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Health Tip: Take Care of Your Pierced Ears

Take steps to prevent infection

(HealthDay News) -- Pierced ears may become infected if you don't care for them properly.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends:

  • Don't touch newly pierced ears unless you have just washed your hands.
  • When ears are newly pierced, don't remove earrings for at least six weeks to prevent holes from closing up.
  • A few times each day, gently twist earrings to help keep holes in ear lobes open.
  • Use a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol to gently clean ears a few times daily.
  • Apply a light coat of petroleum jelly on the pierced lobes.
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