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Infected Ear Piercing Treatment
Piercing infection: Check for signs of infection to include: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping the piercing in place (if removed – the drainage tract will close up). Call your physician for medical evaluation. Your physician may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more
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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An ID specialist:
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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
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
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
I have had a cough AND have an infected ear piercing. Small lymph node under left ear is enlarged. Hurts to touch. Should I get looked at by my doc?
Absolutely: And do this ASAP before things get much worse. Best. ...Read more
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
I have an infected ear piercing that responded well to keflex in the past. I was hoping to get an antibiotic prescription for relief?
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Is my ear infection and what should I do? I had my 2 ear piercing done like a week ago and had to change the earing on the third day because it was getting a infection from stainless steel earring and I changed them to 14k gold but now it seems to be inf
It may be infected: Suggest you see your otolaryngologist you may need antibiotics. ...Read more
Is there an otc cream/treatment that could help a very minor keloid on an ear piercing? Or is my only option to get steroid shots?
Small ear keloid: A small keloid can be very effectively reduced with a dilute injection of appropriate steroid. It would be a first choice, unless a prior injection was unsuccessful. Often, the cause of these keloids can be the metal punch used to create the ear hole, The hole could be ragged, trap skin cells, or scar from poor care. It occurs in all skin types, but creams are not effective. ...Read more
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
If the ear lobe is painful, red, swollen, tender, warm, or draining, antibiotics are indicated.
If the symptoms are mild, topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) three times per day for seven days may be tried. If any of the above symptoms or signs are severe, a more potent topical or systemic antibiotics are indicated.
Also, clean the earrings with isopropyl alcohol. ...Read more
It will get worse: You must have your earing removed right away and the infection treated. If you let it go, it will only get worse and spread to the surrounding tissues. ...Read more
Rare: If done correctly, infection is rare. The ears have a good blood supply and can heal well. Bad technique, dirty instruments and inexperienced operators can cause a lot of problems. Go to a reputable place to have this done and follow the instructions you are given afterwards. That is your best chance to heal normally. ...Read more
Tenderness, pain: Signs of infection include peristent redness and swelling at the area as well as pain and tenderness. ...Read more
Is it: Red, hot, tender, swollen, painful, have streaking? ...Read more
Last week, my ear piercing got infected so I used undiluted dettol to clean it. The skin is now blistered & inflamed. What should I do?
Anything!: Excess scar tissue is a possibility. Could be a benign intradermal cyst. If it does go away, or begins causing pain, time to see your doctor! ...Read more
My ear piercing seems to have become infected with a significant amount of puss and some blood. How can I reduce the leakage asap?
Ear infection: You need to remove your ear ring immediately, clean the wound with peroxide and see your doctor for antibiotics, especially in case you are developing chondritis or Cartilage infection. You cannot keep the ring or stud in the wound, must remove all hardware when there is an infection. ...Read more
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