4 Things People with Pierced Ears Should Know

4 Things People with Pierced Ears Should Know

by Natalie Aylett


Ear piercings are very common but they can also be very difficult to take care of if your ears don't take well to them. Often in times, they can cause infections and lead many people to only be able to wear real silver or gold. This article is designed to give you a few helpful tips when it comes to ear piercings.

4 Things People with Pierced Ears Should Know

1. How to Safety Wear Cheap Earrings

Your favorite pair of cheap earrings may be causing you to get an ear infection each time you wear them. Cheap earrings are usually made from cheap metals or non-nickel free materials. Some people are more sensitive to cheaply made earrings than others. If you notice your ear getting red, swollen, or itchy after wearing a pair of cheap earnings than that earring is not your friend. However, instead of letting an otherwise perfect pair of earrings go to waste, you can try coating the posts with clear nail polish. By doing this you are avoiding putting your ear in direct contact with the non-nickel, cheap metal material that is causing your ear’s irritation.

2. Types of Materials Good for Sensitive Ears

Most likely when you first got your ears pierced, you were given a gold post. Gold is very good earring material because it is unlikely to cause swelling or infection in your piercing. Other materials that are good to look for when buying a pair of earrings are: platinum, silver, titanium, plastic, acrylic, silicone, surgical steel, and niobium. All of these materials are nickel free, which is important because nickel is a cheap metal that is the primary cause of ear piercing infections.

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3. How to Know When your Ear Piercing is Infected

An infected ear piecing is no joke. If you start to notice that you ear lobe is red, swollen, painful, or warm, you may have an infected piercing. To avoid an infected ear piercing you can apply an antibiotic cream or rubbing alcohol to your ear lobe with a cotton ball and then gently turn the earring while it is in your ear. You can also avoid infections in your ear piercings by taking out your earrings before going to sleep each night.

4. How to Treat an Infected Ear Piercing

If you have an infected ear piecing the most important thing to do is to keep the pierced area clean. Doing this mean washing your hands before you touch the infected area as well as washing the earring with an antibacterial soap at least twice a day. Another way to treat an infected ear piercing is to use salt water. All you have to do is mix 2 tablespoons of sea salt into a cup of boiling water and stir it until the water cools down. Next, dip a Q tip into the salt water solution and then rub the dipped side of the Q tip around the infected area of the piercing to clean the infection. Repeat this step 4-5 times using a different Q tip each time. You can also treat you infected ear piercing by applying a warm compress over the infected area for no less than 20 minutes each day. If your infection worsens or continues it is important to see a doctor.

Protect your Piercings!

Pierced ears can be cute and fun to have, but it is very important to take good care of them. If your ears are constantly infected, ear piercings may not be for you. Also remember to always go to a clean place with a trained professional when having them pierced.

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