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

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Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Friedman
Dr. Stephen Friedman
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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