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I have this little spot on my helix in the middle of where

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I have this little spot on my helix in the middle of where my cartilage is pierced, I noticed it was a little itchy/bothersome in the shower last night, sometimes my hair gets caught in one of the rings and I have to pull it out, today I noticed that's it's a little flakey and red/warm to the touch but otherwise doesn't hurt.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

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Is this on your ear?

Can you upload a picture?

Do you wear gold jewelry or some other metal?

Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?

This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. I look forward to helping you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
this is on my ear, picture is attached.
No gold, no other metals and the same rings have been in for a little over a year.
Have had issues before with my ears I.e tubes and ear drum replacement. But nothing recent.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no medications
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the picture.

That looks like you could have a staph infection starting.

You might need oral antibiotics but, if you want, you could try putting some over the counter triple antibiotic ointment and see how things look in the morning.

If it looks better.....great.

If it looks the same.....good. Continue the ointment for 5 days or so.

If it looks worse. Get some oral antibiotics from your local corner MD

Make sense to you?

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Dr. Rick MD FACS

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I may try that, can a staph infection start even with no wound/opening for bacteria to get in?
Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.


Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

The hole in your ear is a opening....all you need is a small scratch/break in the skin anywhere.

Happens all the time :(

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