Health Tip: Reduce Infection Risk After Ear Piercing

By on June 27, 2011

Newly pierced ears can be prime candidates for infection, but proper care can help reduce the risk.

The American Academy of Pediatricians offers these suggestions:

  • Make sure an experienced technician, nurse or doctor performs the procedure, and that a disinfectant is applied to the ears before piercing.
  • After the procedure, gently cleanse the ears with rubbing alcohol two to three times a day.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment after each cleaning.
  • Carefully turn the earring posts each day.
  • Do not remove the earrings for at least six weeks.

Source: HealthDay

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