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Is it normal for stretched ears to be sore?

Last Updated: 8th March, 2020

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After stretching, my piercing is verysore/ bleeding - HELP! If you are experiencing anythingbeyond a slightsoreness, or you are bleeding, then youhavestretched your piercing too quickly. Unfortunately,thismeans that you are going to have to backtrack to heal beforeyoucan consider stretching again.

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Similarly, is it normal for my ears to hurt after stretching?

Simply put, yes! Skipping sizes or stretchingwhenyour ear aren't healed can cause a lot of problems. Thiscanintroduce infection, pain and bleeding, as well ashurtthe elasticity in your ears. When youstretchyour ears too quickly, you really aren'tstretching yourears, but tearing yourskin.

Beside above, how do I know if my gauge is infected? Symptoms of an infected ear piercing Typical signs of an infected earringholeinclude redness, swelling, and tenderness around the lobe.Tears orlacerations can also accompany an earing holeinfection asit grows or as symptoms accumulate. In moresevere cases, fluiddrainage, crusting, and fever can alsopresent.

In this manner, how do you treat a swollen stretched earlobe?

The best way to do this is with hot sea salt soaks.Soakyour earlobes in a mixture of 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of sea salt peronecup of water for five to ten minutes every day untiltheyheal. NEVER apply alcohol, peroxide, or Bactine toyourears. They're too harsh and will killhealthycells.

How do you clean stretched ears?

Wash your newly stretched piercing twicedailywith glycerin soap. This will help remove the crusties andkeepyour piercing clean. Remember not to let anyone elseuseyour soap! Soak your piercing twice daily for three to fiveminutesin a warm sea salt solution.

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Kirian Anelo

Professional

How long should stretched ears be sore?

As a general rule of thumb, you should waitaminimum of 3-4 months before stretching a fresh softtissuepiercing, and healed ear lobe piercings canoften bestretched at the rate of one size (about 1mmto 1.5mm or1/16") each 30 to 45 days, minimum.

Xiaowen Mokosch

Professional

What is a blowout ear stretching?

Ear stretching blowouts are when a red,irritatedring of scar tissue develops around the back of theear lobehole from stretching your ears tooquickly or toodrastically. However, the number one cause ofblowout isover stretching.

Edna Altolaguirre

Professional

How far can you stretch your ears before its irreversible?

Everyone has different elasticity in theirears,some may never close up and others will be abletostretch to a large size and shrink back down.Mostprofessional piercers will suggest around 6mm (2g) to8mm(0g) for a safe size although even at this size there is achancethey won't shrink back down at all.

Suihua Almetiev

Explainer

Can I use Vaseline to stretch my ears?

In a pinch you can use Vaseline or agenericpetroleum jelly, but it's really not the best choice.Thevery best time to stretch your ears is when youhavejust stepped out of a hot shower. It is at this point thatyourearlobe skin is at its softest and most pliable.

Irai Bleibaum

Explainer

Can you use coconut oil to stretch ears?

While you're out getting a new taper, getsomeJojoba oil, Vitamin E oil or Surgilube.(Neosporinand Vaseline are not good lubes for earstretching). Lube upyour ears and also the taper. Somepeople say taking a hotshower beforehand helps to make yourear a bit stretchy, andmassage it to get the bloodflowing.

Soraida Sahelices

Pundit

What gauge should I start stretching my ears?

What gauge to start stretching yourearsat? A great question that you will need to knowwhenstarting to stretch your ears iswhatsize should your first stretch be. For themajority ofpeople, either 16 gauge or 14 gauge is agoodstarting point if you have only wornregularearrings.

Deon Boeddeker

Pundit

Do ear weights stretch your ears?

A common misconception about ear weights isthatthey're made for stretching your ears. If you're lookingtostretch your ears you're better off using plugs ortunnels.The way ear weights work in termsofstretching, is that they will only stretch theskinon the very bottom of your ear lobe.

Setti Abrosimov

Pundit

What is the lump in my ear lobe?

If you feel a bump around your earlobeorscalp, it is most likely a benign cyst and it will go awaywithouttreatment. Sometimes the cyst will get bigger, but it shouldstillgo away without treatment. You should see a doctor if the cystgetslarge, causes you pain, or affects your hearing.

Ijaz Jepson

Pundit

Should I take my piercing out if its infected?

When is the best time to remove a piercing inthecase of an infection? "In the presence of aminorinfection, the jewelry should not be removed orthehole will close," Dr. Wexler says.

Weifang Jeffers

Pundit

Why is one ear red and hot?

Flushing and blushing are common causes ofredears. They result in a sudden reddening of the skin dueto anincrease in blood flow to the area. Flushing can alsodevelopbecause of a rapid change in temperature, alcohol use, andhormonalchanges. Red ears due to flushing may also causetheears to feel warm.

Nancy Nirupama

Teacher

Why do my ears get infected every time I wear earrings?

Causes of Pierced Ear Infections
Using earrings with dirty posts cancauseinfection. Touching the earlobes with dirtyhands mayalso cause infection. Another common causeisearrings that are too tight. The post may be too shortorthe clasp put on too tight.

Jeffry Simoo

Teacher

What causes swollen ear lobe?

A swollen earlobe is typically causedbydamage or a reaction in the earlobe. Bacteria andothergerms may get into the earlobe through a cut orpiercing andresult in an infection.

Davor Marik

Teacher

Why is my outer ear swollen?

Otitis externa is a condition that causesinflammation(redness and swelling) of the externalear canal,which is the tube between the outer ear andeardrum. Otitisexterna is often referred to as "swimmer'sear" becauserepeated exposure to water can make theear canal morevulnerable to inflammation.

Hildebrando Gasbar

Teacher

What causes ears to get hot?

Hot ears can be caused by a number of factors,sothe outlook varies by the condition that triggered it.Someconditions, such as ear infections and sunburns, arequitecommon and easily treated.

Boguslaw Avellano

Reviewer

How do you treat an infected ear lobe?

Clean around the piercing with a saltwater rinsethreetimes a day. Use sterile saline (you can find some online)orcombine 1/4 tsp. of salt with 8 oz. of distilled water. Don'tusealcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic ointments. Thesecanfurther irritate the skin and slow thehealingprocess.

Faraz Trux

Reviewer

Where is your earlobe?

Earlobe. The human earlobe(lobulusauriculae) is composed of tough areolar and adiposeconnectivetissues, lacking the firmness and elasticity of the restof theauricle (the external structure of the ear). In some casesthelower lobe is connected to the side of the face.

Nesrin Albertshofer

Reviewer

Is it normal for gauges to swell?

Piercing. This is the most common cause ofaswollen earlobe for most people. A certain amount ofpainand swelling is normal at the time of piercing,whichshould go away in a matter of days. For people whousegauges, going up a gauge can causesimilarsymptoms.

Lech Prandl

Supporter

Can you use alcohol to clean gauges?

Use a wash cloth and some soapy watertomassage the ear lobes and rinse them off using warmwater.It is easier to clean your earlobes each timeyoutake a shower. Avoid using disinfectants andrubbingalcohol on your piercing. This is especiallyimportant if yourpiercing hole is yet to heal.

Sidiki Mazuera

Supporter

How do you clean ear plugs?

Gently clean your ears before eachuse.Rinse ear plugs off in non-chlorinated water after eachuse.Allow ear plugs to dry thoroughly between uses topreventmildew growth. If needed, wash ear plugs in warm,soapywater with a soft brush or towel.