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My ears have been pierced two times before & closed. The first time (9 yrs ago) with no problem but the second time (maybe 6 or 7 yrs ago) my right ear got infected, had puss, & was painful. With a wedding in 11 months I'd like to re-pierce my ears & wear earings. However, upon going to Claire's I was turned away because I have "knots" in both ears (the right with a significantly bigger knot) & was told that I need to remove them before getting them pierced again. I've searched the internet but haven't found much info on removing them or what sort of doctors perform this. I do not have any pain and do not have a doctor. Will I be able to wear earings? Do I need surgery? Where do I go & who do I see? And lastly, will this cause any long term effects?

Thank You.

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replied June 1st, 2009
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A6701
The knots in the ears might be a connective tissue that was formed after the piercing of the ear lobes. In the ear that got infected, the knot is expected to be slightly bigger, because more fluids were produced during the inflammation and there is a possibility that not all of it was absorbed again. The residue might have turned into connective tissue. A single knot in the ear lobe might be a tumor and, therefore, has to be checked by an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Even if there are more knots in the ears, a check-up with a doctor is recommended since, without an examination,a tumor cannot be ruled out. The tumors might be benign if they do not tend to grow. So, please do not disturb yourself before the examination, but do visit a specialist for the ear, nose, and throat. He might tell you more about the options of removing these knots.

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