Helix piercings: an update

Way back in August, I had both of my helix’s pierced. I wrote an entire post about the experience, which you can check out by clicking the bolded word in the sentence above this one.

The piercing itself wasn’t too terrible, and I was told that it could take months until the cartilage within my ear is completely healed. I was also warned that getting both ears pierced at the same time isn’t ideal when it comes to sleeping positions, but I figured I may as well kill two birds with one stone and get both ears pierced at the same time.

Let me tell you, sleeping really does suck for a while when you’ve had holes punched through the tops of both of your ears.

Lesson learned, though.

Anyways, since I’ve had my helix’s pierced, I’ve had a little bit of trouble with infection and irritation. I didn’t notice any healing in the piercings until a few months had passed, and even still, my ears are still tender to the touch, and I still have difficulty sleeping.

Over the past few days, my neck has started to irritate me. I figured I slept wrong and simply kinked it, but as the pain from my neck spread into my jaw and eardrum over the span of the next few days, I thought it might be wise to see a doctor and get it checked out.

Turns out that the piercing in my right ear is, once again, infected, and the infection has spread into my lymph node behind my ear, which explains the discomfort I’ve been noticing in my neck. I was given antibiotics to combat the infection, and was further advised to remove the earring in the piercing.

I did and continue to do everything I was instructed to do in terms of cleaning the piercing. I wanted to share this experience in hopes of potentially helping someone else.

Photo credit: <a href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/skullyfm/3400919821/”>Franck Mahon</a> on <a href=”https://visualhunt.com”>Visualhunt</a&gt; / <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/”&gt; CC BY-SA</a>

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