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Hello!
I have 5 piercings. Regular lobes done with a gun at the mall in elementary school, a similarly done second lobe on my left ear, and another mall cartilage on my left ear as well. On my right ear I have a professionally done conch.
My issues are with all my earrings besides for the conch. I am wondering if I'll ever be able to wear earrings at all. For years I haven't been able to put anything in my lobes without it getting infected-nickel-free, sterling silver, gold- it all irritates my lobes. For awhile I had a gold starter piece in my second lobe and it was fine.. until once I took out the starter piece and then it began rejecting everything, just like the lobes.
After trying to wear some nickel-free piece in my cartilage, that began rejecting things as well and I wasn't able to comfortable return to steel jewelry.

Right now the only piercing that I wear and that "works" is my conch. I'm afraid of ever changing the earring or anything that might mess it up too.

I'm wondering, is there anything I can do to be able to use the other holes? I've considered stretching them from the standard gun-size holes to something a little larger, like a 16g hole, so that I can wear surgical steel body-piercing type pieces in them. Do you think this would be possible? Or stretching to the point where I could put a small plug in a non-irritating material like stone?
Is it possible to get the holes re-pierced with a larger needle or a punch that will take out the scarred tissue so I can "start anew" or something? I just want to be able to put SOMETHING in the holes.

Thank you! I hope my explanation was clear!
Chloe


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You can get safe, smooth jewelry in 18g which is the size of common ear gun studs. http://piercingexp.com/faq/quality-jewelry.html explains how to find safe jewelry, and they even have examples you could buy.

I suggest avoiding any steel altogether, and using nickel free implant certified Titanium jewelry. This will virtually eliminate the likelihood of allergic reaction.

Where are you located? I can refer you to my closest qualified colleague in your area for a free consultation.

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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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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.

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

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