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Have You Ever Had a Bad Experience With a Piercing?

There are lots of different types of piercings, and with them comes lots of room for error. From infections surrounding the site to jewelry that becomes "ingrown" around the piercing, the fact of the matter is that things can go wrong. For instance, last year, I decided a third earring in my left ear would look really cute, but about two months later, the little stud had to be removed due to a raging earlobe infection. Not fun. So tell me all about any disasters you've had. Whether the actual piercing was more than just a painful experience or an earring accidentally tore out because it got caught on your sweater (ouch!), we're curious to hear your stories.

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MyArt.15344853 MyArt.15344853 2 years
I got my first piercing when I was a baby, and the second one when I think I was 11. Now years later I have infections in both ears which sucks.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
@HaterzLoveMe82400, Oh no! Well, I hope you are better soon.
HaterzLoveMe82400 HaterzLoveMe82400 4 years
I recemty got a ear pircing on my cartilige and i got really infected my ear was as swollen as a balloon and it was so painful the slightless touch could casue me to cry. it was quite difficult to remove the earing but i just got it out today.
EmBXOXO EmBXOXO 5 years
Nope, I've had my belly button, 2 lobe piercings on each ear, and a cartilage piercing. The cartilage I took out just because I decided it wasn't cute anymore. I'm a super girly girl. I might get a Miley-esque stud in my nose soon though. I trust the guys who do it so I doubt anything will happen.xx
EmBXOXO EmBXOXO 5 years
Nope, I've had my belly button, 2 lobe piercings on each ear, and a cartilage piercing. The cartilage I took out just because I decided it wasn't cute anymore. I'm a super girly girl. I might get a Miley-esque stud in my nose soon though. I trust the guys who do it so I doubt anything will happen. xx
Isista Isista 5 years
Other than being slightly sensitive to "cheap" earrings, not really any problems. I love my piercings (I have two in each lobe, one in the right cartilage), but then again, I enjoy piercings in general.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I was six days old when I got my ears pierced so I don't have any harrowing ear infection stories. I do have a nickel allergy and I can't wear a number of costume jewelry. No biggie I like gold anyways.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 5 years
I had a bad reaction to my ears being pierced when i was 5 or 6, they got infected so i took them out but got them re-pierced a yr later and they are fine. I have my cartilage (twice) and nose pierced now and used to have my eyebrow, belly, and tongue (2x) done with no issues so I assume the first place wasn't sanitary. I think going to Claire's is fine for ear piercing (where i got mine done) but as for others def go to a pro and do not attempt to pierce yourself EVER!! because thats just asking for an infection regardless if someone you know done it without probs.
kerish kerish 5 years
Yup...! i pierced the tiny fold on teh upper part of my ear whn i ws in college...on the 5th day while sleeping my hand hit on it and tore it a lil bit..ouch!!! can feel the pain now!!! I took out the earring and on advise of my mother bathe it every day wth warm salt water..it healed within a week wthout any scars
rossy rossy 5 years
In the 80's I got my ears pierced by a woman, who unknown to me or my mom, had badly shaking hands. Of course from my vantage point I couldn't see or feel it being done & my mom's view was blocked because she stood in front of me. It was only after I took out the "setting" hoops I'd chosen to set the holes.-The piercing to my left ear was alright... but the one to my right ear was crooked! Every time I went to put to push the post through, I had to search for the back hole. It was always getting infected too... eventually, I stopped putting earrings in so the holes would close up & I couple get them redone a few years later.-Still haven't done it... scared, I guess. Not many clip-on earrings to choose from, but I do find some great ones from time to time.
rossy rossy 5 years
In the 80's I got my ears pierced by a woman, who unknown to me or my mom, had badly shaking hands. Of course from my vantage point I couldn't see or feel it being done & my mom's view was blocked because she stood in front of me. It was only after I took out the "setting" hoops I'd chosen to set the holes. - The piercing to my left ear was alright... but the one to my right ear was crooked! Every time I went to put to push the post through, I had to search for the back hole. It was always getting infected too... eventually, I stopped putting earrings in so the holes would close up & I couple get them redone a few years later. - Still haven't done it... scared, I guess. Not many clip-on earrings to choose from, but I do find some great ones from time to time.
remember-aurora remember-aurora 5 years
OMG. I got a monroe piercing and it never healed (for like 2 months) then I quit my job for a real office job, so I switched the stud out for something less noticeable. Went to sleep, woke up the next morning to clean it... the skin in my mouth had grown over the back plate of the stud. PERMENANT PIERCING! My sister is a nurse so she ganked some scalpels from work and tried to cut it out... 2 hours later, no luck. She came at me with some pliers and told me to hold still and she YANKED IT OUT OF MY FACE! So now I have a scar where beauty mark piercing used to be. I guess it all worked out in the end.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 5 years
I got my cartilage pierced about 11 years ago, and had no issues. However, several years later I decided to get a second piercing in the cartilage, and I went to a place where they used a gun. Once the stud went through my ear, the gun jammed, so when the woman went to pull it away from my ear, I went with it! It actually didn't bother me (I was numb from the piercing), but my friend who had never gotten a piercing and was waiting in line was a little freaked out. They got me unstuck, changed to a different gun, and hers went fine.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
i've had my ears pierced three times because of infections from those cheapy earrings most salons sell. :/ but, the third time worked out because it's been years and no problems!
divinedebris divinedebris 5 years
I got my ears pierced when I was very young, a baby, and as I grew the piercings didn't and they're way too high on my lobs to be used... they were also done with a piercing gun and left keloid scars on both my ears (both very small but people ask what's on my ears).I gauged my ears and had them become infected and balloon up and it was gross. I'm allergic to certain types of metal so I have to be careful or else I'll swell or in cases when I was little, scab/bleed. It's not too bad, got two cartilage piercings two gauged ears(two extra holes I don't use) my tongue and nose and I'm fine for another piercing. I will say though, STAY AWAY FROM PIERCING GUNS. They're unsafe and the girls as Claire's probably don't know what they're doing.
divinedebris divinedebris 5 years
I got my ears pierced when I was very young, a baby, and as I grew the piercings didn't and they're way too high on my lobs to be used... they were also done with a piercing gun and left keloid scars on both my ears (both very small but people ask what's on my ears).I gauged my ears and had them become infected and balloon up and it was gross. I'm allergic to certain types of metal so I have to be careful or else I'll swell or in cases when I was little, scab/bleed. It's not too bad, got two cartilage piercings two gauged ears(two extra holes I don't use) my tongue and nose and I'm fine for another piercing. I will say though, STAY AWAY FROM PIERCING GUNS. They're unsafe and the girls as Claire's probably don't know what they're doing.
Hello890 Hello890 5 years
Got my ears pierced when I was a baby, so I don't remember anything.I did get another piercing on my ear, later in my teens, but had to take it out, because it got infected. :(
Hello890 Hello890 5 years
Got my ears pierced when I was a baby, so I don't remember anything. I did get another piercing on my ear, later in my teens, but had to take it out, because it got infected. :(
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I got a lip piercing. Oops.I fainted right after the ring was put in, that was no good. I thought I was okay for a couple weeks afterward, until my lymph nodes swelled way up. So I went to the doctor and got the piercing taken out...which cleared up the problem, but also left me without a cool piercing. Slight bummer.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I got a lip piercing. Oops. I fainted right after the ring was put in, that was no good. I thought I was okay for a couple weeks afterward, until my lymph nodes swelled way up. So I went to the doctor and got the piercing taken out...which cleared up the problem, but also left me without a cool piercing. Slight bummer.
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