I have two cartilage piercings (piercing infections) that seem to be infected?

Hello! I am an 18 year old female with no history of significant health problems and no past piercing infections. I have two cartilage piercings that seem to be infected? I got them pierced in April and recently decided to switch earrings. While this hurt, I managed to get the new earrings in, it discovered that there were red bleeding bumps on the piercing sites. They’re still there, but now they’re not on the exact piercing site, and more so around it. I’m concerned they’re keloids or something. They are still quite sore and the bumps are still a reddish pink color. What should I do?

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Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

Hi and welcome to question doctors.com
Not a keloid it is just infected and inflamed..
Use saline solution to clean the area with a cotton swab daily 2-3times.
Cold compresses will help ease your inflammation site and decrease the swelling..
You can use antibiotic ointment like polysporine ..
you can try various natural remedies that will include putting a few drops of tea tree oil (especially if it has a bump), white vinegar, aloe vera, turmeric, calendula and Indian lilac.

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
its not a keloid or anything serious,dont worry. its a infection at pierced site. take anti biotics,anti inflammatory tablets .. apply local antibiotic creams to fasten the recovery. avoid applying anything hot. avoid friction or irritation by the earrings for some days.
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shw12
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shw12

HI
I DO NOT FEEL THAT ITS A INFECTION. IT MAY BE A ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE EAR RING THAT YOU ARE WEARING. USUALLY, SUCH METALS CAUSE IRRITATION TO THE SURROUNDING SKIN. TAKE ANTI HISTAMINIC TABLETS AND APPLY LOCAL CREAM. TRY CHANGING THE EARRINGS AND USE THOSE OF INERT MATERIAL

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
its a reactionary hypertrophied skin to low grade infection. it would be better if you avoid using those piercings for some days atleast. once it is healed comlpletely,u can start reusing it. local cream applications can fasten up the healing process