how to heal a swelling ear piercing

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Dr. Barry Press answered:

How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

Depends on the cause

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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.
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How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

Varies

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varies, but usually gone by 7 to 10 days, if it persists or is painful, see your doctor
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How do i know if my ear swelling is from piercing or cauliflower ear?

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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.
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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

What can you do to reduce swelling in your ear after an ear piercing?

Natural process

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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.
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I have ear infection, and cheek piercing swelling, what to do for treatment?

Prob need meds

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You should see a doctor and get some medications.
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Dr. Jimmy C. Lin answered:

How to heal swollen ear lobe around the piercing?

Ice and neosporin.

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You need to use neosporin ointment to kill any possible infection around the piercing site and then use ice to reduce the swelling. Use ice cold cloth, not ice on the ear. 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for 1 hour should be suffice.
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I have an ear infection from piercing. How can I heal it?

Is the piercing high

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on the lobe thru the cartilage or low in the part without cartilage? If low and just "crusty", topical antimicrobials can high but high up, the cartilage can be involved and can cause ear deformities.
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My ears wont heal themselves after I got my piercing. Should I be worried?

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Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it.
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If I get infection from ear piercing and my doc gives me oral antibiotics, will the piercing heal? Or do I need to take out my earring? Thank you.

Foreign bodies...

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...in skin make it easier to develop an infection, and harder to cure it. One thing to try before removing the piercing is switching to a titanium earring; they are even less irritating than high-carat gold.
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Dr. Michael Miller answered:

Can cartilage piercing cause lymph nodes to swell behind the ear?

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Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph Nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well
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