Post # 1
I got second holes pierced on the ear lobe over 10 years ago, but I left the earrings in, never took them out. I loved the look of them, so I felt no need to change it up. Plus, the earrings that are used for piercing are usually pretty tight, so I didn’t have to worry about losing one.
Anyway, I took them out for my wedding because the earrings didn’t go with the other ones I’d chosen. Since then, I haven’t worn anything in them. The earrings I had in before looked pretty gross after I took them out. The hole in the backing piece (that closes the earring in my ear) had some green stuff in the hole – maybe a type of rust, I don’t know. But they looked icky.
The holes by themselves were kind of irritated without an earring in them, but nothing too bad. This weekend I wore some new 10k gold earrings for about 4 hours, and now one hole is clearly infected, and the other is tender, but not as bad.
I’m going to buy some saline ear solution tomorrow to clean them out, but I’m wondering if I should put some earrings in to help them heal? Should I put the old earrings back in (which never caused a problem for over 10 years)? Or give the new 10k earrings a try? (I did buy them on ebay, so maybe they aren’t 10k gold…)
thanks for any help!
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN
Put earrings in while they heal. It will be uncomfortable, but you could risk the holes closing. My ears are very sensitive. I have to buy nickel free, sensitive ear earrings and those still irritate my ears. But after I’ve left them in for a few days the irritation goes away. Now, I just wear earrings for special occasions or if they get infected.
Post # 3
Try to buy some medicated piercing earrings. I wouldnt put the old ones back in, but get some new ones. Also use the saline solution twice a day to try and clear the infection.
Post # 4
Ms_Bombay: Do you think I could use some other earrings I have that don’t hurry my other holes in my ears? Would a store even sell me the earrings they use to pierce ears, if I’m not having the service done?
Post # 5
Whenever my earring holes get irritated, I always dip the post in neosporin before putting the earring on. It totally works/helps heal it right up!
Post # 6
It seems like the consensus is that I should be putting the earrings back in. I don’t really want to go out and buy new ones though.
Post # 7
Maybe clean the old earrings in peroxide with a new toothbrush to get all the gunk and dirt off them, as that will irritate your ears and add some antibiotic cream onto it as suggested by MrsCallalily. That should work in the place of new medicated earrings.