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Why are my ear piercings sore and itchy? Could this be a sign of infection?

Why are my ear piercings sore and itchy? Could this be a sign of infection?

Allergy: Common allergies after piercing are nickel sulfate from metal and reaction against missguided use of antibiotics on the skin. Allergies to bacitracin, neosporin, trirlple antibiotic , and nickel are the most common of all contact allergies. A dermatologist will help you. Usually infections are not itchy. ...Read more

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Recently got my ears pierced and it is itchy around the piercing. The skin is also flaking off. Is this normal?

Recently got my ears pierced and it is itchy around the piercing. The skin is also flaking off. Is this normal?

Allergic reaction: You may have an allergic reaction to the metal in the posts used for the piercing. Most often this is due to nickle. Change to a different type of ear ring. If you have any swelling or discharge, you should see your doctor for a possible infection. ...Read more

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Getting Piercings Safely (Checklist)

Find a licensed piercer
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Use only stainless steel or 14k gold for your first piercing
Once
Clean the piercing with alcohol until healed, if infected
Daily
Check piercing for redness, pain, swelling or pus
Once
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My ears piercing holes are watery and get crispy. They also get very itchy.My ears don't hurt. Why is it doing this and how can I stop it?

My ears piercing holes are watery and get crispy. They also get very itchy.My ears don't hurt. Why is it doing this and how can I stop it?

Allergy: You may have developed a contact allergy to an earring you have been wearing. Give them a rest don'twear earrings for a few days and see an allergist to get a patch test to determine what metal you are allergic to. It is probably nickel. ...Read more

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Getting Piercings Safely (Checklist)

Make sure you are not allergic to metals
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Choose the piercer carefully
Once
Make sure the skin is sterilized
Once
Use an antibiotic topical ointment
Once
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I have small bumps on both my ears(worse on ear w/ the helix piercing) they are small and a little paler than my skin color, itchy sore to the touch, ?

I have small bumps on both my ears(worse on ear w/ the helix piercing) they are small and a little paler than my skin color, itchy sore to the touch, ?

Cartilage: This sounds like one of the frequent complications of piercing cartilage anywhere in the body. Doing this is a big risk, because cartilage contains no blood vessels, and often reacts to the injury of piercing by growing together erratically. You really need to see a dermatologist, but first remove all your piercings, let the wounds heal, and never pierce cartilage again! ...Read more

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Whi fll itchy in my right ears for two days? And how to cure it?

Whi fll itchy in my right ears for two days? And how to cure it?

Depends on reason: If water is in your ears, get swimme's ear or rubbing alcohol, put 5 drops in, then let drain out for water to evaporate. If not due to excessive water, otc mixing of lotrimin with 2.5% Hydrocortisone usually helps the itching and flaking from seborrhea. If there is pain in the canal or when you pull the ear, you should have a physician look in the ear to see if infected for antibiotic drops. ...Read more

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Getting Piercings Safely (Checklist)

Go to a reputable piercing studio
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Make sure the piercer washes hands and wears a fresh pair of gloves
Once
Make sure the piercer uses a sterilization machine
Once
Make sure the jewelry is hypoallergenic
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I have itchy and flaky ears. This has been going on for about a year. What could be the cause?

I have itchy and flaky ears. This has been going on for about a year. What could be the cause?

Itching ears: Itching and flaking ears could be some type of contact dermatitis such as creams or perfumes or something called seborrhea. Don, t get anything on you and get Hydrocortisone cream to put on your ears three times a day. If this does not get better then see your doctor. ...Read more

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