While the number of ear piercings people receive each year continues to outnumber, and be less risky, than piercings elsewhere on the body, ear piercings can still lead to painful complications if they are not performed safely.
And properly taken care of afterward.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that anyone who is considering getting their ears pierced be sure to take proper care of their pierced skin and take steps needed to prevent infections.
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Dermatologists say it is key to remember that pierced skin is skin that has in effect been wounded. That can leave the pierced area vulnerable to potential infections.
To reduce that and other risks, the AAD recommends that those seeking piercings always use trained professionals for piercing, wear hypoallergenic earrings and make sure to keep newly pierced ears as clean as possible.
To support healing after piercing procedures, experts recommend you follow these tips:
- Remember to wash your hands before you touch any newly pierced areas.
- Keep earrings in your ears for at least six weeks after treatment. Even at night. Removing starter earrings too soon can cause piercings to close.
- Wash your ears on a regular basis with soap and water: Do this a minimum of once per day to avoid infection.
- Twist earrings several times per day: This helps keep the pierced holes open.
- Use rubbing alcohol on your ears. Use a cotton pad or cotton ball that has been dipped in rubbing alcohol. Clean the skin around the piercings, gently, twice per day to prevent germs and scabbing. You also can use a thin coat of petroleum jelly in the area around the opening.
After you have your ears pierced, keep tabs on how they look and feel. If they become extremely red, tender, or if the holes produce a yellowish liquid, visit your dermatologist as soon as possible. You might have an infection.
Some people may not be the best candidates for pierced ears. These include people with a personal or family history of developing keloids after injuring their skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology dates to 1938 and now has more than 17,000 members.
At SeaMist MedSpa, we can treat a number of painful and unattractive skin conditions.
Our medical team is led by our board certified dermatologist, Dr. Colavecchio, who serves as the medical director at SeaMist MedSpa. Doctor Colavecchio graduated from Brown University in Providence and has had a successful medical practice for more than three decades.
Don’t let your ear piercings become infected and painful. If you believe you may need treatment, contact SeaMist MedSpa today!