How to Take Care of Infection in Newly Pierced Ears
Infection is a risk with virtually every ear piercing, but one that can increase with unsanitary piercing practices or because of improper care. Luckily, the majority of infections caused by an ear piercing can be treated with easy home remedies.
Identify an infection by looking for redness and swelling
Ear piercing infections are uncomfortable, but are never a serious problem. While newly-pierced ears can have an actual infection that usually comes with redness, swelling, and irritation. If your piercing is exhibiting these symptoms, you probably have an infection. No need to worry most of the piercing infections go away with a few days of treatment at home.
Wash your hands
Most infections of piercing are the because of bacteria being introduced into the piercing. This happens due to a variety of sources, though dirty piercing equipment, dirty hands are among the most common and dirty earrings. So. If you require to touch your ears and earrings, be sure to carefully wash with an antibacterial soap. You may even wear a pair of sterile gloves as you work.
Remove the earring(s) and clean the infected piercing(s)
After cleaning your hands, carefully remove the earring from the infected piercing. Use a cotton swab or Q-tip and apply an anti-bacterial cleaning solution to both sides of piercing.
Clean the earring post and reinsert the earring
Next, clean the part that sits in the piercing with the same anti-bacterial solution you clean your ear with. Then, apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment or cream. This will help to kill bacteria inside the piercing. Finally, put the earring back in.
Repeat this cleaning process every day
Repeat this process – removing the earring, cleaning the outside of the piercing, applying antibiotic ointment, and re-inserting the earring three times per day. Maintain this routine for two days and you will notice the result.
Use over-the counter pain medications properly
When you’re waiting for your infection to disappear, you can also use painkillers to treat the pain and inflammation resulting from it. Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Naproxen Sodium, and most other common medicines will work fine. But avoid to take two mix of drug or high dosage of any drug.
Don’t hesitate to see a doctor if the infection worsens
Most infections caused by ear piercings sometime can develop into serious issues. If these remains untreated, then can cause lasting discomfort, permanent damage to the ear. It’s a wise idea to go to a doctor as soon as possible, If infection leads any of the following symptoms:
- Swelling and redness that do not improve after two days of treatment
- Fluid draining from the site
- Ear Swells that it is difficult to see either side of the earring
- Fever over 100.4°