Stretching Your Ears? Read This to Prevent Blowouts

Stretched Ears: What Does it Look Like?

You have heard about ear blowing out before but never really knew what exactly happened or how it looked like. You are not sure if you want to hear about it again, so you decide to read this article.

The first thing that comes into your mind when hearing about stretched ears is “Oh my God! That’s horrible!” But then you think, “I don’t care.”

So what does the doctor say?

“It looks like there was some sort of trauma to the ear canal. If you were to stretch it back, it would probably bleed profusely.”

That sounds pretty definitive.

Well maybe that’s all it is, but I’m still wondering…what happens next? Is that what actually happens? Shouldn’t there be some kind of warning sign or something before it starts bleeding from the inside out?

What Causes Ear Bleeding?

Ears are made up of cartilage (the same stuff that makes up your bones) and bone. When the cartilage gets damaged, it causes the bones to move around. Sometimes these movements cause blood vessels to get clogged which results in swelling. The problem with this is that it doesn’t stop the flow of blood to the affected area and eventually leads to problems such as pain, pressure sores, or even death. The human body was not made to move around bones, so do not try this at home!

How Can I Prevent My Ears From Bleeding?

If you suspect that your ears are bleeding, see your doctor immediately. You’ll need to take medication and have a doctor stop the bleeding and heal the damaged cartilage. If you let it go too long without seeing a doctor or taking medication, it can result in permanent disfigurement or even death.

If you want to prevent this from happening, you’ll need to make sure that you don’t have any clogged blood vessels in your ears. You can do this by taking a blood thinner (such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen) before and after you stretch your ears.

The key is to keep the blood thin enough to prevent clots from forming when your ears are pierced.

What Happens If I Stretch My Ears And They Swell Up?

If you experience pain, swelling or a hard lump after stretching your ears, seek medical attention immediately.

The Glues, Oils, And Waxes We Use To Stretch Our Ears Can Irritate The Wound, And Sometimes Cause It To Slight. Some People Swell Up A Bit, And That’s Really About It.

When you make a hole in your skin and force it to stretch, it can be expected to cause some swelling. However, this should go away after about a week.

If it doesn’t go away or the pain becomes unbearable, then you’ll need to see a doctor immediately.

Most of the time, you can take care of swelling and pain at home. First, soak a cotton ball in alcohol then squeeze it so it’s not dripping.

Place it over your ear and change the cotton ball every few hours or when it becomes dry. You should also try to keep your ear dry when you aren’t wearing earrings. Also, take an over the counter pain reliever, as this will help with the pain and swelling.

What Are The Dangers Of Unsterile Scissors?

The main danger of unsterile scissors is getting an infection. Even if the person who owns the scissors was the most responsible person in the world, we don’t know everything that the hundreds of people who have used those scissors before us had.

If you feel any sort of sharp pain or see any redness or swelling, you need to take out your earrings and seek medical attention immediately.

It’s really not that uncommon to have an allergic reaction to the metal in earrings. In fact, it happens more often than you may think.

If you feel any sort of itchy rash or see a red bump at the bottom of your earring hole, take out your earrings and seek medical attention immediately.

How Do I Prevent My Piercings From Getting Infected?

Make sure you keep your hands clean. Also, if you’re touching your face a lot, you can transfer oils from your face to your ear and that can cause an infection. So try to keep your hands away from your face and clean. Also, try not to sleep on your ear or mess with it too much.

What Are The Most Common Problems You See In Your Patients?

Ear infections are probably the number one problem. A lot of people don’t realize that if you sleep on your ear or keep messing with your ear, you’re probably going to get an infection. Another thing we see a lot of is holes getting too large and the top part of the ear becoming detached. This is very common with people that play with their ears a lot. They can end up pulling at the top of their ears so much that eventually it starts to come off.

Can My Ears Stretch?

Sure they can, but it’s going to take a really long time and a whole lot of patience. Most people that have stretched ears have stretched them by themselves at home. There are two different types of stretching that people do, one is for the top part of the ear and the other is for the lobe. Stretching the top part is done with a larger gauge and stretching the lobe is done with a smaller gauge.

For the top part of the ear, you would get large gauge tapers and taper your ears down. The tapers are very thin at the tip and thicker towards the bottom.

For the lobe, you would start with small gauge tapers and taper your lobes down. Again, the tapers are very thin at the tip and thicker towards the bottom. You can get tapers that are already tapered or you can get gauges that are the size that you want and then take a pair of scissors or a file to them to make them into a taper.

So if you had a set of 12’s that you wanted to turn into 00’s, you would buy 12mm gauges and then either use scissors or a file to thin out the gauge so that it is very narrow and sharp at the tip. You would then gradually push that through your ear lobes.

Of course, if you’re going from 00’s down to 6’s, you would need to buy a set of 6mm tapers and thicken them up as you tapered down.

Some ear stretchers use tapers that are the same size from the tip to the bottom of the taper. The only difference is that they are either solid or hollow.

Solid tapers are the same thickness throughout while hollow tapers have a thin wall at the tip to help make the taper thinner and more manageable.

Ideally, if you’re doing this yourself at home, you would want to use solid tapers so that you don’t accidentally slip while pushing the taper through your ear and pierce your ear drum. If you were very careful and knew what you were doing, you could probably safely use hollow tapers.

Why Do People Stretch Their Ears?

This is a question that has probably been asked by people stretching their ears for many years. Before the age of the internet, young people that wanted to stretch their ears had to either do it themselves with improvised tools or find someone else that was willing to do it for them. As such, superstitions quickly grew around the act of ear stretching.

There are three main reasons why people stretch their ears. The first is because it’s accepted by their peers, or rather not accepted by their peers.

It’s seen as something only to be done by people with no direction in their life or by people that want to stand out in a crowd. It’s fascinating how peer pressure can force people to do things that they wouldn’t normally want to do.

The second reason is purely aesthetic. Some people enjoy the attention getting aspect of it and others enjoy the look that they achieve with large holes in their ears.

The third reason is for sexual gratification. There are two different groups that fall under this category.

The first involves dominance and submission, where the person stretching the other persons ear is in a dominant position and the other is in a submissive position. The other group involves sexual pleasure, this is most common with female wearers of large holes as the taper can stimulate the clitoris during sexual activity.

There are of course many people that fall under multiple categories. People can be in a dominant and submissive position yet still not get sexual pleasure from the act.

Also some people might just stretch their ears for fun and not have any other reason than that.

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