Post # 1
I had my ears pierced when I was 9. Though high school I could wear any type of earrings. Then, over several years in my early 30’s my ears have become more and more sensitive to the point that there are no longer ANY earrings that I can wear without my ear lobes becoming hot, itchy, and sore within a few hours.
My sister had similar problems and she let hers grow back and re-pierced and now can wear any earrings. So I haven’t wore any earrings for over a year, but the hole and still there and I can still easily get earring into them.
My wedding is in 6 months and I’d really like to wear small earrings. I have heard that piercing places are better as they use a hollow needle- do you think they could re-pierce my ears even though the holes are still there? Does anyone know if I am likely to be able to wear earrings again if they can be redone?
Post # 3
I’m a little confused, if the holes are still there and you can get earrings through them, why do they need re-pierced?
Post # 4
It sounds like you have a metal allergy. I don’t think your holes will grow back before your wedding–eventually maybe–but you have scar tissue there keeping it from closing up.
Could you sterilize your earrings and only wear a hypoallergenic metal?
Post # 5
@abbyful: Because I can put earrings in but I cannot wear them for more than an hour or 2 without my ears becoming red, hot and itchy. Then I remove them and scratch and have red ears for the rest of the evening.
@beekiss2: I figure after a year or more without earrings, if they haven’t closed they are not going to. I actually have no scar tissue with my main holes, I can feel some with the upper holes, but I think the main ones are just well-healed open after nearly 30 years.
I have tried all kind of earrings and I have not found anything that I can wear comfortably anymore. Including nickel-free and hypoallergenic and even earrings made for babies. I cleaned by earring with surgical scrub, so they are very clean, and I am not getting infections, just reactions.
I am just wondering if *new* holes would be less sensitive (once they heal) as that did happen with my sister. Otherwise I could try clip-on or magnetic and see if they bother me….
Post # 6
you are definately allergic… i would say buy some high quality earrings… i have 18 k white gold and they dont seem to bother me… make sure they are clean… get earring cleaner… and put them in your ears…. try to keep them in and clean them 2 times a day. thats what i had to do… i just cant wear non gold jewelry 🙂
Post # 7
Have you tried platinum or surgical (sugical, not just stainless) steel earrings?
Post # 8
I don’t know how much it costs or how long you need to wait to repierce your ears but there is a surgery that can close your earring holes. After 30 years, your earring holes aren’t going to heal closed naturally.
Post # 9
i had to have my ears pieced 4 times before i coud get them to stay. after a few months, my ears woud start to react like yours and be too irritating and painful to wear. even with solid god, hypoallergenic, sensitive ears etc etc. i let a few years go in between each piecing but the same thing would happen. i always still had the hole when they re-pierced it each time.
i told myself it would be the final time a few years ago – it took and now i can wear anything without problem. even cheapo crap. random i know, but it does happen.
Post # 10
I have to repierce my ears every time I wear earrings (obviously, I don’t wear them that often!). They haven’t really healed completely each time. I still have the holes. I just usually have to force the earrings through to break the skin in the back each time…
Well, I’m in the same boat as you. I end up with really red ears after an hour or two. I plan to get some surigical steel or platinum earrings (I tend to have less issues with those) and wear them non-stop before the wedding (start at least a month in advance) so I can get my ears used to the metal. I’ll take benedryl if I have to! If after a week of wearing them I still have issues, I’m going to have to reconsider wearing them. I’m hoping my ears will get used to them though! Good luck!
Post # 11
@edgypeanuts: I have the SAME exact problem! I got my ears pierced when I was 12 I think, I could only wear earrings until I was 18 or 19. I have tried cleaning my ears and the earrings before wearing them but it does not work. I can’t wear any earrings, I have tried everything an nothing works. I really want to wear earrings on my wedding day too but I have a feeling that I will have to wear clip ons. 🙁 I have pretty much given up on trying to find earrings that don’t screw up my ears.
Post # 12
My ears do that to. I think the problem is earring backs, though. If I wear complete hoops, I don’t seem to have the same problem. I can’t wear fish hook earrings or anything else like that. I find titanium doesn’t bother my skin (I have a navel piercing that’s no problem with the titanium ring). Maybe try some titanium earrings? I haven’t yet because I’m too cheap to buy them right now.
Post # 13
I dont know if you’ve already tried this, but my mom can only wear earrings that are at least 18k gold, otherwise she gets reactions too. But for some reason, the higher quality gold doesn’t affect her.
Post # 14
I am a licensed body piercer in Virginia, so hopefully I can help answer some questions.
For starters, piercing guns are horrible; they insert jewelry by blunt force, they can never be properly sterilized, and often times they create uneven holes.You can notice instant irritation from the jewelry inserted with a piercing gun, but it sometimes will not become a problem until later on in life.
You are right about going to a professional piercer though. A piercing parlor (in most states – check with a recommended piercer to be sure) will use a hollow needle, which will create an actual hole. This method is far less trauma to the area, and will heal much quicker then with a gun. Also, in most states it is mandatory to use at least 316lvm metals – which are better then most jewelry that you will find at a store for sensitive ears. If your piercer has titanium jewelry in stock, that is your absolute best bet, because it is completely nickel free (but often more pricey).
Most piercers will pierce with an 18 gague or 16 gague to start, but don’t be alarmed, you can change the jewelry to standard studs after 6-8 weeks.
-Now, if your holes are still open, start with massaging the area 2-3 times a day for 5 minutes with a non-sented lotion or essential oil. This will help to break up the layers of scar tissue and close the holes faster.
Some piercers will pierce through somewhat open holes, if it means creating an actual tunnel for the jewelry to be inserted and heal properly.
I hope this all helps! Feel free to message me if you have any more piercing questions!
Post # 15
I don’t know about allergies and stuff, I’ve heard that titanium is suppose to be good. Fiance has sensitive skin, so that was the option we took for his wedding band for that reason.
I have heard that needle peircing is better for you…again I don’t know.
I can tell you that I had my ears peirced what i was 3 and when I ws 7 the right side got tore a little bit. Not all the way through, but enough that it looked like the earrings was going to fall through the bottom of my ear lobe. In highschool I got second holes in my lobes and I just use those for my earrings. If peircing new holes is going to make the difference, have them done beside your old ones and party on?
(no one notices that I don’t use the first holes.)
Post # 15
I had the samething happen i found out i have an allergy to nickie so I have to be careful of what earings i wear but i just redid my last week and today i change them to another pair. the pair i have taking out had white stuff on the part that goes in the hole that earing was in what can i do about that