Post # 1
So I got my ears pierced six weeks ago – it is my first ear piercing. And as of Friday, it had been six weeks and I can remove the piercing earrings, but the backing of the posts is like stuck or something and I can’t get them off! It’s not a healing issue — the holes healed just fine and I can move the earrings back and forth. I just can’t get the backing off!
Short of going back to the store and asking for their help, which I’m prepared to do, has this happened to anyone out there? What did you do?
Post # 3
The backings on piercing studs can be very hard to remove! This happened to me once too!
I think you might need to have someone do it for you as they might be able to get a better angle on it. Good luck!
Post # 4
Don’t panic…its a safety feature! Now since more and more young children are getting their ears pierced they have new backs. Basically the old ones could push on tighter hurting ears and allowed the sharp end of the piercing earring to poke you… it hurt. Now they only go on so far and they have a solid back. The reason that it is hard is due to a groove that they have hollowed out on the post that the back catches on so it wont slip off on accident. Just keep trying and it will come off… try a little at a time so you dont make yourself bleed… maybe a little ice would help the pain if it is hurting from pulling at your ear..
Post # 5
You could try putting a dab of Vaseline on the stem to see if that helps…or soap might work too.
Post # 6
ooooh… I remember having the same problem way back in fourth grade when I got my ears pierced. My mom wasn’t any help at all and we had to wait for my dad to get home and he was able to pry them apart. Get someone strong to help you!
Post # 7
Piercing studs click together and basically get stuck. i hate them! i always trade them out for regular ones. You have to pull really hard unfortunately and snap them apart. Which is no easy task when your ears still hurt! Try lubricating them. It sucks, you almost need leverage but your ear is right there! Icing them down will cause the metal to slightly contract (and your ears) so there might be more wiggle room. Think how your rings fit when it’s super hot versus super cold.
I switched all my earrings out for hoops. I have thick ears I guess and when they snap shut they pinch my ears and i got an infection from that once. It’s uncomfortable up high on cartilege piercings where i developed a small keloid. The half hoops with the straight across bar is the easiest to put on and off and gives your ear more breathing room.
Post # 8
Thank you SO much for all your advice. Update: I finally got them out! What I ended up doing is pulling and twisting them at the same time, and that worked, but it wasn’t easy!
So nice to know that I’ll never have that problem again! 🙂
Post # 9
Glad to hear that you got out of that uncomfortable situation! =)
Post # 10
You may want to have someone look at the end of the earring post. It may be that their screwed on, which is to ensure they don’t fall off. When I got my 4th hole done they used those because of where it sits in my earlobe, but they made sure to tell me about it.
Post # 11
oh my gosh i totally just got my ears done for the first time and am having the same problem .
Post # 12
I’m glad you finally got them out! I remember that piercing studs always do this, like other folks mentioned, it’s a safety feature. I always had to get my sister, or someone else to help me remove them.
Post # 13
Once you’ve switched your earrings for the first time, you should try another pair of studs made out of a hypoallergenic material, such as 14K gold. They’ll be kind to your ears and not have the problem of the backs being so hard to get off! Also while your ears are healing, avoid studs that have large prongs on them; I always found them to be uncomfortable to sleep on.
Post # 14
At first I was nervous pulling hard on the backings. You really just need a firm grasp on both ends, whether that be someone else helping, or I found using your finger nails to grasp both ends works well.
in a respone to the #6 response…
icing your ear to get the earring off doesnt exactly make sense how you explained it. when your ring gets tight in hot temperatures, that is because your finger swells, not the metal! so icing the earring will only maybe shrink your ear a little. that doesnt help getting the backing off. the only thing that ice will help is numbing your ear to not feel pain
Post # 15
@ejs4y8: Thank you so much for your suggestion about icing down the earring! I tried everything, pulling, twisting, you name it, then I saw your comment, put some ice on the backing, and it came right off! It really worked perfectly, thanks 🙂
@chelseaD: Metal does expand and contract according to the temperature, though you generally don’t notice it unless it is extreme hots or colds. Therefore, putting ice on the back of the earring does make a slight difference, enough to help you slip the post out.
Post # 16
Wow that worked great! My new fourth hole piercing was very swollen causing the back to be too tight and I was starting to worry about the pressure and it getting infected as I could not get the super- staying backs off!! Then I tried putting ice on it (in desperation as by now it was too sore to even touch) and presto! It just popped off at next pull! Great advice. I’d never have thought of the metal contracting. Thanks 🙂