You cringe at the end of the day when you take your earrings out. Not only do they hurt, but you know they’ll be difficult to put in tomorrow. Why can’t you wear earrings properly?
This is an issue that a surprising number of people have.
There can be multiple reasons why earrings might hurt:
- You are allergic to the material of the earrings.
- Your piercings never healed properly.
- Your earrings are too heavy.
- Your earrings are pinching your ears.
- You may suffer migraines or similar issues.
- You’ve been wearing your earrings too long.
Let’s take a deeper look into the causes above.
You’re Allergic to the Earrings
Allergic reactions to earrings are relatively common. If you are allergic to the metal or other material in your earrings, it can cause your ears to itch, swell, and even hurt. If this is the case, you may want to consider switching to hypoallergenic earrings made from materials like plastic or titanium.
Gold is often used as a hypoallergenic material because it’s very inert. Silver allergies are more common than gold allergies. But you should still take an allergy test with your doctor to find out exactly what you’re allergic to.
Your Piercings Never Healed Properly
If your piercings never healed properly, it can cause your ears to hurt when you wear earrings. This is because the holes in your ears never had a chance to close up and will be more prone to infection and inflammation. If this is the case, you may need to have your piercings re-pierced by a professional.
You should never attempt to re-pierce your ears by just pushing an earring through. While it’s tempting to do this while you’re struggling with your earrings, it’s bound to cause problems later on when you get an infection. You should go to a piercing artist rather than an outlet (such as a mall outlet) and should let them know that you’re concerned with healing and infection.
Your Earrings Are Too Heavy
If your earrings are too heavy, it can cause your ears to hurt. This is because the extra weight can put a lot of strain on your earlobes, which can lead to swelling and bruising. If this is the case, you may want to consider switching to lighter earrings.
Some earrings are made out of materials that are naturally heavier or lighter. Copper earrings will be heavy; aluminum earrings will not. Solid gold earrings are very heavy, which is why many gold hoops are actually hollow. They’re still pure gold, but there’s air space inside.
There’s also the matter of getting used to earrings. If you never wear earrings in your daily life, you may want to start with studs and then slowly expand into larger, heavier earrings. You shouldn’t jump right to heavy earrings from the start.
Your Earrings Are Pinching Your Ears
If your earrings are pinching your ears, it can cause your ears to hurt. If you have post earrings, consider switching to hanging ear-wires instead. It’s possible that your ears are just too sensitive to posts.
Otherwise, make sure you aren’t tightening your earrings too much. It’s possible that you’re pushing the backs of the earrings too close to your ear. Try to wear your earrings a little more loosely to see if it helps.
Note that this happens most frequently with clip-on earrings. There are many fantastic and elegant clip-on earrings (even antiques), but they can eventually start to hurt.
You Suffer from Migraines or Similar Issues
If you suffer from migraines or similar issues, it’s possible that the pressure from your earrings is exacerbating the problem. When people have migraines, the pain doesn’t always come from exactly where you’d expect. So, earrings that are causing migraines may seem to cause pain around your ears (especially directly above them).
This could mean that you just aren’t well-equipped to wear earrings. But there are still many other types of jewelry you could try. There are over-ear earrings that slide on top of your ears as well as ear-cuffs which decorate the outside perimeter of your ear.
Not everyone who suffers from migraines will experience ear pain. In fact, there are some piercings (such as the conch piercing) that are believed to actually alleviate or remove headache pain.
You’ve Been Wearing Your Earrings Too Long
Have you ever taken off your shoes at the end of a long day and realized that you have blisters? That doesn’t mean you can’t wear shoes; it just means you’ve been wearing them too long. The same goes for earrings.
If you’ve been wearing your earrings for a long time, it’s possible that they’re starting to cause pain. This is because the holes in your ears are starting to stretch out and the metal or plastic of the earrings is rubbing against them. Try to limit the amount of time you spend with earrings in at first. You can slowly increase it until you’re comfortable wearing earrings all day.
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A lot of problems with earrings actually occur because they aren’t well-made. Cheaper materials cause allergic reactions and chafing. A lot of cheaper earrings are very heavy because care hasn’t been taken to hollow them out or to improve their comfort.
You can avoid these problems by purchasing earrings that are high-quality and made to last. “Fine jewelry” is generally jewelry that is beautiful, well-made, and comfortable.
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