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Doctor insights on: Treating An Infected Ear Piercing

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What to do if I have ear piercing infection?

What to do if I have ear piercing infection?

Piercing infection: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). Call your physician for medical evaluation.

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What to do if I have ear piercing possible infection?

Piercing infection: 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.

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What to do if I have ear piercing infection prevent future piercings?

What to do if I have ear piercing infection prevent future piercings?

Use correct cleaning: Techniques. New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store.

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Yellowish fluid coming out of my ear piercing. Is this an infection? What should I do?

Yellowish fluid coming out of my ear piercing. Is this an infection? What should I do?

Several things: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you.

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How to treat an old ear piercing from infection?

Please seek: Medical evaluation for treatment of this infection.

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Is there an otc cream/treatment that could help a very minor keloid on an ear piercing? Or is my only option to get steroid shots?

Is there an otc cream/treatment that could help a very minor keloid on an ear piercing? Or is my only option to get steroid shots?

Small ear keloid: A small keloid can be very effectively reduced with a dilute injection of appropriate steroid. It would be a first choice, unless a prior injection was unsuccessful. Often, the cause of these keloids can be the metal punch used to create the ear hole, The hole could be ragged, trap skin cells, or scar from poor care. It occurs in all skin types, but creams are not effective.

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I have an earlobe infection in my right ear piercing, could that cause my right lypmh node on my neck to swell?

Skin & lymph nodes: Yes, a skin infection can cause swelling in a lymph node nearby. When infection happens on the skin, certain immune system cells go from the skin to nearby lymph nodes to recruit more immune system cells to fight the infection. Since the lymph node is busy making more cells to fight infection, it gets bigger and can sometimes even be tender to touch. It will go down after infection is resolved.

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How could I cure my infected ear piercing?

How could I cure my infected ear piercing?

Take out earring: You also probably need a course of antibiotics.

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Can spit infect your ear piercing?

Can spit infect your ear piercing?

YES: 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.

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Pharmacist told me azythromycin 250 mg a day for 4 days can cure my acute mastoiditis caused by my ear piercing, is that ok? Or better options?

Pharmacist told me azythromycin 250 mg a day for 4 days can cure my acute mastoiditis caused by my ear piercing, is that ok? Or better options?

See a doctor: Whoa! This is not something for which reliable treatment can be judged by a pharmacist. You need to see a doctor. If you really have mastoiditis, you may need a different antibiotic; longer treatment; and maybe even surgery. See a doctor for diagnosis and proper treatment.

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Please describe a good antibiotic to treat an ear piercing infection?

Topical or oral?: Usually you can get away with a topical antibiotic to treat these infections. Something like bactroban locally usually does the trick. However, if the infection is severe enough to warrant oral antibiotics, then keflex, Bactrim or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) might be reasonable choices depending on how much MRSA is prevalent in your community. Your doc should know this and pick accordingly.

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I think that my ear piercing has gotten infected. What should I do?

I think that my ear piercing has gotten infected. What should I do?

Antibiotics: If the ear lobe is painful, red, swollen, tender, warm, or draining, antibiotics are indicated. If the symptoms are mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day for seven days may be tried. If any of the above symptoms or signs are severe, a more potent topical or systemic antibiotics are indicated. Also, clean the earrings with isopropyl alcohol.

Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which ...Read more