Massage your earlobe to get the skin warmed up and stretched out. You can also take a hot bath or shower so blood flow to the ear is increased. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
Why does the inside of my ear swell up?
- Ear swelling can be caused by an infection of the outer or inner ear, or a skin infection like cellulitis. Other causes of a swollen earlobe can arise from irritation from allergies or trauma from an injury or piercing. Read below for more information on causes and how to reduce ear swelling.
- 1 Why is my gauged ear swelling?
- 2 How long should it take for a swollen ear lobe to go down?
- 3 How long does it take for ear stretching to heal?
- 4 Is swelling normal when stretching your ears?
- 5 Why is my cartilage piercing swollen and throbbing?
- 6 What do you do if your cartilage piercing is swollen?
- 7 How do you treat swollen ear cartilage?
- 8 How do you treat a swollen ear?
- 9 How long should I leave my plugs in after stretching?
- 10 Do you leave tapers in your ear?
- 11 What size gauges go back to normal?
- 12 What size gauge will shrink back?
- 13 What to do if you rip your ear while stretching?
Why is my gauged ear swelling?
People with gauges or plugs in their ears may notice swelling each time they stretch the ear. Infected ear piercings can also cause the earlobe to swell, even if the person has had a piercing for many years. People should see a doctor if their symptoms persist for more than two weeks or are severe.
How long should it take for a swollen ear lobe to go down?
With proper care, most mild earlobe infections will clear up in 1 to 2 weeks.
How long does it take for ear stretching to heal?
Give your ears at least 4 to 6 weeks to heal in between stretching. Yes, 4 to 6 weeks is a long time to wait for something, but patience really is a virtue in this case. You risk damaging the only ears you have if you go too fast! The tissue needs time to heal and regain the elasticity needed to keep stretching.
Is swelling normal when stretching your ears?
You shouldn’t see too much redness or swelling during the ear stretching process. If you do, you may have torn or damaged your ear skin. Make sure to follow your piercer’s aftercare directions. If you think you’re developing an infection, see your doctor.
Why is my cartilage piercing swollen and throbbing?
A cartilage piercing creates an open wound. As it heals, it may look swollen, lumpy, or like a bump. In the days immediately following a cartilage piercing, the body’s immune system triggers inflammation and swelling to heal the wound, sometimes leading to a cartilage bump.
What do you do if your cartilage piercing is swollen?
If you aren’t experiencing severe symptoms, you may be able to use the following methods to treat your cartilage bump at home.
- You may need to change your jewelry.
- Make sure you clean your piercing.
- Cleanse with a saline or sea salt soak.
- Use a chamomile compress.
- Apply diluted tea tree oil.
How do you treat swollen ear cartilage?
How are infected ear piercings treated?
- Applying a warm compress to the infected earlobe or cartilage.
- Rinsing the infected earlobe with sterile saline.
- Using antibiotic ointment on the affected area.
- Taking oral antibiotics for more severe infections.
How do you treat a swollen ear?
If the swelling is uncomfortable, using ice or heat, on and off, can reduce swelling and lessen pain. Over-the-counter pain medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) may help, too. While a swollen ear isn’t usually serious, it can be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated right away.
How long should I leave my plugs in after stretching?
Before you move on to the next stretch, it’s best to wait for at least a month between stretches but ideally you should wait for 6-8 weeks.
Do you leave tapers in your ear?
They are only for wearing in healed stretches as jewelry because they are porous and can carry too much bacteria. In general, tapers are only recommended for wearing in smaller gauges as jewelry. Large gauge tapers will pull the ear unevenly because of the heavy side of the taper.
What size gauges go back to normal?
Most people can go between 2g (6mm) – 00g (10mm) and expect their ears to revert back to a normal piercing, after a few months of healing. If you want don’t want stretched ears forever, be sure to stretch slowly and never skip sizes.
What size gauge will shrink back?
Most professionals in the piercing world suggest going no larger than a 0 gauge, preferably a 2 gauge, if you want your ears to shrink back to standard size. If you stop at this point, you should have no problem with your ears shrinking back.
What to do if you rip your ear while stretching?
Treating wounded ears If you stretch too fast and experience a rip or tear, it is advisable to clean your lobe area with hot sea salt soaks. To prepare your sea salt soak, simply mix of ⅛ – ¼ teaspoons of sea salt into a cup of warm water.