U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old male asked:

Can i get my ears pierced again? i got my ears pierced when i was younger but they closed up a few years later. now i am in my twenty's i have noticed that there is a white puss that comes out of my old piercings, like a zit. is this an infection? shoul

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
This : This is unusual especially if it is bilateral (both ears). If the "puss" does not have a foul odor and there is no surrounding erythema (redness) then it is likely not infected. You will probably be ok to go ahead and have them pierced. The person doing the piercing will hopefully alert you if there is a problem. Best of luck.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Yes: You can repierce. I would use antibiotics first/before repiercing.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 22, 2016

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.