How to Clean an Infected Ear Piercing

Infected ear piercings are common, especially in new piercings. Most go away after one to two weeks, as long you clean them twice a day. Use a cotton ball or swab soaked in a saline solution or antimicrobial soap to clean the infection, then dry the area with a disposable paper towel. Avoid using alcohol and hydrogen peroxide, as these substances will interfere with healing. See your doctor if the infection spreads, if it doesnt improve within two days, or if you develop a fever. Always wash your hands before touching your piercings, and prevent reinfecting the area by avoiding swimming and sanitizing your cell phone.
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