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Ear & Body Piercing/12 Gauge Ear lobe piercing


I went three days ago and got a standard ear lobe piercing. The piercer decided to Pierce it with a 12 gauge earring as I had two closed holes from childhood. The left ear has been bleeding non stop since it was pierced three days ago. Once there is enough blood that the earring is completely covered on both sides it crusts and stops, but as soon as I clean it with saline solution it is dripping blood again. Is it normal to still be bleeding like this three days out (the other ear has zero bleeding) Also, will I be able to wear standard size earrings once this heals or  will the holes be too big since she used 12 gauge? Thank you.

Hello Marissa,
Don't worry, bleeding always stops. In your case, don't wash away the scabs. Let them protect the pierced area. Save the saline for later on when the scabs detach and you can use it to clean them from the jewelry.

The size should not an issue for wearing other jewelry in the future. It is only two millimeters thick, and contracts when the jewelry is removed.

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Brian Skellie


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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