Treatment of earlobe infection
Infections of the earlobe can be caused by a staphylococcus strain of bacteria which causes infection of the earlobe skin. The condition is accompanied by pain, redness and swelling of the affected area. Earlobe infection can be caused by ear piercing, direct injury to the earlobe or contact dermatitis especially among those who have highly sensitive skin.
Earlobe infection typically involves the inflammation of the soft lower part of the external ear. Bacteria that are found on the skin such as strains of staphylococcus bacteria will enter through a cut or a wound in the skin and once inside, they will reproduce and spread to other parts.
When getting the ear pierced, proper care must be taken after in order to minimize the risk for infection. There are some tips when getting an ear piercing to be considered that can help prevent earlobe infection.
- Avoid touching the earlobes after getting pierced since dirt from the hands will allow bacteria to grow rapidly on the skin. Wash hands before touching the earlobes.
- Tight clasping of the earrings can cause blockage of air flow around the earlobe, thus disrupting the circulation and make the affected area susceptible to infections.
- Tight clasping of earrings on highly sensitive skin can increase the risk of developing contact dermatitis that can lead to infection of the skin.
- After the ear piercing, apply antibiotic cream around the earlobe in order to prevent infection.
- Always make sure that the earlobe is dry after taking a bath or shower since moisture promotes growth of harmful bacteria around the earlobe and increases the risk of infection.
Symptoms of earlobe infection
- There is redness and formation of rashes found around the pierced earlobe.
- Pain and tenderness can be felt with the slightest touch and becomes worse if earrings are still used.
- There is swelling and burning sensation felt around the earlobe.
- There is oozing of watery or yellowish pus from the infected area. Sometimes, the pus will form a dry coating around the earlobe if not cleaned regularly.
- Immerse a cotton bud in hydrogen peroxide and clean the infected area at least twice a week. Hydrogen peroxide help kill bacteria found in the affected area and speed up the treatment. Applying alcohol in the affected also helps.
- Mix turmeric powder with few drops of honey and apply it to the skin. Turmeric has an anti-inflammatory property while honey has antimicrobial property that helps in the healing.
- Using tea tree oil is also helpful in preventing growth of fungus and possesses antimicrobial property. Remember that tea tree oil is strong and can heal the infection in a few days.
- Apply antibiotic topical cream such as Neosporin.
- Seek medical help if the infection spreads beyond the earlobe and the individual has fever.