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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

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical ...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?

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

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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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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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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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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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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?

Agree w Dr. Dohan.: Why did you jump to a quinolone antibiotic? If you have old Ciprofloxacin sitting around your house - please don't self-medicate with it. If you have a serious infection - recommend medical assessment. ...Read more

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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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I have an infected ear piercing that responded well to keflex in the past. I was hoping to get an antibiotic prescription for relief?

I have an infected ear piercing that responded well to keflex in the past. I was hoping to get an antibiotic prescription for relief?

Try our other forum: Try HealthTap PRIME, one of our premium services. On PRIME, doctors see and treat you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can send photos or test results during the consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. The fee is the same, REGARDLESS of whether or not the doctor thinks you should get a prescription without an in-person exam. ...Read more

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What's the best at home treatment for a very minor keloid caused from an ear piercing?

What's the best at home treatment for a very minor keloid caused from an ear piercing?

Compression: Early keloids can improve with compression. Try searching online for compression earrings. That may help. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How to tell if ear piercing is infected?

How to tell if ear 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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I think that my ear piercing has gotten infected. What should I do?

I think that my ear piercing has gotten infected. What should I do?

Antibiotics: 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

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My ear piercing is infected and oozing puss, what would happen if I didn't get the puss out?

My ear piercing is infected and oozing puss, what would happen if I didn't get the puss out?

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

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How likely is it for an ear piercing to get infected?

How likely is it for an ear piercing to get infected?

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

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What can you do to tell if your ears is infected after ear piercing?

What can you do to tell if your ears is infected after ear piercing?

Tenderness, pain: Signs of infection include peristent redness and swelling at the area as well as pain and tenderness. ...Read more

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My ear has a lump on the back around my ear piercing but it isn't infected what is it?

My ear has a lump on the back around my ear piercing but it isn't infected what is it?

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

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My ear piercing seems to have become infected with a significant amount of puss and some blood. How can I reduce the leakage asap?

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

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