My earring is making my ear hurt, is it infected?

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Men's ear piercingIf your earring is causing you pain, it’s possible that you may have an infection. Signs of an infection include one or more of the following: redness, swelling, discharge, a bad smell, a rash at or around the piercing site, or a fever.

If you think you might have an infection, it’s important to make an appointment with your health care provider and don’t try to treat it yourself.