Although ear piercing is often performed in licensed centers that follow strict sanitary standards, infections can still occur. In such instances, it's important to take the appropriate steps to address the issue. Let's explore some of the best ways to treat an infected ear piercing.
The main symptoms of an ear infection caused by piercing include:
Infections can arise from several external factors, such as the piercing process, where the piercer may have failed to follow proper sanitation procedures, the healing phase, due to inadequate or improper post-piercing care, or bacteria that we may have come into contact with or were present on our hands.
If you suspect an ear infection caused by piercing, it's crucial to seek medical attention to prevent potential complications. If promptly treated with home remedies or prescribed antibiotics, the infection can resolve quickly without any significant consequences. However, neglecting treatment can lead to the development of abscesses, sepsis, toxic shock syndrome, scarring, and allergic reactions.
Following an ear piercing, the earlobe may become inflamed, leading to the formation of a reactive fibroid or a cyst behind the ear. This can manifest as a small, painful lump behind the earlobe, which can be uncomfortable to the touch.
If you experience symptoms of infection or an allergic reaction, you can initially try using home remedies such as saline water for the first 48 hours. However, if the symptoms persist or if you develop a fever, it's important to seek medical attention from a doctor to avoid any potential complications.
To prevent an ear infection, it is very important to:
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