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A Guide to Ear Piercings

Updated on February 7, 2016
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Whitney is an expert on piercings and tattoos with experience in the body modification world.

Ear piercing is the oldest form of body modification, with references dating back to the early history of mankind.

  • Carvings from various parts of the Persian Empire displayed soldiers wearing ear rings. Tribes would perform ear piercings, among other kinds, as a rite of passage, whether it be puberty, marriage, or war.
  • In southern India, most children have their ears pierced before they were five years old. Today, many children get their ears pierced around seven months to one year of age.

Ear piercings also extend further than just the lobe. Today, we have industrials, rook, daith, helix, inner, and outer conch, anti-tragus, orbital, and reverse lobe piercings.

In this article, learn about:

  • The healing process, after you've gotten your ears pierced.
  • Placements for ear piercings.
  • The different kinds of jewelry that are available.
  • Various do's and don'ts.
  • Piercing guns.
  • Piercing needles.
  • Stretching a piercing.

The Healing Process

  • Most piercers will recommend cleaning the jewelry and area around the jewelry with a mild soap while in the shower. Make sure to thoroughly rinse it. You do not want to leave any soap to irritate it.
  • You can, also, clean with saline. Soak a cotton ball, and hold it to the piercing for 10- 15 minutes, 2-3 times a day.
  • Try not to play with the jewelry unless you are cleaning it. The more you irritate it, the harder it will be to heal.
  • Do not over clean, as drying it out will, also, irritate it.
  • The average healing time for most ear piercings range from 6-10 weeks. Cartilage piercings take longer to heal.

Placements

  • Lobe: This can range from a single piercing to several. It's fastest to heal, and usually placed at the fleshy portion of the bottom of the ear.
  • Orbital: A ring through two piercings, usually in the outer conch area
  • Industrial: A barbell pierced through two sides of the ear. The standard industrial crosses the top of the ear.
  • Inner Conch: A barbell or CBR pierced through the inner portion of the cartilage.
  • Daith: A piercing made through the inner-most ridge of cartilage above the tragus. The daith is not subject to pressure from sleeping and irritation from daily activities.
  • Helix:Through or around the upper, curled edge of the ear, including the curled edge towards the face.
  • Rook: Pierced through the antihelix, the ridge above the Daith ridge. Prone to rejection/migration.
  • Snug: Horizontal piercing of the antihelix, across from the tragus.
  • Tragus: Prominence of cartilage in front of the opening of the canal. Tends to take up to 12 months to heal.
  • Transverse: A horizontal piercing through the lobe with a barbell

Jewelry

  • Captive Bead Ring (CBR): A ring with a gap left to insert the ring through the ear. A ball to sits in the gap once the jewelry is in.
  • Circular Barbell (Horseshoe): Similar to the barbell, with one permanent ball on one end and a screw in ball on the other. But, the barbell is bent in the shape of a horseshoe, leaving the jewelry easy to insert and remove.
  • Banana Barbell: Sometimes banana barbells are used. Similar to a regular barbell—with one permanent ball and a screw in ball, except the barbell has a slight curve to it.
  • Flesh Plugs: Short cylinders with flared ends to hold them in place. Some require small rubber rings (O-rings) to keep them in place.
  • Flesh Tunnels: Also called eyelets. Similar to flesh plugs, but they are hollow in the center.
  • Studs: Studs are very difficult to clean thoroughly. The butterfly clip backing can become clogged with hair, discharge, and dirt. This make the piercing more prone to bacteria and infection.

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Do's and Don'ts

Do

  • Clean the piercing once a day in the shower.
  • Check it every morning to ensure that your hair hasn't become entangled in the jewelry.
  • Be careful not to knock on it while it is healing.
  • Use clean pillowcases and bedding to reduce the likelihood of bacteria getting into the wound.

Don't

  • Turn the ring in the wound for the first 2-3 weeks, as this aggravates the wound.

  • Remove the jewelry during the healing phase. Pulling it in and out can increase the likelihood of infection.

  • Put methylated spirits, tea tree oil, peroxide, betadine or alcohol onto the wound as they are too astringent or damage the cells which form the scar tissue.

  • Get hairspray or cosmetics on it while it's healing.

Piercing Guns

  • The piercing gun was originally intended to be used on lobes only. But, the piercing studs are usually too short to accommodate swelling and thicker earlobes.
  • Piercing gun procedure can cause tissue traumas. The studs are considerably dull and can literally tear a hole through the tissue. A cleanly made hole is especially important in cartilage piercings.
  • Most importantly, cleanliness is questioned. Ear piercing guns are often made of plastic which cannot be properly sterilized in an autoclave. Simply wiping it with a surface disinfectant between clients is not adequate when the piercing gun could have possibly been exposed to blood borne pathogens. Although the studs themselves may be sterile, piercing guns which touch the lobe before and after the procedure can be easily contaminated with blood. The gun may also be indirectly contaminated if the piercer touches the studs after they are installed, and then touches the piercing gun without changing gloves.

Piercing With Needles

  • Piercing needles are hollow, beveled, and sharpened similarly to the hypodermic needles.
  • Most are about two inches in length. Piercing needles slice a crescent-shaped hole, and do not remove any tissue.
  • Because single-use needles are very sharp, they easily glide through the skin, causing very little, if any, tissue trauma.
  • Needles are autoclaved appropriately before use, and are only used once.
  • Using needles is much more sanitary, and causes less trauma to the body than a piercing gun.

Stretching an Ear Piercing

Stretching any piercing can be a permanent move to undertake. So, before stretching a piercing, make sure that you know what you want and can live with the enlarged hole permanently.

  • When stretching a piercing, any piercing, make sure that you only move up one gauge at a time. Meaning if you're at a 14g ring, you will want to purchase a 12g ring.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. Never rush a stretching. Make sure to let the newly stretched piercing heal and relax for at least two weeks.
  • When stretching too quickly too soon, you can suffer ear tears, ear blowouts, and infection.
  • If you choose to attempt to close an enlarged piercing, leave it free from any jewelry. If the piercing is noticeably large, (I'd say over 0g), you can insert smaller gauged jewelry to make the hole less noticeable until the hole is smaller or closed in.
  • Also. remember that larger gauged ears will never shrink fully back to size once you hit the end of no return point, which is usually a 0 gauge hole.
  • It will take much patience to close a piercing fully, especially one that has been stretched.

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      Nicole 4 weeks ago

      Hey i had my ear lobe (second one ) and now when i took off the earing it has a bump by both sides is that normal or should i get worried

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      Mikayla 5 weeks ago

      I got my thirds and fourth lobes pierced 5 days ago, when can I change them?

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      Georgia 5 weeks ago

      hey i got a double helix about 5 days ago. the ear is extremely hot and its kind of like a throbbing ache. ive taken panadol so i cant feel it now but the ear is still super hot and i have a feeling once the panadol wears off the pain may come back. the lady at the shop said betadine solution would be best if it continues to hurt still in a week, but here its says not too? is this normal and its just healing? or should i go back o the shop and ask what to do next?

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      Diego 6 weeks ago

      Okay so I got my ears pierced about a month ago and it isn't healed yet I want back to the piercer and she said that it is infected so I removed it as I was told the infection is all better but I want to put in hooped earrings what do I do?

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      Nawal Awan 2 months ago

      is it ok to get 3 piercings together

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      Natasha 2 months ago

      My daith had recently gotten infected and I was on an antibiotic for 10 days now it is so sore. Its not swollen, red, or infected. What could be causing this? I clean it regularly and when I smile it hurts my ear.

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      Sophie lord 2 months ago

      Hey iv had my cartilage done for 4 days now and it's ever so sore and red is this normal I'm cleaning it twice daily but I keep knocking it in my sleep and iv never felt pain like it

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      Whitney 2 months ago from Georgia

      Are you trying to stretch them? I would stretch one gauge at a time, so if it was pierced at a 14, use a 12 gauge piece of jewelry.

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      Pam 2 months ago

      I've had my daith done for 12 weeks what should i down size to x

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      WaffleUnicorn 2 months ago

      So I got a ear piercing 6 months ago and today in class one of them started bleeding. I don't think it's infected because I cleaned it frequently during the healing period. How do I fix that?

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      Tori 3 months ago

      I'm getting my industrial piercing in two weeks and I have a huge worry about getting bumps on my piercing because my skin is so sensitive will that be a problem?

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      Waffle Cone Slouchy Hat 3 months ago

      Clean piercings no more than twice a day with salt water, cleaning it wore than that will just irritate it. and don't turn them

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      Julie 4 months ago

      Without twisting or turning the ring in the ear won't the skin go over or close over the ring or close around the ring?

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      Whitney 4 months ago from Georgia

      Alcohol will drive them out and can cause irritation. Clean with saline for the safest clean and healing process.

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      Whitney 4 months ago from Georgia

      The pain is normal. Try cleaning them in the shower. You may have dried lymph that's pulling when you're fiddling with the earring.

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      Elijah 4 months ago

      Sooo I got my ears home pierced. My brother said to clean it with alcohal a few times a day. And then my mom says to turn them every so often so the flesh doesn't heal like around the piercing. (So like the piercing doesn't get stuck and can't get pulled out.) Then this says not to use alcohol and not to twist ur earring until the 2-3rd week. ;-; I'm on my 4-5th day with em. And I started turning them on the 2nd day. And I thought using alcohol cleans them well. Plus u can tell when there healed cause it won't sting anymore when they are.

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      Anonymous 4 months ago

      I got my ears priced with a 3mm earing what gauge is that

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      Pickled pepper 4 months ago

      I got my helix done about 4 months ago and my peircing does not hurt it's not sore or any thing and I really want to change the earing. Could I?

      Also, if the very back of an earing closes up and up put the earing back true how long would it take to heal (very thin skin)

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      Breanna Touchstone 4 months ago

      I got my ear lobes pierced about 3 or 4 days ago and my left lobe is hurting. I've been cleaning it 3 to 4 times a day like I was told. And I'm turning them. No puss is coming out or any liquids. It doesn't hurt at all when I turn it, it just hurts when I push up on the earring so I can clean it. What's going on?

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      Victoria 4 months ago

      I got my inner conch pierced 6 months ago with a straight barbell and went to get it changed to a hoop two days ago. It's extremely snug and I can see it squeezes the outside of my ear about and can't really move it in any direction at all. I think my piercer may have had to go up a gauge and it hurts a lot, but I feel like most of the pain is from the outside of my ear being tightly squished by a hoop. I can't sleep on that side or touch my ear to anything and I've been consistently taking ibuprofen or aspirin through the day to help it hurt less. Is it becausethe earring is too snug that I'm in pain, or is it because the gauge is bigger? I can send in a picture if that helps. Thanks!

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      Alicia 5 months ago

      I got my ear cartilage pierced almost a year ago and it still gets swollen and gets a bump on the back. Will it heal by the time the 12 months are up or should I just let the hole close?

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      Sapphire Blair 5 months ago

      I got my outer conch pierced with a banana barbell about a week ago. And I was cleaning it with antibacterial soap and water like they told me too. It hurts to even touch the ear, bleeds when cleaned. It is also very red. Is that normal? If not when can I do to ensure it heals properly?

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      Jenna 6 months ago

      Hi! I got a second lobe piercing when I was 16, so about 3 years ago.

      While my right lobe was sensitive for a few months, it healed just fine. However, over time my left lobe made it apparent that it was not going to heal. As of today it still isn't fully healed and is constantly getting infected. Along with this my left lobe swelled much larger than stud would allow and left a large indent around the piercing site.

      Would it just be easier to remove the piercing from my left ear and get a new piercing once it closes?

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      ameliamosher3 6 months ago

      i did the most worst thing anyone can do to their ear......i pierced my ear four times going up starting from the ear lobe......but i didn't use a needle or anything ....just an ear ring and pushed it threw....i did that a long time ago and once in a while i would get a key-lode but the new hole i made yesterday makes my ear kinda look like an elf ear....is that normal ?

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      Whitney 6 months ago from Georgia

      It depends on what the piercing was pierced with. Most likely 14 gauge

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      Adam 7 months ago

      Don't Clean your piercing with Peroxide// Use sea salts or tea tree oil backed with Vit-E oil to keep from drying it out

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      Morganvr 7 months ago

      Hi! I got my helix pierced about 4 months ago with a gun... I don't know what size a regular earring is but is it safe for me to switch to an 18g or 16g?

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      Aamor123 9 months ago

      Dear Whitney,

      I got my ears pierced a few months ago, but I'm still having problems with my lobes. The infection seems to switch from ear to ear; when one ear gets better, the other starts hurting and producing crusty stuff around the piercing hole. My symptoms are: a little bleeding, crusty stuff (dried puss?) around my hole, soarness, redness, and when I take my earring out to clean the post with peroxide, the hole starts to bleed and close up. Im desperate for help!! Do you have any advice?

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      carmexkid 14 months ago

      My left ear lobe hole keeps trying to get smaller when I use my good earrings cause their smaller studs. So I wear the body jewelry now and have been for 2 years so how come my hole is trying to close up ? And when can wear my good jewelry ?

      Thanks

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      selink 5 years ago

      Familiarizing oneself about the history of body piercing will give you an idea on how it began and what it symbolizes. There are those who are curious on why people choose to get inked (http://www.tattoobills.com ) or pierced and with informative pieces such as this one, we get to better understand why they do this to their bodies. Thanks for the info!

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      Kat 5 years ago

      I had my 3rd ear piercing yesterday and tonight I took my earrings out of my first and second holes and the second one on the right side of my ear was really painful and when I could eventually get the earring out it was bleeding is it to do with the new piercing?

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      Diana Hood 5 years ago

      I took both my daughters to have their ears pierced at three months old. They have always looked so cute wearing earrings and the girls love their earrings. I wear two earrings in each ear and used to have my belly button pierced but I took it out when I became pregnant. I am sure it is best for little girls to have their ears pierced as babies.

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      Ear-Strecher 5 years ago

      top tip, when streching your ear useloob nd it provents it from getting infected and it also lessens the pain when your going up a mm :)

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      Alexandria598 5 years ago

      So i have an industrial piercing and its really swollen at the top and i have smallish ears and my cartlidge is so sowllen i cant clean under it and its scabed over at the top but i clean it as well as i can i jus wanna kno your thoughts on it

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      Kat100 5 years ago

      Is it normal for your ear lobe to bleed ( A tinny little bit ) after about a month after piercing???

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      Lilibeth B. Sylianco 5 years ago

      I had my Baby ear pierced when she still 6 days old now she is 6 months and 9 days older. Since I notice the right side is not in the center, and I decide to leave it and ask again to have pierce back but on the correct route, A little bit higher than the previous hole. My Question is; Is it still possible for that wrong hole to close on his own since my baby is still @ 6 months old just wanted to correct or have it paired on other side.

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      It's only been a few days, expect redness, soreness, and swelling. Give it a few weeks and if you're still a good bit of pain, there may be a problem, but it's still hard to say as everyone heals different.

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      Emma 5 years ago

      Hi I got my cartailige pierced 4 days ago and it's been really hurting ever since. I've been cleaning it morning and night just like he said, but if there's something wrong I'd like to know earlier rather than having an unwanted hole in my ear for the rest of my life.

      PLEASE REPLY IM REALLY SCARED

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      Allison 5 years ago

      i got my lobes pierced about 3 days ago just above my other ones, I got those when I was four and have never gotten an infection, but now I'm all freaked out about getting one in my right ear.. I think it's okay because nothing is oozing and I don't think it's swelling. but it is a little red and both are at least a little sensitive to the touch.. I cleaned them not too long ago and they feel a little tingly, normal? it's been such a long time since I got my first ones done and I didn't get them done at the same place.. the first were at Claire's this last time was at Pagoda.. I just really need reassurance about this, I get paranoid easily

      please reply quickly!!

      Allison

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      ade 5 years ago

      I got rook pierced yesterday and the ball near the daith has fallen out. will this be a problem, will i have to go back to the shop or can i just leave it??

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      Hui Min 5 years ago

      I have accidentally pulled the string on my earlobe, Because i used the traditional way to pierce it. Now behind my ear there is a hard dry lump behind. whenever i turn the string it will be damn pain. May i know how do i solve this problem on my earlobe? I've bought HEXODANE ANTISEPTIC Cream but i do not know wherther it is effective anot.

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      TheMonkey97 5 years ago

      Hey I just got my ear stretched from nothing straight to 4mm, it's has slot of scabs and is fairly painful after like 8 or 9 hours. Is this normal? Or problem?

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      Danielle 5 years ago

      I got my cartilage pierced with a piercing gun over a year ago and since I've had it done, I've had thickness around the piercing that's a lot like scar tissue. Theres also a puckering of the skin around the exit hole that I don't expect to get rid of. Sometimes a usually clear liquid will come out and when I sleep on it, the piercing hurts for the next day or so. I'm pretty sure it's not infected and it's just tissue trauma, I just wanted to know if there was a way to get rid of the thickness.

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      hannah 5 years ago

      hey i just got my cartlidge peirced. (upper ear) and it hurts and its really red. i dont know what to do to ease the pain. i need all the advice i can get. and i got it done with a gun

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      Taylor 5 years ago

      I got my third piercing on my ear on thursday night and was wondering if I would be able to change earings?

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      Sophie11 5 years ago

      Hey i got my cartliadge pierced and i know i should know this but i want to change it to a stud but i dont know for sure what size to get?? There are soo many!!

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      Natalie 6 years ago

      Hi I recently got my cartilage pierced it was a week ago today and its been healing fine with no problems but today at work it got really red and started throbbing a little. So I went to the bathroom and looked at it and it was leaking a clear whiteish flud. It wasn't greenish or brownish or yellowish that i could tell so i was just wondering if it could be infected or if its just normal healing procedure. It is a little hot to the touch but now bad and it kinda throbs every now and then but it doesn't seem swollen or anything. So i guess I am just wondering if it could be infected and how to take care of it if it is

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      Becca 6 years ago

      Ashley this is in response to your question I was raised around a piercing shop so this is my experience of what to do. Yeah put your ear in the sea salt and let it soak for 30 min. Just on the safe side wait 3 months in case problems arise but you can get it changed sooner. If you want specifics ask your piercer. He'd know the exact time of when you can change it.

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      Ashley 6 years ago

      Hey, i just got my second piercing on my earlobes yesterday. I had 2 clean it with alcohol last night and this morning. But i bought the sea salt 2day. How do i use it ? They say 1 tsp. of salt and a cup of hot water? And how long do i wait b4 changing the earing ? My right ear hurts when i touch it but i guess that's only because i got it yesterday.

      Thanksss ..!! (:

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      Amanda 6 years ago

      Hey! I Just got my third piercing done on my lobe but it was swollen and when I touch it has like a lump and it was hard. What should I do? Help please!! T.T btw I got my five piercing on my lobe. Right ear - 3 piercings Left ear - two piercings all is done by a gun. I have no problem with all piercings except my third piercing which is now swollen. Please help !

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      Chizala 6 years ago from Scotland

      Hey, I got my daith, rook and anti tragus pierced yesterday and my ears bled a little last night, is this normal? I guess I just got a little worried because nothing like this happened with my industrial which healed perfectly...oh, and just for the record, I got my lobes done 8 years ago with a gun, and I've not had any problems whatsoever $6 with them, yes I agree that needles are better, but guns are okay, and some places do clean them etc; so I don't see why your slagging them off just because the majority don't clean them, it doesn't mean that all the piercing guns are bad...anyway, any info on my piercings would be really helpful, thanks :)

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      Ali 6 years ago

      Hi I got my second piercing done on my left lobe on Wednesday. It's Sunday now. My ear has been swollen a lot and I'm in Mexico. I've been cleaning it pretty well every day and I have been taking advil and prednisone to take away the swelling. Today there was no swelling in the morning but then I came back to our hotel later in the day and it had white puss coming out of it. I don't know what I'm doing wrong because I've cleaned at least four times a day... Is it an infection?

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      Jordan 6 years ago

      So I recently gauged from a 0 to a 00 in my right ear, I did it on Sunday night and today(Friday) I went to clean it because it was slightly swollen and hurting. When I took out my plug to clean my ear, my ear started to bleed a lot. I know I did not blowout, but I'm not sure why my ear is bleeding. I can not wear earrings because I'm allergic to the metal, and the plug I was using was metal, could that be the reason? Also, Should I down size, leave it out, or just out it back in?

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      taylor! 6 years ago

      soo i had my nose pierced before this but i took it out, well friday i just decided i wanted it done AGAIN so i get it done, and it will not stop bleeding! i did get it done on the same side, but not in the exact same spot. & i really dont think its normal for it to bleed this much, like its not just a little bit its a lot.

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      Sarah 6 years ago

      Hey,

      I got my inner conch pierced about 5 days ago, the piercing didn't really too bad and it didn't bleed when pierced, after that it's been a bit sore but nothing unbearable. However yesterday it felt extremely itchy and i know i shouldn't be touching it but almost without realizing I did, and noticed a lot of dried up blood on the back, so I cleaned it with saline solution (as I have been, twice a day). I also noticed today that the inside of my ear by the whole was filled with blood both fresh and dry so I cleaned it up again. Is this normal or should I be worried?

      Oh and it's also been extremely itchy today!

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      Squeaker 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I had a helix piercing done about a year ago, with a needle from a well known reputable salon. I have a silver bar in it (no allergies to metal, have other flesh piercings that are fine). It seemed to heal ok but then changed. For the past 6 months it has been irritated and sore so I went back to the salon a couple of months ago and they told me it was just irritated and I needed to use gauze with warm salty water and a little pressure to encourage it to heal. It doesn't appear to be infected as just red, slightly swolen and sore (a small lump either side) - no puss etc. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions? I don't really want to take it out as I quite like and am conerned this might not be the best thing to do. I've also put up with it for this plng. Please help!

      thanks

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      Josh 6 years ago

      what's something i can do to make my ears shrink? i had 00s in and want to put standard sized earrings in, someone plz help!!!!

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      Dawn 6 years ago

      My daughter had lobe piercings that NEVER healed. They pierced her left lobe crooked, we took it out, and had it redone the next day (this is the option they gave us) - yes, with a gun, didn't realize then the different options. We finally took the earrings out about two years later. I did't realize that infection could get trapped in there. She has a knot in the lobe that hasn't gone away (1 - 1 1/2 years later). She wanted "magnetic" earrings and I finally relented and they hurt b/c of the knot. I am now afraid of infection trapped in there? But if she has been on an antibiotic since then wouldn't it have taken care of it? Her ped. isn't help on "earring" issues. Thanks for your help!

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      Savannah 6 years ago

      I gauged my ears to a 6 today and they are bleeding, they don't hurt or anything just bleed a little bit on the inside. I am scared that something is wrong even tho i'm sure it's fine because my belly button and ears both bled for a couple weeks, i think i just bleed a lot but i am still worried!? any suggestions?

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      Kim 6 years ago

      Uh, piercing guns R GREAT! when i get my done they throw the gun away and use a new one for each different piercing!

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      dawn 6 years ago

      i just got an industrial piercing yesterday (dec 29) and i have swimming classes on the 6 of jan. is it bad to have this soaked in chlorine water? also my school doesn't permit piercings and i think their goes my professor as well, anyway can i remove it in the time period i am in the water then place it back on ryt away?

      could you advise me on what safety measures i can do to avoid irritation?

      we are required to ware a swimming cap so i think it will hurt if i try to hide it.

      thanks so much:)

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      lillsz 6 years ago

      I just got my ear pierced. I got the industrial piercing. But its WAYY too low. I might get it fixed at a different mall on friday, but im startin to like it. I dont know what to do.

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      milkie12 6 years ago

      i got my rook pierced on saturday and he used a CBR hoop. he left it with the ball of the hoop aimed outwards, instead of down (if i were to twist it i could aim it down but it is a little swollen so i cant move it). anyway, should i rotate it when it is healed so the ball is on the bottom, or can i leave it aimed out, in the middle of the hoop?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Don't be ignorant. Get the piercings properly pierced.

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      Ryan 6 years ago

      Hey, I have my left lobe pierced twice and im thinking about putting my second hole in my right ear. Would it be ok to jump straight to a 14g or 16g because that's the only thing i have other then studs with butterfly backs (im doing the piercing myself and have everything to clean it)

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      kika 6 years ago

      hello. Soo i just gaughed my ears to a 6 after having a 12 in for a couple of days ( my ears were pierced when i was a baby so by now they were already a 10 ) , im not experiancing any pain or discomfort, but when i took out my left taper to clean it, it was bleeding a little and i could see the "white" meat inside my ear. Is this a blowout or normal? Im not sure on what to do?

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      courtney 6 years ago

      is 4weeks and 3 days enough to switch out earrings ?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      You should have asked the piercer to use a labret stud or something instead of the CBR. I wouldn't recommend changing it the day after, as it's a lead to infection and irritation

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      rob 6 years ago

      I just got my ear pierced (left Lobe) and got a captive bead ring. however, last night it got snagged on a zipper attached to my pillow and it killed. Also I don't think my job would really like the look of the CBR. I just got it pierced yesterday.(with the needle at a professional parlor.) Is it too dangerous to change it to an earring that doesn't dangle, like a small black stud or something?

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      ash 6 years ago

      hi i have my ears piercered and have stretched one of my piercings and its been this way for about 5 years but its one of those earrings that is smaller in the middle and bigger on the outside so does anyone know any tips on how to get it out? its not breakable or anything so is there any easy way to get it out so that it can start to shrink? lol

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Daniela, sometimes admitting you were wrong is better than putting yourself in harms way. The only thing you can really do is to clean with saline solution. By taking it out, you can potentially block any infection in the body, which can cause problems. It may close up if you take out the jewelry. You are further irritating it by taking out the jewelry and putting it back in. Saline and crushed aspirin are my only suggestions besides going to a doctor.

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      Mort 6 years ago

      Hi i had my helix pierced about 4-5 weeks ago,it is healing well. I want to know how long must i leave it before I get another piercing to the same ear? I want my Rook piercing next.I didn't get much swelling with the Helix and there is no swelling now,with very little exudate now.

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      Daniela 6 years ago

      Oh and by the way, I only ask whether I can still keep the piercing because I am very fond of it and I have friends who have told me they've had similar symptoms at the same stage and all they did was take out the piercing for a couple of weeks to "let it breathe" and put it back in again. Won't it close? I find this hard to believe...

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      Daniela 6 years ago

      Hey, about 6 weeks ago I got a cartilage piercing on my ear and it was fine until about a week ago when it started to swell up and hurt a lot. This is probably due to the fact that i didn't really clean it properly. I cleaned it with alcohol a few days ago, which I know I probably shouldn't have done. Then, today I took it out as I couldn't stand the pain anymore and i was bleeding on the back so I cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide which I probably also shouldn't have done judging by the recommendations not to use such products on other websites. It's not infected yet but I feel its about to be. Is it possible that I can treat this swelling without having to close the piercing? What should I do? Visiting the doctor isn't really an option as I'm underage and would need permission from my mom who would get really angry if she knew I wasn't taking care of a piercing she hated in the first place. Is there any over-the-counter medicine I could take or any home remedies?

      I thank you in advance and look forward to hearing a reply.

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      Azie_7 6 years ago

      I got 4 cartilage piercings (2 on each ear) on monday. Now it is the next week saturday. My ears are HUGE! The swelling started yesterday up to this size. Like the whole ears excluding the lobe. They're swollen until they move to the front as if i have monkey ears. I just went to the doctor and he gave me antibiotics and some cream for irritation. And now my ears seem to have tiny dots all over the back filled with this clear yellow liquid that oozes out. Is that lymph? Does it mean that the swelling is gonna go down?? Please reply!

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      Alyssa 6 years ago

      I got my ears double pierced 5 days ago... and they still hurt... I know this is way off topic but I am desperate! Please help :)

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sbabyy, the odds of infection are pretty good. Clean with a q-tip dipped in saline or a diluted non-iodized sea salt (not table salt). Redness, swelling, and pain is normal for a new piercing.

      missymoo, they will close up. There may be a dot where the piercing was

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      missymoo1 6 years ago

      i had my daughters ears pierced a week ago they dont look even if i took them out would she be left with scars ( would they close up)

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      Sbabyy 6 years ago

      I just got my rook piercing yesterday from orbit and i just wanted to know what is the best way to clean my piercing. Also what are the chances of my rook piercing getting infected? i clean it daily with sea salt and water. But my ear is a little swollen it could it be cause of the fresh piercing.

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It's normal to experience some pain and redness so early on in the piercing. Just keep in mind that those pierced with a gun experience more pain and trauma to the tissues, so you're in more pain than if done with a needle. And, you're at more risk of infection, as piercing guns cannot be thoroughly cleaned, and commonly harbor blood and debri from previous piercings. Leave the jewelry alone, and do not twist them. Also, be leery that jewelry with backings can harbor bacteria, so keep them clean. Do not use wipes, clean with saline or with a very diluted non-iodized sea salt (not table salt) mix.

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      Emma 6 years ago

      Hey,

      So I got my first ear piercings like 3-4 days ago now, on my lobes. And I've been cleaning them with these anti-bacterial wipes. But the thing is my mom said to twist them round, like in a little circle. I know she's probably wrong cause i've read up top before that not to do it.

      Both the lobes hurt though my left one hurts more than my right, my right hurts a little but only if you actually bang it by accident, whereas the left one hurts at a simple touch.

      I have slept on my right side as well, though only about once or twice, it looks like it has been pushed in a little so i pushed it back out a little, and now it looks okay. Just hurts (right ear)

      It's also all red and a bit swollen...

      What should I do? I clean it when im in the bath (well just like rinse it with water) and once in the morning and once at night with the wipes.

      Any more suggestions, and will it ever stop and eventually go down?

      Emma

      xx

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      $40 for one is about average and $35 each for both. That's what I was quoted the first time, and the second. One piercer wanted to charge like $50 for one or $40 each if I got both.

      I have four (2 each ear)

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      JordanH 7 years ago

      I read that you have both of your inner conch pierced and I was wondering how much you paid for them. The place I want to go to says its $40 for one and I wasn't sure if that was normal because it seemed a little high.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      If the jewelry was the butterfly backed jewelry, you need to find safe jewelry. If you got them pierced with a piercing gun, that's caused a lot of damage, more than necessary, increasing risks.

      The only thing you can do is let it grow in and have it properly pierced, or force it in and risk complication. If you forced it in, use saline or diluted sea salt and clean the era twice a day.

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      crystal 7 years ago

      Hi there,

      I got my ear lobes pierced about 7 weeks ago and am now wearing regular earrings.

      I took off the earring in my left ear yesterday because it was irritating my left ear (my left ear felt very sore). I then cleaned the left ear with Claire's aftercare solution and it seemed fine. But this morning when I try to put back the earring, it seemed like the ear hole has closed up. I tried to put the earring through but it keeps on bleeding.

      What should I do?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      ieatrainbows, Claire's and any place who uses piercing guns is not an ideal place to get any piercing. The piercing gun causes a lot o trauma and potentially more damage than the piercing needles. Plus, the butterfly backing jewelry can harbor bacteria and cause infection. Leave the self pierced piercing along and try to heal it. If you take the jewelry out and try to close it up to be properly pierced, you can potentially close the infection into the body. You don't want to use table salt. You want to use SEA salt, and you want it to be very diluted. You can also use saline solution, which doesn't have to be mixed, which makes it easier.

      Tasherr, it is possible that your body just won't heal piercings at all. You can get the navel piercing and try to heal it, but you may encounter the same thing. It's hard to say 100% for sure what will happen.

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      Tasherr 7 years ago

      I Am Planning To Get MY Belly Button Pierced In The near future but i am very worried that it will get infected because i have had my ears pierced from a very young age but at about the age of 11-12 they started to get badly infected and i could never wear earings, i have tried different types of metals, silver, gold and all that but nothing seems to really work for my ears, that's why i am concerned that my belly will get infected just like my ears?... is there anything i can try or do to prevent my ears from infection and because of the ear infections, would it be best not to get my belly pierced..?

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      IEatRainbows 7 years ago

      I'm sorry to ask you another question (you seem to have so many!) but I pierced my own ear 2 days ago, it was a second one in my lobe. I know that's stupid, but I did it on a whim and I cleaned the needle with a flame and make sure my hands were clean. Anyway, I just did one ear and it seems to not be infected, it's just sore and swollen and hurts. A got my other ear done in Claire's and I have a proper newly pierced earring in both, but do you think I should do something about my self-pierced ear? It's more swollen than the one I got today so I think that's a bit strange? Or will it just take longer to heal? I do clean it with salt water and ear solution 3 times a day. Thankss. x

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      theo 7 years ago

      thanks for being so helpful ive been reading all your replies, what do you do for a living are you a piercer how do you know somuch about them?

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      gill med 7 years ago

      hey i just peirced the top of my ear 3 days ago half of my ear is swollen and red is it normal or its infected...?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's a new piercing. Bleeding is normal. If you have a clotting problem, then that could be a concern.

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      theo 7 years ago

      ok so i just got my rook pierced a couple hours ago and it hasn't stopped bleeding since, and i've been cleaning it every hour with saline and i keep getting these chunks of blood, i hope that's normal? also, my whole ear is stiff and in pain, what do i do?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's probably just irritated. Try cleaning it with some saline for a few days.

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      Katelyn 7 years ago

      So i have had many cartilage piercings and my tragus and they have all healed fine. about to months ago i had my rook pierced. it was healing just fine and didn't really hurt unless i bumped it or something. Also i always make sure to clean it. well just the other day i felt something wet on my ear and my rook piercing was bleeding. I didn't bump it and it wasn't sore or red. Could it be infected? Ive never had it bleed before and from what i can tell it was totally random.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Just a little big of blood isn't that big of a deal. Just keep watch of it. Also, don't use regular salt; use sea salt.

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      lauren 7 years ago

      I had my lobes pierced 3 weeks ago and my right ear has been sensitive. I was cleaning my ear tonight with salt water solution and there was a tiny bit of bleeding on the cotton ball. What does this mean? Is this normal?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      You can more than likely just change the jewelry yourself.

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      Sheldon 7 years ago

      That is good advice, thanks. Just one more question: I have had one ear lobe pierced for a little over 8 months. After I got it pierced, the guy gave me a booklet with a bunch of instructions and one said to not change jewelry yourself before a year of having your ear pierced, but to go back to get help switching jewelry. Is this really necessary or do you think I could just switch it myself? Because I will be going up to my lake in the summer which is a distance from where I am now and wanted to do it myself.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I would wait until the piercing is healed or else you may cause more irritation to a healing piercing. If you knew you wanted it larger, you should have had it pierced at a larger gauge to start you off.

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      Sheldon 7 years ago

      Is it ok to stretch one size larger say a month or so after getting an ear pierced even if its not quite fully healed? I would probably go to a professional piercer if so just to be sure that I don't mess anything up.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It could just be irritated. You could have slept on it wrong, worn heavy jewelry. I would try to clean it with saline or diluted sea salt. If it continues, you may want to dab a tiny bit of antibiotic ointment, like neosporin on the piercing and push jewelry through to make sure the ointment or cream gets all the way through. Wipe away any excess ointment from the surrounding area.

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      amy14 7 years ago

      I've had my ears pierced on the lobe for 6 years now. They've been fine but just last week I noticed that the right side is crusty along the edges of the hole, blood comes out and yellow pus is oozing too. I haven't changed earring type. I use pure gold earrings because all others give infections. When I wear them though I change them a lot and have a few days where I will leave them out. Is it infection to be treated or will it go away?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      MIMI, sometimes one side just hurts more than the other. If it's not draining a yellow-green puss, it's probably not infected.

      nicole, you can gauge, but you may see complication, depending on the piercing.

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      nicole 7 years ago

      I got my cartiledge pierced at wal-mart which i now realize was probably a bad idea. It is a 16g i think. I got a cyst about 6 weeks after. it healed but now my hole is crooked. i got my piercing over a year ago and i was wondering if it was still possible i can gauge my cartiledge.

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      MIMI 17 7 years ago

      okay... well i got my ears pierced for the first time last friday and my left ear hurts alot more then my right should i see a doctor to see if it is infected or should i wait a while?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      How is the piercing blown out if it wasn't stretched? Do you mean there is a keloid? If it is a keloid, which is common among cartilage piercings, removing the jewelry will not eliminate the keloid.

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      hannahbanana 7 years ago

      i have my industrial pierced but the top hole is blown out. i had it pierced about 10 months ago. could i be able to take it out and let it heal to pierce it again and if so would the blowout become let noticeable if i did that

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes. Because the material is porous, it can harbor bacteria, potentially causing an infection.

      I don't know the conditions about your story, so I can't say whether it is true or what caused it. I have never heard of such.

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      Jordan 7 years ago

      Oh so its just a sanitary procedure? Nothing to do with it growing to your ear or anything? That's pretty much the only thing I am concerned about is it possibly getting molded to your lobe or something. Heard about that happening to a guy so yeah.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lobes generally heal pretty fast. It may take about 2-5 months, but that time will vary per person. Wait until the piercing is healed before using acrylic. Acrylic is porous and can harbor bacteria, which can cause infections for healing piercings.

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      Jordan 7 years ago

      Generally what is the healing period for a normal lobe piercing? I heard something like 3-6 months? How long after I get my ear pierced should I wait before I possibly get acrylic tapers or something? What is the downside to wearing them before your ear heals accidentally?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      You can get it pierced at a 10 gauge. There are no guarantees that stretching will shrink back to a smaller size, that depends on your body. Everyone is different, some people can stretch to large gauges and shrink back, but others cannot shrink back to a 14 gauge, or whatever. It just all depends. That is why you make every stretch as though it won't shrink any smaller.

      Tapers are fine, as long as they are stainles while the piercing is healing.

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      Jordan 7 years ago

      Hey, so here's my little story telling/question bit. I got my one ear lobe pierced about 6 months ago and was wanting to stretch it but I would go to a piercer just to be safe. I figured while I try to stretch that ear I might as well get my other lobe pierced but instead of waiting all those months for my other ear to heal before I stretch it I was wondering if it would be ok to get it pierced at a 10 gauge? and also, would it most likely close up if I needed it to or stay the same size? (probably depends on the person I assume) And last question, if I went through with my idea, would a piercer allow you to wear tapers in a fresh piercing or would that be unhealthy in some way?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      If your body is prone to keloids, then there's nothing you can do. In general, there's nothing you can do to prevent them.

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      Annie 7 years ago

      Thank you so much! I was also just wondering, my cousin also has an industrial, and she developed keloids on her ear. I'm really scared I'm going to get those! How are they caused/prevented?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      At just 2 days, the piercing is WELL still healing, expect blood for some time. You had a needle shoved through cartilage and a barbell put in it. It's going to hurt, be a little swollen, red, and it may bleed. You'll also experience lymph drainage. Just clean it, don't hit it, don't use any hair products, etc. Make sure the sea salt is diluted- 1 teaspoon of sea salt per 6 ounces of water. Don't use soap or any strong astringents.

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      Annie 7 years ago

      I got my industrial pierced two days ago, and it has bled three times since i got it pierced. Is this normal? I'm a little worried, because I don't want it to become infected, but I accidentally knocked it once while itching my head... Any suggestions on cleaning/care tips? I've been using warm water with sea salt?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      stainless is actually the best choice and titanium second.

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      markw1122 7 years ago from Worcester

      i would suggest only using G23 grade Titanium, its the best and used for implants.

      Mark

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      3-4 months was no time to see if the metal was what caused the irritation. Tragus piercings take up to and sometimes over a year to heal. Titanium is the second option. Just remember it's not going to be a quick heal.

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      ani.m22 7 years ago

      I really can't remember how long I kept them in. 3 or 4 months maybe...they were very annoying/irritating so I just took them out. After I took them out they healed just fine so I don't know if that's a sign that maybe I wasn't allergic to the surgical steel? :S

      But when I spoke to my piercer last night, he told me that I could use titanium if I wanted to.

      I think I'll go with the steel and hopefully it heals properly, otherwise I could go back to him and have him change it to a titanium barbell.

      Thanks again (:

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      How long did you keep the tragus in? I have had irritation with steel in my tragus piercings for some time, but I have healed all of my other piercings with steel. I do not have an allergy, tragus piercings just aren't always the easiest to heal.

      You can inform the piercing that you think you may have an allergy, and he can switch to another metal, but there really aren't too many other choices, and he may not have an alternative on hand. Don't use acrylic for a new piercing.

      Personally, because you don't really know if you have an allergy to steel, I'd suggest steel, but titanium is the option to go with. NEVER go to a piercer that suggests using acrylic for a new piercing.

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      ani.m22 7 years ago

      Hey,

      I plan to go and get a snug piercing in my left ear tomorrow. But I think I might be allergic to surgical steel because I've had my tragus done in both ears but removed the rings because they were irritated & I was afraid I was allergic and I didn't want keliods to develop.

      So now I don't want to use surgical steel again and my piercer suggested titanium.

      I know they have titanium, acrylic and surgical steel barbells at their shop- which do you think would be the best choice for my snug piercing?

      Thanks in advance (:

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Watch out for the long bar. The piercer shouldn't have done the piercing if he didn't have an appropriately sized bar. As for redness and swelling, that's going to be normal. Cartilage is completely different than lobe tissues; it's going to take more healing time and more care. Infection is much more common in cartilage than lobe because of the lowered blood flow in the tissue.

      You're probably seeing lymph, not puss. It's not puss unless it's a dark yellow-green color.

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      akaisling 7 years ago

      Hey, I'm after getting my Industrial done about 5 days ago. Being very paranoid about infection, and other problems, I've been researching more about it again (I did a ton of research before getting it done) just to make sure things are going okay.

      Right now the top of my ear is really swollen and there has been a bit of blood and some pus. I know my 3 lobe piercings had a small bit of blood, but not as much pus - then again they aren't cartilage piercings. I'm just wondering if this is normal? I know swelling and soreness can last for weeks and the healing process is long (and oft times painful). I'd just like to know what you have to say.

      I got it done at a professional piercing place. Needles, steel bar (which is long because I have smallish ears and due to swelling). I clean it twice daily.

      Is it possible it's infected or is it just the natural healing of it that happens in the first few weeks?

      Sorry that this seems so long-winded. I'd appreciate your insight. :)

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      When it's healed you can remove the jewelry.

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      Rachel04 7 years ago

      I play club lacrosse, but it isn't very intense, more just for fun, but in the games im sure we have to take it out. how long do i really need to wait before taking a rook piercing out just for an hour.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's not the best idea, but it's beter than cartilage. Here's an article I researched and wrote about piercing guns vs needles.

      https://tatring.com/getting-pierced/Piercing-Needl...

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      nicole 7 years ago

      alright. and is it ok to use a gun with lobes? i already have my lobes pierced but im wanting my second holes

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's probably the piercing gun which has caused more trauma, as you should NEVER use a piercing gun with cartilage. It's probably scar tissue, but if it's oozing then it's probably just irritation. 5 months is generally not a lot of time for healing cartilage, especially when pierced with a gun. Keep cleaning them, and you may consider going to a real body piercer to have him/her look at it and possibly replace the studs with sanitary jewelry.

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      nicole 7 years ago

      alright so i got two cartilage piercings in my right ear about a 1/4 of an inch apart around 5 months ago and i love them. my issue is the top one has a bump directly next to it on the back of my ear and it hurts. It will swell and then go down a few days later but never go away completely. im allergic to most metals and ive been wearing the titanium studs they peirced it with (percing gun i know stupid)and it still will come and go no matter what the earring. its not white like other peope have described the bumps they have but its the same color as the surrounding skin. it is oozing a little but not bleeding. is this somethign that could be fixed or is it there to stay?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      See more info about getting piercings with piercing guns.

      https://tatring.com/getting-pierced/Piercing-Needl...

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      Elvia 7 years ago

      Hi!! I got my ears pierced in October to be exact 10-4-09 with the guns from clairs.It's the first time I've ever pierced my ears (ear lobes) and about the third day the right ear lobe got really swollen. I got to the point where I had about 5 people try taking the stud out because it hurt so much I just wanted it out. The pain was excruciating and i finally went to a doctor. She gave me pills that made the swelling go down, and my ears went back to normal. But this weekend 11-6-09 I went to Helzberg Diamonds and got pearl earrings thinking that my ears were good to go, everything seemed fine until today 2 days later. I was just cleaning my earlobes with the antiseptic that was given to me and the right ear lobe is giving me problems again. I had more than just a little blood come out when I would squeeze the liquid to go through. I put the stud back in but im beginning to think that i should give up on my piercings and just take them out for good. Its been over the 6 weeks that my ears should have healed by now, what should I do ? :( so sad

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      they could potentially shrink back altogether. no guarantees.

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      brett 7 years ago

      hello, i currently have 12g piercings on my lobes, say i keep them in for a few months until they are fully healed, and so happen to want to take them out, even if they are fully healed, will the hole totally shrink back to size?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It's not a matter of opinion that guns are bad. It's a proven fact that guns typically cause more trauma to the skin than the hollow needle. nose is still cartilage and should not be pierced by a gun. Anyone using a gun to pierce is not a reputable source.

      Piercing guns cannot be properly cleaned. They tend to harbor blood and bacteria from previous piercings. They have been proven as an ill source of a piercing method.

      Claiming that piercing guns are not a big deal is an ignorant statement. The pressure from the peircing gun can cause cartilage to shatter. In all actuality the lobe is much safer with the gun than any other part of the body, but it's still not the better option.

      Hollow piercing needles cause less traume because they basically slice the tissue and push a hole (not cutting out any tissues just moving it to the the side) in order to allow for the jewelry to be placed.

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      Violet 7 years ago

      The only piercing problem I ever had after 9 piercings (back in the 80s and early 90s) was at a "professional" piercing studio. They pierced my navel and it hurt like bloody hell, was super slow, was crooked, etc. It also caused a ton of scarring when I got pregnant later.

      I respect and appreciate the role of piercing studios, but the mall guns are not bad "evil" for ear lobes and even noses. The gun never touches your ear. The earrings are in sterile packages. The mall piercers are also professionals...they are trained and pierce ears all day long. As long as they use gloves and use the sterile earring packages, problems are unlikely. Plus, the gun is super fast.

      My nose piercing with a gun was the least painful piercing I've every had, and I never had one single problem with it, including healing.

      However, I totally agree that with ear cartilege you have to go with the hollow needles.

      I really wish that piercers would stop slamming the guns for ear lobes. Literally millions of ears are pierced that way with no problems except those that can occur with any piercing from bacteria later.

      Also, how is removing flesh with a hollow needle less traumatic for skin than a tiny earring going through it? I think that's probably a matter of opinion. In the end, neither one is a big deal.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pain will vary per person. It shouldn't hurt that bad after 2 weeks though. You may be allergic to the metal that was used. Usually surgical steel is used for new piercings to prevent irritation to the metal, but there are still some who can have reactions to the metal. Continue cleaning with saline, and that's about the only advice I can give you, since you've already been to the doctor to get anti-inflammatories and antibiotics.

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      mickey915 7 years ago

      hello, i had my industrial for 2 weeks and 1 day now. My ear is really swollen, like very very fat and big. Why so? And its still very painful that i had to take ibuprofen in order for me to go to school and enjoy the rest of my day. Im also taking some anti inflammtory medicine and antibiotics because i fear its infected. There's this yellow fluid that would go out and its like mucus. Its annoying! it doesn't smell bad though. Can you give me tips on how to reduce swelling and how long will this agonizing pain stop?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      If you can post a link to the picture, I can try to help you. There's no reason to use vitamin E. Just continue cleaning it.

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      Taylorc2173 7 years ago

      How can I tell if my ear is blown out? I went to a Hot Topic today (which is probably not a reliable source) and the guy told me it didn't look like my ear was blown out but to use Vitamin E lotion and clean it everyday. I actually have a picture of my ear if you would like to see it. But it looks like a little bit of skin came out. But the thing is it doesn't hurt and when I take out the plug it's not poking out or anything. Please help!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      It’s not technically contact solution, but it’s sold by contact solution, but specifically states saline. It will be in a similar bottle. I’ve never used H2Oceans, but I’ve heard from some it works, but from many it’s too strong. Use saline OR sea-salt (properly diluted and mixed) not both.

      Keloids are common for cartilage, but not everyone develops them; it all depends on your body. Infection is common with cartilage since there is little blood flow in cartilage. Cartilage piercings aren’t for everyone, and not everyone can heal them. Be prepared for up to 12 months or more of healing. Likelihood will be the same as with any other cartilage piercing, most of which will depend on your body and how you care for the piercing. If your cartilage isn’t thick enough, it won’t heal properly (in my experience, my upper ear cartilage isn’t as thick as most, and having my industrial for a good while, it would never heal; my piercer recommended its removal).

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      Ben 7 years ago

      By the way, I was wondering what you thought of H2Ocean? If it's a good product or a waste of money?

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      Ben 7 years ago

      Hey Whitney, I've been reading your blog and I have found a lot of great information! I'm getting an industrial in the next couple of days, and I'm very nervous/excited about it. (It's my first piercing!)

      I wanted to know if the saline you keep mentioning is like contact solution saline or if there is a different kind?

      I've done all the good stuff like finding an experienced piercer, making sure that he uses needles. But I've been really worried about the consequences of getting a cartilage piercing, like infection, keloids, and stuff like that. I wanted to know your opinion about the odds of one of these consequences happening. I already know that I'm going to take good care of it, and I'm going to clean it regularly and do my best not to jar or irritate it. I also have plenty of room in my ear to get a proper industrial. So I was just wondering in your experience, what is the likelihood of negative consequences? And is saline and sea-salt the only thing needed to properly clean a piercing or should I use anything else?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Cartilage can take up to a year to heal all the way. Some people can't heal it ever. It will depend on your body. You can over clean. Try just twice a day- morning and night with saline. One week is nothing in terms of time to heal. It will take you much longer to heal a cartilage piercing than a lobe piercing.

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      sarah  7 years ago

      how long does it take to heal a cartlidge peircing

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      sarah 7 years ago

      i have had my cartlridge peirced a week ago and it is swallon but i clean it 4 times a day .what can i do please help.x

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      There is a possibility that it will not close up. You make each stretch as though it will not shrnik. There isn't a 3g. It goes from 4g to 2g.

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      rusty 7 years ago

      hello...I was thinking of getting a 3g or 2g plug. My wife thinks it is a bad idea because my hole will not close if I decise to ever take it out....is this true?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      The skin should not be lighter. Be careful of infection as the ocean is slammed with bacteria. It's not advised to swim in any body of water with a new piercing.

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      peace and love 7 years ago

      I got an outer conch piercing and went swimming in the sea with it last friday. I had it done about 3 weeks ago. Since then it has stopped hurting altogether. Is this good? I have noticed that the skin just around the CBR has gone lighter, is this alright?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sometimes, it's better to be smarter and patient than rushing.

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      Adri 7 years ago

      Thank you! i wanted to get it done at a tattoo shop, but when i finally convinced my ma, we were At walmart, so i figured i better take what i could get :/ ... i will definitely be getting any future piercings at a shop, i think there is One in my small town. Thanx again!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Guns are terrible. Walmart is not a good place to get a body piercing. Try to avoid that next time. It takes up 6-12 month sometimes longer, on average to heal cartilage piercings. 12 weeks is not long enough to wait before changing the jewelry, and that is definitely not long enough to stretch. A professional piercer would have pierced correctly at 14 gauge, you generally don't want cartilage piercings any less.

      Also be leery of the butterfly backs as they can harbor bacteria, as can the piercing gun used to pierce you.

      You should wait until healed before swimming. It only takes a second for the bacteria to get into the piercing, and cleaning after may be too late.

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      Adri 7 years ago

      also, I will be spending time at a lake for about two weeks starting about 5 days from now. Is 9 weeks of healing enough for my cartilage piercing to be okay while i am swimming? Will it get infected, even if i clean each time i exit the water?

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      Adri 7 years ago

      i had my cartilage peirced at walmart with a gun about 8 weeks ago and im thinking it is an 18g, but i am not sure. they told me to wait 12 weeks before changing it, so ive got about a onth to go. however, i really want to either stretch or have it punched to a 14g. do i have to wait until it is fully healed to have it stretched or punched? is it possible to strech the cartialge (or any of my other four lobe piercings) just by inserting an earring that is one gauge higher than the hole i have now?... oh, and is the new cartilage hole supposed to feel like a ball in-between my skin?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Typically piercings are pierced with surgical steel in order to reduce reaction and complication. I have never heard of tea tree tincture, but I'm assuming it's just like tea tree oil. It's supposed to act sort of like an antiseptic, but there is no proof that it actually works on healing piercings.

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      Eliza  7 years ago

      Titanium was what they pierce everyone with there. It's good for me because I react to silver and gold. my ear still feels tender, but now the hoop turns when I put the slat solution on it. My piercer also gave me some teatree tincure to put on as of tomorrow. What will this do to my ear?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Never swim with new piercings that are still healing. It can take a cartlage piercing up to 12 months sometimes to heal, depending on your body. Titanium usually isn't the choice of new piercing jewelry.

      don't turn the hoop. Don't mess with the jewelry. Just clean it. Make sure that you DON'T use table salt, but actual sea salt, purchased at the store. You want a good ratio of water to a tiny bit of sea salt. The scab is normal, don't pick it. When cleaning the piercing or after a shower, take a q-tip and try to gently wipe it off.

      You're healing normal. It can take 6-12 months or longer to heal a cartlage piercing.

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      Eliza 7 years ago

      Hi, I have a titanium hoop through my new cartialge piercing i got yesterday, and in a few weeks would like to go swimming. Is it safe to with a cartilage piercing and also will the titanium react with the chlorine like i have read? My piercing was done with a needle by Quentin, a guy who is well known around sussex, england. he is trained in body modification, but didn't mention about me not being able to put my ring into chlorinated water, do you think this is reliable?

      I have been told to clean my cartilage with salt water every day, twice a day, but have noticed that it's impossible to turn my hoop, and that there is like a scab in the hole which i can't get out. Is this normal? My ear bled like crazy yesterday, and so maybe this scab is from the dry blood? My ear doesn't really hurt, it just feels slightly tender when i touch the piercing. Does this mean i'm healing fast?

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Never clean new piercings with soap, as soap can get left behind and badly irritate a piercing. Saline is the best choice to clean a new piercing with.

      I have my inner conches pierced, and they were sore for a little while as the cartlidge in this area is thicker.

      Don't lay on the piercing. Don't fiddle with it. Don't twist the barbell. Be very careful of getting hair stuck on the piercing.

      Inner conch piercings will take a good while to fully heal, up to 12 months in some cases.

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      Chloe09 7 years ago

      Hey you seem really knowledgeable about piercings so I have a question. I got my inner conch pierced a week ago and I have been cleaning it with Johnson and Johnson Baby Soap because that is what my piercer told me to clean it with. Its working well but my ear is still very sensitive to touch and its very painful to clean. I was wondering if this is normal for this type of piercing and is there anything else I can do to help it heal quicker? I know its going to take a very long time. Thanks so much!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Use saline to clean the piercing. Because they were pierced with guns, you're going to experience more pain and complication than if you had it done with needles. There is more trauma to the tissues when guns are used.

      Piercing guns are more likely to create problems, as they cannot be cleaned properly. They're aren't sanitary, and bacteria can get stuck within the parts that they can't get to. Because a stud is used to make the piercing, more trauma, generally more pain, and higher risk of infection, irritation, and other complications.

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      Snowy 7 years ago

      I got my earlobes pierced a little over a week ago @ Claire's, and everything was fine except my left earlobe slightly sensitive to touch (the area around the hole was looking a little red too). And yesterday, when I was cleaning it with antiseptic solution using a Q-tip, it bled a little, but the bleeding went away pretty quickly (at least, I would like to think so, because I didn't see anymore blood). I cleaned it a little more with the antiseptic, and now the redness around the hole has gone down and my ear looks okay. Do you think it's an infection and I should go to a doctor? Or is slight bleeding normal? Thanks!

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Idustrials aren't for everyone, and they can be hard for some people to heal. If the holes aren't lined up and there is stress on one of the piercings for the barbell to reach both holes, that could cause irritation causing the bump. It's not healed, as otherwise there wouldn't be a bump. You'll want to continue cleaning and be careful of it.

      I had the bumps, and the only way I could get them to go away long term was to 1) use plastic retainers and then 2) just remove the piercing altogether and the bump went away. I'm not sure if that will solve the problem for you, but that was my only solution.

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      7 years ago

      I had my industrial about half a year, and on the top hole there's a bump. Though the bump keeps going away and coming back it seems. I clean the piercing daily and rarely touch it. At one point it seemed completely healed for about 2 weeks, didn't hurt at all, then the bump ended up coming back and started becoming sensative again. Could this be because the jewellery doesn't fit properly/holes aren't lined up, or is it possibly just because it keeps getting irritated?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Surgery is the only proven method of getting rid of a keloid.

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      Jaime 8 years ago

      I had the cartlidge of my upper ear pieced a few years ago and it did fine for a while. Then it got snagged a couple of times and got infected a little and scar tissue started forming. The bump got really big, so I ended up taking the earring out. (I probably shouldn't have, but too late now.) Now I still have the bump on my ear, which is on both sides, front and back, of where the piercing was. I've tried massaging it to break up the scar tissue, with no luck. Is there anything else I can try to get rid of this, besides having it surgically removed?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You're going to run into more pain and soreness with the piercing guns than needles. You're also going to run into higher risk of infection because butterfly backs can harbor bacteria and the piercing guns are not properly sterilized bc they're mostly plastic. Cheaper isn't always better.

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      Anna 8 years ago

      I got my ears double pierced at the mall 2 days ago, with the piercing gun (I was unaware, until now, of the problems with the guns, but it was cheaper anyway). Either way, the piercings are a bit painful when touched/cleaned. One is more sensitive than the other. I'm fairly certain that's normal, because they are healing I was just making sure, because I worry too much. Thanks!

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      It's not common for piercings to bleed so much days or a week afterwards. Most of the bleeding is the first night. Needle piercings cause less trama to the piercing, which is better in the long run. It's not necessarily the hoops either. I would use saline to clean the piercing twice a day, and stop moving the hoops through the piercing that is probably irritating them.

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      Missy 8 years ago

      I got my earlobes pierced five days ago with a 14ga needle and have captured ball rings. I haven't used any soaps or chemicals to clean them, only warm water in the shower once a day. My piercer suggested to run the hoops a tiny bit through the holes in the shower, and other than that (and normal head jiggling and an occasional small bump with my hair) I've left them completely alone. There are no signs of infection and they are tender if slightly bumped but otherwise fine during the day, but every night they bleed enough that there are good-sized scabs front and back each morning. Last night (fourth night) the crusted blood had run all down the back of one ear. I've been careful to sleep only on my back and not have my ears lay on the pillow (no blood on the pillow last night, for example). Is it par for the course that they bleed this much after several days? Do needle piercings tend to bleed more than gun piercings? Do hoops bleed more than studs because they move around more (i.e. leaning or shaking your head)? Thanks for your advice. :)

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      They should be healed, but there's no true fire way to tell. I'm not really sure what type of oil, or what exactly it does. I would assume that it helps the wood from drying out. Yes, wood is very porous and they should be removed when showering, swimming, etc. They can harbor bacteria.

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      wezlan2010 8 years ago

      Hi. I have 2g ear plugs... and I've had them stretched to a 2g for several months now (sorry I don't specifically how long.) I've been wanting to put in wooden ear plugs, but I do not know if I should. I know that your ears have to be completely healed from stretching before you switch to wooden ones, and I was wondering if mine are fully healed? Is there a certain way to know or not? Also I've heard that with them you have to use some type of oil or something to maintain them, why? and what type of oil is it? I've also heard that since wood is porous that you have to take out the plugs every time you take a shower, swim, etc. Is this true?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      An industrial is tpically done with a 14gauge needle and jewelry, which is the normal gauge that any cartilage piercing is done with, when pierced at a tattoo shop. It can close; like I said it's the average piercing gauge for any cartilage piercing done right. You should never use a piece of jewelry that has a butterfly back, especially with a new piercing because they harber bacteria and can easily infect the piercing. No proper piercer will use these.

      I'm not sure what you mean by the bigger part being shorter so that it has two thin parts like a regular earring.

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      natache 8 years ago

      hi whitney. I was thinking about getting an industrial, but apart of the usual obstacles (ie. mothers) I have a few doubts in regard of:

      1. the size of the hole.- As I see it in the pics, it is much bigger than the usual earring. When I take it out for w/e reason, won't it have like two huge holes? Can it close after, lets say, a year or two? Let's say I got an industrial in which the bigger part is a bit shorter, so it has two thin parts like a regular earring. Would the backside need to be the kind that's not a butterfly? (you know, the screw thing..dunno how it's said in english, I'm from somewhere else.. :D)

      hmmm so yeah. Thanks for your time. ;D

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, the piercing can still close. If you had it pierced at 10 gauge or 8, it can still close up, because the body does not naturally have holes. Why did you get it pierced at 12, if you only want it 20g, which isn't even the average piercing size?

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      danger911db 8 years ago

      So even though my ear was pierced at 12G and not stretched from a 20G to a 12G, it will gradually close up? Is there anything else I can do to make sure the process goes smoothly like cleaning or gradually decreasing the size of the ring?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You can either just take it out and let it close up or use smaller jewelry. Because 12g isn't that big, it's not going to be that big a jump to 16 or 20. Navels are a little different, so the end result will be different.

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      danger911db 8 years ago

      So I originally pierced my ear to a size 12G about 2 1/2 years ago. I was wondering if there is any recommended way to move back to a 16G or a 20G. Should I just gradually use a smaller and smaller earring? I'm concerned because my friend had hers pierced at a 12G, lost her earring, and put in a belly button ring that was 12G so that it wouldn't close and her ear ended up bubbling out around the new ring. Eventually she just took it out all together, but there's still a bump. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      The scars sound like keloids. It's not a good idea to have them repierced there, but a piercer would be better able to answer that for you.

      It is possible that you have an infection in your cartilage piercings. Are you sleeping on them? Properly cleaning them? The itching could be attributed to normal healing, but typically after 5 weeks, piercings aren't swollen any more, but that really depends on your body. Remember that it takes cartilage piercings much longer to heal than lobe piercings; in some cases it can take up to a year.

      http://www.alternativelook.net/infected-piercing/

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      andy 8 years ago

      hi i got my earlobes pierced 4years ago and they got rly infected so i took the earings out and let it heal. there are like scars visible on the back of my earlobes now (looks white-ish and round). so is it possible to get it repierced at the same place? - and another question, i got my cartilage pierced on both ears, its been like 5weeks and it looks a bit swollen and it itches...is that a sign of an infection?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      The piercing probably isn't even healed yet. You should leave the jewelry in until it is healed, and upper ear piercings typically take longer than a few months. Otherwise, taking it out you should just need to remove the balls on two sides and slide it out.

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      rita 8 years ago

      hi i got my top ear pierced a couple of months ago. i got a t-bar earring for it but now that its healed i cant take it out!? the place where i got it pierced said they can take it out for me but i wanted to do it myself - do you know how i can take it out safely?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Depends on if you got it pierced with a 14 gauge or a 16 gauge piece of jewelry. Either way yes.

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      rintintin 8 years ago

      i had my cartilage pierced with a gun a year ago. it is totally healed and fine but my question is, will a 16 gauge earring fit in it?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      No one earing per hole. Wait until the piercing is fully healed, which can take up to a year for cartilage.

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      Jodine 8 years ago

      Thank you, i have another question. if i take the bar out can i put two earrings in the holes instead? do i have to wait any time frame in order to do this?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You can use 14 gauge jewelry in the holes. Many people will use 14g loops instead of the barbell.

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      bre09 8 years ago

      if i get an industiral and get tired of it, but dont wanna close it can i just put regular studs in?? or will the hole be to big?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Jodine, an industrial will close after having it pierced if you decide to take it out. The holes are noticeable but only up close. It'll be more or less a scar.

      Kristina, If you can find a very thin barbell to start off and let the piercing relax around it, you can eventually stretch it back to a 14g. Typically though, the hole will be closed after a month. You may just be seeing the scar.

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      Kristina 8 years ago

      Hi! I got my tongue pierced like last October and took it out a month or maybe a bit more ago and now I want it again. I know the hole is still there but it shrunk. Is there anyway to stretch it back to a 14 gauge without getting it pierced again?

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      Jodine 8 years ago

      If i get an Industrial and want it to close, will it?

      i want to have an industrial for a few years but after college i want it to close for the real world of jobs. i am just worried it wont or u will be able to see the old holes. what will happen if i take it out and let it close?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Good luck. Just keep doing what you're doing, and it should heal up fine.

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      Ariebell 8 years ago

      Hi thanks for that info. i was using saline and still am. i also have been putitng the cream on it every time i clean them. i changed from gold to pallidum that may not be how u spell it. its still a stud but no butterfly clip. i don't think i can go thru changing the earring again. it hurt real bad and my hubby almost stopped in mid process. hope this will be ok. the throbbing has stopped and the swelling is pretty much gone! thanks again for you help!!

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Ariebell, try saline instead of tea tree oil. Also try a teeny dab of antibiotic ointment or cream, wiping away any ointment or cream that is surrounding the jewelry. Also consider that maybe you are allergic to that metal. Consider changing to a piece of jewelry that isn't a stud with a butterfly back. This jewelry is horrible for piercings because they can harbor bacteria as they don't really let the piercing breath properly and unless cleaned all the time can buildup bacteria which can infect the piercing. Consider a small CBR. Also, if it was pierced with the stud at a mall with a piercing gun, that is another concern that can lead to higher infection risks

      Dawn, No that doesn't sound normal. I would see a body piercer or doctor to check that out. Are you sure it was meat or skin?

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      dawn 8 years ago

      i just got my ears pierced....just the lobes. and one ear became infected and turned whitesh gray around the hole....then a ball of meat or skin came off my ear...looked like a couple layers of dead skin. is that normal?

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      Ariebell 8 years ago

      Hi. I got a lower cartlidge piercing in both ears about 2 weeks ago and I just recently started getting an infection in the right year. I think the piercing stud was too tight on my ear so I went to this other place and she told me to get the longer stud and take the earring out and clean it and immediately put the other earring in. Well we did that but how long will it take for the swelling to go down and the infection to leave. I'm wishing I didn't do it now. I was also told to use some tea tree oil for the infection. I just want the infection to leave so the hole can heal and it can stop throbbing and hurting!!

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Because they're relatively heavy. They should shrink back, if they've stretched a little. Just remember that the longer you have a piercing, the more likely it will be to stretch in general, especially if you wear heavy jewelry.

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      matthew 8 years ago

      hi, i got my ears done like 3 years ago, so i thought id try FAKE plugs, the ones that make ur ears looked stretched, but ive noticed it has actually made my lobe sag?... and become thick loose, why is this and will it go back to normal?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      If you leave the earrings out for too long, then yes it is possible for the ear piercings to close up. It's the risk you take by having a baby's ears pierced.

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      Jessica 8 years ago

      My 18 month daughter has had her ears pierced for a little over a year. She just started pulling the earrings out. I even got the ones w/ safety locks on the back and she can pull those off too. I'm worried the hole will close up - will it?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You can cause irritation and infection. By changing too early, you can cause mild to severe problems, depending your body. You want to leave them in until healed. If it's a basic lobe piercing, I would say at least 6 weeks. Continue cleaning at least once a day with saline.

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      brjaklfds 8 years ago

      hi, i got both ears pierced about two weeks ago. my right wear was infected a little bit because i have thick earlobes and the earring was too tight. anyway i losened up da back and its ok now. but whikle i was trying to losen it, the earring fell out and i put it back it wit no prob, i just couldn't find da hole for a while. my question is how long should i wait to change my earrings? i pretty much changed them already in a way right?

      what's the worse that can happen if i change them

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Check out the below article about stretching your ears. It should provide you with a lot of help and assitance. It does sound like you have a blowout, which means DO NOT stretch anymore until that is taken care of. You may want to consider downgrading one size, letting things ease up and then trying to stretch again. Patience really is a virture when it comes to stretching piercings, as it is your body and you want to take care of it.

      https://tatring.com/piercing-types/Stretch-Your-Ea

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      Sean 8 years ago

      Hey, I had 6gs for a while then a couple of weeks ago I decided to go up, and I went to the mall and got some 4gs. Then a week later, because i'm impatient I guess, I went back and got some 2gs and put them in. I've had those in for a couple of days now, but when I was getting out of the shower I noticed what I think is a minature blowout. Im not exactly sure what a blowout looks like because ive never seen one, but this looks like a little red bulge at the top of the back of my piercing. When I got my 2gs I also got 0gs, but im scared to go up now because I dont want this thing to worsen. Is there a way to heal this thing if it is a blowout, and do you think I should go up anymore?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      If you have a low pain tolerance than it will hurt a good bit. I have a high pain tolerance and I will admit that the inner conch has been the worst piercing I've ever gotten. I currently have 3 inner conch piercings, and will soon get a 4th, but they have been the hardest to heal (besides my industrial) and they have been the most painful. But the pain will always vary per individual. Also high pain tolerance means that you can withstand more pain than a low tolerance person.

      I've never had an outer conch piercing, but I would assume that it doesn't hurt as bad as it has less cartlidge to pierce through.

      Swimming with a new piercing is a bad idea, but running and such isn't going to bother an ear piercing. Just make sure to clean it regularly (twice a day with saline). If you swim with a new piercing you risk infection.

      The price is going to vary per tattoo shop. It will also vary depending if you get one or two (one each ear). Mine were $35 each since I got two done at once, but they were regularly $40. Most shops in my area do $35 each period. But, the price will vary per your location and the shop that you use.

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      Monet 8 years ago

      I am strongly considering getting an inner conch piercing. I think I may be a low pain tolerant person. I have my lobes pierced since I was 9 and I also had my helix pierced with a gun at 13 both of those felt like nothing( I don't intend on getting my conch pierced with a gun) I never had any problems with either of them. Do you think I will be able to handle an inner conch piercing? Is an outer conch piercing any less painful? My helix closed up because I always had to take it out for sports. I am still very active I run and swim all the time. Is a conch piercing a wise idea? And finally how much should a conch piercing cost on average?

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      total_misfit 8 years ago

      thanks for the great advise, i've decided to go and get a regular helix today!

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      The piercing isn't for everyone, and that area isn't for everyone. There are many people who do not have thick enough cartlidge to properly heal an industrial piercing. I had my done twice, until my piercer realized what the problem was. Just keep cleaning the piercing as normal, being careful not to overclean.

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      total_misfit 8 years ago

      sorry im a very confusing person i was asking if it is normal to have problems with an industrial because i had an infection in one hole that has cleared up and another hole that had no problems and someone i know has had nothing but trouble or is it just case sensitive? thanks for the help

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You can get a blowout even at that small of a gauge. By not being patient, you have caused infection in the one ear. You should have waited at least a week before putting in the 10g. At this point, just leave it in and strat cleaning with saline or sea-salt solution.

      https://tatring.com/piercing-types/Stretch-Your-Ea

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      sarah 8 years ago

      Okay, My friend bought me some ear gauges. He got me a size 12g and 10g.

      But My ears where pierced at 18g for like 10 years, Im 17 now, Well like 3 days ago, I decide to put the 12g in, I did, and I waited like 15 mins and the put the 10g in. it worked. But... My left ear seem's to be worse then my right ear.

      So I decided to clean it and it was just little bloody and had little puss coming out.

      I wanna know if I should take it out or just keep it in.? I have it in right now.

      ~Also I wanna know if you can get a blow out if you stretch from a 18 to 10g.?~

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not sure exactly what you're asking about being in school... Otherwise, it could be that the one is healing faster than the other hole or that there is an irritation to the one hole.

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      A_Total_Misfit 8 years ago

      hey i just have a question... I got my industrial pierced oct. 15 ( i remember the date bc it was my first real piercing other then my lobes which have been gauged unguaged and guaged again and im only 15), Anyway, The bottom hole fatherest from my ear stopped hurting less than a month after wards but the top only hurts a bit now and isn't swollen at all. Is that normal or just pissah luck that um a fast healer. Also a girl im in school with has had alot of problems with hers is that normal?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Your mother is wrong. I'm sorry. Needles are much more sterile. The piercings guns may be cleaned before use, but they can't sterilize the equipment. To sterilize it will melt the plastic gun, so alcohol is used on the outer portion, but that doesn't clean off the inside where blood may get. I wouldn't do the mall thing. It's the most unsanitary thing that you can do. If you research a little, you'll find more information about how bad piercing guns are. If you can make your case, maybe your mom will take you to a tattoo shop to have sterile needles used instead. Also with the needles, they are hollow, which means that the small chunk of tissue is removed, instead of just pushed to the side. More tissue truama is involved with the guns.

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      Sarah 8 years ago

      I want my lobes pierced at the mall. At the piercing place I am going to, they clean the gun before using it again. They also give you an ear piercing aniseptic and it always heals. They never use needles. My mom said they are worse than guns. What should I do?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      It really sounds like you're going to have problems no matter what you do to getting them to heal. Some people just can't heal piercings. You need to remember that you are putting a foreign object through your body, and the body's natural reaction is to reject it. I have heard good and bad things towards tea tree oil, and I am still not sure whether or not it truly works. I have never seen it work successfully; usually it's used for keloids and not for healing new piercings. As for taking them out for a few days and them not closing, well that too is all dependent on the person's body, and theres really nothing that you can do to elongate that time frame. I had mine out of well over 6 months and had no problem with them, but I also never had a problem healing lobe piercings. As for getting them pierced with a larger gauge, that may or may not work. I will all depend on your body, and it really sounds like you and your family both have a history of complications healing piercings, which probably means even if you get your loves pierced with a larger gauge for example a 14g, which is 1 or 2 guages up from the average lobe, depending if you get it done at a tattoo shop (16g) or the mall (18g). Your end result with going a gauge or two higher for the initial piercing can either 1) create more complications or 2) make things a little easie. It really all depends on your body.

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      Melissa 8 years ago

      I really want to have my lobes pierced, especially when I see really cool earrings. Or even a second lobe piercing if the first heals nicely. I am going to try it for a second time. The first time I did it (about 10 years ago), I cleaned them twice a day with saline solution and they never healed . . . after 4 months!! I did do it at the mall, which I now realize was a big mistake but did not know it at the time. I tried to change earrings a couple times because it had been so long but my lobes ended up getting infected. I was so mad I threw the earrings off and just let the piercings close. The few family members of mine that have ear piercings also had healing difficulties. My cousin's lobes didn't heal until after about a year after. Given my crappy healing history with piercings, would it be better to get pierced with a slightly larger size needle than average lobe piercings? A co-worker recommended tea tree oil along with salt water for cleaning. Is tea tree oil really that astringent? What if I used it highly diluted? Or after the first two weeks? I also wish, after they heal, I could take my earrings out for a couple days with out the piercing closing, but my aunt's piercings will close after one night earring free so I have a feeling mine would also. Any advice on that?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      It typically takes much longer to heal cartlidge. 3 months is not nearly enough time to heal a cartlidge piercing. steel is the best to heal piercings with.

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      angieeep 8 years ago

      Umm well I do not really know what kinda metal it was... but I went to a doctor..they took out the industrial bar, well all i know its that from the two holes in my ears, one was in the cartilage and the other one was in the fleshy part right below the cartilage, well just the one in the cartilage got infected the other one was healing and i could see it, it did not bother me at all, so they basically took it out for the one in the cartilage and i had my ear cleaned. by next day my ear was better so i just put on a regular earring on the fleshy part and it looked nice.and i wanter to put on this body jewelry on the cartilage and it was already closed.I did not wanna touch it nor interrupt the healing process. Actually i noticed that the skin over the cartilage its fully healled and it looks good but when i touch it i can still fell a hole in the cartilage...could i get another piercin on that same spot?

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      ella. 8 years ago

      For Sasha: DO NOT take it out. If it really is infected, you could trap the infection inside your ear. Soak it with a saline solution and use a mild antibacterial soap if necessary. It should clear up (although at some point it may ooze at you... eww). IF IT GETS WORSE, as in really painful, red, swollen, etc., you need to go see a doctor right away and get some antibiotics.

      For Angie: what is the metal of your industrial bar? And have you tried wearing titanium? If you have metal sensitivities, make sure that you are not wearing anything with nickel in it. Also, an industrial is a cartilage piercing. That means it takes a MINIMUM of 3 months to heal, and probably up to 6 months to heal completely. Put in a quality bar (titanium!)... it needs to heal.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You should go to a real body piercer and not the mall to have it looked at. Leave in the jewelry and never use a regular earring (especially those with butterfly backs) in any piercing.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      angie if the holes are still sensitive you have a while to wait before removing the jewelry. You should really wait until fully healed to remove the jewelry. Hopefully you told the piercer that you have to wear gold or silver to not irritate your ears; if not then it's kind of your fault and you'll probably have to go back to have the guy switch out the jewelry early (and please if you have to go early to change to jewelry you really need to have the professional do it as you can really irritate a piercing by changing the jewelry too soon).

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      angieeep 8 years ago

      hi..i got my industrial piercing like 3 weeks ago...when can i remove the jewelry...the wholes sometimes are swollen and they hurt...n i have this problem in my ears that if i put on jewelry that is not gold or silver my ears get red...could that be the problem with my industrial piercing...???

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      Quinn 8 years ago

      I agree with you now to not use a gun to pierce your ears or any other part on your body, especially at one of those places in the mall. I didn't think it was such an issue before until I visited a few of those shops to inquire about getting a new piercing. While watching I noticed all of the clerks were handling the "guns" without cleaning them first, going from customer to customer and in-between setting them down on a dirty surface. I can understand now why a needle and an autoclave are essential to getting pierced safely.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      The CBRs can be tricky, you can try twisting the sides of the jewelry a little

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      It's normal to bleed the first few days. I would avoid sleeping on that side. You need to clean the piercing with saline instead of the hcocean spray. It will work a bit better. I've had my inner conches pierced for over a year, and they are still not fully healed.

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      Dana 9 years ago

      I just got my inner conch pierced and while I was asleep last night it kept bothering me. I just remembered to not lay on that side of my head. Then when I woke up this morning, my ear was bleeding. It wont stop bleeding. I cleaned it with my H2Ocean Spray and put neosporin around the hole on the inner part of my ear... but it wont stop bleeding. Is that normal? I just got it done two days or three days ago. My sister had pierced part of her cartiladge and said it was normal because hers bled.. but I need to know from someone ..... a bit more knowledgeable about these sorts of things. It didn't bother me before, now it's just this. PLEASE HELP!

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Tragus are one of my favorite piercings, although I do not have it done yet. My piercer hates piercing them because it's hard to get a good placement and he hates piercing cartlidge in general. I'd say the barbell would make heal easier, but I'm not a piercer. I prefer the look of the barbell in the tragus. I'd estimate healing anywhere from 4 months to 12 months, but it can vary.

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      Steph08 9 years ago

      would u recommend getting my tragus done? i play sport but am thinking of getting a barbell, not ring. any thoughts? how longs the healing process?

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Yes. 10 gauge is still pretty small. I have 2- 10 gauges in addition to my stretech lobe. People can't tell the difference between the 10 and a regular piercing. Most people anyway.

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      liss 9 years ago

      Is it ever possible that a size 10 gauge hole will never go back to normal size?

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      cory 9 years ago

      piercing guns were invented for livestock not for people

      DONT USE THEM

      EVER

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Joni- I wouldn't recommend a hot wire, if that's what you're asking. I only recommend going to a professional. I've heard traguses can be a little complicated, but with proper care you should be fine. I'd love to get mine done, but I'm pretty set on my second inner conch.

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      Joni 9 years ago

      Omg peircing guns are so terrible, I couldn't agree more. Watching the videos, it's like wow, i can't watch lol. But i have my lip, my ears, my industrail, and im getting my tragus or w/e this friday. So it isn't too bad, right.

      ... a hot wire? ouch.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      You used a piercing gun for you nose and lip? Did I understand that correctly? Or are you using gunshot in reference to something else.

      If you used a piercing gun for those piercings, that's definitely not reccommended for either! Well, it's not recommened at all for any piercing. But, if you're going to do it, it's better off left to ear lobes.

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      Firefoxcub 9 years ago

      i had my ears pierced as a small child. apparently they had to do it a few times and it wouldn't stay and they finally got a doctor to pierce it. My nose piercing was painful as hell. i got it gunshot a twice and it hurt like mad. then i finally did what we call in india a 'taar piercing' where thye use a hot wire to poke through skin. lot less painful and it stayed well. my lip piercing was a gunshot and that hurt very little.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Lou: That may be your opinion about guns, but in reality they cause more trauma to the tissue and skin, especially with noses! They are a bit more complicated than ears with cartlidge, and should be pierced with a sharp beveled needle. Piercing guns use the standard ear jewelry with the butterfly backs. These jewelry studs are very dull, which is what causes the most trauma to the tissues it penetrates. Also, the guns are hard to clean as they are plastic and cannot be sent through the autoclave, which means the bacteria of one person could penetrate YOUR body! How's that sound to you?

      The healing time of a gun versus a needle, will not vary. I depends on the skill of the piercer, and your ability to heal the piercing. But, most of the time guns will take longer to heal due to the trauma from the blunt object being shoved through your body.

      I will admit, that there are many cases in which there is not any complications with the piercing gun, but there are many more cases where there are. Plus, the workers at the mall who use piercing guns are given little to no training. 

      If you want to get pierced with a gun, go ahead, but I won't risk my body with them or the handlers that use them...

      A quick google on the subject will lead you to TONS of info about the cons of piercing guns. I would suggest you look it up.

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      LOU has a death wish. and !amie vengeance. 9 years ago

      We think using piercing gun is less painful whilst getting your ears/nose pierced and causes less trama as it is a quick sharp pain that doesn't sting afterwards.

      I got my nose pierced with a gun and 4 weeks after i was able to remove it and change nose studs with no pain or bother.

      SO DO IT BBZ;]

      xx

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