How to treat old ear piercing that's always infected?
August 27, 2006 5:11 PM Subscribe
Old ear piercing always gets infected. How to treat it?
posted by mintchip to health & fitness (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have had one piercing in each ear since I was three years old. Over time I seemed to develop an allergy to most metals. I resorted to replacing all of my earring posts with nickel-free posts, which are supposed to be hypoallergenic. Even so, the piercing in my right ear gets infected (hot, red and itchy) a few hours after I put nickel-free earrings in.
The only earrings that don't give me problems are tiny white-gold studs--cute but boring and expensive to replace.
Why does the infection come back to the same ear every time? Is there anything I can do to desensitize my ears and get rid of this infection for good?