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A 21-year-old female asked:

how long does it take for ear holes to close up after you take out the piercing?

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Re-epithelialized : Most of the time the channels through the ear do not close and heal shut, especially if the original piercing was done years ago. There's a new epithelium in there which has caused prevention of the closure of the canal.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

For some reason the top part of my ear is not healing right due to a piercing what should I do?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Remove piercing: It may be infected. Without seeing it the safest approach would be to remove the piercing and use antibiotic cream. If it persists for q few days you may prescition cream or rarely oral antibiotics.
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What sickness can result by piercing your own ear?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Infection would: Be the biggest concern. Second would be cartilage injury. Simply put not a good idea.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can a piercing cause inflamed lymph nodes behind the ear?

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Dr. David Martin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Piercing: Yes, if there was a mild infection. Just the trauma itself shouldn't give you too much of an issue. If the earlobe is getting more painful, see your doctor.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

I want to close my new ear peircing safely without getting the peircing infected? will it leaveA sacar ?i got them peirced yesterday Help me please?!

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Dr. Kathryn Ko
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Close pierced ear: Before you touch your ears, wash your hands with soap and water. Then remove the earrings and wash the area of piercing carefully with soap and water daily. Keep the area clean. Watch the lobes for any signs of redness or drainage. The pierce hole will close in a few days and eventually the small scar will fade.

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