What could cause swelling in the earlobe when there is no new piercing done?

Doctor's Answers (1)

Dr Stephanie Ho

"Skin specialist with over 20 years of experience"


From the photo, it appears that there may be a keloid scar appearing on the back of your earlobe. This may appear several months after a piercing. I have also seen ear keloids appear in patients only years after a previous piercing.

It is not entirely clear why this may happen although recent trauma to the piercing is possible. Successful treatment can be achieved by using combination laser and steroid injections to treat the keloid scar. Do see an experienced doctor for an assessment and discussion of your treatment options. 

Best regards

Dr Stephanie Ho

Consultant Dermatologist 

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