How to Stop Pierced Ears From Seeping

Your pierced ears might ooze or seep light-colored fluids during the healing process. Fluids draining from your ear piercings is normal during the healing period, but if the seeping and oozing are constant or continue after the healing period of six to eight weeks, your pierced ears might need additional care. Changing your pillowcases more frequently and sanitizing your phone after each use can help to reduce the amount of irritation that you are experiencing from ear piercings.

Heavy jewelry in your ear piercings can cause irritation. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Step 1

Clean your hands, then wash your pierced ears daily with mild soap and water or saline. Remove any crusts on the earrings with the soap and water. Refrain from moving the jewelry back and forth in your earlobe piercing and do not turn or twist it.

Step 2

Ask your piercer for non-iodized sea salt. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt with 8 ounces of warm water in a clean, disposable cup. Dip four cotton balls into the solution. Apply and press a cotton ball onto the front and back of both of your ear piercings. Remove the cotton balls after 10 minutes. The sea salt can draw fluid out of your ear piercings and might leave a yellow or brown residue on the cotton balls.

Step 3

Visit a professional piercer. The piercer will examine your ear piercings for a possible infection. If your earrings are too tight during the healing process, fluids can build up inside your piercings. The piercer might change your earrings if the posts or rings are too small or short for your anatomy. Alert your piercer if you have placed inappropriate jewelry, not purchased from a professional piercing parlor, into your ear piercings. Your ear piercings might be irritated or seeping due to an allergic reaction to the metal.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap or saline

  • Non-iodized sea salt

  • Disposable cup

  • Cotton balls


Don't purchase jewelry for your ear piercings from flea markets or gas stations.


Avoid touching your piercings except when cleaning. Touching your ear piercings with your hands can introduce dirt and bacteria into your piercings, causing irritation.

Visit your piercer immediately if you suspect you have an infection in your ear piercings.

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