Lump in back of earring

You can put a cotton swab or cotton bud in the ear to help drain the fluid.

1. Use a cotton swab or cotton bud to gently wipe the outside of your ear.
2. Make sure you don’t touch the earring.
3. After you wipe the ear, put on an elastic bandage.
4. Repeat until all the fluid comes out.

If you have a blocked eardrum, follow these steps:

  1. Put some gauze or cotton in the ear to prevent it from closing.
  2. Put medicine or a cold compress in the ear to ease discomfort.
  3. Use a cotton swab or cotton bud to gently wipe the outside of the ear.
  4. After you wipe the ear, put on an elastic bandaging to keep the ear closed and keep the fluid out.
  5. Repeat until all the fluid comes out.

If you have to get an ear infection, you can also use:

  • A warm compress or a heating pad to ease pain
  • An ice pack wrapped in a towel and cold water to soothe pain
  • Saline and salt water, to ease pain and swelling

How long does it take for the oil to wear off?

Your earring should be completely gone after 24 hours. If it’s still there after 48 hours, it’s possible that a metal piece is causing the irritation.

If your earring is missing, try these tips:

  • If you bought it with a removable tag, try to remove it.
  • If your jewelry has a hole in it, try to find the hole.
  • If you can’t see the hole, call your jeweler to see what they recommend.

What can I do to prevent the oil from wearing off?

  • Keep your jewelry clean.
  • Use a new earring for each ear.

If you plan to wear your earring for a long time, consider getting a new one. The oil won’t come off the metal if the jewelry is new.

What to do if you still have the oil after it wears off

  • Clean the earring with soap and warm water.
  • Rinse and repeat.
  • Don’t use any other jewelry in the ear.

Can I get a new earring?

The oil in earrings can affect your hearing. Consider getting a new one.

To see if your earring is causing an ear infection, see your doctor.

If your ear infection is caused by an earring, follow these tips:

  • Keep your ear cleaned with a cotton ball.
  • Use medicine or a cold compress in the ear to ease discomfort.
  • Use an elastic bandage to keep the ear closed and to help drain the fluid out.

Can I get my earring repaired?

If your earring is causing an ear infection, see your doctor. They can help you get a new earring to replace your jewelry.

How should I take care of my jewelry?

  • Clean your jewelry with soap and warm water.
  • Change your earring frequently.
  • Don’t wear jewelry in your ears for too long.

Can earrings be toxic?

Earrings do not cause toxicity.

Can I take over the counter pain relievers for an ear infection?

Ask your doctor for advice.

Can I wear a different jewelry for each ear?

No. When you have an ear infection, it’s best to wear the same earrings for both ears.

Can it be removed?

If you can see the hole, you can try to remove it.

If you can’t see the hole, you should get a new earring.

How can I find a jeweler?

You can call your local jeweler to ask for recommendations. Or you can use our Find Jewelers tool to find a jeweler near you.

Should I wear my earrings inside or outside my ear?

You should wear them inside your ear, but you can wear them outside your ear.

Shop for earrings

  • Earrings
  • Earrings for women
  • Earrings for men
  • Earrings with a pearl
  • Earrings with a pearl and crystal
  • Earrings with a stone or facet

If you have a question about jewelry and earrings, you can get more information here.

If you have a jewelry or earring related question, you can contact our Customer Support team.

You can also use our Earrings and Bracelet Finder to find jewelry and earrings.

Is there a difference between earrings and rings?

The terms “earring” and “ring” refer to the same thing. Both are made from metal, but they have different meanings.

To learn more about the differences between earrings and rings, see our Earring and Ring Guide.

Can I buy earrings online?

You may be able to buy earrings online. You’ll need to contact your local jeweler to find out.

How to choose the right earrings for me?

Look for jewelry that’s comfortable and easy to use. And don’t forget to wear them for a while to see how they feel.

You can wear your earrings for several hours at a time. It’s OK to use a cotton swab to wipe your ear. Just don’t put anything in your ear.

If you can see the hole, try to remove it.

If you can’t see the hole, get a new earring.

What are earrings made of?

Many earrings are made from a metal, such as:

  • Sterling silver
  • 18karat gold
  • 14karat rose gold

Some earrings are made from a combination of metal and other materials. These include:

  • 18karat gold with a variety of metals, including copper, silver, and rose gold
  • 16karat gold with a metal, such as 14karat rose gold

How to clean earrings?

Clean your earrings by:

  • Using a cotton ball to wipe over the earring when you’re done.

The takeaway

Earrings are a common type of jewelry. They can be very helpful for people with hearing loss.

Avoid wearing your earrings for long periods of time because you could experience discomfort. This includes sleeping with your earrings in your ears.

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