Ear & Body Piercing/Ear piercing

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QUESTION: Hi

Hope you can help me. I pierced my left ear lobe in June, and it seemed to heal all right. But recently it was as if the earring had become stuck inside my ear so I couldnīt move it or take it off, so I finally managed to move it but it hurt, and its been two days and it still hurts me when I touch the earring even if slightly by accident.
It doesnīt hurt at all if I dont touch it. Is it normal or is it infected? What should I do?

ANSWER: Hola,
What sort of ear jewelry are you wearing?
Where are you located?
I will be pleased to refer you to a qualified colleague nearby for a free consultation.

Infection or irritation or damage are all possibilities.


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QUESTION: Hi

I'm ok now, actually- it doesnīt hurt at all and the lobe looks normal. I think I just hurt myself when I moved the earring. It's a small hoop with a gap to close and open, and the gap is what gave me some trouble, because it would become stuck inside the ear.

Think I should get another kind of earring or wait a while? The piercer told me that this earring was the best for the first piercing...

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I strongly disagree with the use of any design with a gap that can get inside the piercing while healing. I suggest that you have the jewelry changed to a design with a ball that closes the gap, or a an internally threaded barbell post. http://jewelry.piercing.org/ explains more in detail what to look for.

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Brian Skellie

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I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.

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Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Organizations
Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

Publications
The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

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I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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