Sensitivity can be due to the manufacture of earrings using cheap alloys. But there are other factors to consider too.
Read the top tips below for caring for pierced ears, along with what to avoid with new piercings to help ensure you prevent infected ears in the future and transition safely to other styles and materials.
Choose lightweight earrings that won't drag your lobes down, resembling Munch's 'Scream'.
Big earrings don't need to be a cause of discomfort as these days, there are many options for boho statement style.
Choose lightweight materials such as fabric, bone, metal filigree, polymer clay, tassels and feathers.
Hoops also pack a style punch and are super-light for their relative size.
Choose earrings with hypoallergenic hooks or studs for sensitive ears.
Avoid nickel and nickel alloys as these are the most common culprit.
To gain a deeper understanding, read my blog about earring materials and sensitive ears here.
I know this sounds laborious, but it's a ritual worth doing.
Clean your earrings, especially if you have noticed more sensitivity than usual with your piercings.
Body products and sebum build up on the fittings and should be removed.
I recommend wiping hooks and studs with a dab of methylated spirits on clean tissues or cotton buds. (Don't double dip!)
Pop your earring backs and butterflies in an upturned bottle lid with a small amount of the spirits.
Soak a few minutes, drain (do this away from the sink hole), rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean tissue.
Have a jeweller switch out worn or damaged hooks and stud posts for new ones.
Alternatively, upgrade to hypoallergenic options like Argentium Silver or 14k gold/gold-fill.
When wearing heavy earrings or large studs, add a wide round back or large butterfly behind your lobes, like these acrylic ones.
This helps prevent the holes from deforming and supports the earring.
Store your earrings away from dust and dirt.
I hang my jewellery on cup-hooks on the underside of a shelf so dust can't collect on it - and I can easily see all my options at a glance!
Store studs in little boxes or pinned to a card in a drawer.
You've danced into the early hours, and your ears are the casualty, so soothe sore lobes with Ear Care Gel.
Ear Care Gel is also great to have on hand when you know you'll have to wear earrings for long periods or want to wear a favourite pair that you know are likely to cause unwanted irritation to your ears.
If you don't have any on hand try soothing with ice-cubes or calendula cream.
Irritation can occur in new or old piercings.
If you notice any of the following, swelling, redness, pain, tenderness, burning, itching or yellow discharge, you may have sensitive ears or have developed an infection.
If you have tried the above tips or develop a more severe infection, don't hesitate to seek help from your healthcare provider.
Now you're good to go - check out this selection of earrings suitable for sensitive ears...