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My ear piercing is swollen painful and bleeding? . What should I do?

My ear piercing is swollen painful and bleeding? . What should I do?

Med eval: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My ear piercing is swollen painful and bleeding! Is this serious?

Not sure - infection: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ear piercing slightly bleeding?

What to do if I have ear piercing slightly bleeding?

You may have: Small amount of blood for a day or two. New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. 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. ...Read more

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Ear piercing bleeding in 6 month old, what does this mean?

Ear piercing bleeding in 6 month old, what does this mean?

Get it checked.: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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How to treat a old swollen and bleeding ear piercing?

How to treat a old swollen and bleeding ear piercing?

Sounds like: It is infected. If it involves your ear cartilage, you must treat immediately with removal of foreign body and antibiotics, or you will risk deformity. If it involves skin only, it is probably ok to leave it in place, but you might need antibiotics anyway. See your doctor before it gets out of hand. ...Read more

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Ear piercing redness, what is wrong?

Ear piercing redness, what is wrong?

Possibly infected.: Possibly a reaction to the metal in the post. 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. 1 study showed complications in up to 35% of people w >. ...Read more

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How to treat ear piercing that failed?

How to treat ear piercing that failed?

Re- pierce: After it has healed, as long as there is no keloid formation and the area is not infected, it can be repierced. ...Read more

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How do I treat a swollen ear piercing?

How do I treat a swollen ear piercing?

You get it: Medically evaluated before possible infection progresses.

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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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My ear piercing hole hurts. What should I do?

My ear piercing hole hurts. What should I do?

New or old?: Scar or infection? Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing ...Read more

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When is the best age for ear piercing for girls?

When is the best age for ear piercing for girls?

No specific age: My personal choice would be to wait until they were teens & decide they want it. The reality is most mom's hate calling their little girl a boy & want it done early. It gets tiring trying to keep a bow stuck in their hair. If asked, I advise moms to wait until a couple weeks after their first tetanus shot. I can't site specific data but it makes me feel better to have that done first. ...Read more

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How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

How long does the swelling on ear piercing last?

Varies: Varies, but usually gone by 7 to 10 days, if it persists or is painful, see your doctor. ...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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Can I use a&d ointment on a bump above my fourth ear piercing?

Can I use a&d ointment on a bump above my fourth ear piercing?

A and D ointnent: Vitamin A and D ointment is mainly used for skin irritation and not for bumps like cysts, abscess, ingrown hairs, lipoma. A physician would have to inspect the bump in order to make a diagnosis and advise you. ...Read more

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What to do if I pulled out my second ear piercing and it fell down the drain?

What to do if I pulled out my second ear piercing and it fell down the drain?

New piercing?: Purchase new jewelry & replace asap. Titanium or gold are preferable as they cause less sensitivities than other metals. ...Read more

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What to do about ear piercing hurts after I changed the earrings and won't heal. Been pierced for over 6 months. What's going on?

What to do about ear piercing hurts after I changed the earrings and won't heal. Been pierced for over 6 months. What's going on?

Do you have a: Metal allergy to the new earrings? Is the post thicker on the more recent earrings? Do you have an infection? ...Read more

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My ear piercing is getting really painful and I think it's starting to grow extra flesh around it why?? I there anyway of keeping the piercing??

My ear piercing is getting really painful and I think it's starting to grow extra flesh around it why?? I there anyway of keeping the piercing??

Keloids/scars: Are excessive scar tissue that forms around a wound. Keloids may occur after ear piercing, and are 80% more likely to occur if ears are pierced after age 11. Other risk factors for keloids include dark skin, previous keloid formation, and nickel containing earrings. You may need to see a Plastic Surgeon/skin specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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I got a cartilidge ear piercing in the very beginnig of august. When I take the earing out now it will start to close up in a few hours. Why is this?

I got a cartilidge ear piercing in the very beginnig of august. When I take the earing out now it will start to close up in a few hours. Why is this?

Slow to heal.: There is virtually no blood supply in the cartilage areas of the ear. Piercings there are very slow to close (months), and tend to close if an earring or stud is not left in to keep it open. If it is oozing any discharge or the ear is red and tender, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a ear piercing 4 months ago, I woke up, it was bloody and my hole was closed, now, it’s just hard. When is it a good time to get it re-pierced?

I had a ear piercing 4 months ago, I woke up, it was bloody and my hole was closed, now, it’s just hard. When is it a good time to get it re-pierced?

Soft scar: The ear piercing involves a puncture through the skin on top and behind the ear lobe as well as the fat in between. This closure makes thick, hard scar. One can massage the scar tissue and try to soften it more quickly. The repiercing could be sooner than six months with such attention. Once the soft tissue feels supple, one can then mark the ear lobe to achieve symmetry for the new piercing. ...Read more

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When was ear piercing dangerous?

When was ear piercing dangerous?

It is still: Potentially dangerous. One study showed complications in up to 35% of people w pierced ears. Problems can include infection, keloid, traumatic tearing and allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Why does my hole (ear piercing) hurt?

Not sure? Still: Healing? Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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What do you think about baby ear piercing?

What do you think about baby ear piercing?

Frightens me: Because the baby could aspirate the jewelry if it comes off. ...Read more

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How to treat a swollen ear piercing?

How to treat a swollen ear piercing?

Infected??: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...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 to do if I have ear piercing infection?

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. ...Read more

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Why is the area around my ear piercing crusty?

Why is the area around my ear piercing crusty?

Maybe infected or: Inflamed? Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...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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Why is my 2 year old ear piercing still swollen?

Why is my 2 year old ear piercing still swollen?

INFECTION: Check for infection for swollen ear piercing especially with discharge and painful. ...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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