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A 19-year-old female asked:

1 year old ear piercing red, swollen, with yellow "crusties". infected? what do i do?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Ear piercing: Your ear piercing are infected. Apply antibiotic ointment after removing the infected earrings.
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
See a dermatologist: Most likely allergic to nickel. Bring all your jewelry to a dermatologist who can quickly test all pieces, including the backs. Then you will know which are safe to use. Another, less common allergy is to Bacitracin or neosporin or triple antibiotic. None of these should ever be used on skin because of allergic reactions. Usually 14k gold, stainless steel, and plastics are ok.
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Last updated Apr 8, 2018

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