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Health Tip: Ward Off Infection From Ear Piercing
Suggestions to keep it clean

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Caring for pierced ears can help keep the piercings clean and prevent infection.

Here is advice from the American Academy of Dermatologists:

  • Never touch newly pierced ears without first washing your hands.
  • Don't remove your first pair of earrings for at least six weeks. This helps the holes stay open. A few times each day, gently twist earrings around in your ears.
  • At least once per day, wash ears carefully with water and soap.
  • Clean piercings twice daily with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab. Apply a bit of petroleum jelly afterward.
  • See a dermatologist if your ears become swollen, red or puffy.

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