Have you ever noticed how the piercings feel sore and irritated after removing your earrings for several hours (or minutes)? When you get your ears pierced for the first time, you expect some discomfort, but not when you have had them done for years. Your ear lobes may bulge, itch, or bleed in some circumstances, in addition to being uncomfortable.

Even if you've had the ears pierced for several years, if earrings make the ears hurt, it's most likely because you're allergic to the components in the earrings you're wearing.

What are metal allergies?

The majority of earrings are made of metal, either pure or alloyed (a mix of over one metal). Earring made entirely of metal is extremely unusual. Stainless steel is usually always used in the manufacture of fashion earrings. Since pure gold is just too soft for jewelry, fine earrings, especially gold earrings, are virtually always an alloy. Because alloys can contain tiny amounts of a variety of highly reactive metals, they can be extremely irritating to the human body.

The human body is incompatible with most metals, especially alloys. When the human body comes into contact with metal, it begins to develop a resistance to it. As a result of the body's resistance to the metal, it eventually produces a reaction. Itching, pain, swelling, and bleeding are all possible reactions.

When one wears earrings, the metal is basically inserted into the body, where it might stay for hours, days, or even years. Because it is an inside wound, the skin around the ear piercings is much more sensitive than other parts of the body. When earrings are put in and taken out of the ear, the piercing is frequently re-traumatized.

So, if you have aching ears from wearing earrings but the pain fades away when you don't, it's most likely because your body has acquired a contact sensitivity to the metal in the earrings.

Is this to say you'll never be able to wear earrings again? Certainly not!

All you have to do now is be more aware of the kind of metal earrings you're wearing and hunt for earrings that are suitable for sensitive ears. Earrings with 100% titanium studs or even posts are a great option. Titanium is distinct from other metals in that it has no chemical reactions with the human body. As a result, titanium is the preferred metal for medical implants.

Because titanium is compatible with human body, titanium earrings can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week without causing aching ears or adverse responses (unlike almost all the other metals). Make sure the earrings are made of pure titanium or niobium if you're seeking the best earrings for aching ears.

If your ears are very delicate or if earrings irritate them, we usually recommend beginning with a set of studs. This is because studs may be worn all day without having to take these in and out. This is especially advantageous since it allows the piercings to be able to heal from their current allergic reaction without generating further trauma from putting in and taking out earrings. Other types of earrings must be removed at night to avoid snagging or pulling, which can cause further aggravation while the piercings are delicate.

Why do my ears hurt when I wear earrings?