What Should We Know about Ear Piercing Infection?

What should we know about ear piercing infection?

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.