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How to Heal Irritated Stretched Ears: A Comprehensive Guide

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Surgical steel tapers are recommended for beginners or those wanting to safely progress in ear stretching.

Ear stretching, a popular form of body modification, is an ancient tradition that has gained widespread popularity in contemporary culture. While it's a fashionable way to express individuality, stretched ears can sometimes become irritated or face complications during the stretching process.

Common Causes of Irritation:

Rapid Stretching: Stretching too quickly or skipping sizes can cause tears, resulting in irritation and possible infections.

Low-Quality Jewellery: Inferior quality or unsterilized jewellery made of nickel or other irritants can cause allergic reactions and irritation.

Poor Aftercare: Inadequate cleaning or neglecting proper aftercare routines can lead to irritation and infections.

Steps to Heal Irritated Stretched Ears

1. Remove Irritating Jewellery

If your stretched ears are irritated, remove the jewellery causing the discomfort. Opt for jewellery made from hypoallergenic materials such as surgical stainless steel, titanium, or glass to prevent further irritation.

2. Clean with Saline Solution

Gently clean your stretched ears with a saline solution twice a day to keep the area clean and reduce irritation. Avoid using alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as they can dry out the skin. Alternatively, you can soak your ears in a warm sea salt solution for about 5-10 minutes, which can help soothe irritation and promote healing. We provide a Neilmed Cleaning Solution which many piercing experts recommend. 


3. Downsize

Consider downsizing to a smaller-sized piece of jewellery to give your ears a chance to rest and heal. Choose a size that comfortably fits and causes no irritation.

4. Avoid Irritants

Steer clear of potential irritants like perfumes, hair sprays, or body lotions near the irritated area. Also, avoid swimming in pools or hot tubs until your ears have healed.

5. Maintain a Healthy Diet and Hydration

Eating a balanced diet and staying hydrated can aid in the healing process. Ensure you're consuming a diet rich in vitamins and minerals to support the healing of your stretched ears.

6. Consult a Professional

If the irritation persists or worsens, consult a professional piercer or a healthcare provider for appropriate advice and treatment.

Preventing Irritation: How to Choose Safe Jewellery for Stretched Ears

Surgical steel tapers are easy to clean and are available in a range of sizes.

Material Matters: Opt for High-Quality Materials

When choosing jewellery for stretched ears, prioritise high-quality materials such as surgical stainless steel, titanium, niobium, or glass. These materials are less likely to cause irritation or trigger allergies, promoting better healing and reducing the risk of complications.

Say No to Nickel: Avoid Allergic Reactions

Nickel is a common allergen and can be found in many low-quality or inexpensive jewellery pieces. Individuals with nickel allergies can experience irritation, redness, and discomfort. Ensure the jewellery you select is nickel-free to prevent allergic reactions and keep your stretched ears healthy.

Non-Porous and Smooth: Optimal Surface for Healing

Select jewellery with a smooth and non-porous surface to minimise friction and irritation during the healing process. Rough or porous materials can aggravate the stretched area, leading to soreness and delayed healing.

Proper Gauge and Size: Gradual and Gentle Progression

Choose jewellery that matches your current gauge and size appropriately. Avoid forcing jewellery that is too large, as this can cause tears or discomfort. Gradual and gentle progression is key to ensuring a smooth stretching process and minimising irritation.

Threadless or Internal Threading: Reduced Irritation Risk

Consider jewellery with a threadless or internal threading design. These options reduce irritation as there are no threads exposed on the wearable surface, providing a smoother and more comfortable experience for your stretched ears.

Invest in Quality Brands: Trustworthy and Reliable

Opt for jewellery from reputable and trustworthy brands known for their commitment to quality and safety. Reliable brands often prioritise using hypoallergenic materials and conduct thorough quality checks, ensuring a safe and enjoyable stretching journey.

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance: Keep It Hygienic

Maintain good hygiene by regularly cleaning your jewellery and stretched ears. Use a saline solution to clean the jewellery and the stretched area to prevent infections and reduce the risk of irritation.

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By understanding the causes of irritation and implementing appropriate healing methods, you can ensure a comfortable and successful stretched ear journey.

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