Although ear piercing can make you look trendy and cool, they’re also prone to getting infected if they’re not properly taken care of, and the pain can be unbearable. That’s why I have decided to share nine most common reasons why piercings get infected.
1. The Use of Unsterilized Instruments
Getting your ears pierced means that you’ll have an open wound. Thus, you should be cautious and make sure that the instruments that would be used to ‘create’ that wound are cleaned and sterilized.
2. Constant Touching of the Newly Pierced Ears
Just like what has been mentioned earlier, a newly pierced ear means that there’s an open wound until it fully heals. Which also implies that the external tissues can easily get infected. That’s why it’s very important to avoid touching a newly-pierced earlobe, nor scratch it– no matter how itchy it gets.
3. Using Poor Quality Earrings and Studs
Although there are cheap earrings that look as good as the original ones, keep in mind that you’d always get what you paid for. Yes, you paid less, but you’re also increasing the risk of getting your piercings infected, especially if your skin is sensitive. Companies, such as Blomdahl USA, make earrings that are 0% nickel, and assure that they are free from harmful substances, such as acrylics, lead, cadmium, and more.
4. Putting and Removing the Piercings Too Often
When you get your ears pierced, it’s highly advisable to not change your earrings for at least 6 weeks after the procedure. Removing an earring quite often can lead to irritation. Also, make sure that you clean your earlobe using a saline solution, or peroxide. Through this, you’ll be able to get rid of the remaining dirt and debris.
5. Ill-fitting Earrings
Ill-fitting earrings are a no-no to a newly-pierced ear. Too tight would lead to unnecessary rubs and it could also prevent the blood from passing through the site. That means, healing time would be longer.
6. Dirty Earrings
Earrings should be cleaned thoroughly, especially if you’re going to insert it in your new piercing. As much as possible, stay away from putting on dirty earrings, as well as earrings that you have not worn for a long time.
7. Traumatic Tearing
You should only get your ears pierced by a professional, because if done improperly, it could lead to traumatic tearing of the pierced tunnel which could trigger infections.
There are cases where the ear infection was caused by allergies to some metals, such as nickel alloy. To avoid this, look for earrings that are made up of either pure gold or plastic– if you’re on a budget. These materials are proven to minimize infection even in the most sensitive ears.
9. Clogged Pore
Although this can’t be seen by the naked eye, some people have pores and follicle in their earlobes that can be prone to infection when wounded. Likewise, touching this area with dirty hands would transmit the bacteria into these open pores and this would result to infection.
If you will avoid these concerns, I’m sure you will be able to enjoy your new piercings. Wow! Don’t they look so good.