As strange as it may sound to some of you, some brides-to-be have not yet pierced their ears. If you are one of them, or have an old ear piercing that has closed off, now is the time to do it.
You definitely need to wear a nice pair of earrings on your wedding day. The variety that the clip on earnings comes in is not wide enough and you rarely find a pair of clip ons at a jeweler.
It is so easy these days to have your ears pierced. But, you have to be aware of these points:
- Do not attempt to do it yourself. Complications may occur.
- Do not surrender to your friends’ nags who want to numb your earlobe with an ice pack and do it for you. Ouch!
- Go to a jeweler for your ear piercing, who will pierce your ear with a special piercing gun and use sterilized earrings.
- Make sure that your earlobe is clean and that you are not suffering from any skin rashes, acne or allergies at the time.
- Make sure the piercer washes his or her hands and wears a fresh pair of protective gloves for each piercing.
The skin around the earrings might be slightly swollen, red and tender for a few days. As the piercing heals, white or yellow fluid might drain from your earlobe and form a slight crust on the jewelry. To prevent infection and to encourage healing, do the following:
- Clean your earlobe with antibacterial soap once or twice a day.
- Be sure to wash your hands before cleaning your piercing.
- Remove any crusting with a cotton swab. Avoid alcohol and peroxide, which can dry the skin. Also avoid ointments, which keep oxygen from reaching the piercing.
- Avoid swimming while your piercing is healing.
- Don't fiddle with your piercings.
- Keep the jewelry in place. Most piercings heal within about 6 weeks, but some types might take several months or longer to heal. If you want to maintain the piercing, leave the jewelry in place during this time to keep the hole from closing.