What are the Signs of Earlobe Infection and Its Home Treatment

Earlobe infection is often caused due to the staphylococcus strain of bacteria, which infects the earlobe skin and causes redness, pain and swelling at the site. The infection can be attributed to a host of factors including an injury caused due to ear piercing, direct injury to the earlobe or due to contact dermatitis, especially in cases of highly sensitive skin. Home remedies can help in effective management of earlobe infections.

One of the leading causes of earlobe infections is ear piercing, especially when it is performed using unsterile equipments.
Staphylococcus bacteria are always present in a dormant phase on the skin and ear piercing gives the bacteria access to the deeper layers of the skin, resulting in skin infection. Here are some earlobe piercing tips that can help prevent the an earlobe infection,

  • Avoid touching the earlobes immediately after getting them pierced. Dirt from the hands allows bacteria to grow faster on the skin. Always wash your hands before touching the earlobe.
  • Don’t clasp the newly worn earring too tightly. Tight clasping can block air flow around the earlobe and also reduces blood flow, making the area prone to developing infection.
    Further, in individuals with highly sensitive skin, tight clasping of the earring can increase the chances of contact dermatitis, which in turn can result in skin infection. Allergy to gold is less frequent and hence one can try wearing gold earrings for a while immediately after the piercing.
  • Immediately after a ear piercing, it is always recommended to apply antibiotic ointment around the earlobe.
  • Always make sure that you keep the earlobe dry, especially after taking a bath. Moisture can further promote the growth on unhealthy bacteria around the earlobe, increasing the risk of infection.

Signs and Symptoms to look for Earlobe Infection

Following are earlobe infection, the signs are usually typical of an inflammatory reaction. The key signs and symptoms include,

  • Redness with formation of rash around the pierced earlobe.
  • Pain or tenderness on slightest touch. The pain is aggravated if you continue to wear the earring.
  • Swelling with a sensation of burning around the earlobe.
  • Infected earlobes may be associated with oozing of watery or yellowish pus from the infected area. Often the pus may form a dry coating around the earlobe, if the earlobe is not cleaned regularly.

How to Treat Earlobe Infection at Home?

Local application of antibiotic ointment is considered beneficial in the management of earlobe infection. However there are a host of home based and natural remedies that can be beneficial.

  • Dip the cotton bud in hydrogen peroxide and clean the infected area about twice a week. Hydrogen peroxide helps get rid of the bacteria in the infected region and hastens cure. Local application of alcohol is also beneficial.
  • Local application of turmeric powder is also considered beneficial. Add a few drops of raw honey to the powder and apply it on the skin. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties, while honey has anti- microbial properties.
  • Local application of tea tree oil is also considered beneficial. Tea tree oil prevents fungal growth and also has anti-microbial properties. Tea tree oil is very potent and its application can curb the infection within a few days.