Our expert says:
Dear Pain in earlobe
It sounds as if you have a bit of infection in the piercing. This can be caused by the "butterfly" you use - if it is goldplated and the plating is wearing off the underlying nickle can cause an allergy. Use only 9 carat gold earrings and 9 carat gold butterflies. Put Bactroban ointment on the earlobe front and back and keep on cleaning with surgical spirits. Do not stop putting your earrings in as the hole may grow closed due to the infection
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