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How to treat infected cartilage piercing on the earlobe?

How to treat infected cartilage piercing on the earlobe?

Good question-: It really depends on the extent of infection. If there is no pus or the area of the earlobe that is infected is small, then antibiotics (e.g. Cephalexin, doxycycline, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) can treat it. However, if the infection is expansive or there is abscess formation, then it may require surgical intervention to drain or remove the most infected part, along with antibiotic therapy.

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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What to do if my ear cartilage piercing is infected?

What to do if my ear cartilage piercing is infected?

Remove the earring &: Remove the earring and see a physician immediately. Antibiotics, often for a prolonged period, may be necessary. See a facial plastic surgeon as infections of the cartilage of the ear can cause significant deformity.

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How much does otoplasty cost for one ear? I have a infected, slight deformed cartilage from an old piercing..

How much does otoplasty cost for one ear? I have a infected, slight deformed cartilage from an old piercing..

No fixed price/varie: The cost of this procedure varies from surgeon to surgeon and state to state it may vary from 2500dollars to 3500 dollars in nj, where I practice ask the surgeon in your area. Fee can be more if it is done under general anesthesia.

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Is mupirocin ointment effective by itself to treat an infected cartilage piercing?

Is mupirocin ointment effective by itself to treat an infected cartilage piercing?

Possibly, but seldom: If this organism is staph aureus this may be somewhat effective, but if you do not begin to clear up rapidly would seek further advice.

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Is there a way to treat my infected ear piercing?

Is there a way to treat my infected ear piercing?

Have it evaluated.: Remove the ring. Have it evaluated by your physician as you may need and antibiotic.

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My ear piercings are infected How do I treat them?

My ear piercings are infected How do I treat them?

Antibiotics: See MD for antibiotics. Clean with cotton balls with alcohol. You may have to remove the ear rings and start over again.

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How can you treat my infected ear piercing?

How can you treat my infected ear piercing?

See your doctor: Remove the ear piercing, apply topical antibiotic, see your doctor. You may need antibiotics by mouth as well to control the infection.

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How can I treat an infected ear piercing without having to take my earring out? My piercing is brand new and started to swell 2 days after piercing it

How can I treat an infected ear piercing without having to take my earring out? My piercing is brand new and started to swell 2 days after piercing it

Remove earring: That may be the source of infection or it may not be pure gold. A common problem is other metals, notably nickel, are present and this is an allergic reaction, not infection.

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Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

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.

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How can you tell if a cartilage piercing is infected?

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.

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What to do about severely infected cartilage piercing?

What to do about severely infected cartilage piercing?

Get Immediate: Medical attention. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or has increasing pain you need medical evaluation.

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What to do if cartilage piercing is infected?

What to do if cartilage piercing is infected?

Seek medical: Attention - especially if red, hot, tender, exuding pus, swollen and spreading.

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Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

This requires: Immediate medical care. These can go south quick.

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How can I know if my cartilage piercing has become infected?

If there is: Discharge or swelling you should see dermatologist

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When can I stop cleaning my new earlobe piercing? If I stop, will it get infected?

When can I stop cleaning my new earlobe piercing? If I stop, will it get infected?

Wait until it heals: Average healing times by piercing: Facial to include earlobes– usually 6 to 12 weeks & ear cartilage 6 to 12 weeks. If you get piercings - be responsible to keep them clean.

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My cartilage piercing has a bubble behind it and infected in the front as well. Why?

My cartilage piercing has a bubble behind it and infected in the front as well. Why?

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.

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Would it be recommended to to put betadine and antibiotic gell on an infected earlobe piercing?

Would it be recommended to to put betadine and antibiotic gell on an infected earlobe piercing?

Probably: It shouldn't be a problem, but I would do one or the other, and alternate them. It may be possible that betadyne may interfere with some of the ingredients in the gel.

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