Why Do Earrings Make My Ears Sore? | Tini Lux

Why Do Earrings Make My Ears Sore?

By Jacqueline Burke

Have you ever noticed when you take your earrings off after a few hours (or minutes) your piercings feel sore and raw?  When you first get your ears pierced you expect some pain, but not when you've had your ears pierced for years.  

In some cases, your ear lobes may go beyond being sore, they may even swell, itch, or bleed. 

If earrings make your ears sore, even when you've had your ears pierced for years, the most likely reason is that you are allergic to the materials in the earrings you are wearing.



What are metal allergies? 

Most earrings are made with metal, either pure or in an alloyed state (a mix of more than one metal). Pure metal earrings are rare. Fashion earrings are almost always made with a metal alloy like stainless steel. Fine earrings, particularly gold earrings, are almost always an alloy as well because pure gold is too soft for jewelry. Alloys can be particularly bothersome for the human body, because they can contain trace amounts of many different highly reactive metals.

Most metals, especially alloys, are not compatible with the human body. This means that when the human body is in contact with metal, it starts to build up a resistance to it. Eventually, this resistance to the metal results in the body producing a reaction. This reaction can range from itching to soreness to swelling to bleeding.

When you wear earrings, the metal is literally inserted into the body, and remains there for hours or days or even years at a time. The skin around ear piercings is more sensitive than other areas of the body because it is an internal wound. Often the piercing is re-traumatized when earrings are taken in and out of the ear.

So, if you experiencing sore ears from wearing earrings, and the pain goes away when you do not wear earrings, the reason is most likely that your body has developed a contact allergy to the metal in the earrings.


Does this mean you can never wear earrings again?
Absolutely not!


You just need to be more conscious of the type of metal earrings you are wearing and look for earrings that are safe for sensitive ears. That's where Tini Lux earrings come in.




All of our earrings are made with pure titanium studs or posts.  


Titanium is different than other metals because it does not react with the human body. That is why titanium is the metal of choice for medical implants. In fact, our titanium studs are actually manufactured by a medical implant manufacturer.


Titanium earrings are safe to be worn 24/7 and will not cause sore ears or bad reactions because the human body is compatible with titanium (unlike almost all other metals). If you are looking for the best earrings for sore ears make sure that the earrings are made with pure titanium or niobium




If you have very sensitive ears or if earrings make your ears sore, we always recommend starting with a pair of studs. We recommend this because studs can be worn 24/7 without the need to take them in and out. This is particularly beneficial because it allows your piercings to heal from their active allergic reaction without causing additional trauma from taking earrings in and out.

Other earrings styles need to be removed at night so they don't snag or pull and that can cause additional irritation while your piercings are in a sensitive state.


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If you have any questions about the information in this blog post or our products please reach out to us at info@tinilux.com


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Sheka 7/7/2020

woe! Just wow! I HAVE BOTH CARTRIDGES pierced, 2 piercings on the lobes of both ears for over 15 years now. I only wear earrings for special events and my ears hurt so bad. All I have ever wanted was to keep rings in. I had no clue before this read . Wow

ELena Thomas-Blackford 6/3/2020

Extremely helpful read!😃

Carrie 4/13/2020

Thank you so much!!

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