Piercing has been a common tradition since the earlier times. The practice of piercing was generally more prevalent in tribal communities. It was done using the traditional needles which caused a lot of pain. But, nowadays we use piercing guns which are a lot less painful compared to the old times.
The reasons for piercing are varied like they do it for spiritual reasons, self-expression, sexual pleasure, to conform to the society or to rebel against it. Many people in this world have tried the extreme forms of body piercings bearing hundreds and even thousands of permanent of temporary piercings. Now let us talk about ear piercings in particular.
The evidence of piercing does exist because many mummies with pierced ears have been found. The oldest known mummy with ear piercing was the 5,300-year-old named “Ötzi the Iceman” and it was found in a glacier in Austria. The body had an ear piercing of about 7-11 mm diameter and the oldest earring was found in a grave dated 2500 BCE at the Sumerian city of Ur, which was the home of the Biblical patriarch Abraham. Earrings are also mentioned in the Bible. In Genesis 35:4, it has been written that Jacob buries the earrings worn by members of his household along with their idols. Also in the Vedas, goddess Laxmi has been referenced with the earrings.
Safe methods must be used while piercing. The tools must be proper and updated. Also, there are many risks involved with it like an allergic reaction, infection, excessive scarring and physical injuries.
Health risks associated with piercing the earlobes are common, but they are minor if proper precautions are taken. At one time or the other, most women have experienced itching, flaking, swelling, soreness or inflammation. These are the symptoms of metal sensitivity, especially the chemical reaction to metal alloys (nickel, primarily) which are used in modern pierced earrings and ear piercing studs. Nickel is the most common allergen, hence the earrings must be properly coated if they contain nickel. Hence, most of the women stop wearing the earrings in such case while some of them don't because they want to look stylish.
Cartilage piercings in the ear are usually less preferred because there is substantially less blood flow in them than in the earlobe and the infection is more likely to spread in the cartilage. Also, there have been several documented cases of severe infections of the upper ear following piercing with an ear piercing instrument, which required courses of antibiotics to clear up. There are many ways that an infection can occur and the most common way is when the person who gets pierced decides to take out the piercing too early. The proper waiting period to change or take out a piercing with substantially less risk of infection is at most three weeks.
Also, there is a risk of infection from the blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis and HIV during ear-piercing with any invasive procedure. But, the modern piercing techniques make this risk extremely small. There has never been a documented case of HIV transmission due to ear/body piercing or tattooing, although there have been instances of the Hepatitis B virus being transmitted through these practices.
Initially, when you get your ears pierced, don't remove the starter earrings until the piercings have been healed. The starter earrings are made hypoallergenic and are designed to kept in your ears indefinitely. Wait for a few weeks before removing them. Also, don't touch your ears often as they will increase the chances of infection. If at all you want to clean the area, use an antibacterial soap before it. Clean the piercings from time to time using ear buds. Also, don't let the piercings be in contact with shampoo or conditioner. Take care while sleeping and wearing clothes. They must not snug in the fabric. And use the metal which suits your skin.
If at all, there is a severe infection after a few days of piercing, loosen the earrings. But, if at all it continues to spread, you must visit a doctor or remove them by yourself.
Now, we will be watching different types of ear piercings. Though, we have not covered all the types of ear piercings, the main ones are shown below. The different types of ear piercings are Antitragus, Claw, Conch, Daith, Helix, Industrial, Orbital, Rook, Snug, Spiral, Tragus.
Also, tell us which one are you planning to get done?