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Doctor insights on: Ear Stretching Gauges

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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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Stretching ears, made the hole bleed 2 days ago. Today it seems infected. Earlobe is huge and the lymph node and inside ear hurt. Read mupirocin helps?

You need prompt: Medical care. This is one I wouldn't try to nurse by yourself at home. Please get this treated. Take care. 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