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A 37-year-old member asked:

tragus piercing infection. what can i do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Jason Bloom
Facial Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Antibiotics & check: If the tragus is red, swollen & tender from an infection, i would first start a topical antibiotic ointment to the area like bactroban (mupirocin). I would get this checked out by an ENT doctor who may be interested in prescribing oral antibiotics for this if needed. The most important thing is to see a doctor to start some form of antibiotics if needed. An ENT would be the best choice to treat this.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How do you help an piercing infection?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Hygiene: Remove the piercing. Clean the site. Leave the piercing out. Clean / disinfect both the site and the piercing before reinserting it. Make sure the infection is resolved before reinserting the piercing. If necessary - see a dermatologist.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What can I do to treat a piercing infection?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
See a dermatologist: You don't want to risk the infection becoming serious- early intervention - cleaning the site and appropriate antibiotic therapy or creams will be prescribed by the doctor.
A 53-year-old member asked:

If I get a piercing infection, should I take the piercing off?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not always: Sometimes if the piercing is removed - the hole will begin to close up - so that you lose drainage from the lesion.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Symptoms of naval piercing infection? And how to treat one should you have a infection?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Justin Greiwe
Allergy and Immunology 12 years experience
Piercing infection..: If there is worsening redness, swelling or pus coming from site of infection this needs to be examined by a physician and appropriate antibiotics prescribed.

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