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Hi all,

 

Have anyone else's earring holes closed up? I can get earrings in them, but I have to sort of pierce them each time and the next day, they've scabbed over again. They also feel really painful when they're in.

 

B


Diagnosed diffuse systemic scleroderma December 2005 (on my 30th birthday, as if turning 30 wasn't enough?!)

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Hi Princess,

 

Please keep in mind I have no medical training at all and very everything I say with a reliable medical source. But as it happens, I have had pierced ears for decades.

 

How long have you had pierced ears? It sounds like you have an infection or allergic reaction. Pierced ears should never be scabbed over (after the initial healing process, the first month.)

 

They will quickly close up if you don't wear earrings every day, or regularly, although some people are able to go longer periods of time without wearing them. Some people heal faster, so learn your own threshold and stay within it.

 

But they should never be painful or scabbed over! That indicates inflammation, infection, or allergy. Please take them out, and check with your doctor's office for advice.

 

Also check all of your earrings to make sure they are high quality and non-allergenic. Good luck getting things squared away with them!


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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It's really weird, I have had them pierced since I was 5 years old and had never had any problems before, I could wear whatever metal in them. Also, the earrings I am trying to wear are gold and I make sure they've been cleaned with alcohol first. It started about a year ago, so I wondered if it was a scleroderma thing. It's not really a scab either, there's no sign of infection, it's just that the skin heals over overnight, just a layer or two of skin. Maybe it's just me!


Diagnosed diffuse systemic scleroderma December 2005 (on my 30th birthday, as if turning 30 wasn't enough?!)

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B

The same thing happens to me and its been going on for 4 years since I was diagnosed. I've had pierced ears since I was 17. I'm now 50 something :) . I'm finding that if I don't wear my earrings for a couple of days, I have to "re pierce" them. When I take them out at night, the next morning, I, too have some scabbing. After this happened the first couple of time I put the original gold post in and left them in for at least a week. I used alcohol twice a day, turned the earrings often, just like I did when they were initially pierced. I now wear earrings everyday even if it's a day that I stay in my pjs all day. My hubby thinks it's cute to see me walking around in flannel with earrings. :D

 

I've had to quit wearing some of my earrings because the posts are too big and the holes in my ears (of which I have 4) have shrunk. So whenever I wore the larger post, it hurts. I always assumed it had to do with the collagen production machines that we are. By wearing earrings everyday and wearing the smaller posts, I haven't had any more problems with scabbing or pain.

 

One of the many great points that Shelley made was to check and make sure you have good quality posts. I've thrown all those cheap, $2 earrings away and only wear the good quality earrings.

 

Big Hugs,


Janey Willis

ISN Support Specialist

(Retired) ISN Assistant Webmaster

(Retired) ISN News Director

(Retired) ISN Technical Writer for Training Manuals

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Aaah, so I'm not crazy, thanks Janey! Will try wearing them all the time and see.


Diagnosed diffuse systemic scleroderma December 2005 (on my 30th birthday, as if turning 30 wasn't enough?!)

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Me too! Never thought it was the sclero, but now that you all say it happens to you... I discovered the trick to stopping the scab...before you put your earrings on, rub a tiny bit of neosporin on the hook or post. I haven't had the problem since I started doing that. Good luck!

karen

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<<before you put your earrings on, rub a tiny bit of neosporin on the hook or post. >>

 

 

Hi Everyone,

 

I have to dip the posts into Benadryll cream before wearing earrings. That helps with the redness/crusty junk, too.

 

Margaret

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Hi B, I have this problem occasionally, though am not sure why it occurs . I do have psoriasis and nickel allergy (although all my earrings are nickel free) but don't know whether that is anything to do with it. I very easily solve the problem by applying a very mild hydrocortisone ointment (available without prescription)- I often only need to use it once or twice and the problem disappears.

Lizzie

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My ear holes have shrunk a bit, too, and I find it impossible to insert some earrings. As for the allergic reaction, the gold earrings can be a problem. Pure gold is too soft to use, so is combined with other metals, often nickel alloys because of their strength and whitening properties. 24k gold is pure gold and very soft. 12k gold is half something else. 18k gold is 1/4th something else. You can get gold that has palladium or rhodium instead of nickel. Anyway, many people (myself included) are highly allergic to the nickel alloy that is in most gold. I have changed all my gold wires to the cheap brass ones and they work just fine. With silver earrings, I wear stainless steel wires. I am not allergic to the silver, but if there is any tarnish on them, it bothers me. The stainless wires and posts are easier to keep clean.

 

I have been trying to dress up more, even on 'pajama days' just to feel better. It seems to help.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

Carrie Maddoux

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums Support Specialist

(Retired)ISN Sclero Forums UK Chat Host

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I also have the same problem. But, not only do my get a film they get crusty overnight. The one ear gets red and fevered. I was told to wear nickle free earings. It is hard to find them. A couple years ago people looked and me and just said, (I don't think we have anything like that.) Now, they are easier to find. In my upper set of holes I don't have any problems. Just the lower holes. My first set. Mine have also been pierced about 30 years. I did try wearing my orginal post for a few weeks. After the first several days they stopped the feverishness and crustyness. I kept them alcoholed. But as soon as I put expensive earings back in my ears it started all over again. I now wear earings in the upper holes 24 - 7 I had the same problems with mine closing up. Now I never use them. Just the top ones. Might look a bit strange but oh well. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

Sheryl Doom

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(Retired) ISN Chat Moderator

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Me too, me too.

I do what Margaret does... dip the ends in antibiotic ointment, which seems to help. Without it my ears puff and get red. My ears close sorta so I put earings in through the back of my ear lobe first. This seems to re-pierce them a little easier. One its open I put the earing in the right way.

 

Is this a coincidence or a scleroderma thing?

The mystery continues,

peanut


You can deprive the body but the soul needs chocolate

my HMO makes me wear a helmet...

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Hi all,

I'll join in a bit late. I have the same problem. Mine occurs only with the lower hole; it gets crusty and sometimes puffy, red and feverish. At times the hole seems to close up. I find the "hook" type of earring to be easier on my ears for some reason. Sometimes I let the lower hole "rest" and just wear the same pair of earrings in the upper hole.

 

I"m like Peanut. I wonder if you took the same number of people from the general population who did not have sclero, would you find the same percentage who had this problem with the ears and earrings? We are a curious bunch!

 

emmie

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Interesting thought Emmie, will ask friends/colleagues if they also have problems with piercings - If not perhaps they should add red and crusted ear lobes to the diagnostic criteria fo SSc! :lol:

Lizzie

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My pierced ears seem also to get very sore & the hole definitely shrinks if I don't keep earrings in them. I fnd I need to use ones with fairly thick posts all the time or else lots of my earrings don't fit any more. Mine have been done for a bout 30 years + and still have to use alcohol to clean them. The holes do easily scab over & become very sore & inflamed.

 

Jensue

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Thanks for all your answers and the advice about dipping the posts before putting them in, I'll try that :)


Diagnosed diffuse systemic scleroderma December 2005 (on my 30th birthday, as if turning 30 wasn't enough?!)

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