Treating New Pierced Ear Infections (during first 6 weeks):
- Don’t take out the earring! Clean the infected area 3 times a day.
- Wash hands with soap and water before touching the ear or earring.
- Use cotton swab (“Q-Tip”) dipped in pierced ear solution (see #3 below).
- Clean exposed earring (both sides).
Beside above, how do you treat an infected piercing?
Gently pat dry the affected area with clean gauze or a tissue. Then apply a small amount of an over-the-counter antibiotic cream (Neosporin, bacitracin, others), as directed on the product label. Turn the piercing jewelry a few times to prevent it from sticking to the skin.
Also to know is, why do my ears get infected when I wear earrings?
Causes of Pierced Ear Infections
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. The post may be too short or the clasp put on too tight.
How do you clean earring holes?
Top 10 tips for cleaning an ear piercing
- Clean your piercing when you do other regular hygiene habits. …
- Wash your hands. …
- Clean with a clean cotton pad or swab dipped in salt solution. …
- Dab (don’t wipe) the piercing. …
- Avoid using perfumed soaps. …
- Clean the pierced area whenever you take the piercing out.
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.
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.
After the first few days your body will excrete lymph as it begins to form the fistula inside your piercing. This lymph ‘crust‘ will likely collect on the jewelry or around the piercing. Do not pick at it. Piercings do tend to swell slightly — some more than others — during healing.
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.
Migration and rejection are some complications that can result from a new piercing. If you suspect something is wrong, take out your jewelry and talk with your piercer. A new piece of jewelry is often enough to stop migration and prevent rejection.
NEVER USE: Bacitracin or Neosporin. Petroleum based ointments CLOG the piercing and make it difficult for your body to heal. … These products are too strong and will irritate your skin and piercing.
USE WARM SEA SALT WATER (SALINE) SOAKS – MORNING AND EVENING
Soaking your piercing with a warm, mild sea salt water solution will not only feel good, it will also help prevent infection, reduce the risk of scarring, and speed the healing of your piercing.
The good news is that crusting is quite common after getting a body piercing, and it’s the result of your body’s natural healing process. This crusting is the result of the dead blood cells and plasma drying out when exposed to the air – these body fluids will always make their way to the surface during healing.
In some cases, your ear lobes may go beyond being sore, they may even swell, itch, or bleed. If earrings make your ears sore, even when you’ve had your ears pierced for years, the most likely reason is that you are allergic to the materials in the earrings you are wearing.
If your ear irritation seems more like an allergic reaction than a full-blown infection, Shah suggests removing the earring, then using a gentle cleanser to cleanse the ear twice a day. You can also try applying an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and a healing ointment such as Aquaphor or Cicalfate.