Infected piercing(7 Posts)
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I am fairly sure one of my ear piercings is infected ( it is a forward helix piercing) I have had it for almost 2 years so not new but changed the stud about a month ago. The stud was a comfortable fit (bit of space for movement) but since yesterday it is completely swollen. It is so painful that my face hurts, it hurts to wear my glasses and when I asked my daughter to remove the stud she barely touched it and I nearly kicked her. My question is what can I do in the very short term till I can get to the docs? I have put tcp on it, taken ibuprofen, antihistamine (can you tell I am trying anything) but it is killing me. I couldn't sleep last night but was away with work today so couldn't go to the doctors. Help!!! Any advice welcome, I will try anything
Boiled water with loads of salt dissolved in it - used cotton wool and clean it with the solution as hot as you can bare it! Ibuprofen and paracetamol alternate every 2 hours. Can you put a plaster on it to try to draw out the infection?
Yes to the salt water. Sea salt and boiled water
If you can then use a container or bowl and soak your ear in it (I've used a shot glass before!)
Good quality sea salt in cool boiled water poured over it from a jug. We also bought this for DD;s helix when it went yucky and it cleared up beautifully.
Where's the sporner klaxon!!!! Film taking the piercing out and put it on here!!!!
Practical advice. Hot compress and antiseptic with numbing cream (germolene)
I would film it if I thought that it would be anything other than me screaming! It doesn't look like there is any pus in it either sorry!
Also off to get salt water, thanks
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