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How To Cure An Infected Ear Piercing
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
Yes, very likely: Any infection of the skin can cause the regional lymph nodes to enlarge and become tender. It means you need to take antibiotics for which you should go see your doctor and let him/her examine you and assess the seriousness of this infection and treat it appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had a cough AND have an infected ear piercing. Small lymph node under left ear is enlarged. Hurts to touch. Should I get looked at by my doc?
Absolutely: And do this ASAP before things get much worse. Best. ...Read more
Infected/inflammed: Red, hot, swollen and drainage (inflammation) are normal signs of healing and in fact, not bad but are integral to healing. If infected, the wound should not improve, the patient have fevers, chills, and other systemic signs of infection. Culture of the wound should never be with a swab on the surface but a simple tissue biopsy. Routine use of antibiotics is to be condemned due to the risks. ...Read more
May want evaluation.: You may want to have your ear evaluated by a doctor. If it is not responding to over the counter topical antibiotics like neosporin you may have a complicated infection that may require oral antibiotics. It is also very common to have a allergy to a metal in your earring that may seem like an infection but isn't. This may require something other than an antibiotic like a topical cortisone cream. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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