Ears 101 : How to Relieve Ear Pressure Pain
How to Reduce Pain Caused by a New Piercing
If you've recently gotten a piercing, and it's hurting, there are ways to soothe the pain. Pain, swelling, and bleeding should stop after a few days to a week. In the meantime, cool drinks and compresses can help ease pain. You should also encourage the piercing to heal and take measures to avoid infections. A healed piercing that's free of infections is less likely to hurt.
Treating the Pain Directly
Ice the piercing.Simply icing the area in question can often soothe some pain associated with piercings. This can be helpful during the first few days, and can also reduce swelling. Apply something cold, like a bag of frozen peas, or an ice pack to the area during downtime throughout the day.
- Keep in mind, you may want to place a clean, dry rag over the ice pack or cold object to prevent infection. This can also help prevent freezer burn.
- Do not leave the ice on for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Try a chamomile tea compress.Many people advocate a chamomile compress as a way to help soothe and potentially prevent scarring. You will need a bag of chamomile tea.
- Boil some water and immerse the tea bag in the water. After several minutes, remove the tea bag.
- Let the tea bag cool for a few minutes. Then, apply the tea bag to your piercing, in the area where you feel pain.
Try cold food and drinks for lip piercings.If you got your lip pierced, eating and drinking something cool can help. Try ice cream, cold water, cold beverages, popsicles, frozen yogurt, and other cold items to ease the pain.
- There may be certain foods that irritate your skin. If anything you're eating seems to aggravate the piercing, try something else.
Use over-the-counter painkillers.A simple over-the-counter painkiller can help get rid of the pain of a new piercing. Try something like ibuprofen or acetaminophen if the pain is getting bad. This can reduce pain and also take away some swelling.
- Make sure to check that any chosen painkiller does not interact poorly with existing medications first.
- Read the label of any medications to make sure to take the painkillers at the correct dosage.
Part 1 Quiz
Before using an ice pack on your new piercing, you should:
Encouraging Your Piercing to Heal
Follow all care instructions.When you get a new piercing, you will go home with a set of instructions for care. It is important to follow these instructions carefully. Your piercing will hurt for longer if you don't encourage it to heal properly.
- Usually, you will have to clean your piercing at least once a day. Some piercings may need to be cleaned more frequently. Before cleaning, wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap.
- Your piercer should have given specific instructions for cleaning. Usually, you rinse the piercing in warm water and a saline solution and then clean off any crust using a cotton swab.
- Cleaning is very important. It keeps the area free of bacteria that can cause an infection.
Do not fiddle with new piercings.You may be tempted to touch or twist your new piercing. This will irritate the area, causing more pain. Also, touching your piercing with dirty hands greatly increases your risk of an infection.
Leave the piercing in place.Do not take the piercing out before the healing period has passed. When you get your piercing, your piercer will let you know how many weeks the piercing needs to stay in place. Until this time has passed, do not remove the piercing for any reasons. This will delay the healing process, and putting the piercing back in place may cause pain.
Do not use hydrogen peroxide.If you suspect your piercing is infected, talk to a doctor or return to your piercer. Do not attempt to fix the infection on your own with hydrogen peroxide. This kills healing cells and can cause crust to build up around your piercing.
Part 2 Quiz
What should you always do before cleaning your piercing?
Preventing Pain from an Infection
Wash your hands before handling the piercing.If you handle the piercing for any reason, wash your hands. Use clean, warm water and antibacterial soap. Touching a piercing without clean hands is a major cause of infection.
- Try to wash your hands for about 20 seconds.
- Make sure to get all areas of your hands clean. Pay attention to the backs of your hands, under your fingernails, and between your fingers.
Use salt water soaks.Regular salt water soaks can promote healing and prevent infection. You may get salt water solution from your piercer. You can also mix a teaspoon of salt (about 5 milliliters) into 8 ounces (about .2 liters) of water and mix thoroughly.
- Soak a q-tip or cotton swab in the salt water. Place it on the piercing for a few seconds and then discard.
- Repeat this process for 5 to 6 minutes.
- Do this twice a day for about a month or until your piercing is fully healed.
Avoid swimming.Swimming after a piercing is a bad idea. Chlorine from pool water, and contaminants from open water, can irritate a piercing and cause infection. Refrain from swimming until your piercing is fully healed.
Make sure nothing touches in the pierced area.Keep foreign objects away from the pierced area while you wait for it to heal. Do not, for example, wear a hat if you have an eyebrow piercing. You should always be aware of your hair if it's longer. Keep long hair from touching the piercing. You may have to pull your hair back more often as the piercing heals.
- Avoid sleeping on the side of your body where the piercing is. Bacteria from your pillow can cause an infection.
- If you have something like a navel piercing, talk to your piercer on how to best protect it. You may have to wear gauze over the piercing or loose-fitting clothing.
Part 3 Quiz
True or False: You can swim in a pool with a new piercing, but not the open ocean.
QuestionHow can I reduce the soreness of my smiley piercing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGargle and swish salt water/alcohol free mouth wash twice a day, try to avoid playing with it with your tongue, avoid tugging it with your top lip and gently brush around it when brushing.Thanks!
QuestionI got a cartilage piercing a few days ago, and it is swollen. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can try heat/ice, or taking pain relievers like ibuprofen/aspirin. Make sure you're rinsing it with salt water or washing it with antibacterial soap and warm water. Clean it at least two times a day. If it doesn't start healing and getting better, contact the piercer who did it and/or contact a doctor. If you believe it is infected at any point, don't take the jewelry out.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I use to reduce pain while gauging my ears?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGently hold something cold against your ear lobe, like an ice cube wrapped in a towel or some frozen peas. You might also want to take some pain reliever as well.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make a cartilage piercing swelling go down?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse a hot compress - get a small towel or washcloth, soak it in hot water, squeeze out any excess water and gently press it to the piercing. You can also ice it or take ibuprofen to help reduce swelling.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I soothe a new sore piercing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerChill saline solution in the fridge before applying, and use and ice for soreness. Ibuprofin or other over-the-counter pain medication will help, too.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do when I have taken my earrings out after the 6 weeks and they are not ready? I have been told to put them back in, but one hurts more than the other and its the one that hasn't heeled properly.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTalk to your piercer. He or she may have advice on what to do if your pierced ears are healing at different rates.Thanks!
QuestionI am going to get my ears pierced, how much does it hurt with the gun?Community AnswerWith the gun, not much at all. There is lots of pressure, but only for a moment.Thanks!
QuestionHow long do most people have pain from ear piercing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEveryone's experience is a little different. Maybe a week?Thanks!
QuestionCan I get three piercings done in one sitting?Community AnswerYes, you can. However, you should take into consideration that each subsequent piercing after the first one will slow down the healing process, so while it may be worth getting some done at the same time, too many will put a lot of stress on your body.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if my cartilage piercing is throbbing, and I think it is infected?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you think it's infected, go to the person who pierced you. They should be able to tell you if it is or isn't. If it is, schedule an appointment with your doctor, so he can advise you on how best to treat it. Meanwhile, for pain take some over-the-counter pain relievers and make sure you're either doing saltwater rinses or washing it with anti-bacterial soap and warm water. Try not to touch it with your hands/fingers unless you've just washed them.Thanks!
I got a Medusa piercing in my lip. The top lip is now swollen out beyond the bottom. Is this normal?
- Have your piercer change out the jewelry to a smaller size after the swelling is gone, if need be.
- If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call your piercer and ask.
- Most infections come from dirty hands, so always wash your hands before touching your piercing.
- Even old piercings can become irritated or infected.
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