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If you pierce your ear wrong can you become paralyzed?

Asked by disturbed_broken (756points) January 19th, 2010 from iPhone

My friend said that you can become paralyzed if you pierce your ear in the wrong spot and I’m just wondering if this is true.

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J0E's avatar

Only if it’s a really long needle and it accidentally stabs your spinal cord.

rangerr's avatar

Please don’t pierce your own ears unless you know what you’re doing. You could get hurt.
I pierced mine during finals in 9th grade. With a safety pin.

disturbed_broken's avatar

I just did that with a safety pin two hours ago and was thinking about doing my cartilage but my friend said you can become paralyzed if you do it in the wrong spot so I thought I would check.

ShoulderPadQueen's avatar

never ever heard that one before.

rangerr's avatar

@disturbed_broken Oh my. Don’t do your cartilage.. if you want it done please go let someone do it who knows what they are doing.

disturbed_broken's avatar

@rangerr what’s the worst that could happen? Other than infection?

rangerr's avatar

@disturbed_broken Infection is enough… really.

casheroo's avatar

@disturbed_broken You can destroy the cartilage. Bad idea.

judochop's avatar

Poking a hole in to the cartilage of your ear will not do much, It will hurt like hell for a bit and possibly get infected if not kept clean but here are some things to consider before you do it…
1. Piercing cartilage requires a “hollow” needle. It cores the skin out so that the wound heals around instead of trying to grow back together and scarring really bad.
2. You probably won’t pierce it straight and it could look very stupid.
3. What are you wanting to do with that hole in the cartilage? Are you putting a post into it or a hoop? Are you planning on going up in size ever?
4. If you do decide to poke something through there make sure you put something on the back of it because you are most likely going to shove right in to the skin behind the ear which is going to hurt.
5. Make sure you clean it three times a day and turn the jewelry so that it does not scab up. An infection from having a hole not done right in the cartilage is going to look like cauliflower ear and or part Dumbo which is how you will feel if you have to explain to the doctor why your ear is an extra 4 inches off of your head.

disturbed_broken's avatar

thanks maybe I won’t do cartilage for now I will just Stick to my ear lobe.
I was going to put a hoop in it and I was just going to use a safety pin again.

judochop's avatar

Yeah probably not the best idea, glad you are going to atleast wait for one poke to heal before having yourself another one.
Just save up the $35 to go get it done right.

borderline_blonde's avatar

I wouldn’t pierce your own cartilage. Wanna hear a gross story? Of course you do!

In high school, my best friend pierced her own ear cartilage using what she thought was a sterilized needle. It became horribly infected, and eventually it caved in. Her ear is permanently deformed because of it… it’s shaped sort of like a heart. She’d be so pissed if she knew I was spreading that story all over the internet

As for the paralysis thing… you could maybe pinch a nerve piercing your own ear, but that wouldn’t paralyze your entire body.

HungryGuy's avatar

You can’t paralyze yourself from piercing your ear. But still don’t do it. You can still cause serious problems for yourself practicing home surgery. An infection being the least of your worries.

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shewolf96's avatar

is it bad if I pierced 2 cartilage holes in 2 days, sense that is the subject i assume?

Gonzi's avatar

Never pierce your cartilage ever heard of ear collapse?

Valerie111's avatar

No but you could hurt yourself and it can become infected. Don’t pierce your own ears.

Love_lovelock's avatar

I pierced my cartilage with a sewing pin about a year ago if you are going to pierce your cartilage make sure you know where your veins are and clean off your needle and the earring!

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Kmcgillis's avatar

I have pierced my second third and fourth hole by myself I also have pierced my cartilage by myself. I have family that tattoos and piercing artists but I know nothing about it. I have not been paralyzed or had infection. I take care of my piercings. I do have a plan of piercing my fifth hole. I wouldn’t say I recommend people to pierce their own ears but I will say that it won’t hurt you if you take good care of your piercings

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