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Getting puss where i wear titanium ear ring. Applied T.bact. What antibiotic should i take?

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Dr. Sumit Bhatti

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Posted on Fri, 4 Jan 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: Hi,

I am wearing a titanium ear ring in the lower part of the ear from past 5-6 months.Yesterday while sleeping,I injured
the back side of the ear.I had/have very little bleeding and pus formation with very mild swelling.

I am adviced to take ointment T.bact(Mupirocin Ointment) along with levofloxacin 250 mg both twice daily.
Can I just go along with the ointment escaping the antibiotic dosage.

I have uploaded my pic with the ointment applied.


Regards
XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 5 hours later
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. From the image, it seems to be a mild infection.

2. Titanium is inert. The damage must have been accidental.

3. A long as the fever, swelling and pain is mild, you may avoid antibiotics.

4. Keep a local physician's informed. Keep the ear clean and dry.

5. If you feel that the infection is not responding or increasing in size, do not hesitate to take the antibiotics.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Sumit Bhatti 8 hours later
Hi,

Thanks Sir!!

I have just uploaded my today's ear pic since y'days weren't so clear, for your recommendations.

Let me know if ointmnets are fine to dealt with it.

Regards
XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 9 hours later
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

This should settle down with local ointment application only.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Sumit Bhatti 13 hours later
Thanks Sir!!

I uploaded my todays pic too.I think while cleaning it up I removed the white covering coming over the wound or I am not sure If its the same.Looks like its healing.

Please have a look into the image (IMAG0561.jpg) and let me know.

Regards
XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 43 minutes later
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

1. The healing is progressing well.

2. The other issue is whether the earring hole will remain open or usable after the infection subsides.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Sumit Bhatti 10 minutes later
Thanks Sir!

So usually how many day will it take more for the wound to be normal??


I am not planning to wear the ring again anyways in near future.


Regards
XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 13 minutes later
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

1. Usually a week or two is required for complete healing.Tenderness may persist for longer as XXXXXXX healing and fibrosis takes longer to heal.

2. Healing is faster if the infection is reduced. Antibiotics will speed up the healing time.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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Follow up: Dr. Sumit Bhatti 25 minutes later
Ok Sir!

1)As adviced by you I aint taking any oral dosage of antibiotics.


2)Its just the Mupirocin ointment that I am applying twice daily after cleaning of wound .

That should be fine right?

Regards
XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 4 hours later
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

Yes, do not worry. This should be fine.

Wishing you a speedy recovery,

Regards.
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