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Tragus pierced, clean it with antibacterial soap, scab came, swelling in ears. What to do?

I got my Tragus pierced last week and have been faithfully cleaning it with antibacterial soap as directed. While cleaning it with a q-tip a scab came off from inside my ear and since my ear was swelled a little and is more tender. I used 100% tea tree oil to clean it today as it is a good cleanser. It is still a little crusty what shall I do?
Asked On : Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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A scab after piercing can be a temporary phenomenon and would pass away in a few days in the absence of infection. The pain and swelling would also pass off with time. However, you need to ensure that there is no infection in the tragus. If the pain and swelling increases, consult your doctor immediately as you might then have to go in for antibiotics. Infection in the tragal cartilage can lead to cartilage deformation. Keep the area clean as much as possible and use the oil and antibacterial soap as directed.
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