Body piercing is an age old custom, and while other sorts of piercing may still not be accepted widely, ear piercing is very common. Having pierced ears may traditionally be for women, but more and more men are also getting their ears pierced these days. You can get your ears pierced by a doctor, but you can also go to a tattoo or piercing studio. More often than not, adults who want their ears pierced go to the latter as it is more convenient.
After you get your ear pierced, you will be given a set of instructions to follow. It is important that you follow these instructions to keep infection at bay until the piercing totally heals. If there is one thing that you have to remember, it is this: keep the newly pierced ears clean. Whatever you do, cleanliness is what you have to pay attention to.
For the first two weeks or so, you have to disinfect the piercings in the morning and at night. You may use any disinfectant for this, such as hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that you dry the area after disinfecting. If nothing goes wrong, piercing should heal quickly.
If your piercings get infected, you will need to use antibiotics on top of the disinfectant. Any antibiotic cream that you can buy over the counter at the pharmacy will do. Just follow the instructions on the packaging.
Another thing that you have to remember is to turn the earrings regularly. Rotate the earrings two to three times daily, about five turns each time. This will prevent the earrings from sticking to the flesh, and hasten healing as well.