Ear stretching is a technique deliberately used to expand the size of healed piercing. The ritual of ear stretching is practiced since olden days all over the world among many tribes for traditional or religious purpose. This practice of ear lobe stretching has now become popular in western world for various reasons. Some people like to stand out different among masses while others love to wear variety of jewelry that can be worn in the larger sized ear lobe piercing.
Whatever may be the reason; there is always risk of infection associated with ear lobe stretching, especially if you do not take proper care and hygienic measures during the process of stretching. So if you have undergone ear stretching recently, take precautionary measures to prevent infection in first place and if there is an infection you may need antibiotic for healing, however if the infection is not severe you can heal the infected stretched ear at home with natural remedies before contacting the physician.
How To Heal Infected Stretched Ear?
Often doctors rely on antibiotics for treating infected stretched ear. But by following proper hygienic measures and home care the condition can be resolved easily.
- It is important to wash your ears with soap water daily. Prefer an antibiotic soap as it helps to kill the germ latched on the ear lobe. This way you can prevent the buildup of germs on the skin around the earlobe. Remove all the jewelry and clean your ears with soap water. Ensure that you wash your hands with soap thoroughly. Let the ear lobe remain soaked in the soap water for few minutes. Wash the area with lukewarm water afterwards and pat dry the area. Also wash the earrings with soap water and dry them before putting them back.
- Sea salt has mild antibacterial properties. Thus it naturally helps to heal the infected stretched ear. To prepare sea salt solution, put one teaspoon of sea salt in a cup of water. Stir the solution till the salt is dissolved completely. Now place the infected stretched ear in the bowl containing sea salt solution. Pat the area dry after you remove the ear from the solution.
- Apply antibiotic ointment once the ear is dry.
- During the period of infection place one or two size smaller ear expander. For example if are using 4 mm ear expander, than use 2 mm size expander for few days to enhance the healing of infection in stretched ear.
In case if the infection worsens or takes longer time to heal consult your doctor. The symptoms that may indicate worsening are fever, swelling of the ear lobe, foul smelling discharge from the stretched ear etc.
How To Prevent Infection When Stretching Ears?
You can prevent infection by gradually increasing the size of expander. Keep the same expander for 3 to 4 weeks before changing for a bigger size. This will provide time for the ear lobe skin to stretch evenly without straining and stretching the skin too much.
Sudden excessive stretching will lead to cuts and tears of the delicate skin of earlobe increasing the risk of infection. Avoid wearing wooden or iron expander rings as this may cause irritation and infection. The safest of all is steel ear stretching tapers or expanders.