Ear & Body Piercing/Ear lobe piercing

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I got my second ear lobe piercing about 9-10 weeks ago and I tried taking the piercing out about 3 weeks ago so I can change to a new earring but when I took it out the hole was so small. It was like invisible and I had a hard time finding it and when I did find I tried to put another earring on but it was too thick for the hole? So I look at the earring I got pierced with and it was a lot thinner than my normal earrings and it was sharper. So I decided to put the earring I got pierced with in again thinking maybe I needed more time to heal and I went in but it hurt very badly, more than getting the actual piercing itself. So is this normal? Will I evetually have to kind of stretch my piercing out to get all my other earrings in? Oh and I got a gun piercing (I know not the best idea) but it doesn't look infected and it doesn't hurt unless I try to take the piercing out. I'm scared to take it out cause it'll get infected or I won't be able to put a earring back in

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Hello Karla,
Six to seven weeks into healing, your piercing will be too delicate to change yourself. You should see a qualified piercing professional to take care of your first changes, or wait a few more months until it is stable. http://find.safepiercing.org/ has a list of colleagues so you can find one nearby.  

It was like invisible and I had a hard time finding it and when I did find I tried to put another earring on but it was too thick for the hole?  

A new piercing will shrink quickly. You will often need to put in a thinner post, making sure that it has a rounded end and smooth surface. Otherwise it can pinch, scratch or tear.

So I look at the earring I got pierced with and it was a lot thinner than my normal earrings and it was sharper. So I decided to put the earring I got pierced with in again thinking maybe I needed more time to heal and I went in but it hurt very badly, more than getting the actual piercing itself. So is this normal?  

Since the piercing is still healing, it is not surprising to learn that it was painful to change the jewelry.

Will I eventually have to kind of stretch my piercing out to get all my other earrings in?  

Just wait long enough, and it should loosen and allow other jewelry. I suggest another three months minimum after this damage, treating it like new. http://care.safepiercing.org/ explains how.

Oh and I got a gun piercing (I know not the best idea) but it doesn't look infected and it doesn't hurt unless I try to take the piercing out. I'm scared to take it out cause it'll get infected or I won't be able to put a earring back in.

Do not take out the jewelry until you are at least a month past feeling certain that you have fully healed. With any piercing device, I hope that it was fully sterilized, handled with Aseptic Non Touch Technique or sterile gloves, and single use only.

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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/

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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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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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