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post #1 of 8 Old 09-24-2008, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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stupid earrings......rant

Well last Friday I got my second holes...wheeee
Everything was fine and dandy until probably 2-3 days ago I noticed my ear lobe was kinda swollen and sensitive to the touch (not the actual ear lobe, but like putting small ammounts of pressure on the earring). Neither of my ear lobes are red, nor is there any puss coming out, but it just hurts like heck if I touch it, etc.

I can't remember if I had any problems when I got my first holes or not, but it's just the one ear. THe other one is problems, no sensitivity, nothing.

I don't know if it's infected or not but I have no idea what to do. I've been putting the cleanser on twice a day (three times a day now since the swelling and sensitivity has happened).
I do have the bad habit of touching the one ear though (the one that is maybe it is an infection?.....I dunno).

It's just annoying because all was going so well then it got all icky :(
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-24-2008, 11:24 PM
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Sounds like it could be infected, I would just keep it as clean as possible & keep putting the cleanser on. NO touching unless you have washed your hands and really should only be touching to clean it but I am a shocker too gotta touch everything hehe
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Is it a special peircing cleanser?? If not it might be the soap irritating it. Ive used heaps of different product on my peircings and found some to actually make it worse. Also use saline to rinse it.

Make sure the earing isnt embeded because that causes what you described (well did for me). Also the pain will be a odd burning sensation. If you have a pic I might be able to give better advice.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-25-2008, 08:52 AM
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You have an infection going on. If it's not red enough yet for you to notice or *****(only gets ***** when it's really bad) but very touchy, it's a sign of infected. Throw a big dab of polysporin on the front and the back of the earlobe (leaving the earring in since its a new hole) and do that for a day or two. It will kill anything that's there. Make sure to keep that ear clean and to not touch it to prevent another infection.

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it is a cleanser I got from Claires when I got them pierced. I put some Hydrogyn peroxide on it last night a bit (twice actually).
See normally if it's infected, won't Hydrogen Peroxide bubble up to say it is? It didn't bubble up at all, or any of their "normal" signs of being infected.
I'll try to get pictures and what not.

Maybe it is infected....cause it is a but warmer than the other one, but it's hard to tell. I'm going to try soaking it in salt water, putting some ice on it and what not
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Sensitive skin around an incision is an infection regardless of the color or oozing.

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M2G is right. The piercing is infected. It's not really that big of a deal. Use the polysporin (walmat carries it so do grocery stores and heck even some convience stores) It will really help to kill the infection and speed up healing of the hole.

I have my ears pierce 3x's in both ears. (lol...plenty of holes in my head) I have had infections like you are describing because I can't quit touching them either. :roll: I wouldn't use the salt & hydrogen peroxide. That's just gonna hurt. The polysporin is what I have used with great success.

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well I today during my class all of a sudden a felt some dripping down my ear. Evidently my ear started bleeding
Well I ran to the bathroom and cleaned it up. My ear started throbbing for a bit, but now it's fine.

It seems like some of the swelling has gone down. it's still a little sensitive, but not as bad as it used to.

I bought some Polysporin and I am going to apply it 2 times a day (more so if I go to the barn or work) and I'll probably just keep applying it until it's perfectly fine.
I got some pictures and I'll upload soon...
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