Management and Treatment
- Applying a warm compress to the infected earlobe or cartilage.
- Rinsing the infected earlobe with sterile saline.
- Using antibiotic ointment on the affected area.
- Taking oral antibiotics for more severe infections.
Furthermore, how long do earlobe infections last?
With proper care, most mild earlobe infections will clear up in 1 to 2 weeks. It is common to have them come back without daily earring care.
Considering this, how do you know if your earlobe is infected?
Symptoms may include:
- yellow, pus-like discharge.
- ongoing pain or tenderness.
- itching and burning.
What do I do if my earlobe is swollen?
A cold compress can decrease blood flow to the area, which can ease swelling symptoms. If you suspect you have a cyst on your earlobe, a warm compress can help. If your earlobe is painful, over-the-counter pain medication can also be helpful. In the case of bacterial infections, you’ll need antibiotics.
If you feel a bump around your earlobe or scalp, it is most likely a benign cyst and it will go away without treatment. Sometimes the cyst will get bigger, but it should still go away without treatment. You should see a doctor if the cyst gets large, causes you pain, or affects your hearing.
When necessary or desired, treatment usually involves removing the cyst with a simple cut and local anesthetic. Surgical removal may also prevent a cyst from reforming. Otherwise, a doctor can make a small cut in the cyst and drain the contents. This option is quick and simple, but cysts are more likely to return.
Here’s how to prepare a sea salt solution for cleaning or soaking your piercing:
- Pour 1 cup of warm water into a cup or bowl. …
- Add 1/8 to 1/4 of a teaspoon of the sea salt, and allow it to dissolve. …
- Dip squares of clean gauze or dressing into the sea salt solution and allow them to saturate.
- Apply them to your piercing.
Soak your earlobes at least twice a day in warm, clean water with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt for every cup of water. Massage your earlobes at least once a day with coconut oil, jojoba oil, or another safe oil to prevent scar tissue formation. Wait at least 6 weeks between gauges.