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#326043 - 07/01/07 03:30 PM Old ear piercings bleeding, irritated
ncsuemme Offline

Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 5
Loc: Raleigh, NC
So I've had my first ear piercings done since I was maybe 5 years old? And they've always been sort of sensitive, but I assumed part of that was, especially as I've gotten older, not keeping earrings in them all the time. A few years ago, I decided to do something really stupid, and get two more holes in both ears, at the same time, at one of those mall ear places. (Yeah, wrong wrong WRONG. mad ) I ended up having to go to a local parlor and get the studs taken out and rings put in, from infection. Those two holes have never been quite right. The upper ones on both ears got keloids/bumps, and they're just hard to keep tamed.

Anyway, sorry, rambling. But recently I bought some sensitive-ears studs, and put them in my first holes. They did fine for a few days, but did I go wrong wearing some dangly (non-sensitive) earrings? I wore them on Friday, and still, my holes are reddish and bloody. (Not all the time bleeding, but fairly often.)

Should I put the sensitive studs back in? Attempt to let them recover without earrings in them? What would be the best soother/healer? They have a tendency to scar up if they're left empty and irritated for too long, and it sort of creates the evil cycle of irritation. Advice?

#326048 - 07/01/07 04:33 PM Re: Old ear piercings bleeding, irritated [Re: ncsuemme]
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Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 4055
Loc: Seattle, WA
It sounds like you might have a metal sensitivity, or that your ears get irritated by any weight on them. The very first ear piercings I ever got were in the 6th grade and are the only ones of the 21 earrings I wear that I ever take out. I've not worn much in them in the last few years, and they too now react to cheap metals and heavy weights.

I think ears can get callused or toughened-up from regular earring wear, and not doing so let's the tissue revert. If you want to heal them to tolerate earrings, find a hypo-allergenic metal that they like, put the earrings in and care for them as if they were new again. That's what works for me.
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#327608 - 07/08/07 11:57 PM Re: Old ear piercings bleeding, irritated [Re: ~ Rae ~]
Suzeee86 Offline

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 2
I agree that you need to have better quality jewelry in your ears, something either implant grade stainless or if you are really sensitive implant grade titanium or 18K Nickel-free gold that is palladium based. Check out Tommy T's Body Piercing website for some examples. They have a lot of gold jewelry.

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