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What Should I Do? Earlobe Infection...=(

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  • Started 2 years ago by i love coffe
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  1. i love coffe
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    I need some advice of what to do please.
    So basicly, my earlobe got infected because I wore fake earings. I know...gross. I knew my earlobes would get infected if I wore the fake earings for a long time but the infection usually goes away quick. I just wear real gold earings to heal my earlobes and the infection goes away quickly. But now its already been almost a month and it's not getting any better. I tried cleaning the gold earing and wearing them as much as possible but its not working. To make things even stranger I started getting an "eye rash" on my eye lids. It just gets red and itchy. I was wondering if it had anything to do with my ears. I know this sounds really wierd but im starting to get worried.
    Any advice??!

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  2. aries2756
    Smartness runs in my family.

    If you have an infection for almost a month why haven't you gone to a doctor? You probably need an antibiotic to clear it up. Whether ointment or oral at this point. It is probably NOT advisable to be wearing any earrings at all if the infection has not cleared up after a week or two, you are only exacerbating the problem and if you are not sanitizing the earrings you can possibly infect the other ear as well.

    As far as your eye is concerned, if you touch any infection and then rub your eyes, it could be possible that you are introducing the virus or bacteria of the infection to your eyes.

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  3. yungerman1
    Member

    See a Doc ASAP. Aries is right about the infection spreading.

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  4. i love coffe
    Member

    I donk think the infection is that bad. It's just red and swells a bit and some clear liquid comes out from the hole in my earlobes. I'm just worried it hasnt gone yet. I was hoping someone would tell what I should do inorder to clean and clear it.
    Maybe there is something else I should be cleaning my ears with besides just water. Like Aries said maybe some ointment that someone knows and so I dont have to go to the doctor...

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  5. try hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or bacitracin ointment (over the counter). also polysporin oint, though i prefer bacitracin, as this is probably a staph infection. dont use neosporin as it has a signicicant allergic reaction rate.

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  6. Health
    Member

    Mod -80 -Sorry, this time I agree with yungerman1. Really I would agree with you if it was a clear cut infection. But she needs to be seen because I'm not sure what's going on. It could be something like a nickle allergy which would be treated differently.

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  7. what are you disagreeing with?
    sure, could be a nickle allergy.
    the poster asked what she should use instead of water on her ear.
    i answered her question

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  8. Health
    Member

    80 -Oh, I thought you were telling her she could do those things instead of being seen by her PCP.

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  9. supergirl613
    Member

    I had the problem when I was younger. I wore fake earrings that were absolutely gorgeous( I couldn't resist!) and I had no idea I was allergic to fake earrings. So I put them on and a couple days later, I noticed that my ears were getting infected. So I took off my earrings and I didn't wear earrings for about 2 months or so. My ears got better, but by then My ears had closed up. If you don't want your ears to get closed up, my advice to you would be, DON'T WEAR EARRINGS!!!

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  10. popa_bar_abba
    Incorrigible; eccentric; somewhere between mean and average; sometimes only a bit over the top; arbitrarily engaged in cynicism.

    What the blazes are fake earings?

    Posted 2 years ago #
  11. fake earing are really 3 dimensional stickers that stick to your earlobe and look just like real earings. my aynaklach used to use them before they got their ears pierced.

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  12. and whats with this new blazes thing?

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  13. adorable
    Thin people are beautiful but fat people are adorable...Jackie Gleason

    they are not gold or silver or white gold. they are cheap metal and can give you a really bad infection

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  14. popa_bar_abba
    Incorrigible; eccentric; somewhere between mean and average; sometimes only a bit over the top; arbitrarily engaged in cynicism.

    I say blazes. It keeps me from saying heck. I don't like saying heck.

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  15. i love coffe
    Member

    Aries- I think you're right about having to do with me touching my eyes therefore the infection spreding.

    thanxs 80! Im going to try your advice. I hope it won't burn.

    Supergirl613- Thats exactly what happened with me. I got these earings that are fake and they are sooo pretty. LOL.

    PBA- Fake earings are what adorable said. They look like gold/silver but really it's not real gold/silver therefore making them much cheaper.

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  16. aries2756
    Smartness runs in my family.

    ILC, it is up to you to choose for yourself but since Yom Tov is upon us why would you want to take the chance of having to deal with a raging infection in your ears and eyes. Would it not make more sense to see a doctor and deal with it immediately instead of trying to treat it yourself and hope for the best? It still might get worse and you still might have to see a doctor. We are coming up on 3 day Yom Tov, hours of davening. Do you really want to walk into that with itchy and infected eyes and fluid oozing out of your earlobes? You are not dealing with an infection that started a week ago, you said it is going on for about a month. That is not something that should be handled on your own.

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  17. i love coffe
    Member

    "It could be something like a nickle allergy which would be treated differently."
    Health- How would it be treated differently?

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  18. i love coffe
    Member

    Aries- You are right but im going to see if it gets better after cleaning it with something else like Mod80 said. Otherwise, im going straight to the doctor.

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  19. stickynote
    tries to get out of sticky situations..:)

    i love coffe: For the ear lobe try some bacitracin cream and don't wear those earrings again. Regarding the "eye rash" I can almost bet that its from your eyeliner. Do you wear liquid eyeliner?

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  20. always runs with scissors fast
    irons with spray starch

    stick polysporin on a needle or end of a earring and insert. Put a glob on the outside too. Then always massage around the whole ear daily, to add blood flow. You may have noticed the whole earing hurts or tingles at this time.

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  21. supermommy
    Member

    My daughter gets this infection quite often, clean with alcohol and skip the bacitracin and go for the BACTROBAN Ointment. But go to a dr too, cuz u may need oral antiobiotics...

    Posted 2 years ago #
  22. Health
    Member

    Supermommy - How do you know it's an infection -Did the PCP look at it? Or do you self-prescribe and decided it needs Bactroban and just tell the PCP to give it to you over the phone?

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  23. Health
    Member

    i love coffe -"Health- How would it be treated differently?"

    Allergies/dermatitis are treated differently than infections.
    Go get a diagnosis!

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  24. individual
    Member

    I agree with Always Runs with scissors fast- Polysporin worked really well for me when I had earing issues. I just kept putting it on my earlobe and on the real earings for a while. Alcohol just burned.

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  25. i love coffe
    Member

    Health- Well, I know for sure that im allergic to nickel. I just didnt expect it to last this long... What's the difference between being allergic and getting infected? Doesn't being allergic to nickel make the area infected?

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  26. i love coffe
    Member

    No stickynote, I dont wear liquid eyeliner. I think it was because of what aries said. I have started washing my hands more often since im always touching my ears and tried avoiding my eyes too. B"H my eyes are better. I have also been without makeup for the past 2 weeks so my eyes could get better.

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  27. Health
    Member

    i love coffe -"What's the difference between being allergic and getting infected? Doesn't being allergic to nickel make the area infected?"

    An allergy to something that touches your skin can cause "contact dermatitis". An infection is caused by micro-organisms invading the area. This can be viruses, bacteria, fungi or other organisms. So no, an allergy to nickle doesn't make the area infected. And it is possible to have one on top of the other. This is usually called a secondary bacterial infection. But it can work the other way around, eg.- the area is infected and you put on an antibiotic cream/ointment - you can have an allergic reaction to the stuff that is supposed to make the infection better. A medical professional with a trained eye can usually tell the difference. If the professional is in doubt, they can do a gram stain and/or a culture and sensitivity to look for bacteria.
    Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics, whether topical or oral. Allergic Dermatitis is treated with antihistamines, astringents (Eg. Domeboro solution) and steroids(either oral or topical).
    This is why I said to go see you PCP for diagnosis and treatment.

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  28. apushatayid
    Member

    Go to a DR. Infections are never a good sign, especially those that last more than 7 days.

    My wife was advised by her DR to clean the posts on her earrings with rubbing alcohol every 4-6 weeks, since you never know what has built up there over time. Are you always sure to touch your ear lobes with clean hands, even if you are wearing "real" jewelry? It was also suggested that every so often she dip the posts into bacitracin or neosporin before putting her earring back on since it could never hurt and you never know what might just be inside that opening.

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  29. devrachel
    Member

    A soothing natural remedy is to freeze wet green tea bags and use them as a compress on the infected area. coat your fake earrings with clear polish before using.

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  30. Health
    Member

    devrachel -"A soothing natural remedy is to freeze wet green tea bags and use them as a compress on the infected area."

    Your suggestion sounds very refreshing, like laying on some tropical beach somwhere, but alas it would never work. You wrote infection, no tea bag will get rid of infection, but it might help if it's dermatitis.

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  31. aries2756
    Smartness runs in my family.

    Is this still be discussed? I thought by now for sure there would have been a diagnosis from the Doctor as well as a plan or prescription for a solution.

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  32. apushatayid
    Member

    Ask the Dr. to have a look at it. Perhaps it is cellulitis. If it is, nothing short of an antibiotic will clear it. You don't want c"v that it should spread.

    Posted 2 years ago #
  33. Health
    Member

    aries2756 - People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
    You didn't go right away to the doc, when you were in Florida, when we suggested it here for your sinuses.

    Posted 2 years ago #

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