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Marriottsville, MD
A 20-year-old female asked:

Small lump in ear lobe, ball like, next to pierced ear. hurts alittle bit when pressed? seems to in reds in size as well.

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Katherine Caldwell
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Piercing infection: Sounds like the piercing got infected. Remove the earring (you can re-pierce it later if the piercing closes up). If you can gently express any pus from the area through the piercing hole, that will help it heal. You can use a warm compress to help get the pus out and for comfort. If it doesn't clear up in a few days, or starts looking worse, you may need antibiotics.
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Last updated Dec 6, 2016

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