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Dr. William Lewis
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

Dr. William Lewis
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How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

Varies: Varies, but usually gone by 7 to 10 days, if it persists or is painful, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Barry Press
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
39 years in practice
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How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

Dr. Barry Press
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
39 years in practice
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How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

Depends on the cause: If tender and red, occuring soon after piercing, it could represent infection: should be treated with antibiotics and perhaps will require removal of the earring. If late, nontender and firm, may be a keloid, which requires different sorts of treatment: excision, steroid injection, pressure, low dose radiation. ...Read more

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Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
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What are some ways to reduce swelling with new industrial ear piercings?

Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
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What are some ways to reduce swelling with new industrial ear piercings?

Always clean with: hydrogen peroxide, and then place a little topcial antibiotic ointment, and turn the pierce in a circular motion. If the swelling doesn't reduce, see your dermatologist to determine any infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
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What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

Natural process: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, and antiinflammatory like motrin/advil medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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What to do about ear swelling from cartilage piercing?

Dr. Edwin Ishoo
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
23 years in practice
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What to do about ear swelling from cartilage piercing?

Cartilage swelling: Please see a doctor immediately as you may have a hematoma or bacterial chondritis which may need urgent treatment or it be cause serious deformity. Piercing of ear cartilage is a dangerous procedure especially when done by a non-physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
39 years in practice
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How do I know if my ear swelling is from piercing or cauliflower ear?

Dr. Colin Kerr
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How do I know if my ear swelling is from piercing or cauliflower ear?

Ear swelling: Piercing an ear, by itself, does not cause much swelling, usually just a mild, low grade inflammation. In persons with increased susceptibility to keloid formation (eg., some persons with darker skin), ear piercing can cause a keloid, which may look like a cauliflower growth. The term "cauliflower ear" usually refers to someone, like a boxer, who has had repetitive blunt trauma to the ear. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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I have ear infection, and cheek piercing swelling, what to do for treatment?

Dr. Alexander Gorup
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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I have ear infection, and cheek piercing swelling, what to do for treatment?

Prob need meds: You should see a doctor and get some medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
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Help! i bumped my cartilage peircing my ear with a hair brush and now it is swelling and hurts so bad. How to get rid of swelling ?

Dr. Victor Bonuel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Help! i bumped my cartilage peircing my ear with a hair brush and now it is swelling and hurts so bad. How to get rid of swelling ?

Try taking motrin,: Apply ice packs for first two days then warm packs, apply neosporin and vaseline. Follow up with ur dr if it gets infected. Take care! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Do stretch piercings on ears, heal completely?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Do stretch piercings on ears, heal completely?

Not necessarily: Even if size reduces - you are still likely to have a mark where the piercing was. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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How long does it take for ear lobe piercings to heal?

Dr. Yash Khanna
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How long does it take for ear lobe piercings to heal?

5to7 days: It takes 5to 7 days to heal if there is no infection. ...Read more

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