Originally Posted by BasketballJones
hi about 5 days ago i got my upper ear pierced professionally. everything was going good i cleaned it twice a day with a solution given to me by the piercer. until yesterday when it began to get hot and swell up. it felt like i could feel my heart through my ear. I suspected it be an infection, it had all the symptoms but it had absolutely no pus. I went to the doctor bright and early this morning and discussed it with a new doctor who i wasnt familiar with and felt a lil uncomfortable. i talked about a few things so i completely forgot what she said to do with my ear. now the ear is not it pain anymore tho a lil red and a lil hot but is still swollen. I know its probably infected but i am a very worrisome person with anxiety and panic attacks and wondering should i take it out or leave it in. i want to put something on but i dont know what to use since i heard not to use petroleum products like neosporin and not to use alcohol or peroxide. i just want it to clear up i dont want to get an abcess or anything. i wouldnt mind takin it out but i dont want to the holes to close around the infection. the main thing bothering me is the swelling. i wish my doctor was more specific. thanks for the help and sorry for the long paragraph.
When you say "professionally" do you mean with a gun at the mall or at a tattoo/peircing parlor?
If it is a stud in your ear than it is more likely to get infected because the jewlry is not allowing the peircing to "breath." If you went to a parlor then they should have been wise enough (if they were a creditable shop) to use a hoop.. which heals much nicer because it allows for better cleaning.
Skip the doctor. If you think it's infected, go back to the place you got it peirced. They are more properlly educated in how to take care of such things.
When my belly ring was infected I used a Q-tip of Benedine (the orangey-brown stuff) once, maybe twice a day.. (no more than that because you don't want to dry it up totally) and my infection cleared up in 2-3 days.
This is coming from someone who currently has 13 individual peircings.. a few have been removed over the years. My first cartilage peircing was from a stand at the mall.. that one would flare up, then be ok, then flare up then be ok. I'd get a giant blister behind inbetween my ear and the back of the stud. I finally removed it.. had it replaced a while later at a real shop, with a hoop!