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Old 07-25-2022, 11:41 AM
 
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Wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I've been wearing my diamond studs for years. I change them out once in a while for some hoops that I've also had for years. All of a sudden, I'm getting infections in my left earlobe (piercing hole) now with any of the earrings. I've had to stop wearing them all together. Absolutely nothing has changed. Any idea of what is causing this? TIA
I became allergic to metal in recent years, especially in the summer. Even 14k gold bothers my ears. So now I usually wear earrings with hypoallergenic wires -- stainless steel, niobium or titanium.
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Old 07-25-2022, 12:07 PM
 
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Thanks for all the info. I wore the studs yesterday and by end of day my left ear was bothering me so out they went. I had cleaned them with alcohol and cleaned my ears with HP. I'll try the clear coat idea. These were given to me by my mother at 16 so very sentimental meaning.
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Old 07-25-2022, 12:16 PM
 
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Wondering if anyone else has experienced this? I've been wearing my diamond studs for years. I change them out once in a while for some hoops that I've also had for years. All of a sudden, I'm getting infections in my left earlobe (piercing hole) now with any of the earrings. I've had to stop wearing them all together. Absolutely nothing has changed. Any idea of what is causing this? TIA
Sounds like a nickel allergy.

White gold is often an alloy of nickel and zinc and gold. Especially older jewelry.

Gold is always yellow, it’s the things it’s alloyed with that give it its color. It is also often rhodium plated to make it bright white. I would take the earrings to a jeweler and ask them if they were rhodium plated if they could re-rhodium plate them. That way the nickel is away from your skin. The rhodium plating does last for a long time.

Switch the earrings out to something that might be 14 karat yellow gold and use some antibiotic ointment to clear your ears and once you get those earrings back replated, you should be good to go.
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Old 07-25-2022, 09:54 PM
 
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gold ones were in bad shape from being punched in the ear in 1991. I had the four, 14K gold diamond studs in my 4 cartilage holes in my left ear when I was punched. My ear swelled, my posts were a little bent, they also were stained from the blood. Since then, I have not been able to wear any earrings in those four holes because they will start hurting like an infection is starting.
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There's a back story to this, and I'd like to know it.

Iron Mike Tyson involved? (He has an affinity for ears, ya know!)
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Old 07-25-2022, 10:21 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses.

They're white gold. Again, I've literally been wearing these since I was 16. I'm 47 now. It's just started in the past couple of months so it's just very odd. I'll clean the posts with alcohol and clean my ears with hydrogen peroxide.

Old_cold---are you able to wear earrings anymore?
White gold has nickel in it. If you have developed a nickel allergy, then you won't be able to wear white gold.

I could wear any kind of jewelry - cheapo stuff, no problems - until I got my ears pierced. That triggered a severe nickel allergy, so now only 14kt yellow gold (or higher), or sterling silver, platinum, titanium. I even had to order watches with a titanium back - otherwise I would develop a horrible itchy spot, and it would turn into a rash. I mostly wear yellow gold 14 or 18kt, and occasionally a sterling piece or two. As much as I love white gold, I just can't wear it.

I have heard of this allergy occurring many years later after a piercing - my guess is that is what has happened to you.
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Old 07-26-2022, 10:18 PM
 
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I had my ears pierced a long time ago. Usually I wear small gold hoops. I usually leave them in because if I take them out for more than a day or two my left hole starts to close, weird, right? I have other earrings but can't sleep in them. Otherwise there's been no infections so far.

Not weird at all. I had that problem for decades after I got my ears pierced. I also had the reaction behind my white gold diamond studs. I used Neosporin, which helped, and had to find something to keep in my ears or they'd close. I finally got some stainless steel hoops on a beading website and just change out what I dangle from them. No problems for many years now.
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Old 07-27-2022, 05:09 AM
 
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there's a website called Simply Whispers that sells hypoallergenic earrings. I got a pair from them many years ago, I have worn them 24/7 for weeks on a road trip, no problem.
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Old 07-27-2022, 08:53 AM
 
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there's a website called Simply Whispers that sells hypoallergenic earrings. I got a pair from them many years ago, I have worn them 24/7 for weeks on a road trip, no problem.
I think titanium is an inert metal that generally does not cause allergies.
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:18 AM
 
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I spoke to a local jeweler who said they would plate the posts with iridium. If that doesn't work, they'll replace the posts themselves. I'll keep you guys posted
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Old 07-28-2022, 11:36 AM
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Nearly all gold is alloyed; 14kt means it is 14 parts gold, 10 parts something else.
24kt is pure gold, but very, very soft; it would just bend if you used it for studs or earwires, and doesn't hold up well in jewelry.

So your earrings are alloyed with something, probably nickle. Sounds like you've got a good plan to fix the problem.

Surgical steel posts and wires tend to be non-allergenic, and cheaper than some other solutions.
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