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My Ear Piercing Is Itchy
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
Good day I got an upper ear piercing and around it felt itchy so I itched it and now it seems to be swollen it doesn't hurt or anything but I can see i?
My ear has a red lump beside the ear piercing which is itchy and a bit painful, however there is no bleeding or pus so I don't know if its infected.?
Sounds infected: Go and have this looked at before it becomes more severe. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
See below: Should be about a week. Any other opinions? ...Read more
New piercing?: Purchase new jewelry & replace asap. Titanium or gold are preferable as they cause less sensitivities than other metals. ...Read more
Replace it with: Another one - titanium is preferable.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
90% isophryl alcohol for ear piercing? I soak my earrings in this for a few minutes then put them right back in. Is this good of bad?
This does: This does temporarily sterilize the earrings. This is okay. ...Read more
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