Earlobe Piercing Swelling? (photo)

So I got my earlobes pierced almost 3 weeks ago. It was okay, and then suddenly the right earlobe started swelling and throbbing. Even if I don't touch it, it feels painful. I was given anti bacterial medicine that's oral, about a week ago but didn't finish it. What do I do to reduce the swelling?

Doctor Answers 4

Swelling after earlobe piercing

Your pictures do not show any obvious sign of infection, but if you are having swelling and pain, I would seek medical attention.  A physical exam would be helpful to determine if there might be an infection and if there is, that should be treated as soon as possible.  

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Swelling after a earlobe piercing

Early healing for #earlobeReduction occurs in the first week.  Swelling is usually significant in the first several weeks and some can persist for a few months but this is not as common. Ice, elevation, and arnica gel are used in my practice
Make sure you don't have an infection

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe Piercing Site Infection

Thank you for your question. The development of pain following a procedure may be a sign of infection. You should see your doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Swelling may accompany infection and should subside as the infection clears. Good luck to you.

James M. Pearson, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Earlobe surgery and piercing - Los Angeles

You may have an infection and it may be prudent to revisit the person who pierced the ear and then have it removed. Raffy Karamanoukian, Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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