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Old 02-27-2002, 09:25 AM   #1
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Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

I would love some good advice from someone! Somehow the back of my earrings have gotten stuck in my ears. I think an infection is starting to build up, and I realize that I need to get them out. The problem is, I am unable to. I can't get a good hold on the back of them, they are barely visible, and they are so stuck in there, it's hard and very painful, to try to pull them out either way.

What will a doctor do, to get them out? I am nervous about going to a doctor, because it is so painful, and so I'd rather do it myself, and slowly instead.

Anything I can do myself?

I would appreciate a speedy answer from someone, if possible!

Thank you!

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Old 02-28-2002, 07:35 AM   #2
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

This happened to me when I was 16!
It was a new peircing and I went to bed and woke up, looked into the mirror and had blood crusted down my neck. The trail led up to my ear and I noticed the earing was gone. I touched my ear and realized the back rod an end cap was still in the back and that the front of the earing was INSIDE my ear!!!!

My mom took me to the hospital.
They laid me on one of those metal gurny things and gave me a shot in the lobe to numb it.
They tried pulling it out the back and that didn't work. What they did was they swabbed away the outer scab with rubbing alcohol and pushed it back through the front. They bandaged me up and I had to wear a silly bandage over my ear for a day.

Try rubbing alcohol to disolve any scab and try to push it through the way it got in...It came through that way, it can come out that way if it isn't all swollen and infected.If you can't get it out you gotta have a doctor do it, you don't want to rip the hole forcing it.

I thought I was the only person in the world this happened to, hope you get it fixed, the longer it's all infected the more it will hurt, you gotta have it removed. The shot doesn't hurt as bad as getting your ears's worth it! And i'm terrified of needles!!

Old 02-28-2002, 08:46 AM   #3
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

I thought I was the only one it happened too! LOL! <IMG SRC="">
I felt so silly walking into the ER yesterday, explaining my problem to the doctor. She said she had dealt with these problems before, but not as severe as mine.

It took an hour and a half on total pain, before they got mine out! I had to have 6 injections in my ears, to numb them. Some gel too. They just didn't work, though. My ear got bigger and bigger, but the pain was still so strong, and eventually they just cut them up, without them being numb. It had to be done! I am a major needle phobic too, and while they were injecting me, time and time again, I was shaking so much, they needed to bring some extra people in, just to make sure I didn't roll right off the table! <IMG SRC="">

So, yesterday was not my day, but at least they are out! So here I am, wrapped in bandages like you. For sure not going shopping tonight as planned. <IMG SRC="">

Also, I have different kinds of medication that I have to take together, that makes me really nauscious. Did you have to take a lot of stuff too?

I am never ever piercing my ears again. Have about you? Did you recover from the experience? <IMG SRC="">

Old 02-28-2002, 05:43 PM   #4
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

Geez, I'm so sorry they did all of that to you and you had to go through so much pain. I wonder why the numbing injections didn't work on you?
They had 3 people holding me down to get that needle in me, the 4th person was the needle person. I'm just really terrified of needles!
Once it went numb it was worth it, it only hurt a little to me, not as much as getting a shot anywhere else. There isn't that many nerves in the ear lobe.
They had to cut yours out?
Does that mean you can't wear earings there again?

I still wear earings, I did get over the ordeal.
They didn't have to cut me and after the ear was healed I was able to put earings back in.

Was yours a new peircing? the one that got stuck in my ear was the peircing stud (heart shaped) that they peirce your ear with, the ones with the pointy rod.

My guess is that it got caught on my blanket in my sleep and it tugged it through.When did yours get stuck in your ear, overnight? I had a blanket that catches on things easy. I don't use those blankets anymore and I try not to fall asleep with my head under the blanket to make sure. I usually remove my earings before bed because my ear holes are not trying to heal anymore and don't need to be left in.

What I remember doing back then, is that I removed those earings before bed regaurdless of what the piercing person says. I put it back in the morning using rubbing alcohol to clean the ear and earing first.This sometimes hurt though and was a little hard getting them back in. I was only 16 and really wanted earings bad.

I hope your not ruined from wearing earings for life. <IMG SRC=""> That ear bandage looks dorky, huh? I had to wear mine to school. I couldn't wait to take that thing off.
Yours is a cut did they tell you to leave it on longer? I hope your ear still doesn't hurt?
How long did you leave the stuck earing in? I went to the hospital right away so it wasn't all swollen and infected yet so maybe that's why mine came out easier?

Old 03-21-2002, 03:54 AM   #5
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

back when this happened to me it was scary and painful for me as well. I only vaugely remember the procedure, aside from the six people holding me down and my stepfather yelling at me for nealy breaking his nose ^^;;.

Old 12-28-2010, 07:13 PM   #6
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

That happened to me when I was about 7.

Mom waited until I was asleep, got a good grasp on the front and back of my earring, and ripped it out. Then we disinfected my ear, and got a larger stud for the piercing. They healed fine afterward.

Old 09-06-2011, 01:21 AM   #7
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

Oh, god... this brings me back to 6th grade. During the assembly on the last day of school, I suddenly realized the back piece of my earrings was stuck inside my ear, and spent the rest of the day in the nurse's office with the nurse and my history teacher on my side as they took it out. I'm sorry, truly, but I'm afraid there isn't a slow, do-it-yourself way to go about it, especially if it really has gotten infected as you claim. It doesn't even have to be an officially registered doctor, but I would recommend asking someone who has at least vague knowledge of what they're doing. There will be blood, and it will be painful, but it's best not to put it off, and an infection will only make things worse. Sorry, be strong!!

Old 05-28-2012, 09:57 AM   #8
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Re: Help! Earrings are stuck inside ears!

Sorry I hit the thanks button, I'm new on this board. Anyway, this same thing happened to my daughter and I had to take her to the emergency room yrs. ago. Recently the same thing happened and her husband managed to pull it out with her screaming. I told her to take her stud earrings out before going to sleep with them. Hopefully this time she will listen. It's almost happened to me when I've worn the stud earrings, I make sure I take them out right away before laying down for the night. They always hurt me anyway laying down on them. I usually don't wear them, I just wear the dangling wire ones although I do think the stud ones look good. I'm amazed at how many babies have the stud ones. I would imagine sometime or another one of these little babies has had this happen, that's really sad because they didn't ask to wear them.

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