Earlobes are pretty much trouble free equipment on the human body. There are only two common problems associated with earlobes and both are related to having your ears pierced.
First, there is infection. When you first have your ears pierced you should actively try to reduce the germs. To prevent infection, swab newly pierced earlobes with rubbing alcohol and apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment at least once a day.
Second, you should avoid heavy earrings. Freshly pierced lobes need time to toughen, so don’t wear heavy earrings for a few weeks after you’ve had your ears pierced.
Pay special attention to piercing the cartilage on the outer or upper ear. The cartilage is more likely to get infected since it has a limited blood supply and fewer infection-fighting white blood cells reach the cartilage than reach the fleshier lobe. Also if it does get infected, it is more difficult to treat.
To prevent infections, it is also best to keep earrings as clean as possible. Swab the posts or fasteners with a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol before each wear.
Related to infection, is possible allergic reactions. This is common with earrings containing nickel. The problem is that most jewelry contains nickel. Some women even have trouble with 14 karat gold, because it may contain trace amounts of nickel. So it’s best to stick with sterling silver or hypoallergenic stainless-steel posts.
The second problem that may occur is a torn lobe. If you tear your earlobe, it may bleed quite profusely. After tearing an earlobe it is important to put the pressure on. Pinch the lobe with a clean tissue, towel or cloth and press firmly for a full five minutes. Second, once the bleeding has stopped, keep the wound moist with an antibacterial ointment. You should also see a doctor for a torn earlobe if it feels hot to the touch, is red or swollen or if you see pus.
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