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How to reduce ear swelling cause by piercing?

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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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


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What are some ways to reduce swelling with new industrial ear piercings?

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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What to do about ear swelling from cartilage piercing?

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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How do I know if my ear swelling is from piercing or cauliflower ear?

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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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 ?

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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Do stretch piercings on ears, heal completely?

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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My ears wont heal themselves after i got my piercing. Should i be worried?

See below: 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. ...Read more

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How to heal swollen ear lobe around the piercing?

How to heal swollen ear lobe around the piercing?

Ice and neosporin.: 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. ...Read more

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Any recommendations for helping a 78 day old ear piercing fully heal? Aquaphore, neosporine, alcohol? Anything?

Any recommendations for helping a 78 day old ear piercing fully heal? Aquaphore, neosporine, alcohol? Anything?

Vit E oil: Apply vit e oil 3-4 times/day to the area. An pierce cap of vit e or buy oil- very in-expensive. ...Read more

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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


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