Use alcohol to clean ear piercing? - page 3
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0Jun 18, '08 by leslie :-DQuote from phriedomRNkidshealth is actually, a pretty reputable site.I think that kids health site got their info from a mall piercing gun type place
however, here are a few more links, endorsing the use of alcohol.
from the cleveland clinic:
in search box, type in 'ear care tips'.
click on first result, "Ear Care Tips-Overview"
"If you have pierced ears, clean your earrings and earlobes with rubbing alcohol."
from a children's hospital:
and another children's hospital:
however, i did note sites that discouraged use of alcohol and peroxide.
and i know they're cytotoxic.
but we're not talking about big, gaping wounds here, where granulation needs to take place w/subsequent need to preserve viable tissue.
i suppose it's all a matter of perspective.
leslieLast edit by leslie :-D on Jun 18, '08 : Reason: had to alter first link.
0Jun 18, '08 by KunzieoNeosporin for ears works great! (On regular posts, not sure about larger gauges...)
Just dip the post in some Neosporin or Bacitracin before re-inserting. Works wonders if there is any kind of infection or discharge.
But just for regular maintainance I agree w/ everyone else...soap and water or mild saline soln.
0Jun 19, '08 by nursejohioIt's probably also a matter of how fresh the piercing is. I would never ever use alcohol on anything that was still healing, but my newest just hit 6 months. I still get the occasional crusty and will use peroxide or an alcohol wipe as a quick fix to get them off.
I had nothing but problems with my ears when I followed the alcohol, rotate etc instructions to the letter, got them done at the mall... piercing gun, gold posts etc. . They always hurt, stayed swollen, just wouldn't heal. Took them out, waited a couple years, tried again. Exact same thing happened the second time around. Being the mule-headed girl I am, I wasn't giving up, but by then I'd started hearing all the bad things about the mall places. I've had all 8 done (and the first set in my earlobes redone for the 2nd time) at a tattoo/piercing place, 14g hollow needle, surgical steel jewelry and all have healed beautifully. I'm a firm believer of the soap&water, salt water and leave it alone theory.
0Jun 19, '08 by twistedpupchaserMy original piercings, (as a dopey teenager) were all cleaned with methylated spirits, it hurt a lot but dried everything up and killed all infections....and I guess quite a few healthy cells.
I recently, 2 years ago, got some more piercings and asked the "needle chick" how best to keep them clean, in her opinion a mild antiseptic solution made of natural products with a small amount of lubricant does the best job. Fancy that! she had lots of bottles of the solution for sale at a lot higher price than soap and water. But it did seem to work....and hurt less than the metho.