Piercings: A Guide to Safe Earring Use

Many people have piercings, but there are always one or two horror stories of infection and so on that put others off having their ears done. But if you look after your piercings properly, your ears should be like the vast majority of people and be absolutely fine, allowing you to wear attractive jewellery to offset your gorgeous face. Here is how you can improve your piercing experience.

Immediately after the piercing, be sure to follow the care instructions that any reputable piercer will hand out, often before they do the actual piercing. Use the disinfectant provided, and make sure you use enough to keep your new piercings clean and protected – trying to save money by only using a little disinfectant is a false economy.

The instructions will usually tell you how to turn the earrings to stop the piercing overgrowing the earring, usually a quarter turn in one direction and then back again. This replaced old instructions which were to turn the earring fully a few times. The reason for this was that sometimes, long hairs would get trapped around the post, and turning the earring completely would work the hair into the pierced hole. While often this isn’t a problem, it can sometimes cause an infection.

While your ears are healing, monitor them for excessive pain, any bleeding or scabbing – after minor discomfort following the piercing, it shouldn’t hurt at all.

Once you can change your earrings, be fussy about what you buy. Yes, you can buy a lot of cheap jewellery for very little money, but you may very quickly regret it. Earrings can sometimes have overly thick posts that can damage the fresh piercing, or stretch older ones. And besides, there’s no need to go very cheap on poor-quality earrings, because there is plenty of beautiful hypoallergenic jewellery in a huge range of styles and colours available right here! Times certainly have changed from the days when hypoallergenic earrings were gunmetal grey, unprepossessing pieces – not exactly styled to make one feel cute!

Nickel is widely used in earring-making because it is relatively cheap and can be drawn out into a fine wire quite easily. However, nickel is something that a surprisingly large number of people react to, especially when worn close to the body, as in earrings. Reactions tend not to be very severe, but can include pain, swelling, and discharge around the earring. Often using pure metals, like gold, is a solution, but not everyone can afford this. Another alternative is to go hypoallergenic to save money, pain, and to indulge your taste for diverse styles and types of earring!