Ear piercing infection
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Ear piercing infection is mostly caused by the use of unsterile equipment as well as using unsterile posts in the piercing. Care should be taken to keep your hands off the piercing because there will be times when you will do so with dirty hands and inevitably cause infection. Sometimes the earrings may be the cause of an infection when they are too tight. The reason for this could be that the earlobes are too thick or the post is shorter than what is needed. When earrings become tight, the blood flow is reduced and thus the earlobes become prone to infection. The posts can also be the cause of infection if it has any rough areas that scratch the channel. An allergic reaction can also cause an infection because there are some skin types that cannot stand nickel.
How do you know that you Have Ear Piercing Infection?
Usually, any pierce is expected to cause a little pain and redness. This is normal and it lasts a couple of days. Ear piercing infection symptoms include red inflammation that shows in streaks or marks that are seen on the skin that seem to come from the piercing. An increase in pain, redness, heat, swelling or any unusual feeling around the piercing could also be an indication of ear piercing infection as well as pus-like discharge, apart from the slight oozing or bleeding that is normal.
Lymph glands that are swollen or tender as well as fever also usually indicates infection. A look at ear piercing infection pictures will make you more careful so as to take preventive measures when doing an ear pierce.
How do you Treat Ear Piercing Infection?
Ear piercing infection treatment is usually referred to a doctor only when the symptoms appear to have gone out of hand. Immediate medical care is sought if the earring clasp somehow gets embedded in the earlobe in such a way that it is difficult to remove, the swelling or redness that seems to be spreading further than the pierced area and there is fever.
However, if proper ear piercing care is done, the infection does not have to happen and if it does, it does not become serious. This is usually done by regular removal and cleaning earlobes using rubbing alcohol as well as earrings and posts always before insertion. An ear piercing infection bump is not necessarily a Keloid. If it is not, the solution is to clean it twice or thrice a day and then apply sea salt soaks once or twice a day. Keloids are usually removed either through medical treatment or by surgery. See a doctor if it remains the same way after a few days. Ear lobe piercing infection does not necessarily become serious, unlike ear cartilage piercing infection which can develop scar tissue if untreated, and therefore needs to be examined by the doctor promptly. The cartilage is usually found above the earlobe in the outer ear.