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#1 Purr

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:12 AM

Hi everyone,

My pierced ears grew closed when I was so sick last year. I would like to have them pierced again but, I'm concerned about infection. When I fell on my face in January (don't ask :rolleyes: ) and cut the bridge of my nose, it got infected. When the dermatologist removed a spot on my leg (by freezing), it got infected. I'd appreciate your opinion on the matter. My earings are going to waste!!!! :lol:

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:06 AM

I personally would not have a problem with doing that. I had my belly button pierced after learning I had sclero, and never had problems. However, everyone is different, and since you've had trouble with healing, I would take that into consideration.
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:14 AM

I'd get it done again. What do they do for "normal" infections of piercing, alcohol and/or peroxide. I don't think we're any different in that respect.

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 08:46 AM

GREAT idea Tru!!! I'll put ear piercing on tomorrow's list of "things to do"! The diamonds will have to wait though. I had some extra expenses this month.

Thanks Tru and Pamela!

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:59 AM

I have my ears pierced but when I wear earings my ear loobs get all soar. My SD is in my face and ear areas as well so I only wear them for dress up occassions which is very rare now a days.
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 11:04 AM

Sounds like you got good advice. I used to be able to wear any earrings (even the cheapies...but not now...I know even a diamond would give me infections)....so I gave up trying...mine have also grown over now....but if I could wear earrings, I would too!!
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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:28 PM

I have had the same problem, Christy. I discovered, however, that my holes hadn't completely closed and I had a pair of very thin wires that I could insert. I have been wearing them now and then and cooling the warmth that arises with a bit of antiseptic solution. I hope to keep progressing to slightly bigger ones. My husband has been annoyed that I haven't been wearing earrings because it was an easy gift for him to buy! Now he has trouble thinking of little things.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 12:19 AM

Purr,
Go for it. Although I have no medical training, I would tend to think that the worst that can happen is that one or both may get infected so you let them heal up and grow over. Or that they stay sore for a few days and all goes well. Just keep them clean. You might just have a slight growth of skin covering the old hole and like Jefa said you may be able to stick a thin pair of wires through. I haven't used earings in the first set of holes in my ears in a few years. I can still get a pair in if I really needed to. I always got a fever in my left ear and it would turn red, and get very sore to the touch when I would wear earings. I could wear really cheap earings or nickel coated earings but not expensive earings, without too much pain. It is easier just not to wear them. So, I just don't wear dangles or studs in the lower holes.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:12 AM

I wouldn't be without my ears being pierced, had them done a long while ago but in recent years have found that the holes quickly seem to close up if I've being fine wires in them so have to keep putting thicker ones in. They do get quite sore at times and I use 'surgical spirits', which always heals them up fairly quickly. I was told to use this when I first had them done & it works for me.
I hate not having a pair of earings in and I find I have to have proper gold in them because with the cheaper ones they become sore very quickly. They also make me feel good!

I would go for it you never know they may heal up fine and if not you let them grow over again.

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 03:26 AM

Hi Christy,

This is a good question. Please keep in mind I have no medical training of course, and discuss this with your doctor.

Most of us tend to think of ear piercing as being an entirely harmless thing to do, since so many people have pierced ears and seemingly without complications. However, if you are that prone to infections, I'd think twice about it as some infections are antibiotic resistant nowadays; and antibiotics usually don't work for ear piercings because because there is no blood supply in cartilage.

Also, we tend not to see the ears that have gone bad over piercings (I think because people quickly learn to hide them with hair and hats.)

You may be interested in the Mayo Clinic page on Piercings: Proper care can help prevent complications. Possible complications can include blood-borne diseases (like hepatitis and HIV), allergic reactions, skin infections (which can lead to permanent ear deformity), scars and keloids, and tearing or trauma.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 04:06 AM

Hi Christy,

I forgot to mention that even if you don't re-pierce, you can still use most of your old earrings -- simply re-purpose them as clip-on earrings (or as scarf or lapel pins or necklace charms).

But first, spend the time (and a little bit of money) to find a good quality clip that you find comfortable as some of them seem to be made in mammogram factories on the High Smush setting. :unsure:

It's very easy to learn how to make your own earrings (I learned within an hour) or with the help of a "crafty" friend. Expensive jewelry can be reset by a jeweler.

For those of us who still have pierced ears this should serve as a gentle reminder to put earrings in several times a week -- even if we are "boots up" with illness. It keeps the piercings open and prevents the angst and possible complications of re-piercing.
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:13 AM

Shelly,

Thanks for the information. I've decided to "pass" on the re-piercing. My nieces have pierced ears. I'll give them my earrings and get some clip-ons. I'd use your 'pin' suggestion, but most of my earrings are small hoops or hooks.

Thanks everyone!

Christy
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Posted 25 June 2008 - 09:24 AM

Hi Christy,

Well, good for you! To celebrate, I think you should treat yourself to a new pair of comfortable clip-on earrings. They really make comfortable ones now -- where you can set your own tension on the clips and everything! Do a search on "comfortable clip-on earrings" and it will open up a wonderful world of possibilities for you.

In fact, you'll have to make a whole new collection now, won't you? That will open up possibilities for all sorts of holiday and birthday presents!
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