Ear Piercings: Types and Risks

This article's ideal for anyone who's looking to get ear piercings and wants to learn about these types of piercings and their respective risks. Keep reading to learn more!
Ear Piercings: Types and Risks

Last update: 08 September, 2021

A piercing is a hole made in the body with needles to insert pieces of jewelry. The parts of the body that people pierce most frequently are the ears, nostrils, tongue, navel, cheeks, and lips. In this article, we’ll focus specifically on ear piercings.

10 types of ear piercings

The dichotomy in the universe of ear piercings lies in a basic difference: Thin ones, ranging between 0.6 and 0.8 millimeters, and thicker ones between 1 and 1.3 millimeters. It should be noted that either type can be used in all perforations.

The following is an explanation of the different types of ear piercings.

1. Daith ear piercings

For this type of piercing, shripati or harendra style piercings are suggested, among the sturdy range. Within the slender spectrum, aftan or venkat types are recommended. This piercing is located in an area that’s practically in the center of the ear, in the innermost fold of the cartilage.

2. Rook

The piercing styles that we recommend for this type of piercing are alak, dristi, and Shyama. The reason why experts recommend thin earrings for this type of piercing has to do with their location. A thick piercing could be irritating.

3. Tragus

Now, adag, dharma, and Vasantha are the most beautiful earrings to wear in this area of the ear. Thin piercings with simple shapes are ideal for this kind of piercing.

4. Antitragus

As their name suggests, antitragus piercings are made on the upper part of the lobe, on the cartilage opposite to the tragus. For this reason, Sandip and yadu-style piercings are the best options.

Piercing materials.
The jewelry for ear piercing varies and will depend a lot on personal taste.

5. Earlobe piercings

The lobe is the most common area for ear piercing. These are the typical holes that are often pierced even in babies and small children. For this reason, we know this type of piercing is called a “starter earring.”

6. Upper lobe

Going up the lobe, above the so-called starter hole, it’s possible to make between 3 and 5 different piercings. For this area, very small earrings or earrings with stone inlays are recommended, such as kanira, chad, and Kishori.

7. Conch

Omana and Pratima are the best types of earrings for this type of piercing. They’re earrings that hug the ear; in other words, they’re circular piercings that go around the lower cartilage of the ear above the antitragus.

8. Flat

For those who want to be trendy and, at the same time, show off a unique and elegant style, this is the piercing you’re looking for. Flat piercings are piercings that go inside the upper crease of the ear.

9. Helix

When it comes to the helix of the ear, it can have as many piercings as you want. However, we recommend between 1 and 3.

The most suitable earrings for this type of piercing are usually the Jayaram, rati, and Jayashree types. These types of piercings go in the outer cartilage at the top of the ear.

10. Contra helix

Those looking for the ultimate avant-garde should opt for the alternative in the contra helix. You can choose both robust and slender earrings in this case.

These piercings go in the cartilage that’s closest to the face, on the side of the ear opposite the helix. The best piercings to adorn these holes are harendra, Jatin, and Shakuntala style piercings.

The risks of ear piercings

Ear piercings are very beautiful. However, the intervention with these foreign bodies carries some risks, which we’ll tell you about below.

Keloids

First of all, some people experience excessive scarring, which produces what we know as keloid scars. Therefore, piercings aren’t a good idea for those who have this type of skin.

However, if someone’s that they have this condition and notices that these scars form after having piercings, they should remove the piercings immediately. Then, they should then visit a dermatologist they trust.

Nickel Sensitivity Allergies and ear piercings

At the same time, there are allergic reactions to the material piercings are made of or to the tools used for their placement. This is an absolute contraindication for the jewelry, as there’s no way to reduce its impact on the immune system.

Skin inflammations, infections, and the transmission of acute diseases

Finally, we can’t rule out the transmission of contagious diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis B. This happens due to the lack of hygiene in the elements at the time of the piercing, as well as a lack of adequate aftercare.

Tips on how to take care of ear piercings

It’s very common for the ear to become irritated after a piercing is done. To control this situation and avoid infections, the following care should be taken:

  • Moisten all the scabs and proceed to remove them carefully.
  • Wash the area with water and neutral soap.
  • Spread some physiological solution on the area, making sure that it enters the orifice.
  • Finally, if you suspect a possible infection use some kind of disinfectant product. Hydrogen peroxide and ethyl alcohol aren’t recommended.
A woman with 2 different types of piercings in her ear.
The different types of piercing adapt to more aesthetic locations and the structure of the anatomy of the ear.

Ear piercings involve some risks

Wearing earrings can be very eye-catching and fashionable, but getting piercings isn’t a subject to take lightly. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of all the risks before making any decisions.

Among the most frequently chosen areas, besides the ears, is the oral cavity. Piercings in the mouth involve risks that are more severe. According to an article in the journal Advances in Odontostomatology, chewing, swallowing, and overall dental health can be altered, along with the accumulation of bacterial plaque.

Therefore, take all of this information into account before deciding to get a piercing and carefully consider the professional who’ll do it. Whoever does the piercing needs to be a professional and comply with the hygiene rules to reduce the risks.

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