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A 38-year-old member asked:

what should i do? i've got a lump in ear near ear piercing hole?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Have it evaluated.: Remove the ring. Have it evaluated by your physician as you may need and antibiotic.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

My ear piercing is infected and oozing puss, what would happen if I didn't get the puss out?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: One could develop an abscess of the lobe of the ear. There is a dictum "all pus must pass". In this case an abscess would either resorb or would fester and burst. A severe infection could cause necrosis and loss of tissue and deformity. Infection, anywhere, should be taken seriously. Clean the area with soap & water, dry it and apply antibiotic ointment. Keep fingers away. See pcp if worse.
A 25-year-old member asked:

How long would an ear piercing that has been in place for about 2 weeks take to close up?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: 4-6 weeks.
A 39-year-old member asked:

When was ear piercing dangerous?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
It still can be: If not done with clean technique, it still can be dangerous and cause infection or deformity of the ear.
A 29-year-old member asked:

I think that my ear piercing has gotten infected. What should I do?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology 41 years experience
Antibiotics: If the ear lobe is painful, red, swollen, tender, warm, or draining, antibiotics are indicated. If the symptoms are mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day for seven days may be tried. If any of the above symptoms or signs are severe, a more potent topical or systemic antibiotics are indicated. Also, clean the earrings with isopropyl alcohol.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How likely is it for an ear piercing to get infected?

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Dr. Sunil Ummat
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 35 years experience
Rare: If done correctly, infection is rare. The ears have a good blood supply and can heal well. Bad technique, dirty instruments and inexperienced operators can cause a lot of problems. Go to a reputable place to have this done and follow the instructions you are given afterwards. That is your best chance to heal normally.

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