Post # 1
I have to get an MRI today of my brain and I have to take out all of my earrings. Well, my Tragus piercing has a keloid and it has gotten infected several times due to irritation. I have talked to my Dr. about taking it out, but he didn’t seem too concerned and I haven’t had time to go back to the place I got it pierced and have them look at it. Now it is infected, or at least irritated again and I have to take it out!!!
I’ve never even taken out my cartilage piercing and now I have to do this! Any advice on how to take it out/put it back in? Should I go to the piercer and have them help???
Post # 3
You should just be able to take it out yourself. However, it’s possible you won’t be able to get it back in.
To be honest, if it keeps getting infected it’s because your body is rejecting it. I wouldn’t advise keeping that particular piercing.
Post # 4
Have the piercer remove it if you’re finding it tricky. Once you have it out, to be honest I’d leave it for a bit and really focus on applying disinfectant and letting it rest sans piercing in place. Then after a few days, you can have another look/see how you feel. Keloids can get pretty out of hand if there’s on-going infection.
I’m not an authority here, as I’m not a piercer or medical professional, but I do have body piercings (10) and I do have brain MRIs fairly regularly (number 9 is scheduled for the end of this month) so I totally feel you on the headache it is to remove everything head to toe. I can imagine it’s so much more of a pain if one of them is acting up already!
Best of luck, not just with your tragus, but with your MRI.
Post # 5
@IzzyBear: thank you! I know my body was rejecting the piercing. I’m assuming I’m allergic to the metal since I’ve had problems with anything other than gold. The piercer said I wouldn’t have a problem with the surgical steel, but I did. I couldn’t take it out myself because my Tragus was swollen so there wasn’t much room to grab the ring.
@Bette_Noire: thank you for your kind words! I did have to go have the piercer take the ring out. I’m looking for a gold earring, but if I can’t find one then I’m going to keep it out. That was my first MRI, I will have the report tomorrow. They didn’t give me the CD with the images, so I hope that means there is nothing to look at!!!
Post # 6
@ceemarie7: I’ve had problems with cartilage piercings in my upper ear, but I haven’t tried my tragus. I’m too afraid I would have issues! I think you probably are allergic to the metal, I was allergic to the surgical steel too. Maybe your keloid issue is actually hypertrophic scarring, did the bump go away after you took out your earring? My piercer said that keloids are mostly permanent and are much more common on darker skin. I was afraid I would have the scarring again if I decided to have another piercing. Maybe try a different metal? Did you put the earring back in? I hope it feels better!
ETA I’ve heard good things about H2Ocean for keeping piercings clean.
Post # 7
Ohhh. This is not good. Here’s what happened to me:
I had the same piercing and the same issues (infection, swelling, etc). It got so bad, I cried becuase it hurt so, so bad. I got antibiotics from my DR, but when I went to take it out on my own, it filled up with puss/grossness/whatever and swelled up CRAZY. Taking it out meant that it wouldn’t drain, so I had to put the ring back in so that the puss/grossness would drain out. I think if I had taken it out it would’ve stayed swollen and hardened- sometimes Keloids do that.
Eventually the infection went away and the swelling went down and everything was fine. I took it out once it was healed becuase I didn’t want it anymore – all of that for nothing!
I guess my advice is to just research what can happen when you take it out, etc. and then go to your Doctor for maybe some antibiotics?
I dunno. Just my experience. Good luck OP! Hope the infection goes away soon!
Post # 8
@ceemarie7: I know this was 4 days ago, but I had to take mine out last night for surgery (as well as navel). The tragus started to close up within the day I had it out! I had to poke a smaller gauge earring gently through to open it up, and eventually got the tragus bar through.
I hope all went well with your MRI!