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.Continue Reading
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
To remove an earring with a ball, called a Captive Bead Ring, wrap a pair of needle-nose pliers in electrical tape, place the end of the pliers into the middle of the ring, and slowly pry it open. Catch the ball, and carefully rotate ring until the gap is in the right position to pull away from your skin. This process only takes a couple of minutes and requires pliers and tape.Full Answer >
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 >
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 >
Signs that a belly button piercing is being rejected by the body include prolonged irritation, the thinning of the skin that is holding the piercing in and the increase in discharge that is leaking from the piercing holes. Piercing rejection in also identified as migration of the piercing.Full Answer >