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I'm thinking about stretching my ears, but I don't know what size to start out with. Would it be bad if I started out with an 8 gauge?

I'm thinking about stretching my ears, but I don't know what size to start out with. Would it be bad if I started out with an 8 gauge?

Not healthy: I will start by asking you to consider gauging in the context of the health problems that can result from gauging. A 16-gauge or 18-gauge needle is often used for an initial piercing for ear gauging. ...Read more

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Ears hot, little bit red, and burn after stretching with gauges. Is this normal?

Ears hot, little bit red, and burn after stretching with gauges. Is this normal?

Abnormal situation: It may be a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. Your ears are reacting to something which is unnatural for them. If you develop swelling, increasing area of redness, discharge or fever - than it is likely that you have developed an infection. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stretch my ear lobes with gauges?

Is it safe to stretch my ear lobes with gauges?

Ear lobes: Greetings. Yes, it is safe to use gauges to stretch your ear lobes if you so choose. Keep them clean and if any signs of redness is noted, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you stop pain from ear stretching?

How can you stop pain from ear stretching?

Gauging?: Perhaps you are jumping up in size too quickly if your ear is being gauged. ...Read more

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Do you think that ear stretching is an addiction?

Do you think that ear stretching is an addiction?

Do you mean: Putting in increasingly larger guages? Or, just pulling on the ear/lobe to vent tension? The former is a fashion statement, similar to what the Ubangi's do with their lips, while the latter is tension release. Either can be compulsive but neither is usually thought of as an addiction ...Read more

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My ear gets swollen after stretching, is this normal?

My ear gets swollen after stretching, is this normal?

Ear swelling: May be a normal response. But need more information to answer this question. ...Read more

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Please help docs! Could swimming after stretching my ears do any harm?

Please help docs! Could swimming after stretching my ears do any harm?

Stretching ears.: I do not know what stretching your ears means. Are you putting weights on them so they hang down? Or what? ...Read more

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When I open and close my mouth, I can hear like an elastic stretching sound in my left ear, there's no pain just very irritating, any advise?

When I open and close my mouth, I can hear like an elastic stretching sound in my left ear, there's no pain just very irritating, any advise?

ET DYSFUNCTION: Your symptoms are consistent with EUSTACHIAN TUBE DYSFUNCTION. Try nasal irrigation/ZYRTEC/FLONASE. Follo up with Doc to have exam and labs checked. ...Read more

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Small lump in ear lobe close to head, currently getting headaches everyday and feeling dizzy occasionally. Is this connected to me stretching my ears?

Small lump in ear lobe close to head, currently getting headaches everyday and feeling dizzy occasionally. Is this connected to me stretching my ears?

See doc: Pulling your ears would not cause dizziness or headaches. The problem you have may be partly related to migraine but not from stretching your ears. I am curious as to why you are pulling your ears to start with? ...Read more

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Can you get ear & jaw pain from continuously stretching your mouth wide? Doc said tmj. Taking 400 mg motrin not helping. Achey pain. Spasms?

Yes, overstretching: Can cause tmj/tmd. Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Tmd can be divided into disorders related to the muscles of mastication and those emanating from the tmj. Earache and is a common symptom due to the close location to tmj. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. Rec.: orofacial pain practitioner for a consult. ...Read more

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I have pulsitile that comes and goes in my left ear. I hear it most when stretching my neck. I've had normal a brain and cervical mri. Any other tests?

Blood pressure cuff: You need to get your blood pressure checked, especially at the moment when you feel the symptoms. The most common cause of a "pulsing" sensation in the ears is hypertension (high Blood Pressure). You don't need "tests" like an MRI or CT scan to diagnose them - only rarely does anything show up on those scans for this symptom. Talk to your doctor. Good luck & thanks for using HealthTap. ...Read more

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Help! Severe sinus headache on one side stretching down temple into ear. Some nausea. Light sensitivity. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a joke! What to do?

Help! Severe sinus headache on one side stretching down temple into ear. Some nausea. Light sensitivity. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a joke! What to do?

Not tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not likely to treat the underlying cause as you may have found out! You need a decongestant such as sudafed or a nasal spray such as afrin to reduce the sinus inflammation. If it doesn't improve, call your doctor. ...Read more

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What size would ear gauges not shrink back?

What size would ear gauges not shrink back?

Your body: Any increased size of gauge in general will decrease the chances of the ear being able to return to its original size/shape. For some people the earlobe may be able to recoup after larger sizes, but I would gather that any size larger than 0.5 inch, and especially if added wt or stretching were involved, may lessen possibility of complete recovery of ear shape. ...Read more

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Do stretch piercings on ears, heal completely?

Do stretch piercings on ears, heal completely?

Not necessarily: Even if size reduces - you are still likely to have a mark where the piercing was. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my ears are ready to stretch.?

How can I tell if my ears are ready to stretch.?

I don't personally: Recommend gauging - but here is a reference: http://piercing. Wonderhowto. Com/how-to/stretch-your-ears-up-0-gauge-without-damage-321659/ ...Read more

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My ear has a little bumb on the hole where I put my 12 gauge through and it hurts to put it in. What is wrong?

My ear has a little bumb on the hole where I put my 12 gauge through and it hurts to put it in. What is wrong?

See your doctor: You sould see your doctor. This lump needs to be palpated by your doctor and he/she needs to be able to put the rest of your symptoms in perspective. ...Read more

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Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?

Can ear lobes be stretched by pulling on them? I know heavy earrings can stretch the lobes but can manual pulling stretch them?

If constant: Constant pulling would act as a weight, and would eventually stretch the lobe. So do not pull the lobes. ...Read more

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I took out my half inch gauges an hour ago and my ear was really bloody and now the skin is turning black what do I so I skipped a size which was 7/16 I went 00 to 1/2

I took out my half inch gauges an hour ago and my ear was really bloody and now the skin is turning black what do I so I skipped a size which was 7/16 I went 00 to 1/2

It's: It's hard to know what happened to your ear without seeing it. It is certainly concerning if your skin itself is turning black so I would suggest getting your ear checked out urgently to make sure everything is okay. ...Read more

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Need to always stretch neck? Cant touch ear to shoulder

Need to always stretch neck? Cant touch ear to shoulder

Start with PCP: A more specific diagnosis should be considered before you go to a physical therapist. You'll like need a referral anyway from you pcp, so see the doc first. ...Read more

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How do I treat a swollen ear lobe after going up a gauge?

How do I treat a swollen ear lobe after going up a gauge?

A few things: Hi
If there are no breaks in the skin, ice and an oral anti-inflammatory like advil can be helpful. If it looks very red, feels hot, is very tender, there is risk it may be infected and you might need antibiotics. Try to keep the area dry and clean. Hope this helps ...Read more

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What should I do about the lymph fluid from my ear gauges?

What should I do about the lymph fluid from my ear gauges?

Ears: Please restate your question. What lymph fluid? What is an ear gauge? You've also provided no information about yourself. ...Read more

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My husband stretches his ears with gauges and this last time he stretched the bottom of his lobe became black and thinned with bleeding and pus. Help

Tell him don't do it: Why does he stretches his ears? He has probably injured his ear tissue and then bled and form a hematoma and then it became infected. He needs to see someone and most likely the hematoma needs to be drained and he needs to be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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I am feeling stretch round the right neck, right side of fore head since two months. It goes sometimes but comes back. Tingling ii head near right ear.?

I am feeling stretch round the right neck, right side of fore head since two months. It goes sometimes but comes back. Tingling ii head near right ear.?

Need evaluation: this could be due to the muscles around the neck and perhaps comes from a neck problem. You need to see your physician and clarify that or was there something else that may be having the same symptoms. Pinching a nerve could've also cause some of these symptoms that's what needs to be evaluated ...Read more

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When I stretch or yawn, I hear a steady tone in my left ear. What could it be and what can be done to fix it?

When I stretch or yawn, I hear a steady tone in my left ear. What could it be and what can be done to fix it?

TMJ arthritis?: You could have damaged your temporomandibular joint (tmj). See your family doctor or dentist to get examined. ...Read more

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Can ear gauges close to a normal earring hole? I only what size 0. My dad said I can get them if I fined a doctor saying thy close that much

Yes: I saw one person who had pretty big gauges and removed them and the ear lobe had returned to normal size. I do not believe the hole closed but the stretching did shrink. I do not advise doing that to your body. You may not have the same experience as I related. My mothers advice still holds true- if god meant for us to have extra holes in our bodies, he would have created them..... ...Read more

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My right ear started to feel uncomfortable 2 weeks ago. Now its painful sometimes when I open my jaw or when I clean/stretch my ear. Do I need to worry?

My right ear started to feel uncomfortable 2 weeks ago. Now its painful sometimes when I open my jaw or when I clean/stretch my ear. Do I need to worry?

Swimmer's ear: This sounds like an infection of the ear canal commonly called 'swimmer's ear'. You should see your doctor to make a correct diagnosis and remove excess wax if needed. Ear drops are then used to get rid of the infection.
This is sometimes caused by excessive cleaning with cotton swabs which pushes wax farther into the ear. If water then gets trapped it can become infected. ...Read more