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#1 Alyssa

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    Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:15 AM

    I have had my ears pierced forever (since i was like 1) and my ears are SUPER sensitive. If i wear any earrings that aren't 100% gold or platinum my ears blow up and get infected. it is really annoying and crazy b/c i love jewelry but can't really buy different kinds of earrings b/c the backs are always plated or fake or whatever...

    so NO silver
    NO gold plated
    NO fake

    many years ago my dad bought me a couple pairs of solid platinum hoops to cycle through so i didnt have to worry about the earring thing and knew the backs were ok. i have been wearing them with no problem for years and all the sudden a couple of months ago my ears started getting infected and blowing up - from my platinum earrings. i don't know what to do next or why this is happening but i wear these hoops everyday and feel so naked without them.

    has this happened to anyone? any advice? this is such a bummer

    (and yes i have cleaned them multiple times thoroughly with alcohol and soap and everything)

    #2 rach220

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      Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:46 AM

      Ahhh I have this same problem...I wear "fake" earrings a lot because I can't afford to buy all gold earrings, but I have to take them out when I go to sleep or work out or anything like that. If I am good about this, they don't flare up, but every once in a while they still do and then I can't wear anything for DAYS. My earlobes get bright red and swollen and hurt...
      I don't really have any advice, except maybe to take them out as much as you can, clean them, and ideally, buy the real stuff
      Maybe the platinum earrings you have are wearing down or something? Weird...

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      #3 Cattie

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        Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:10 AM

        Did you happen to change any type of hair products? I know sometimes if I use cheapo hair stuff and wear my hair down alot my ears bother me.

        #4 DGG

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          Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:48 AM

          you can use hydrocortisone ointment on your ears when you have a reaction - it sounds like an allergic reaction so this will bring down the swelling/redness -

          #5 Alyssa

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            Posted 13 January 2009 - 01:12 PM

            Originally Posted by Cattie
            Did you happen to change any type of hair products? I know sometimes if I use cheapo hair stuff and wear my hair down alot my ears bother me.
            hhhmmm i use all Aveda for my hair and a couple other products that are all natural - i haven't added anything new recently.
            oh and i forgot to mention that it is ONLY the right earlobe that keeps getting infected AND i have switched the earrings - strange right?

            #6 Banana11

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              Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:19 PM

              I also have sensitive ears and have to avoid nickel. I've tried this a few times and it's worked for me...brush clear nail polish on the post or any part that touches your ear. You'll need to repeat frequently as it wears away. I'm not sure if this will irritate your ears more? Sounds like your ears are a bit more sensitive. Good luck!

              #7 KatyKo

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                Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:35 PM

                I got my ears pierced when I was 5 and I remember (like it was yesterday) sitting on my Mom's lap and her taking these earrings out and my earlobes just bleeding like crazy. I guess they were cheap earrings and they caused an infection. Ever since then, I have always had infected earlobes. I can't afford the expensive earrings, so I mainly just wear them when I am getting fancy and usually end up taking them out before the night is over because they are burning.

                Sometimes they are fine and don't bother me, other times I can't last 5 minutes with them in...I don't know how to explain it, I hope you figure it out so you can wear your hoops...just know you aren't alone!!

                #8 ACDCDCAC

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                Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:35 PM

                idk but does platinum need to be replated or redipped? (like white gold does with rhodium?)

                maybe you need to have them redone??

                #9 TATrisha


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                Posted 13 January 2009 - 02:38 PM

                Yup, what you described is my ears! If I wear fake earrings they get infected within minutes. It's just lovely Thankfully my sister works for a fine jeweler so I finally have options with my earrings. I too have noticed that some of my normal earrings are now infecting my ears. I clean them, and it still doesn't work. Then I take them to my sister and she cleans them... and all is well. It's something about the way that they clean them that allows me to keep wearing them. I don't thinks he uses any alcohol, just high pressured air and water. Perhaps it's the alcohol that you are also very sensitive to?


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                #10 luckygirl

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                  Posted 13 January 2009 - 03:03 PM

                  I was just getting ready to post a similar issue. I have the same problem you do, so I always wear platinum posts, backings and rings.

                  NOW my ring finger has a rash like contact dermatitis from my platinum ring that I have been wearing for a year. Just all of a sudden a rash. Sounds like the same thing you're going through. The only thing I can think of is that recently I had a rash from using Bounce w/ Frebreeze dryer sheets for almost 3 weeks. Once that rash went away this new issue popped up. I hope someone knows something so we can get over this!

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