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Ear hole care: how it works

by Josephine Andrews
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Ear piercing is harmless compared to piercings on other parts of the body. Without the right care afterwards, however, new ear piercings may also become inflamed. Find out here what care should look like after your ear has been pierced, how you can support the healing process and what you should avoid.

Proper care for new pierced ears

If the ears are freshly pierced, pay special attention to the holes in the initial period afterwards. A freshly pierced ear needs care. After all, it is a small wound and the worst that can happen is that it will become infected if you don’t treat it appropriately. This is how the care after the ear piercing works properly:

  • After piercing your ears, you should first of all only touch your ears and ear studs with thoroughly washed hands. Otherwise the likelihood of dirt and germs getting into the branch ducts increases.
  • Clean the front and back of the ear around the ear hole and post with a special cleaning agent or after piercing care lotion. Ask your pharmacist, piercer or jeweler for advice.
  • Rotate or not? Here opinions differ. Some say: No, otherwise the wound will open up again and again. The others say: Yes, because otherwise the plug will become stuck. Still others say don’t turn, but push back and forth. There are also some who differentiate between ear piercing by a piercer with a hollow needle – in this case do not twist – and ear piercing by a jeweler with a gun – twisting is permitted here. It’s best to follow the advice of whoever pierced your ears.
  • When caring for the ear hole, make sure that the area around the puncture channel remains as dry as possible. Moisture makes it easier for germs to settle in the fresh wound.
  • Also, keep shampoo, soap, or hairspray away from freshly pierced ears. Since this cannot always be avoided, the following applies: Rinse your ears thoroughly with clear water after showering or styling your hair, dry them off and apply a disinfectant spray. This applies for about six to twelve weeks until the wounds have healed.
  • You should also leave the medical plugs in your ears that you got when you pierced your ears. With plugs in the earlobe, six weeks is often sufficient, plugs in the cartilage remain more like twelve weeks. If you take them out sooner, the ear holes will close up again. Cartilage piercings are best changed by the piercer.
  • After your ears have been pierced, also check whether the clasp of the ear stud is seated correctly. It should not be too close to the earlobe so that enough air can reach the skin . If the plug is too tight, it increases the risk of infection.
  • When caring for your ear hole, look at the area around the puncture canal: is it red, overheated, swollen? Does it hurt or does yellow secretion flow out of the ear hole? These are symptoms of an infection that you should see a doctor about.

Ear hole: care and behavior after healing

If you exchange the medical plugs for “follow-on earrings” after six to twelve weeks, choose models made of real materials such as silver, gold or titanium. Earrings containing nickel, for example, sometimes trigger allergic reactions.

At best, the new plugs have a rounded end. Those with pointed ends injure the puncture canal that has just healed when they are inserted. An inner part of the pen sits more securely and without slipping in the puncture channel than a curved one, and it is also easier to insert. Anyone who is sensitive should therefore choose earrings with a pin as follow-up jewelry. Jewelry made of anti-allergic material such as surgical steel is ideal.

For follow-up earrings, choose light jewelry for at least the next six months, not heavy hangers. The latter put a strain on the still sensitive branch canal.

When you pull a sweater or t-shirt over your head, make sure that the textile does not catch on the ear stud. If you accidentally tear the earrings, it will be slightly painful and the wound will start bleeding again.

Ear piercing care: What you better avoid

If you observe the above points, you have already done a lot right when it comes to caring for freshly pierced ears. Avoid touching the holes with unwashed hands, constantly fiddling with the posts, and pressing the clasp too tight for fear of losing the newly pierced earring.

Do not dismiss persistent pain, overheating or secretion as a trifle. This is usually not something that you can fix with normal ear hole care, but rather an indication of an inflammation that a doctor should look at.

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