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Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD)
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Just got my cartilage pierced last week and I literally

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Just got my cartilage pierced last week and I literally cannot sleep. The pain is excruciating I think it's infected but I don't want to take it out so the infection would get trapped. It's red and swollen and my ear is throbbing. It's been going on for about 4 days now but not ever this bad. I've been taking Advil and Motrin but. Nothing seems to work I've used the Claires ear solution and sea salt even alcohol/peroxide and neosporin. Nothing works please help the pain is in my ear an sort of feels like in my jaw too.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.
Hello Nicole,

I am sorry for your pain.

Do you swelling, redness, tenderness, fever?
Did you consult a doctor?
Are you diabetic?

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have swelling tenderness and redness. I have not contacted a doctor yet but I probably will tomorrow I am not diabetic.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 5 years ago.

Your symptoms do suggest an infection (termed as cellulitis). This may need a course of antibiotic and occasionally a needle aspiration, so infected fluid can be drained out. You may continue with Advil. Also apply ice compresses. Application of Betadine solution (available without prescription), thrice a day may help in controlling the infection. Piercing removal too may help in pain and prevent the spread of infection. If your symptoms are severe; going to an urgent care clinic or ER would be recommended. Occasionally piercing has to be removed by a doctor or nurse if pain and swelling are significant and you are unable to do it on your own.

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