ilona the pest

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

ear infection

did i ever mention that my ears, which i got pierced in early june, still have NEVER HEALED? it is a source of constant aggravation (and pain). they hurt a little, especially when i'm trying to lay my head down on a pillow, and they regularly develop a small crust (from pus, i assume) over the back opening. icky and painful and annoying.

for a while i was doing the daily salt-water soak that the piercer recommended, then i got lazy and only did that maybe once every two weeks, then for the past couple of weeks i've been doing it daily again - none of it has helped. i've decided to move on to a regimen of regular treatments with rubbing alcohol and antibiotic ointment, based on some crackpot advice i found on the internet somewhere. we'll see how that goes. i'd ask a doctor, but my health insurance hasn't kicked in yet. doh!


  • At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    use hydrogen peroxide. it's not clear to me how salt water would stop wee beasties from growing....

  • At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hydrogen peroxide is good for keeping your teeth nice and white, too. ;)

  • At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    dihydrogen oxide is good for solving the whole thirst problem...acc.

  • At 6:31 AM, Blogger ilona said…

    "it's not clear to me how salt water would stop wee beasties from growing...."

    i've actually decided to re-include the salt water soak in the regimen, as the first step, right before the application of the rubbing alcohol and antibiotic ointment. i've learned that the salty soak has many valuable benefits - it supposedly has some healing effects, but mainly it is a gentle way to remove any crust that has built up, so that the other antibiotics that i apply will actually be able to get through to where they're needed.

    the good news is that, after two days or whatever of this new regimen, i'm already observing positive results. my ears feel less sore, less crusty, and all around better. yay!

  • At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    had this problem recently too. i just used purell antibiotic hand sanitizer on my ear lobes and the crusties cleared up within a few days. good luck


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