Commercial ear piercings can lead to infection or allergic reactions that could land you in the hospital or with permanent disfigurements. The only truly hypo-allergenic way to get your ears pierced is through medical ear piercing, which includes 100% nickel free earrings. Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma oversee the procedure for anyone living in the area of Jersey City, New Jersey, at their practice, DRS Medical Associates.
Although it’s a common procedure and not always done in a doctor’s office, ear piercing is a medical procedure that requires certain standards.
You can rest assured when you know the ear piercing is performed in a professional, clean, and safe environment.
At DRS Medical Associates the staff sterilizes the equipment between piercings and the prepackaged, nickel-free studs are less likely to cause irritation than other metals.
Medical ear piercing is safe for anyone at least 4 months old. You should assist children with aftercare to prevent infection.
At 4 months, your child has had at least her initial set of vaccinations and the earlobe is large enough for accurate earring placement.
Take care to clean your hands before touching newly pierced ears; your hands can carry bacteria that may lead to infection. Keep the starter earrings in for at least 6 weeks, including overnight, to ensure that the hole doesn’t close. Wash the pierced ears with soap and water at least once per day and gently rotate the earrings around in the hole several times during the day. Using a cotton ball, apply rubbing alcohol to the pierced region of the ear twice per day, too.
These strategies help you avoid infection and keep the holes open.
Nickel is one of the most common skin allergies. Many earrings that claim to be gold or another metal still contain some nickel in the compound.
An earlobe that is puffy, reddened, or sore to the touch may be infected. If the earring gets stuck, you start to run a fever, or you see a yellow ooze coming from the piercing hole, consult the doctor’s office immediately. If a pierced ear does get infected, it’ll usually clear up in a week or two with proper care and oral or topical antibiotics.
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."