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How To Look After Your Newly Pierced Ears

Ear piercing has long been a popular form of body decoration. Taking care of your new pierced ear is a must to prevent infection and allow the healing process to take place. The following guidelines apply to normal piercing ears.

First, you need to leave the original earrings for at least 4-6 weeks. This ensures that the hole remains open as it closes fairly quickly in the early stages.

Twice a day you will need to clean your ears with a piercing foam, usually available where you got your piercing. This can be in liquid or spray form and should be applied in and around the hole with a cotton swab.

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Always keep your hands clean when cleaning your ears and do not touch the earlobe and the area around the piercing unnecessarily. If your ear is infected, you will notice swelling, and your ear may be red and warm to the touch.

There will likely be a yellowish discharge that is quite smelly. Make an appointment with a doctor as treatment may be needed. You may be allergic to the metal used in the earrings themselves. Some people are allergic to the nickel they use, or the infection may develop due to poor care or an adverse piercing condition.

After 4-6 weeks you can remove these earrings and put on the one you choose. Avoid wearing dangling earrings right away, and keep in mind that if you don't wear the earrings at all, the holes can still close, sometimes after 24 hours.