In some countries, piercing is related to culture or religion, while some people regard this as merely part of fashion. Ear piercing is a common practice and it uses advanced yet sterilized instruments. Nevertheless, infection often occurs especially when pierced sites are improperly treated.
Some useful tips to avoid infected ear piercing are listed below.
1. Clean your piercings
After you have your ears pierced, the piercer commonly provides a bottle of cleansing solution. If you do not receive a cleansing agent, you can easily purchase one from stores. In almost all places, cleansing solution is available as OTC (over the counter product), so you should easily find it in drug or beauty stores.
Cleansing products can be in liquid or cream form, but the most important thing is the ingredients. Do not purchase the products that contain allergens. Each person has different types of allergy, so you should be very careful in choosing the most appropriate product for yourself.
To clean the piercing, soak a cotton ball in the solution and gently rub the pierced sites from front and back sides. The active ingredients in the cleansing solution should kill bacteria or fungi and prevent infections from occurring.
2. Do not change earrings
As soon as the holes are created in external ear structure, the piercer usually inserts earrings. Professional piercer will only use certain types of earring made from hypoallergenic materials. It will not irritate the newly created wounds to quicken the healing process.
Depending on types of piercings and numbers of holes, the recovery time varies for each individual. Normally, it will take no more than 8 weeks. When you replace the earrings, you may open the wounds thus prolonging the healing process.
To avoid infected ear piercing, please wait until the wounds are completely healed before replacing the earrings. When the holes are fully recovered, you can change your earrings as many times as you want.
3. Recognize infection symptoms
The immune system actually has its way to prevent the wound from growing or spreading to other tissues. The body produces clear liquid containing white blood cells to prevent infections. Mild redness in ear area is a normal condition of this recovery process. If the liquid is yellow, brown, or greenish, it is a sign that infection is developing.
The symptom is often associated with swelling, pain, and severe redness. In some cases, you must remove the earrings immediately after the symptoms appear. If you cannot handle it individually, you may seek help from professional piercer.
As soon as the earnings are removed, you should consult doctors or physicians. In severe condition, you must allow the holes to close and wait until the infected ear piercing is completely healed before you can try to have your ears pierced again.
Infected ear piercing is a common disease and it is not a life-threatening condition. You can do some preventive actions such as regular cleaning of the pierced sites. You can also use over the counter cleansing solutions.
However, you are not allowed to replace the earrings before the newly created piercing is fully recovered. If you spot any sign of infections, you must remove the earring and immediately seek medical help.