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    Swollen Lobe after ear piercing

    Anyone have any advice for a swollen ear lobe? I got my ears pierced on boxing day so that was weeekkkss ago, I am over the 6wks period so am able to remove the studs but havent done so yet since my ears were always touch and go throughout the 6wks anyway. Ive had my ears peirced serveral times but its never sucessful as I always end up with infections so this has been the longest without one - till now!!!

    2 days ago I woke up with my ear being tender and had some blood around and a smell so figured it was start of infection, so I got my husband to remove the safety clip and replace it with a normal one as the safety one is sooo big so thought it might help for cleaning etc. However ever since my ear is just really swollen and theres practically no space bewteen the clip and lobe.

    Theres no smell anymore, and no bleeding or puss (sorry about the ugly detail) but its very tender and swollen. I dont want to take out the stud as I know its going to be painful to replace and most likely my ear will automatically close. I know I could maybe get an antibiotic but was wondering if anyone had any advice other than this as id rather avoid that if poss. I am otherwise feeling well, so no sign of feeling unwell from infection or anything.

    C x

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    Hi is the ear ring solid gold or silver. If it contains nickel you maybe allergic to it. Would recommend putting tcp/savlon etc on it. Wash hands before and after touching your ear. Maybe an idea to get some antibiotics as you dont want it to get worse... ie blood poisoning.

    take care xx

    apply hot compresses to the wound once or twice a day. Put a clean paper towel under hot tap water, make sure that it's not hot enough to burn the skin, but hot enough to penetrate the wound. Leave on till the heat dissipates, do this twice a day.

    got no advice sorry but hope it's better soon

    Original Poster

    Ive had the earings in all this time so I dont know why id be allergic to them now? I havent changed the earing, just the back... unless I was allregic to the back but its only 1 ear not both. Im not sure what the earing is, I got it done in Claire's, think its gold but at that case it would only be 9k so would prob contain nickel anyway. Maybe tcp will help... ive not got any at the mo so will need to wait till tomorrow, i still use the lotion Claire's gave me but its obv. not strong enough. I'll try the hot compress just now and hope it helps. Rep added to you both x

    The people who do the piercings recommend bathing in saltwater (boil water put in a teaspoon of salt and then let it cool) twice a day. It disinfects and helps with the swellings. Hope it gets better soon.

    This happened to me too! All the best from Vincent Van Gogh.

    Original Poster

    wow hot compress had instant results!!! Thank you caggaronney, only thing is it still tender etc and im most sure it will swell up after the heat is gone

    Original Poster

    leather;4428371

    This happened to me too! All the best from Vincent Van Gogh.



    did u manage to get the swelling down or rid of the infection or did u have to get rid of the earing?

    All 3!

    Original Poster

    lol - im hoping i can avoid taking the earing out, but my ears just dont like foreign objects in them!!

    carol123;4428528

    lol - im hoping i can avoid taking the earing out, but my ears just dont … lol - im hoping i can avoid taking the earing out, but my ears just dont like foreign objects in them!!





    swellings , salty fluids , foreign objects ...................... ya sure it's ya ears :?

    Banned

    Did you do the ears piercing yourself ????

    You should be glad you didn't get a Prince Albert.

    Original Poster

    nope didnt pierce myself got it piereced in Claire's accesories. Went to Dr today for antibiotics prescription will take if it gets worse,,,still same today. Went into Claires, they were hopeless and had no advice, so here's hoping it gets better! x

    carol123;4437815

    nope didnt pierce myself got it piereced in Claire's accesories. Went to … nope didnt pierce myself got it piereced in Claire's accesories. Went to Dr today for antibiotics prescription will take if it gets worse,,,still same today. Went into Claires, they were hopeless and had no advice, so here's hoping it gets better! x



    hope your ears feel better soon hon. One of mine went ikky ( I had lots of piercings when I was younger ) and bathing it with hot salt water several times a day cleared it up without antibiotics but please don't hesitate to take them if it doesn't start getting better soon... wouldn't wanna lose that ear!! :?
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