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Sore Pierced Ear Lobe From Cheap Earrings.....What Do I Put On it??

Started 1374462728.627 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1374557774.41 by annabellethecat

Only one ear, but it has been acting up on and off for a while. Other than not wearing earrings is there a remedy?

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jetts_mom1374462914.792661 PostsRegistered 4/14/2010

I have some costume pieces that do that to my piercings, too. I find a little neosporin and not wearing earrings for a few days usually does the trick for me.

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Trublu21374463468.09147 PostsRegistered 6/7/2012

Clean the site with perioxide first, and then neopsporin.

JeanLouise­Finch1374463586.8712964 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011
On 7/21/2013 trublu said:

Clean the site with perioxide first, and then neopsporin.


JeanLouise­Finch1374463680.11312964 PostsRegistered 10/3/2011

In the future, if you want to wear these earrings again, try painting them with clear nail polish anywhere they might come in contact with your skin, included the post and the back.

twopeas1374463958.3535538 PostsRegistered 6/5/2011PNW

In the 80's as a single mom, I could only afford costume jewelry and ruined my original piercing in one ear due to on-going infections. I didn't know at the time what was causing it. I always used peroxide and neo as the previous poster suggested ~ BUT ~ I now only wear gold, silver, technibond, and stainless steel. Had to have my piercings re-done in a new spot due to ruining the bad ear's piercing.

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Lavinia1374464056.19821 PostsRegistered 3/20/2013
Try Lever2000 soap, I don't know why but whenever I get pierced I have been told by my piercer to use it and it seems to keep infection away and to speed up healing process from ears to nose to lips.

Lefebure1374482847.62384 PostsRegistered 1/14/2013Western Pennsylvania

I concur with the rest - peroxide then neosporin.

What you allow is
What will continue

ive been f­ramed1374497100.6832503 PostsRegistered 6/8/2012

My ears burn immediatly if I put in anything but gold or silver posts. Agree with using Neosporin ointment in your ear lobes. It also helps to wipe the posts lightly with soap (face or body will do) and rinse after taking them out.

KatherineW1374497134.39328130 PostsRegistered 3/16/2009Alabamian by Birth; Southern By The Grace of God

I hate it when this happens!! LOL I noticed a teeny bump around the piercing and this morning there was some "crusty stuff" on the backside.

will go with the neo and peroxide. I have had my ears pierced for 35 years! Can't believe this still happens!

Peg551374497546.1671544 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

everytime i wear earrings i always put on neosporin. i have two tubes so i use one just for the earrings. i dip the part of the earring that is going into my earlobe and then put the earrings on. it even stops my ears from hurting a bit after the earrings are on quite a while.

also try not to wear heavy earrings

Peg551374497552.871544 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

everytime i wear earrings i always put on neosporin. i have two tubes so i use one just for the earrings. i dip the part of the earring that is going into my earlobe and then put the earrings on. it even stops my ears from hurting a bit after the earrings are on quite a while.

also try not to wear heavy earrings

WhateverLo­laWants1374514559.85986 PostsRegistered 10/7/2008New Mexico, not really new, not really Mexico

I would also recommend applying a small amount of OTC Hydrocortisone cream to the front and back of your earlobe as well as the Neosporin -- part of the irritation is probably due to a nickle allergy.


Southernfr­iedchick1374514844.317952 PostsRegistered 11/17/2007

Clean with hydrogen peroxide, pat dry and use triple antibiotic on lobe and a light film on the earring pieces. Do this 2 times daily and it's probably not a good idea to sleep in them.


patheticco­smetics1374515005.1071084 PostsRegistered 3/11/2009

Clean it & apply Neosporin or other antibiotic creme. If you have the original piercing stud, put it back into the hole & just treat it like you have newly pierced the ear.

My holes act up every now & then & will start to close if I don't wear an earring. I just use the original studs & then I can put in whatever earring I want.

You can put clear nail polish on the posts or there may be some product on the market you can use that helps with nickel sensitivity.

Shogirl21374515220.2532184 PostsRegistered 12/6/2010

The only way I can get mine to clear up is to wear 14K gold earrings for like 2-3 weeks straight. Works like a charm, although I miss wearing my costume and sterling earrings during that time.

misspammie1374516179.712792 PostsRegistered 3/14/2010now in Virginia

Yoi, help you if it's a nickel allergy!! Been going to derma dr. for almost a year.found some nickel free earrings on ebay. also got a nickel test kit from ebay for jewelry. good luck! don't let it get out of hand. I too would do the solid gold earring, triple antibiotic and maybe hyd peroxide on lobes.

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Sandy811374553198.69343 PostsRegistered 3/18/2012

Hello, I would advise you to use an OTC corticosteroid cream as this sounds like contact dermatitis and not an infection. Do not use an antibiotic cream such as Neosporin, because this may cause antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA ( studies show this). If you have blisters or open blisters, I would see a doctor, as you may need a prescription strength steroid cream. Antihistamines may help as well. {#emotions_dlg.biggrin}

jbinrwc1374556524.728789 PostsRegistered 1/26/2008Northern CA

I have not used Neosporin since a Dr. told me that many people have a bad reaction to it when applied to infected areas. I was one of them. I have a nickel allergy and will get a reaction in my ear lobes after wearing earrings that contain too much nickel. These are sterling silver earrings since I almost never wear costume jewelry. After washing, I dip the ends of any earrings made from sterling or gold that I will be wearing into an antiobiotic ointment such as Bacitracin before putting them in my ears. The irritation usually clears up within a day or two. I have always had this problem primarily in my left ear lobe since I spend a lot of time on the phone and always hold it to my left ear.

dgluvr1374557219.3635296 PostsRegistered 5/12/2008

My dermatologist always says to "start" with POLYSPORIN- which only has 2 main ingredients in it- that way if an infection doesn't respond- you can try the NEOSPORIN- which has 3-- but if you start with Neo- then you"d end up going for a prescription-probably costing more and a dr. visit. NO CORTISONE on open wounds. Peroxide to clean them after.

FYI-- for those of you having nickel allergies- I saw some "sleeves" that you can buy to put over the posts at stores like Claires, Piercing Pagoda- etc ( the ones that you find in the malls that sell mostly costume jewelry and may also pierce your ears)- They also have replacement backs, and a number of other helpful things like those little plugs that keep your hook earrings in place.

There are also hypoallergenic earrings in many stores ( including WEGMAN'S grocery stores!) and the Q sells that silver that doesn't have nickel in it- (forget the name) but it's really shiny and doesn't seem to tarnish.Call CS.

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annabellet­hecat1374557774.4117377 PostsRegistered 9/23/2006
Perioxide. Put on QTip then on the ear!

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