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Ear Stretching Gauges
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
Should I go in to a doctor if my lymph nodes behind my ears have been swollen for two weeks after gauging one size up? (ear stretching)
Up to you: If you're comfortable with what you're doing and the lymph node size is stable and under 2 cm, yuo probably don't have to go. ...Read more
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Yes: That is quite possible - especially if you quickly jumped up in size. ...Read more
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
Ear swelling: May be a normal response. But need more information to answer this question. ...Read more
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
What to do if I got my ear pierced 3 weeks ago now, I was just wondering, when can I start stretching my ear lobe?
Not for quite a: While - Let your piercings heal. BE PATIENT OR YOU WILL HAVE PROBLEMS!! ...Read more
What to do about my scar tissue and somewhat of a cat butt preventing me from stretching my ears. Help!!?
Question: I cannot make sense of this question. Please talk to your Dr. ...Read more
Ear stretching bleeding 19mm puss swollen painful and im scared its happened before n just gone away but for some reason I am concerned now?
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?
I have a tight, stiff, pulling pain on the left side of my neck. It causes my jaw to click and my ear to pop on that side. Massaging, rubbing, stretching it makes it more irritated. What could it be?
TMJ: Tmj is a possibility. Temperomandibular joint dysfunction is the jaw joint which can click if out of alignment and can hurt. ...Read more
Small lump in ear lobe close to head, currently getting headaches everyday and feeling dizzy occasionally. Is this connected to me stretching my ears?
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
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
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
Help! Severe sinus headache on one side stretching down temple into ear. Some nausea. Light sensitivity. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a joke! What to do?
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
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
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
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
Ears: Please restate your question. What lymph fluid? What is an ear gauge? You've also provided no information about yourself. ...Read more
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
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
Can you explain the elasticity of ear lobes please? And how difficult it would be to stretch them? Am wanting to put some fears to rest!!
Piercing?: The ear with a big ear gauge if you are planning then I would start with a smaller guage ...Read more
Can a gauged ear get smaller if the gauge is taken out? My 14 year old nephew has both of his ears gauged and he says that they will not go smaller even if he takes them out so it is pointless for him to do it or to start going smaller again. I am not
Large hole in ears: Those types of piercing in the ears will need to be surgically repaired. The damage done is too large for them to get noticeably smaller on its own. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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