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After years of contemplating whether or not the trendy body jewelry was right for you, you finally took the plunge and got a nipple piercing. But you’ve noticed a few red flags since then: The area around the piercing is unusually warm, swollen, and secreting a discolored discharge. You start to swonder, Is this an infection?

The good news is that piercing infections aren’t all that common; it’s more likely to be an allergic reaction. Even so, people with nipple piercings are more likely to contract a piercing-related infection than someone with a hole in their cartilage or nose. So, before you panic, we asked the pros — Brian Keith Thompson, celebrity piercer and owner of Body

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