Why does my ear piercing itch?

Do you find yourself constantly scratching at your new ear piercing? Are you going crazy from the relentless itching in your ear lobes, or are you just plain confused as to why this is happening to you? Well fear not friends, for I am here to answer all of your burning questions about the elusive and pervasive problem that is ‘itchy ears’ (but mostly just itchy ear piercings).

The Dreaded Itch

First of all, let’s establish what we mean by the term ‘itch’. An itch is a sensation on your skin that makes you want to scratch it. This can be caused by many different factors such as allergies, insect bites, dry skin or even nerve damage.

The thing with an itchy ear piercing is that there are a number of things that could be causing it; some more serious than others. In this article we’ll cover some common reasons why people experience an allergic reaction and why their itching worse at night (Yes! That happens too!)

Allergic Reaction – The Most Common Culprit!

One of the most common reasons why people experience an itch after getting their ears pierced is due to allergic reactions. Your body may take up weeks and sometimes even months before responding harshly towards a foreign metal object like earrings; which causes swelling and inflammation around the pierced areas.

Furthermore — Some bodies just do not agree with certain metals used in jewelry especially if they’re made out of nickel (which often leads down a very irritating path). Nickel in particular has been known to cause contact dermatitis… yeah don’t Google this – trust me!

For example:

Metals That Cause The Widest Range Of Allergy Other Notes
Nickle Cheap mixed alloys containing nickel
Gold Cheaper gold alloys contain Nickel
Silver Cheaper Earrings contain alloys which might have nickel or not pure silver at all
Copper While it’s rare to find copper used in earrings, Native Indian jewelry is more likely to use this metal.

Why Does Itchiness Get Worse At Night?

An itchy piercing gets in the way of bedtime too! Not only does itching feel worse at night, but you are less distracted by daytime activities, so you’re in perfect position for that relentless itch to take over your brain.

Our bodies also experience a drop in cortisol levels (stress hormone) during the evening and an increase in Decadron secretion (an anti-inflammatory steroid). When our cortisol decreases throughout the day, it leaves us open for other cytokines released into the body causing inflammation that delays healing.(YIKES!)

Allergic reactions are also known to worsen during sleep because body temperature increases once we get comfy beneath those blankets. This results ^((there goes my fact raising its head again)) from tissues interacting with any form of allergens overnight hence why allergic people reported ‘itchy eyes’ “rashes on legs” etc.

How You Should Treat Your Ear Piercings

So what should you do if your ear piercings are making you want to scratch away until there’s nothing left? Here are some tips!

Keep Them Clean

Keeping pierced holes clean can go a long way towards preventing infection or further aggravating uncomfortable conditions (like NOW!). Follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands before cleaning your new earing
  • Soak cotton balls / swabs dipped in saline solution; rest against ears.
  • Do this twice daily (\~10 minutes each time)

You may wish not apply alcohol-based skin cleaners as they can dry out fresh wounds and lead down a very painful road with scabbing/peeling in precious delicate skin.

Avoid Scratching Or Picking At Your Piercing

While it’s so tempting to scratch, poke and prod the piercing – this never helps. If you must touch your ear piercings, make sure that your hands are clean. Try using bacteria-resistant gloves or simply washing them with soap first.

Classic Home Remedies

If all else fails:

~ rub some ice over the itchy areas for instant relief (you’ll be surprised!)

~ even though there’s no absolute cure-all answer – “over-the-counter” antihistamines may come in handy during allergy season times or cigarette smoke exposure.

When To Call The Doctor?

In situations that lead down a very bad path such as these ones listed below; go ahead and ring up for medical attention straightaway:
A constant burning sensation around pierced area.
High fever / infections.
Severe swelling around the treated portion of ear.
Exudate / pus coming from wound.

And VOILA! Hopefully we were able to provide some useful answers about why your ear piercing itch so much.”The Itch” can become pretty annoying hence seeking professional help is totally fine if things start taking an unexpected road.

Remember people – healthy ears are happy earrings 😊

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