When earring holes smell, it is usually a result of sebum, a natural secretion of the sebaceous glands. Sebum is oily and, when mixed with dead skin cells and bacteria, can produce a foul-smelling discharge that smells like old cheese.Know More
The smell of sebum is a natural smell but one which some people find unpleasant. The smell of each person's sebum is slightly different and is part of what makes an individual identifiable to a dog. When people find a natural human scent, such as sebum, unpleasant, it is often because the person doing the smelling has an immune system similar to that of the person whose body is creating the scent.
The unpleasant smell from earring holes can be exacerbated by the presence of an infection. Body piercings can become infected easily if piercing equipment isn't sterile, earrings are too tight or earrings have rough posts that scratch the inside of the earring hole. Some people also respond badly to posts including nickel, making them vulnerable to infection.
Treat inflamed or infected earring holes by soaking them in a solution of 1 tablespoon sea salt to 8 ounces of warm water. Swabbing the area is a good way to apply the solution. Wash hands with antibacterial soap before touching the earlobes. Dry ears with paper towels to avoid introducing bacteria to the earring hole via a hand towel.Learn more about Piercing
Regular earrings are generally 20 gauge, which is 0.0320 inches or 0.812 millimeters in diameter. The needle that does the actual piercing is typically a 14 gauge. In body jewelry, the larger the gauge, the smaller the diameter. Earrings worn on the cartilage of the ear are commonly 16 gauge.Full Answer >
To remove a stuck earring back, called a clutch, wash hands with antibacterial soap, and then rub a small amount of petroleum jelly on the backside of the earring. Once it's lubricated, firmly hold the front of the earring in place, and gently turn the clutch to loosen it.Full Answer >
A man wears an earring in whichever ear he pleases. At one point in American history, there was supposedly an encoded message about sexuality contained a man's choice of the left or right side, but today, having an earring on either side means only that you have a hole in your ear.Full Answer >
You can pierce your own ears at home with a mirror, sterile needle, ice, an apple or potato, and a pair of quality earrings to put in the holes. Pierce an earlobe by marking the ear, numbing the lobe, holding a potato or apple to the ear, pushing a sterilized needle through the lobe and inserting earrings.Full Answer >