What to do about an infected ear piercing?

Getting a piercing in your ear is of course fun, but also exciting. For many people, ear piercings are the first piercings they have. There are many types of ear piercings and you can vary them almost infinitely. But ear piercings are not always fun as they can become infected. There are ways to prevent infection, but what if your ear piercing is already infected. What can you do about an infected ear piercing?

How do you prevent an infected ear piercing?

It is important to know how to prevent an infected ear piercing so that you will not experience any problems in the future. It is important that you have your ear pierced by a reliable piercer. This is how a good piercer keeps his products properly sterilized.

After your piercing has been done, it is important that you clean your ears every day. First clean your hands with antibacterial soap and use warm water and antibacterial soap to clean the ears. Before drying, rinse away all the soap and then gently dry the ears with paper, do not use a cloth as they can harbor bacteria.

It helps to move the piercing two to three times a day. Furthermore, a good piercer will always provide you with cleaning products for your piercing. Make sure you use it consistently to prevent infection. Apply some of this solution to a cotton ball and gently clean your piercing and the area around the piercing. Make sure that you clean not only the front, but also the back. Furthermore, it is very important that you do not remove the piercing. The piercer will tell you how long your piercing should remain in place.

What else can you do?

Do not touch the piercing with your hands until you have washed them thoroughly. Additionally, you should clean anything that could come into contact with the piercing. Your pillowcase and phone (in case you need to make calls) will need to be clean before they come into contact with the piercing. It is also important that the piercing does not come into contact with gel or perfume.

How do you treat an infected ear piercing?

So in the future you know how to prevent an infected ear piercing, but what can you do if you have an infected ear piercing?

Determine that your piercing is actually infected

Before you even jump straight into the treatment phase, it is important to determine for sure that you actually have an infected ear piercing. Don’t panic if your piercing is red and may hurt just after it was done. This is normal. Please note that this does not take longer than 2 to 3 days. If it takes longer and you have one of the following symptoms, your ear piercing is probably infected:

  • The ear piercing and the area around it is red in color
  • There is pain and warmth around the piercing
  • Yellow, green or brown pus comes out of the piercing hole
  • If you are otherwise healthy, but you suffer from a fever, this may be due to an infected ear piercing


If you suffer from a very bad inflammation, it is not wise to do it yourself, but to contact your doctor immediately. For smaller inflammations there is an effective solution that you can do yourself.

Prevent worse inflammation

If you have an infected piercing, it is important that you do not make the infection worse. For example, you should leave the piercing in place and not remove it. Removing the piercing can cause the hole to close, allowing the infection to get under the skin. This makes it very difficult to get rid of your infection. Furthermore, it is not wise to go swimming as bacteria can come into contact with your inflammation, which will only make it worse. Furthermore, you should not use antibiotics in ointment form and should also leave other ointments as they close the space (where pus may come out), causing the infection to get under the skin.

Clean your hands thoroughly

Before you start cleaning the infected ear piercing, you must first clean your hands thoroughly. Use antibacterial soap for this

Use sea salt

To clean the piercing, dab the piercing and the area around the piercing in distilled water with sea salt dissolved in it. You should use one tablespoon of sea salt for approximately 250 ml of distilled water. Make sure your ear piercing is submerged in this distilled water with sea salt for 3 to 5 minutes. An alternative to this is to dab this mixture on the inflamed area with a cotton swab or cotton ball.

Rinse it off with warm water and clean your ear with paper. Repeat this treatment at least once in addition to the cleaning process given to you by your piercer.

The inflammation does not go away, what now?

If the inflammation persists, it is wise to contact your doctor immediately.