First off, a tragus infection will hurt really bad. Go to your doctor or piercer the first time you notice a symptom of an infection and get it examined. According to my research, your doctor will immediately request that your piercing be removed which you should reject. Talk with your doctor and convince him that the piercing should not be removed. In the case of infections, once you remove your piercing the openings of the infected area will close and form an abscess. This is an infection underneath the skin and is often indicated by a darkening and hardenning of the infected area, as well as swelling and pain. So why did you actually go to your doctor? It is to get a professional opinion of the infection; if it needs to be treated at the hospital or if it can still be treated at home, as the latter potentially have no costs.
1. You must first know what antiseptics should be used to clean the infected area. You can use either of the following: Tea Tree Oil, this cleaning oil can soothe irritated infections and should be distilled in clean water; Emu Oil, accepted as a universal cleaning product; H2Ocean, this is also called Glorified Saline Solution; and lastly, Saline Solution whch is a very effective, less expensive product that is readily available in most pharmacies.
On the other hand, never use rubbing alcohol, ointments, and ear care solutions as these contain chemicals that dry up and kill good cells that try to heal the infection. Hydrogen peroxide and Glyoxide on the other hand kills white blood cells which help in healing the infection.
2. When cleaning the infection use the above products on a clean swab. Clean it for a minimum of one minute to remove skin bacteria around the piercing. Try to remove any debris, dead tissues, dirt and other materials on the jewellery and infection. After a minute, gently rotate the piercing while applying the cleansing liquid. Doing this encourages draining of any pus inside the infection. Work the cleansing liquid all the way through the hole to kill any basteria spawning inside the infection.
3. Next, soak the infected area in hot salt water to increase blood circulation in the area and draining. you can use cotton balls, pads and gauze sponges.
4. After a few minutes, dry the area with a clean cotton pad or disposable cloth and avoid any contact with unclean materials.
Do these steps as frequently as possible and the irritation will clear up in a few days. I really hope it does.