Tattoos and body piercings provide an opening in the skin that may allow germs to enter your body and cause infections. These infections could cause sepsis. It is for this reason that anyone who receives a tattoo or piercing must take special care to reduce the risk of contracting an infection.
In this regard, can ear piercings make you sick?
Causes of Pierced Ear Infections
Using ear piercing equipment that is not sterile can cause an infection. Using earrings with dirty posts can cause infection. Touching the earlobes with dirty hands may also cause infection. Another common cause is earrings that are too tight.
Considering this, can an ear piercing infection cause a fever?
Fever. If your child develops a fever with no other apparent symptoms in the days following an ear piercing, it could very well be due to an infection. Don’t hesitate to take your child’s temperature if anything seems off after a recent piercing. A fever is a sign that their body is fighting off an infection.
Can an infected piercing heal on its own?
Minor pierced ear infections can be treated at home. With proper care, most will clear up in 1 to 2 weeks.
Your piercing might be infected if: the area around it is swollen, painful, hot, very red or dark (depending on your skin colour) there’s blood or pus coming out of it – pus can be white, green or yellow. you feel hot or shivery or generally unwell.
When to remove a piercing
If a new piercing is infected, it is best not to remove the earring. Removing the piercing can allow the wound to close, trapping the infection within the skin. For this reason, it is advisable not to remove an earring from an infected ear unless advised by a doctor or professional piercer.
Treating the infection at home
- Wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing.
- Clean around the piercing with a saltwater rinse three times a day. …
- Don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic ointments. …
- Don’t remove the piercing. …
- Clean the piercing on both sides of your earlobe.
Call your doctor if you experience any of these infection symptoms: Fever. Red, swollen skin around the pierced area. Pain when touching the pierced area.
Most infected ear piercings are caused by a bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and so you need an antibiotic that covers this bacteria, such as ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin.
According to Thompson, the telltale signs of an infection are simple: “The area around the piercing is warm to the touch, you notice extreme redness or red streaks protruding from it, and it has discolored pus, normally with a green or brown tint,” Thompson says.
Symptoms include redness or swelling on the bone behind the ear, swollen ear lobes, and headaches. If treatment options don’t work and the infection continues to spread, other serious complications can occur, including hearing loss, meningitis, and brain abscess. (7)
After cleaning, apply an antibiotic ointment to the earring post and the earlobe holes. Examples are Polysporin or Bacitracin. No prescription is needed. You can also use one you already have.
Signs of a pierced ear infection may include pain, swelling and yellow discharge from the piercing site. Clean your child’s piercing with warm water and antibacterial soap. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. See your child’s doctor if they develop a fever.