Are you wondering why your ear hurts when you put earrings in? We’ll explore the possible reasons behind this discomfort and provide you with helpful insights and solutions.
Why Does My Ear Hurt When I Put Earrings In?
One of the most prevalent causes of ear sensitivity is an allergic reaction to the metals and materials found in earrings. Nickel, commonly used in jewelry to enhance its durability, is often the culprit behind this sensitivity.
When wearing jewelry containing nickel, you may experience localized rashes or skin breakouts. Even trace amounts of nickel can trigger an allergic reaction, making it advisable to avoid it altogether for individuals prone to sensitivity.
To prevent any discomfort or irritation, it is recommended to opt for earrings made from hypoallergenic materials that are free from nickel and other potentially irritating substances.
A new ear piercing is an open wound that can take several weeks to fully heal. During that time, any bacteria that enter the wound can lead to infection. Taking good care of your piercing is key to preventing infection.
Why does it hurt when I put my earrings in?
There are various reasons why inserting a pierced earring can be challenging. One common cause is increased friction between the earring and the ear hole. To address this, applying petroleum jelly to the earring post before insertion can help lubricate it and reduce friction.
It is important to avoid forcing the earring into the hole, as this can lead to skin damage and the formation of painful epidermoid cysts, accompanied by unpleasant-smelling drainage. These cysts occur when a small piece of skin is forced beneath the surface, creating a cyst. Lubricating the earring with petroleum jelly is particularly crucial for individuals with earlobe cysts.
Another frequent issue that can impede earring insertion is the presence of a keratin plug in the earring hole, caused by the accumulation of skin debris. To address this, it is recommended to push the earring through the hole in the opposite direction (from the back of the earlobe to the front) to remove the plug and facilitate smooth earring insertion.
Should I take out my earring if it hurts?
If you suspect that your piercing is infected, it may be tempting to remove the jewelry yourself. However, it is recommended to seek professional medical advice instead. Removing the jewelry on your own can potentially spread bacteria if the piercing is indeed infected. It is advisable to consult with a dermatologist who can properly assess the situation.
A dermatologist will likely perform a swab test on the affected area to determine if there is an infection and may prescribe a course of topical and/or oral antibiotics to treat the infection. Throughout your treatment plan, the dermatologist will also monitor the area for any potential formation of abscesses. For further insights on this topic, we reached out to dermatologists Y. Claire Chang and Alicia Zalka.
Wearing earrings can cause ear pain due to various reasons such as infection, allergic reactions, or improper insertion. Seek medical advice if the pain persists or worsens.