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Ear piercing, right ear bleed, skin sticks to the clasp of earring, allergy to gold ?

My daughter is 7 months old and has had her ears pierced for at least 3 months. The back of her right ear bleeds occasionally. I m wondering if she could be allergic to gold but have heard the use gold for the initial piercing to reduce the chance of allergic reaction. I thought her ears were healed but it seems the skin sticks to the clasp when this bleeding happens. Her left ear seems fine.
Sun, 13 May 2012
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Hi
Yes. It is due to allergy. Even though gold is less likely to cause it, in some it can still cause allergic reaction. A mild steroid cream can be applied to that area. If there is any secondary infection that cream with antibiotic will be required.
An oral antihistaminic may be required if it does not subside with creams alone.
Once it heals well leave it alone for a couple of months. Then get pierced by non allergenic ear stud ( your doctor can arrange for it or see an ENT specialist ). Then leave it for a couple of months till that heals well. Then try again gold ornament. Then if allergic reaction recurs then your daughter may have to wear permanently non allergenic ornaments. Mostly it may not recur as nothing has happened with gold in her other ear
Take care.
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