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How to treat a swollen ear piercing?

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Dr. Ken Starnes
Dr. Ken Starnesanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Depends: Was it a recent piercing? It's natural to have some swelling after an injury. A cold compress on the area may help. If the area is red, painful, and/or you have any discharge from the area it may possibly be infected. In that case you need to see your doctor.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Infected??: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
You get it: Medically evaluated before possible infection progresses.

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