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infected ear piercing?? Campbell 1 child; Ontario 3959 posts
23rd Feb '11

Faith had her ears pierced about 4 weeks ago now.. The right hole seems to be healed and fine.. the left hole is red/swollen... the earring is tight because of the swelling. They're real white gold, and even real diamonds.. I clean them with peroxide every morning and every night..



What should/can I do to help the left hole? Should I use a different cleaner, should I put like antibiotic polysporin or something on the hole after cleaning?

JΔS Georgia 75735 posts
23rd Feb '11

You need to take the earring out.

Campbell 1 child; Ontario 3959 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Jas ♥:" You need to take the earring out."



No I don't actually.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
23rd Feb '11

My sister got her nose done & it wasnt healing ... i ended up calling a popular piercing place here - fully licensed etc & they told us that new piercings should NEVER be cleaned with anything that has alcohol/fragrance in it.



She began using 1/4 tsp sea salt (not iodised) to 1cup boiling water & her nose healed up perfectly :).. no redness, swelling etc anymore.



Maybe switch your cleaning solution and see how you go??

*Proud Lesbian Mommy* MAM 5 kids; New York 16715 posts
23rd Feb '11

just take it out. My daughter has had her ears done for 3 years. it still gets red and swollen but its due to the tightness of the ring and it doesnt breathe. I just took them out and cleaned it and put them in a couple days later

JΔS Georgia 75735 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Mandee*:" No I don't actually."


Okay, then let her ear get worse. Take it out temporarily, put whatever you need to put on it so signs of the infection are gone, then put it back in.

Campbell 1 child; Ontario 3959 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting mrsgisa:" My sister got her nose done & it wasnt healing ... i ended up calling a popular piercing place here ... [snip!] ... her nose healed up perfectly :).. no redness, swelling etc anymore. Maybe switch your cleaning solution and see how you go?? "


I will try sea salt. Any piercing I get I usually clean with sea salt and water. She hasn't complained about it I just noticed this morning it was swollen

mamapolarbear 1 child; Redford, Michigan 5789 posts
23rd Feb '11

Stop using peroxide. Use a sea salt mixture instead. If it doesn't clear up shortly after switching cleaners then put a tiny bit of tea tree oil on it. You might also want to try taking the earring out for a little while and clean the jewelry off before you put it back in.

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Mandee*:" I will try sea salt. Any piercing I get I usually clean with sea salt and water. She hasn't complained about it I just noticed this morning it was swollen"


everyone is saying to take them out, but if you feel that the swelling isn't going down at all then maybe just switch her earrings to the little sleeper hoops :)..



It'll give it enough room to breath/swell & heal.



I'm sure in a few days time of using the sea salt mix you will see results :)..
Just make sure you only use 1/4 tsp sea salt to 1cup water, any more & it can irritate it.
xx

Campbell 1 child; Ontario 3959 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Beelzebub:" Stop using peroxide. Use a sea salt mixture instead. If it doesn't clear up shortly after switching cleaners ... [snip!] ... it. You might also want to try taking the earring out for a little while and clean the jewelry off before you put it back in."


See, they gave me some antiseptic stuff when we got her ears pierced but she complained so I figured it was stinging. I switched to peroxide figured it was okay.. She's in daycare so I'm sure it has a lot to do with her hands being dirty and her touching it. I'll pick up some sea salt today and try that.

I've read alot about neosporin, yay or nay?

Campbell 1 child; Ontario 3959 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting mrsgisa:" everyone is saying to take them out, but if you feel that the swelling isn't going down at all then ... [snip!] ... you will see results :).. Just make sure you only use 1/4 tsp sea salt to 1cup water, any more & it can irritate it. xx"



I think it's far too soon to switch earings, I was always told to leave posts is for a few months before switching to sleeper hoops... and I really don't think I can get her to sit still long enough to switch them lol

Ecstasy 18 kids; Cuba 7748 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Mandee*:" See, they gave me some antiseptic stuff when we got her ears pierced but she complained so I figured ... [snip!] ... being dirty and her touching it. I'll pick up some sea salt today and try that. I've read alot about neosporin, yay or nay?"

Yeah the piercer who did my sisters nose told her to buy the antiseptic piercing spray.. so she did.. but it stung like hell apparently. I use to watch her eyes etc water after she had cleaned it.



Hmm i think just stick to the salt mix at the moment & if it gets any worse call a pharmacist & see what else you could use that wouldn't irritate it.. or call a piercing parlour :)



They are really helpful!

mamapolarbear 1 child; Redford, Michigan 5789 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Mandee*:" See, they gave me some antiseptic stuff when we got her ears pierced but she complained so I figured ... [snip!] ... being dirty and her touching it. I'll pick up some sea salt today and try that. I've read alot about neosporin, yay or nay?"


The dirty hands thing probably has a lot to do with it. A little bit of neosporin 2-3 times a day might help clear it up. I've had to use it on infected piercings before.

Campbell 1 child; Ontario 3959 posts
23rd Feb '11
Quoting Beelzebub:" The dirty hands thing probably has a lot to do with it. A little bit of neosporin 2-3 times a day might help clear it up. I've had to use it on infected piercings before."



i have kids antibiotic polysporin, is that the same as neosporin?