Getting an ear piercing is one of the most common types of piercing in the US. In fact, about 83% of Americans have had their ears pierced. While piercings don’t pose health risks, they may lead to complications, especially when you don’t practice ear piercing aftercare.
How to clean ear piercing? Below are our helpful tips for cleaning your pierced ears and avoiding any infection.
Should you decide to touch your pierced ears, ensure that both of your hands are clean. Wash them first with gentle soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before touching your ears. Doing this avoids bacteria getting into the area.
If possible, touch your ear piercing only when you’re cleaning them to minimize or eliminate bacterial infection.
To avoid infection, make sure that you wash your pierced ears regularly. You can use salt and warm water solution for cleaning. Mix 1 tsp of salt with water and clean your ears using cotton balls. Do this a few times a day to remove any bacteria in the ears. Gently cleaning your pierced ears with alcohol twice a day is also effective. It prevents scabbing and keeps germs away.
Keep in mind to also never use perfumed soap when cleaning; antiseptic soap and water would suffice.
If you want the piercings to last longer, ensure that you never remove the earrings for at least six weeks, so they never close. Also, as much as possible, twist the earrings a few times a day, so the holes stay open.
However, do make sure that your hands are always clean when touching your ears. Touching them with dirty hands may lead to a bacterial infection.
Make it a habit to periodically check your ear piercings to ensure that it’s in good condition. Watch out for any discharge as that may indicate an infection. See a doctor right away if you notice any discharge coming from the piercings.
Also, avoid cleaning them in the bathroom unless you’re certain that the place is spotlessly clean. Be careful when using hair products as that may irritate your ears.
If you have both of your ears pierced, try sleeping on your stomach as much as possible to reduce the risk of infection in the pierced ears. Lying on the pierced area for several hours can trap bacteria in the area, leading to an ear infection.
Earlobe piercings can take up to 2 months to completely heal, while cartilage piercings may take up to 6 months to even a year. While healing, ensure that your ears are always clean to prevent complications and other problems. Avoid changing jewelry unless the piercings have fully healed.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to see your dermatologist. Are you planning to get an ear piercing soon? Get in touch with us.