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Infected ear piercing causes and symptoms

Piercings and Problems

Body piercing has been present in various human cultures for centuries. However, it has never been more popular worldwide than it is today, with all the piercing parlors and people rushing into them to get most unusual parts of their body pierced. Nevertheless, ear piercings remain the most common type of this fashion trend, being the safest due to the fact that ear lobe is the least prone to infections and complications after the piercing has been done. Still, due to several factors including negligence, lack of hygiene or expertise in the piercing parlor one might end up with an ear piercing infection easily. Thus, in order to know how to avoid this from happening as well as how to treat this problem when it is present, read on, since the following lines may prove to be of help.

Ear Piercing Infections

Usually, once you have your ears pierced, it takes up to 6 weeks for it to completely recover. During this time, taking into consideration that piercing is nothing else but a fresh wound on your body, through which a piece of metal has been placed, you need to take good care of it, keeping it clean and disinfected in order to be safe and heal well. You should rotate the jewelry piece in order to prevent the wound from closing. Also, several times a day, you should keep the piercing clean by applying saline solution over it. Do not remove the piercing jewelry before 4 weeks have passed and do not touch it with dirty hands at all costs. By not following  these rules, you may easily trigger an infection which can prolong the healing period significantly, causing numerous problems and complications.

The first sign of an ongoing infection is redness, heavy feeling and swelling around the area. This usually comes and goes, but, if it persists, seek medical assistance or consult with your piercing expert. Burning is normal after you have your ear pierced. However, it should disappear after a week or so. Any continuation of this sensation may be a reason for concern and seeking help. Also, prolonged pain, along with all the symptoms mentioned, all may be clear signs of infection.

Sometimes, people who had recently had piercings done may experience fevers. Then, especially if it's a high temperature, you needs to seek medical assistance since the infection could be quite serious. Finally, blisters and discharge may appear around or in the piercing spot. If the discharge is green-yellow in color, this is bad news. Also, do not touch the blisters, nor try to pop them, since this will only make things worse.

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