Previously a female fashion accessory, earrings have evolved into a unisexual style symbol. So, what to look out for when choosing where to get your ears pierced?


Earrings are widely available, either in high end jewelry stores or in fashion outlets. It is not hard to find a place to get your ear pierced. With the popularization of ear piercings and earrings, it may be tricky to decide where to get it done. Places that regularly pierce ears are a good bet. Good candidates usually include jewelry and department stores. There is a good chance you will find experienced ear piercers there.

Cleanliness of environment is also important. A piercing is essentially breaking the skin barrier, and inviting germs in if not taken care of. To reduce risk of infection, make sure the hands that handle your ears are washed, and clean. Swab/wipe the earlobe with 70% isopropyl alcohol, and wait till the ear is dry to pierce.
After the piercing is done, wash the site of piercing regularly with warm salt solution for the following days.

As far as possible, try to ensure that the person piercing your ear is clean i.e. is using gloves, etc. Picking out hypoallergenic earrings may make the initial adaptation stages easier.

Some things to take note of:

  • You might be asked a waiver before the ear piercing, that states you understand the risks of ear piercing, and assume all responsibility.
  • Be sure the clerk washes hands before the ear piercing, and make sure whoever is piecing your is putting on single use gloves. Ensure that all the tools used for the ear piercing are clean and germ-free.
  • It is usual practice to disinfect the earlobes with antiseptic before piercing.
  • The piercer will mark the lobes where the piercing will be made. Make sure the holes are aligned and where you want them to be.
  • Ear piercing shouldn’t hurt. You should just feel a slight pinch.
  • Ear piercing antiseptic solution to take home is a must. Either get it from the piercer or buy it a pharmacy, you have to apply the solution to the lobes three to four times a day.
  • Indications of possible infection include redness, soreness, pain, or pus. If you believe your child has developed an infection, remove the earrings, apply antispectic, and call your child’s pediatrician for recommendations.

A final note

Some lifestyles may make it hard to regularly wear earrings. Upon piercings, earrings will need to stay in the earlobes for four to six weeks, without being removed. If you are engaged in activities like sports which require removal of earrings before playing, you should consider waiting for a break from training before getting your ears pierced.
Some people prefer to pierce their ears themselves.  A word of caution though; its not for everyone. The chances of infection are higher when not done by an experienced professional. Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

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