Sensitivity to the metals used in earrings is a common occurrence. If you have sensitive ears, you should seek out earrings that are specially made for you. Some people may not even know that they are allergic to the earrings they are wearing, let alone what to do about it. Aside from buying hypoallergenic earrings, you should follow these ear-care tips.
What are the symptoms of sensitive ears?
The most common symptoms of sensitive ears include itchiness, dryness, redness and rashes. In some cases, more severe symptoms can be experienced, such as blisters, swelling, scaling and even bleeding or a discharge of pus.
Tips to care for your sensitive ears
There are some great, simple ways both to prevent these symptoms from occurring in the first place and to treat them if they do arise. Here are some of the most important tips to remember.
Ensure ear-piercing is done with sterile, surgical-grade, stainless-steel instruments
When you go to get your ears pierced, steer clear of piercing guns. The studs they use generally contain nickel, which is the one metal most widely known to cause skin irritations. Use instruments that are made of surgical-grade stainless steel. These instruments are made of steel that either contains no nickel at all, or low enough percentage not to cause problems.
Give your ears a break
If your ears are experiencing any of the common symptoms mentioned above, stop wearing earrings for a while. Give your ears a chance to heal.
Wear original earrings from trusted sources
If you often experience allergic reactions to your earrings, you need to start being extra careful about the earrings you choose. Buy only from respected sources, such as Ear Sense, who guarantee that their nickel-free earrings are made from hypoallergenic materials.
Disinfect earrings and piercings to clear bacteria build-up
After you remove your earrings, disinfect them to keep them clean and sterile. You can do this by swabbing the piercing and the area around it with a cotton bud and solution of either salt or a mild antiseptic. This will help to prevent reactions or infections.
Clean ears with anti-bacterial soap during shower/bath
Add anti-bacterial soap to your usual bathing routine, being careful to wash your earlobes thoroughly with it. This will increase your defence against bacteria and allergens.
Ear Sense is a well-established brand that has created hypoallergenic earrings for distribution in pharmacies and other retailers in Ireland and across Europe since 1989. Our products are available to order direct to the public from our website, making us the number one source for earrings for sensitive ears online.