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1 year old. Had ear piercing. Back portion on ear covered with bulb. Given cephalexin. Suggest?

Dear Sir, My baby got his ear pierced on his first birthday on 10th jan. Normally we keep the earrings on for a month or so before removing. Now the entire back portion of his left earring is covered by a bulb. We took him to a physician who prescribed cephalexin syrup, but the bulb did not subsite. I am taking him to a surgeon today. can this be very fatal?
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Hello and welcome to health care magic. Thanks for your query.

You child has developed swelling at the ear piercing site which did not subside with antibiotics.
Swelling following ear piercing is quite common. You don’t have to worry very much about it and it is not fatal.

If the swelling is due to infection it will take some time to reduce with the appropriate antibiotics ( 10 to 15 days). If the swelling is due to keloid formation ( excessive growth of fibrous tissue) then she may require surgical excision ( for cosmetic reason )

I would suggest you to see the doctor decide about the treatment option.

Wish you all the best
( Emergency consultant
Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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