I use chamomile tea bags anytime any of my body piercing get infected. It's gentle and ALWAYS works!
I warm up the tea bag (chamomile) in a cup of hot water. Then I apply the tea bag to my infected area. Not only does it drain out any of the discharge it also soothes the skin. I've never been scared or had to deal with scar tissue from a piercing infection. Any time I get a new piercing I use chamomile to clean it (instead of rough cleaners like alcohol or peroxide). Works like a charm!
I tried the Chamomile bath above for an infected cut in my foot after the doctor told me I would have to take oral antibiotics (my fourth course in 2008!) if it did not improve in two days. I bathed the cut twice a day for fifteen minutes (two tea bags in a litre of water). I also used an antibacterial cream and a paste of tumeric and honey (kept on for fifteen minutes after the chamomile bath - dyed my food yellow). Day three and the infection is nearly gone.
One of the best remedies for infections is strong chamomile tea. Our family has used this for many years. An elderly woman we knew years ago, fell down the stairs which resulted in an ugly infection in her hand. She was diabetic and the doctors could not heal her. My mom made a pan of strong chamomile tea and the woman soaked her hand in it for 15 minutes. Immediately you could see a difference. She continued doing this for a few days and was completely healed. It is best to make the tea fresh each time. Thank you for this excellent website!