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Why Do Your Piercings Smell Bad? Must read to solve this problem

Did you ever smell something bad when you take off your earrings? It may smell like rotten cheeses. Here are the two main possible causes of this problem.

1. Infection

One of the largest French studies to date (investigating 5,000 people) showed that 33.6% of people who boreholes would have various skin problems, of which infection accounted for 44%, and there was also a greater chance of contact dermatitis and Atopic Dermatitis, acne, etc.

Generally speaking, people who are going to pierce ears will not go to a doctor. Jewellery shops, tattoo shops can operate, or some people may purchase equipment online and pierce at home by themself. 

The risk of non-medical institutions is mainly lax disinfection and infectious diseases. Moreover, in the hands of anyone without the doctor qualification, the technology is not safety guaranteed. Most of them are self-taught online and do not understand human anatomy and medical common sense. Therefore, the infection rate of ear piercings remains high worldwide.

What need to do after piercing

Ear piercing can damage the tissues. For the sake of protection, no matter whether it is scarred or not, special care should be taken not to infect the wound.

After piercing the ears, disinfect the local skin daily, such as alcohol, iodine, and benzalkonium chloride. Benzalkonium chloride is less harmful to human cells, and it heals faster than alcohol and iodine.

After piercing the earrings, choose gold, platinum and other inert metals, medical steel, and plastic rings for earrings, which can reduce the occurrence of contact dermatitis and allergies, and facilitate the early healing of the wound.

Avoid contact with sewage when washing your face and hair, and avoid squeezing your ears when you sleep. After cleaning the skin, you can rotate the ear acupuncture slightly to avoid adhesion of the ear acupuncture to the skin. Don't buckle the ear acupuncture and needle holder too tightly, otherwise, it will easily cause tissue cell swelling and affect healing.

What to do if the earholes are infected

Generally, after the ear piercing, there will be short-term redness and swelling at the piercing site. If the redness and swelling persist, and the pain increases, pus discharge, etc., it is a sign of infection. It needs timely treatment, and replacing the earrings with sterilized medical sutures can prevent the earholes from closing and drain secretions.

Do not use chloramphenicol eye drops, erythromycin eye ointment, chloramphenicol eye ointment, etc. These antibiotics are suitable for the treatment of eye infections, and the resistance rate of skin infections is very high. If they are useless and greasy, they will stain dust.

Conservative treatment for minor local infections includes hot compresses, over-the-counter medications or prescription topical antibiotics, such as bacitracin or mupirocin.

Oral antibiotics, such as cephalexin or clindamycin, can cover streptococci and staphylococci. If there are concerns about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, oral trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole can provide adequate coverage. Infectious perforation of the auricle involves cartilage structure, which is probably caused by Pseudomonas and can be treated with fluoroquinolone ciprofloxacin.

It is necessary to remove the jewellery and place a loose loop suture through the puncture to keep the puncture unobstructed throughout the infection treatment.

2. Secretions and Hygiene

If there are no signs of infection as we mentioned above, the smell may be caused by secretions pollutions and physical barriers. Such as sweat, hair products, long hair, scarves etc.

So as long as you clean your earrings and ear holes frequently. Click here to learn how to clean different types of earrings. Medical alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can be dipped by a cotton swab to clean the piercing and let it air dry.

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