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Possible infected ear lobe from ear piercing? I got my ears pierced on christmas eve for a christmas present. I am very religious about cleaning the piercing. My right ear lobe now has a ball inside the the lobe and has drainage on the backing to the earr

Possible infected ear lobe from ear piercing? I got my ears pierced on christmas eve for a christmas present. I am very religious about cleaning the piercing. My right ear lobe now has a ball inside the the lobe and has drainage on the backing to the earr

Ear infection: Your ear is infected, and your cleaning is not clearing it up. Sometimes that is not enough. Try using some triple antibiotic ointment (available at any drugstore without a prescription). If it doesn't clear up in 2 days, please see your doctor or prompt care physician. ...Read more

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Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more


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Ear lobe piercing 49 days old has white stuff coming out of it. Piercing hole & ear isnt red swolen, & has no pain. Is my ear piercing infected?

Ear lobe piercing 49 days old has white stuff coming out of it. Piercing hole & ear isnt red swolen, & has no pain. Is my ear piercing infected?

Pus or fat: The ear lobe is skin covering only fatty tissue. If the ear lobe is not tender or red or painful, then it is unlikely you have infection or pus. The most likely substance would be fat. See and ENT or plastic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter got ear piercing 3 month ago And it was not healing and One ear got closed up and ear lobe scar tissue will go away ?

My daughter got ear piercing 3 month ago And it was not healing  and One ear got closed up and ear lobe scar tissue will go away ?

Not completely: Scar tissue by its very nature is permanent but its appearance and extent can be minimized during the 1st year by keeping the wound site soft using antibiotic ointments and minimizing sun exposure. The ointments (Neosporin, bacitracin) help not because of the antibiotic but because of the vehicle which usually contains vitamin E. After a year if cosmetically problematic see a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How could i cure my infected ear piercing?

How could i cure my infected ear piercing?

Take out earring: You also probably need a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can you do with an infected ear piercing?

What can you do with an infected ear piercing?

See doctor: for oral and or topical antibiotics, try cleaning with hydrogen peroxide ...Read more

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What to do about infected ear piercing! advice?

What to do about infected ear piercing! advice?

Seek medical care.: Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there is any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

Please tell me if there is any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

Have it evaluated.: It is not good to have an infection for long periods of time. Have it evaluated for proper antibiotic selection. ...Read more

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Help! need to know if there's any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

Help! need to know if there's any medicine for continiously infected ear piercing?

An ID specialist: (Disclosure: I am an ID specialist) You shouldn't have to live with a continuously infected ear piercing. Before you think of a medicine,you must know if your suffering is caused by an infection or an allergic reaction to the stud put through the piercing. If it is indeed an infection,the right treatment will be based on what is growing from cultures. an ID doctor can help you with your problem. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can an infected ear piercing cause tooth pain ?

Can an infected ear piercing cause tooth pain ?

Not relevant: However, ear piercing infection must be treated as soon as possible. See your PCP for treatment. ...Read more

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Can my infected ear piercing cause the lymph nodes behind by ear to be tender?

Can my infected ear piercing cause the lymph nodes behind by ear to be tender?

Yes, very likely: Any infection of the skin can cause the regional lymph nodes to enlarge and become tender. It means you need to take antibiotics for which you should go see your doctor and let him/her examine you and assess the seriousness of this infection and treat it appropriately. ...Read more

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I have an infected ear piercing. I took the jewelry out. Is the best antibiotic Ciprofloxacin?

I have an infected ear piercing. I took the jewelry out. Is the best antibiotic Ciprofloxacin?

No: Probably you need no antibiotic. Due to uncommon but serious side effects the quinolone antibiotics should be used only if there is no effective alternative. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there is any good tips for caring for ear lobe piercing?

Can you tell me if there is any good tips for caring for ear lobe piercing?

New ear lobe : Piercing care. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water, place on piercing ; allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. Do not twist the posts. Clean twice a day. ...Read more

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Can nose picking make nose go bigger just as a stretched ear lobe (Piercing)? If not, how could the ear lobe be stretched?

Can nose picking make nose go bigger just as a stretched ear lobe (Piercing)? If not, how could the ear lobe be stretched?

Of course. Like all: tissues, as they are torn down & rebuilt, life long, new structure is based on previous structure combined with both internal controls (still poorly understood) and external forces. Rebuilding, restructuring of nose tissues follow same principles, structure over time powerfully influenced by both degree and persistence of external inputs altering physical structure, as in plastic surgery, etc. ...Read more

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Ear Infection (Definition)

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