What Should We Know about Ear Piercing Infection?

Q:
What should we know about ear piercing infection?

A:
Ear piercing may cause infections on your ears due to unsterile equipment, inserting unsterile posts or frequently touching earlobes with dirty hands.

Signs of and infection of a pierced ear are tenderness, swelling, redness, yellow discharge and so on.

When having ear pierced, there are several suggestions for you to prevent inflammation and infection:

  • Use antibacterial or antimicrobial soap to wash your hands to avoid introducing new bacteria to the infected area.
  • Dissolve 1 tbsp. of non-iodized sea salt in 8 ounces of warm distilled water.
  • Soak the infected piercing in the sea salt for three to five minutes if possible.
  • Rinse with clean, warm water and dry with a clean paper towel.

Keywords: ear piercing infection; infected ear piercing

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.