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Doctor insights on: How To Treat Infected Cartilage Piercing On The Earlobe

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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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

Horribly infected cartilage piercing, what to do?

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

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

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

If there is: discharge or swelling you should see dermatologist ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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