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Use wire cutters on niece's ear piercing?

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justwanttoweeinpeace Sat 31-Dec-16 15:30:57

Niece had a clip ear piercing done a few weeks ago. It's one of those ones that supposedly can't be removed by anyone other than a professional.

It's starting to turn nasty and she wants it removing, but with the holidays coming up there's nowhere to get it done.

WWBU just to chop the ring with wire cutters and remove it that way?

Wookiecookies Sat 31-Dec-16 15:32:28

No!!!! You could introduce a worse infection. Take her to the gp.

justwanttoweeinpeace Sat 31-Dec-16 15:32:30

Sorry, forgot the important bit;

Has anyone done this? Was it all okay?

DailyFail1 Sat 31-Dec-16 15:34:17

Go to urgent care and get it removed. I do ear piercings but the clip on ones are nasty.

HeyRoly Sat 31-Dec-16 15:34:56

What do you mean, a clip ear piercing? I don't understand what that is. I'm not familiar with any piercing jewellery that can only be removed by a professional.

JennyOnAPlate Sat 31-Dec-16 15:36:29

No don't remove it yourself. Wait a couple of days and go back to the place where she had it done, or if it can't wait see an out of hours doctor.

IWantATardis Sat 31-Dec-16 15:36:51

A&E or a minor injuries unit might be able to get it cut off safely?

Pollyanna9 Sat 31-Dec-16 15:37:26

No no no - you NEVER remove the piercing! The hole can close trapping the infection inside!

DD has had several infections in her helix ear piercing - GP advised taking it out (we ignored him), piercers will tell you not to take it out. Get antibiotics asap and it will sort itself out.

literallytotally Sat 31-Dec-16 15:37:59

If they are the ones that are a continuous loop? Or have the little balls on the end?

If first you need to stretch the circle and the link will drop out.

If they have the balls then thy unscrew.

DurhamDurham Sat 31-Dec-16 15:38:26

This happened to our daughter a few years back and we had to take her to a&we, they removed it safely.

Soubriquet Sat 31-Dec-16 15:39:06

I've never heard of these

Clip ons that can only be removed by professionals? What's the point in that?

Don't do it yourself though. It could make things a lot worse. Seek professional help

HeyRoly Sat 31-Dec-16 15:39:19

Also, even if it's turning nasty it can still be treated. I know the accepted advice is to bathe with saline and wash with soap and water in the shower (and in fact I would continue to do that) but I remember using surgical spirit on my ear piercings back in the 90s, and used it again on a cartilage piercing that went a bit gunky a couple of years ago. Sometimes you just need to ramp up the cleaning solution to something a little more powerful.

NoArmaniNoPunani Sat 31-Dec-16 15:39:20

Can you photograph it? I'm not familiar with any piercings that can only be removed by a professional

justwanttoweeinpeace Sat 31-Dec-16 15:39:42

I know. Apparently instead of piercing the body part and putting in a ring, they just use the ring to create the hole, but of course you can't take it out to clean the hole. And of course now it's infected.

She had antibiotics for it from the walk in gp she went to see yesterday.

I'll stick her in a cab and send her to the minor injuries centre. Don't see why her silly behaviour should mess up our new year, hopefully the nurse will give her a talking to, she doesn't listen to her parents.

HeyRoly Sat 31-Dec-16 15:41:26

Oh, you're talking about a ball closure ring?

You can remove those yourself easily. The balls have a little dimple on each side that clicks into the ring. You can pop them out by applying a little pressure - or you can pull the ends of the ring apart like literally said, but I find that difficult.

showmeislands Sat 31-Dec-16 15:41:43

What's a clip ear piercing? If it's a BCR you could remove it easily using pliers that stretch open the ring and the ball/link comes out. But if it's infected better to stay in and keep it clean - saline etc.

HeyRoly Sat 31-Dec-16 15:44:47

I know. Apparently instead of piercing the body part and putting in a ring, they just use the ring to create the hole, but of course you can't take it out to clean the hole. And of course now it's infected.

None of that makes sense. No piercer creates the hole with the jewellery itself! I'm guessing she went to a proper piercer, who first used a needle and then inserted the ring?

And you aren't supposed to take the ring out to clean a new piercing, because you would never be able to get it back in (and it would be agony if you tried). So don't blame the ring on the infection. It's either crappy jewellery (steel isn't recommended for new piercings, titanium is better) or inadequate cleaning I'm afraid.

icanteven Sat 31-Dec-16 15:45:35

If she has antibiotics she needs to take them, keep it clean and stop kicking up a fuss. She doesn't need to use NHS resources at the busiest time of year to take out a piece of jewellery.

An infected piercing is a nuisance, but if she still wants it to be removed when the infection has cleared up, she can go back to the piercer to have it taken out when they reopen on Tuesday. She's not going to lose the ear in the meantime.

dementedpixie Sat 31-Dec-16 15:45:39

Can you not just wait for the antibiotics to work. You aren't supposed to remove earrings to clean the hole anyway

OurBlanche Sat 31-Dec-16 15:47:11

I'll stick her in a cab and send her to the minor injuries centre. Don't see why her silly behaviour should mess up our new year, hopefully the nurse will give her a talking to, she doesn't listen to her parents.

Woah! It just needs time, antib's and washing in saline. It will be fine.

As her aunt you really don't get to make that decision. How old is she? You say send her so I would assume a mid to late teen. What do her parents say? They are the ones who should be making that decision!

haveacupoftea Sat 31-Dec-16 15:50:37

Urgent care for a mildly infected piercing hmm wash it with savlon or TCP and she can keep it in as a reminder of why it was a stupid idea, until she can get someone appropriate to take it out - you're talking 2 days here.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 31-Dec-16 15:52:58

Use some TCP!

TalkinPeace Sat 31-Dec-16 15:58:22

Cos like the NHS has loads of spare resources in A&E for idiots who cannot use TCP
biscuit

Soubriquet Sat 31-Dec-16 15:58:43

If she has antibiotics why more help?!

Give the AB's a chance to work

DJBaggySmalls Sat 31-Dec-16 16:02:00

DONT remove the piercing. the hole has to be kept open until the infection is cleared up.
Wash it with salt water twice a day and let the antibiotics work.

Infection is not caused by a pro piercer, but by not keeping your hair clean, using a dirty pillowcase, touching the piercing and not cleaning it properly twice a day.

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