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

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.