issues alert over infected ear piercing sites

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Clinicians should be aware of an increase in cases of severe pseudomonas aeruginosa infections following cosmetic piercing procedures.

Public Health England believes a product which is commonly used when piercing ears has been contaminated with pseudomonas.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection is the definition of a tough bacterial strain, able to survive in harsh environments.

Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of the infection and consider appropriate treatment in any patients presenting with a skin infection at the site of a recent piercing. Any confirmed cases should be reported to the local health protection team.

To see the full alert, please visit the Public Health England website.

Published 27th September, 2016

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