over a year ago, feb 06 i believe, i got my third ear piercing. I got my first set of holes done when i was 12. they now look like they're slightly ripped, but i still wear earrings in them. my second holes i got to replace my first ones, but after not wearing earings in them (after they were completely healed) they somehow ended up closing up. soooo i got my ears pierced again, for the third time, going up the side next to the first. i also got fourth holes done about a month or two after the third ones, but they ended up hurting so bad and not healing after a few months that i had to take them out. i couldn't sleep on either ear.
my problem is that with the third piercing one of the holes just won't heal!! my right ear won't heal at all. it seems like it kind of heals and then i'll try and twist the earring or take the backing off because there's crap on it to clean it off and it'll start hurting. or i'll just touch my ear, not necessarly the actual piercing, but to put in earrings in the other hole (the first ones) and it'll hurt. i've worn white gold studs, silver studs. i've used hydrogen peroxide, the stuff they give you, neosporin/antibiotic ointment, and salt water to clean it. i always make sure before i go poking or changing earrings that i clean the earrrings really well, my hands are clean and my ear is clean. it does bleed a little and it gets crusty and gross, but not usually puss-y. btw, the twin of this piercing in my left ear is just fine...
i don't want to let it close up. i've already done that with one piercing and it ends up being a waste of money spent. it's not that it hurts all THAT much, but it's really, really annoying. can anyone give me any advice?? has this happened to anyone else. i know average healing time is 3-6 months or something like that..but this is a year and a half now.
This happened to my daughter and I tried everything from fresh Aloe Vera to every cream at Walgreens. I finally took her to the Dr. because I didn't want to close it after going through all that. They gave me a cream ointment called Bactraban and it cleared up right away.
Try to look for Teraseptic. It is an antibacterial wash (mild soap and oil free). Wash the peircing a good 3-5 times a day with this stuff. build up a good lather and put it on the peircing. twist and move the peircing any way it can move - this will make sure that the teraseptic is getting into the periced/damaged skin that needs to be healed. Also, check out Teat Tree Oil. Never use this stuff directly on something like that, but dilute this oil and with a q-tip gently deliver it to the peircing. Again, with clean hands, twist and turn the jewelry. If you are going to use neosporin, try to see if you can get the cream version. This will absorb into your skin and get to the irritation/infection quicker. Hope this helps!!