Earrings are one of the most popular forms of jewelry for both women and men. They come in a wide array of styles and are usually easily accessorized with other pieces, but they also come with some disadvantages.

Aside from the risks of earring loss, there are a variety of problems that may arise, including infection, skin irritation, and earring movement. You'll want to be prepared if you have any type of problem.

It can be scary and also embarrassing if you don't know how or why it is happening. In this article, we will discuss what sinking earrings are, why it happens, and what you can do about them.



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What Does It Mean When Your Earring Sinks into Your Ear?

It's as if the earring back stuck in ear is disappearing and the skin is lifting up over it. You are not alone. Many people do not see it in their own photos, and they end up with an earring that doesn't look quite right.

One minute the earring may be visible but gradually, you notice that it is disappearing into the skin.

A common complication of piercing jewelry is the development of infection. This usually manifests itself as redness and swelling around the piercing site. If the redness and swelling do not resolve after several days, you should seek medical attention.

It is important to be careful with the piercings you get. There is a lot of information to consider and that’s why it’s best to do your research before getting a piercing. Most of the time the piercing can be done by an expert. There are things that can be done to help stop earrings from sinking, but most of the time it won’t matter.

That's not going to happen. Let's just stick with what we've been doing.


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Why Do Your Earring Sink into Your Ear?

Various reasons may explain why your earrings would sink into your ear. As we mentioned before it is something that is experienced mostly with new piercings.

There are many reasons why you might have earrings sink into your ear. Perhaps they are made from material that is not meant to hold on to jewelry at all. It may be because of a piercing that is done badly. It could be that they are too big for your ears.

Getting piercings can be tricky, but the best thing to do is to get it done by a professional. The reason why is that the earring is too tight. It could be pressing hard against the surrounding skin which lifts to look like it’s covering up the back of earring stuck in ear. This could cause you pain and even lead to problems.

This can happen if you used a piercing gun to pierce your ears or if you tightened the backing of the earring too much. Another reason is that your earring post may be too short, which may contribute to why the earrings are too tight.

Piercing guns come with a needle that pierces the tissue, usually flesh. The body will eventually heal it back to its original state, but the scar will remain.

Another reason why you may be experiencing discomfort around your ears after piercing is that it’s possible you have metal allergies. It could also be that the earring is made of metal with nickel or lead traces.

The redness around a piercing will usually disappear within 24 hours. If the swelling appears to swallow the piercing, this might indicate that there is pus present in the piercing.


How To Keep Earring from Sinking into Ear?

Sinking earrings can be a pain, but as we said, they are not as bad as it sounds. There are some things you can do instead of panicking. The following are some useful things you can do:


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Loosen the earrings.

Tight earrings can be a common problem. Earrings can become so tight that they pinch or cause discomfort. If the problem is due to tightening of the earring rather than losing the earring, then it might help to loosen the earring. Try holding it in your hand, and if it feels tight then place the tip of the earring between your finger and thumb to gently stretch and release. You can also try to put your fingers into the earring to remove any excess glue.


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Switch earrings.

Sometimes, the problem lies not with the earrings themselves but the earring holder or earring itself. Take the earrings out and inspect them carefully for any problems before putting them back in your ear. Try to determine what the issue could be, and if possible, work around it.


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Use hypoallergenic earrings.

If you’re afraid that certain metals like nickel and lead will affect your health, look into the possibility of making your own jewelry. Other metals like sterling silver are a safe bet if you need something long-lasting, as these metals tend to hold up better over time. Silicone jewelry is often a popular alternative due to the fact that they are hypoallergenic.

That way you can be sure that you won't have an allergic reaction to the product.


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Keep the piercing clean.

It is very important that we make sure our piercings are kept clean and hygienic so we don't end up with an infection. When we first get our piercings done, it is usually a very delicate time. We want our piercings to look great, but they need to be taken care of as well.

You should regularly clean and care for your piercings. You should also consult with a professional before you choose to alter your piercings to make them look better.

Not just your piercing, but your jewelry too. This will help you avoid any infections. Use mild soap and water to clean it, and a disinfectant to kill the germs.


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Seek professional help.

Anything left unattended could be dangerous. That is why you shouldn't take this lightly. If you've tried everything in the above list and they haven't helped, it's time to reach out to a professional to get your ears pierced. Don't put yourself at risk if you don't have the best earring removal method. You could go back to the piercing shop and they could help you remove it, embedded earring backing stuck in earlobe, and if it's too far in, they can also get it out.

You should also make sure to change your jewelry at least every 3 months to ensure that it is still in good condition. If you notice a little bit of pus coming out of the piercing then that is not a sign of infection and you do not need to worry.

They will advise you on the best way to clean your piercing and give you advice on how to look after it. It is possible to do so by washing the piercing with plain water and soap, and avoiding scratching or pulling it.


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When getting new piercings, professional piercers often give you proper care tips that you need to follow religiously. At least that way you won’t have to deal with issues like your earrings sinking. But even for old piercings, you still need to take care.

It is always important to clean the piercing and jewelry often, as well as do so before wearing them for the first time. If the jewelry is not cleaned and disinfected adequately, you could get an infection or even a foreign body inside the ear lobe.


February 18, 2022 — Erica Zheng

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