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My piercings got infected!

:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist
I'd had the stupid things for three months, and they kept getting mildly infected, and always were fixed after I used some soap and hot water for a few days. This time though, it isn't going away. And I've got a ball of something in my ear, I can feel it when I touch the ear it's in, it's not normal, because it's not in the other ear.
And this sucks, because it hurts to have my earrings in, so I took them out, it hurts to lay down on that side, because that ear that's badly infected gets pushed on.
:icontableflipplz:
This is the third freaking time my ears have gotten infected, and I was wearing good earrings too.:grump:
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:iconmiriamscully119:
miriamscully119 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
I have the same problem, well with the thing IN the ear. Mine is because I got them pierced crooked, was that maybe it? If not, go to your doctor or back to the piercer about it?
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Doctor put me on some antiboitics. :3
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:iconmiriamscully119:
miriamscully119 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
Good, is it getting better?
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Not yet, I don't have them, because my mom's not going anywhere today, so just like always, I'm forced to not get medication I need until it's convenient for HER. But I start them probably day after tomorrow. :stare: God I hate not being able to drive.
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:iconmiriamscully119:
miriamscully119 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
Ah, I know how that is. Believe me aha. I have being not able to drive, too. Just...trapped!
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
If there was a magic cure to CP/Autism I'd take it. Cuz currently I'm just SOL and have two different disorders that fuck with my motor skills. Making driving nearly impossible.
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:iconmiriamscully119:
miriamscully119 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Artist
:c Aww. I don't have any disorders that make it so I can't drive, luckily. But hopefully you'll get your meds soon.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Should be tomorrow. Hopefully.
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:iconzodiacgal:
zodiacgal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Owie. That must hurt.
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   General Artist
1. talk to your piercer
2. make sure you're washing your piercing area and jewelery before you put it in and from time to time while it's in (I'm a germ freak, but I washed all my piercings once a week just to keep them clean, bacteria and germs can get in them even while they're in)
3. if it's not healing completely it could be because you're tearing it before it heals causing pretty much a continuous open wound.
4. make sure you're using good jewelery. sterling silver, gold (for most people), etc. Not nickle, I don't know why but a lot of people have a problem with nickle.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Wal-mart brand. So probably shit. I saw my doctor though, and I start anti-biotics tomorrow :dummy: Woo! I should make wal-mart pay for them.
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:iconmisuto-amami-mayu:
Misuto-Amami-Mayu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have you tried cleaning your ears and earring more often? I have five piercings in my ears (two on on ear, two and one cartilage on the other) so I've dealt with my fair share of infections. I keep around that bottle of liquid they give you when you first get your ears pierced to clean them every now and then, and I also use bacitracin zinc ointment when putting a different pair of earrings in. You just dip the post in before putting it in. It works well.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Yup. After the first time they got badly infected I started cleaning them ever day. No good.
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:iconmisuto-amami-mayu:
Misuto-Amami-Mayu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh, that sucks. I've had my ears badly infected, but I was always able to get rid of it quickly. Everyone has different ears though, so maybe yours are more sensitive than most.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
:nod: Yup. I don't really care for earrings anyway, so it's not that big a deal that I can't wear them.
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:iconshantella:
Shantella Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I sometimes get those little bumps in my ears. I got mine pierced almost 21 years ago. It almost always happens when I put cheap earrings in my ears for long periods of time.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
<_< Like say...... wal-mart earrings? XD
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:iconshantella:
Shantella Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Basically.

I do recommend purchasing gold (or at least gold plated) earrings if you want to keep them in your ears all the time. They seem to be the most hypoallergenic. Or perhaps even stainless steel.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
:3 I'll make sure to remember that when I can afford earrings again. Right now, I'm moving in a year, so money is pretty tight.
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:iconevb16:
evb16 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Try gold earrings or earrings for sensitive ears, they're less likely to infect
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
I'll remember that. Right now, I can't afford anything like that, so they're going to end up closing up again, but :shrug: at least now I know what to do next time I get them pierced.
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:iconevb16:
evb16 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Good luck
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:iconkittythenekoalien:
KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That really sucks :<
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Yup. ;-; I got antibiotics from my doctor though now, so it should get better soon. :3
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:iconkittythenekoalien:
KittyTheNekoAlien Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so! the infections can get really nasty D:
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:iconblackrosekane89:
Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have the same problem. I have to wear fake piercings. They sell some good ones pretty cheap if you don't wanna have to invest in gold and silver. I figured out to rig the real body piercings into fake ones so I could buy whatever body piercings I came across. You can buy whatever body jewelry you want, you just gotta be creative haha.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Fake piercings? O_o
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:iconblackrosekane89:
Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, like these for example [link] . The ones I made from real piercings worked very well.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
OOOO o_o I forgot that stuff existed. Maybe I won't have to go without earrings xD
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:iconblackrosekane89:
Blackrosekane89 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
They work well. Get a few to start with though. Until you get used to them, you will knock them off withouth thinking and lose them. It's just what happens lol.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
I can see myself doing that unfortunately. xD
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
:dummy: I saw my doctor!
I can't wear earrings anymore unless they are gold or silver.
I DO have an infection.
And I start on antibiotics tomorrow.
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:iconxxtraprince:
XXtraPrince Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Go see your doctor as soon as you can get in! You may need to be referred to an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist ("otolaryngologist") for treatment, but be assured: this is no trivial problem!
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
:nod: we're going in today.
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:iconsevmd:
SEVMD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It could be that you cannot wear earrings. You had better check with your piercer first, I'm just jumping into conclusion. I know someone who had pierced her ears 5 times but it keeps on getting infection and would not stop hurting until she removed it and it healed itself right back.

I hope I'm not right but it can be the hard truth, just pray I'm not jinxing you ._.
Also you should search for those disinfectant cleaning for your ears, if your piercer is from B*Dazzle she might should have given you something to clean your ears daily.

For 3 months? Not a good sign even if it goes away. Ball in your ear? It cold be a buildup of pus or something, it happened to me once when I sort of tore the inside of my ear hole. it kept producing pus and got the weird ball thing. It should go away once your infection is gone.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
wal-mart. can't ask.
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:iconsevmd:
SEVMD Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, try finding a specialist or something.
The specialist should give you a disinfectant and stuff, maybe ask your friends who have their ears pierced where they got it from and maybe ask the piercer who pierced your friend's ear :shrug: its best to find out the cause of it since its not healing.
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:iconwildergothica:
WilderGothica Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Talk to your piercer.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Can't. Wal-Mart.
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:iconwildergothica:
WilderGothica Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:( Doctor appointment then.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist
:nod: Got to my doctor yesterday, and now I'm going to be on anti-biotics.
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:iconwildergothica:
WilderGothica Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good! :D
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:iconkorukikonaru:
KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
If you don't have them done by a professional piercer, or have any reliable follow-up, then it's little wonder that things got so bad. Don't be discouraged from piercings altogether, just have them done properly next time. Also, don't use any powerful disinfectants, like those that are alcohol-based, because that will only make things worse.
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:iconmoderateartist:
ModerateArtist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I think the only problem here is your foolishness. I mean you keep getting infections yet you still keep your peircings. If anything your ear probably has some sort of puss buildup. If isn't properly treated they will probably have to cut off your ear. Then again I am just some random person on the internet and am not qualified to offer medical advice nor do I really care what happens to your nasty ear. I am just saying. :iconkittyglompplz:
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:iconxrooke:
xRooke Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy crap, I know this feeling. I just got the 4th piercing in my ear and it got every other one infected. My ear is just swollen. I feel your pain. You could try icing them, and using aloe vera. It helps a lot for me. (:
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:iconlibegon:
Libegon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Don't wear earrings, then? Or use some sort of daily treatment, to keep your ears from getting infected in the first place.
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:icongallifreyan-girl:
Gallifreyan-girl Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's why I don't wear earrings, when I was five my left ear got infected by a silver one and the doctor had to rip it out, so now part of my ear is missing. Also, Garlic can be used to help ear infections, if that already hasn't been said.
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:icon0s1:
0s1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
There's only one way to prevent this from ever happening again.


Amputate your ear.
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:iconexoticjackal:
ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist
:noes: Are you sure?
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:icon0s1:
0s1 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Yep. Then you won't have any ears to pierce, so you won't have to worry about them getting infected. It's foolproof.
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