Until then, there are a few things you can do to help ease your symptoms and potentially clear up the infection.
- Don’t play with your piercing or remove the jewelry. …
- Clean your piercing two to three times a day. …
- Apply a warm compress. …
- Apply an antibacterial cream. …
- Other things to keep in mind.
Similarly one may ask, why is my tragus swollen and sore?
Outer ear pain can most commonly be caused by environmental conditions such as water exposure or extreme cold weather that can lead to frostbite of the outer ear. Other causes for ear tragus pain include irritation from obtrusive objects like cotton swabs or fingers.
Secondly, how long are piercings swollen for?
First 1-3 Days: There might be some mild bruising and mild swelling. The piercing site may also be tender to touch. There might be a few spots of blood at the piercing site. During Healing: You may note some itching at the site.
How do you know if your tragus is rejecting?
Symptoms of piercing rejection
more of the jewelry becoming visible on the outside of the piercing. the piercing remaining sore, red, irritated, or dry after the first few days. the jewelry becoming visible under the skin. the piercing hole appearing to be getting larger.
Piercing bumps can be caused by allergies, genetics, poor aftercare, or just bad luck. With treatment, they may disappear completely.
If it hurts to move your pinna/auricle or push firmly on the tragus (the flap of tissue at the ear opening), then otitis externa is the most likely cause. One form of otitis externa is called swimmer’s ear.
You shouldn’t drain any pus or remove crust, as this can worsen your symptoms and lead to increased scarring. In many cases, the bump will clear with treatment. Keep reading to learn how to treat the affected area and prevent further irritation.
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.
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.
For the first seven days post-piercing, don’t take ASA (aspirin) or NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aka Ibuprofen/Advil). Most people don’t require medication after piercing, but if you are feeling uncomfortable, we recommend acetaminophen (like Tylenol) to manage the pain..
A cartilage piercing creates an open wound. As it heals, it may look swollen, lumpy, or like a bump. In the days immediately following a cartilage piercing, the body’s immune system triggers inflammation and swelling to heal the wound, sometimes leading to a cartilage bump.
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.
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.
Ice: Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on your earlobe for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed.