How to Prevent Ear Piercing Infection

Posted by:gulf onNovember 23, 2017

By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Image source: Reader’s Digest

Body piercing in the US has no specific demographic pattern, but statistics show that females have a higher tendency of having their bodies pierced at an earlier age. The most popular locations are the ear, naval and nose. In fact, more than 80% of Americans have had their earlobes pierced.

While it may be a creative way of expressing oneself, ear piercing has a high risk of causing medical complications, such as infections, allergic contact dermatitis, traumatic tearing and keloid formation. Many of these complications may be due to the piercing technique used.

Some of the most common ear-piercing infection symptoms may include redness around the ears, swelling, bumps, tenderness, and tears or lacerations. More severe cases show bleeding, fluid drainage, crusting and sometimes even fever.

If you are contemplating of having your ears pierced or those of a family member, remember these simple tips to reduce the risk of ear piercing infection:

  • Look out for any allergic reaction or warning signs after the piercing so you can act on the matter if need be. Children need closer attention since they may not fully understand yet the possible complications of the procedure.
  • Wash your hands before touching your ears.
  • Clean the ears three times a day and use a medicated cleanser, if necessary. Avoid using alcohol or antibiotic ointments as these may cause irritation, especially if your ears are already showing symptoms of infection.
  • Practice more care on infants and young children as their skin is more sensitive and is therefore prone to infections. Experts also recommend using earrings with locking or screw-on backs to reduce the risk of ingestion or aspiration.

In some cases, untreated chronic ear infections result to a more serious condition, such as temporary hearing loss, especially in children. Although hearing loss is not usually a problem with ear piercing, if the piercing is done next to the ear canal and it becomes infected, fluid discharge may block the ear canal, and this will affect the person’s hearing.

For your peace of mind, choose a reputable place or qualified professional to conduct the body piercing. Spending a few more bucks will greatly decrease the likelihood of infection. You get the look that you desire without sacrificing your ears, or other body parts, for that matter.

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