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A 18-year-old member asked:

my ears piercings get infected very easily, i've tried sensitive earrings & sterling silver but they infect my ear.is there somthing else i should try?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Gold?: Gold may help. Less likely to irritate and inflame your ears. "sensitive earrings" sometimes still contain nickel [and also depends on the quality of the outer covering]. Sterling silver has some copper in it [are you allergic to copper?]. Anyway, gold might be an alternative - although $$$.
Dr. Louise Andrew
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Infection unlikely: More likely to be a sensitivity to metal. They make some kind of guards for posts---they're plastic sleeves that go around the metal. But it may require a larger hole than you have. You could try coating the earring with vaseline or even Bacitracin before inserting it---this would give some barrier between your skin and the metal. And if it really is infection, Bacitracin would also help.

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