If you have been pierced with cartilage earrings for more than 3 months, it's time to take them out. However, there are a few things to remember. These include: avoiding sleeping on your piercing, knowing when to remove your earrings, and identifying and treating infection.
Removing Cartilage Earrings After 3 Months
When wearing cartilage earrings, it is important to know when to remove them. Most doctors don't recommend this type of piercing because the risk of infection is high. Pseudomonas infections can damage the cartilage and cause scarring. They can also change the shape of your ear.
Once your cartilage piercing has healed, you can swap it out for a new style. However, you shouldn't remove the earring yourself because you might cause the wound to close up, trapping infection. It's best to have a professional piercer perform the procedure so that you won't risk further complications.
Treating an Infection
The first step to treat an infection is to clean the cartilage piercing thoroughly. This is crucial as this type of piercing is easily infected due to the material used in the piercing. Bacteria and germs thrive in the piercing. If the infection is mild, you can treat it with a topical antibiotic cream prescribed by your doctor. If the infection is more severe, you can try taking an oral antibiotic pill. In either case, it is important to complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
You should also wash your hands thoroughly before cleaning your piercing. A fresh piercing will be red for the first few days. The redness will go away when the piercing heals. However, if the redness remains for more than a few days, you should get it checked for an infection. Sometimes, you may also notice a crust or draining clear fluid. While this is normal, it may be the sign of an infection.
An infection caused by an improperly treated piercing can cause complications. If left untreated, it can lead to an abscess. Once this happens, the infection spreads to other parts of the body and can be fatal. Depending on the severity of the infection, antibiotics will be prescribed.