I think my earring hole closed -- what now?
April 13, 2011 6:29 PM Subscribe
My ear piercing is closing after TWENTY YEARS? What do I do?
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay, so as recently as five weeks ago I was wearing earrings with no problem. (Standard piercing in ear lobe, done when I was nine.) Intermittently, once every couple weeks, maybe. Once I went six years without wearing any, no problems. I'm currently pregnant and spent about five weeks sick (upper respiratory virus, eventually pneumonia). Didn't wear any earrings while sick, didn't think anything of it because I've not worn them for ages longer in the past. Better now, went to put in earrings for an event the other night, and couldn't get them in! The hole in the back of the ear feels closed, and it's still kinda hurty two days later if I feel the back where there's a bump where the hole ought to be. (Same problem both ears but I spent more time fussing at the right one since I'm right handed, that's the one that hurts more.)
Has this happened to anyone before? Is this some kind of awesome pregnancy inflammatory response that will go away? Or have my earring holes closed in the back? (And if so, WHY???? After 20+ years, what gives?)
And what is my best solution here? Should I just leave it until I'm unpregnant? (Although lord knows it'll be six months after giving birth before I can cope with it if I do ...) Do I go see my GP and say, "Hey, can you lidocaine up my ear and poke a needle through?" Or do I try and do it myself? I'm not sure I have it in me.
I miss my earrings; my fingers are too bloated for my rings so I like to wear a pair my husband gave me since my wedding ring won't fit. So I would like a solution, though I can suck it up and wait six months after birth or whatever if I have to.