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Old 04-28-2007, 05:19 PM
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Ear Piercing Problem

I had my ears pierced almost 30 years ago. Because I have rather small earlobes (and the "professional" who did this did a very bad job), the holes are VERY close to the bottom.

I have worn the same pair of earrings nearly continuously for the past 5 years. They are a 1/2-inch-diameter hoop, very lightweight. I sleep, shower, swim, everything with those earrings on.

The other day the left earlobe started to bother me so I finally removed the earrings. There is no redness, no discharge from the hole, but it still hurts quite a bit.

Is there any remedy I can use for the pain--which I assume is signaling something, like I started to tear the lobe without realizing it??? I'm afraid to put the earrings back in. Because of problems with contact dermatitis, I do not wear any other earrings EVER. These are the only ones that don't cause my ears to get infected.
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Old 04-28-2007, 05:42 PM
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My suggestion is to get it looked at - a dr will be able to see what is happening. But if that is not possible then perhaps an antiseptic cream applied sparingly for a few days, in case there is an infection starting. Leave the earrings out until the pain has subsided.
I leave my hoops in always too and my diamond studs, but this morning I have discovered one stud is missing. I have searched everywhere and can't find it. I am "not happy, Jan!!" (Aussie saying)
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Old 04-28-2007, 08:53 PM
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Barbszy try a little bit of Neosporin to the affected ear...I usually clean mine with rubbing alcohol and when I had mine pierced for the second time last summer I developed a rather large lump on my left ear...tried a bit of Neosporin on it and cleared it right up...before you put your earrings back in clean them with rubbing alcohol...
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Old 04-29-2007, 06:49 AM
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Barb I would use an antiseptic of some sort on it but they advise for any open wound or such not to use rubbing alcohol. It destroys as many bad bacteria as it does the good bacteria.

Sometimes my ears will get sore...I may have slept wrong and the earring pulled a little or it is many times the start of a small infection. I too wear my earrings all the time, mine are diamond studs.

Give the antiseptic a try, polysporin, neosporin or any other that is like that and if it does not show improvement ask your doctor about it.

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Old 05-04-2007, 07:30 PM
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You may have developed an allergy to Nickel. That is the metal in earirngs which bothers so many. My girls and I can only wear Nickel Free Hypo Allergetic, otherwise, our ears really hurt - like yours have been hurting.
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Old 05-05-2007, 08:05 AM
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I don't wear my earrings very much anymore, but before I put them in, I clean my ears with peroxide & also the earring posts. I use Neosporin after using the peroxide & the earrings usually slide right in with no problem. On one of my ears, the hole is sort of slanted so I have to "feel" around to get it through the back of my ear. That makes my ear sore, so I haven't been wearing mine very much. I don't sleep with mine in either... take them out at night. I got my earring caught on a blanket once & almost tore my ear off getting it loose.
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