What Happens If You Pierce a Nerve in Your Ear? It is understandable that people want to exercise caution and learn all the facts before getting a piercing.
That said, not everything that we’ve heard about is accurate, and that can lead to the fear of getting a piercing that we’ve always wanted. The result is that we not only miss out on a cultural phenomenon, but we too can end up hampering the chances of our young ones doing the same.
Here, we are going to address some myths that continue to come up with regards to ear piercing, sharing what the facts are, and setting your mind at ease.
From there, you can make an informed decision on whether to go forward with a piercing, or merely be content with learning new information.
Is it possible to hit any nerves or veins when piercing the ear?
The question of the possibility of hitting a nerve of veins when getting your ears pierced is unfounded. That’s because there are no nerve cells or even blood vessels on the outer ear itself, the part that’s visible to you.
It is made entirely from cartilage, and it what supports the external ear. The only nerve available in the ear is the vestibulocochlear (auditory nerve), which is one of the twelve cranial nerves and is located in the internal auditory canal. No one gets their ears pierced there.
Essentially, apart from the ulnar nerve on the hand between the ring and small fingers, all other nerves, arteries, and veins are protected from surface wounds. Therefore, there is no piercing on the body that can affect any of these facets of the body.
The only nerve that comes close to the ear goes around it, and even then, these are not areas that people get piercings. There are also layers of connective tissues (muscles and fascia) that form a network around the head to protect the arteries and veins from superficial injuries that include piercings. That’s why you can get a facial piercing and not fear nerve damage or perforating an artery or vein.
How the ear gets its blood supply is through diffusion from the surrounding structures. That is primarily through the capillaries running through the skin covering the cartilage. That’s the blood you might see when you get pierced.
What people mistake for hitting a nerve or veins is when there is temporary numbness on the ear after a piercing. It only happens to some because it is a fresh wound, and the feeling tends to return within a few hours or days.
Is it harmful if ear piercing goes on veins? Cause headaches or other problems?
As mentioned, it is not possible for an ear piercing to go through the vein. People share such thoughts with little to no knowledge of the ear structure.
When there is bleeding taking place on the other ear, those are the capillaries on the skin and nothing more.
There is, therefore, no reason why one would get a headache or any other problem after a piercing. The most one could feel is the soreness, particularly if you have sensitive skin or when you lie down.
However, that does get better as the piercing continues to heal.
When piercing ears, are there locations that shouldn’t be pierced as they could cause nerve damage?
No nerve endings are running close enough to the ear to get pierced. The reason why some assume is because of the location of the tragus piercing.
The tragus is the part of the ear attached to the face and protrudes to the center of the ear, partially covering the ear canal.
Even so, there are no major blood vessels or nerves close to this area of the ear.
People think that when it’s not pierced correctly, it can cause nerve damage; this is not factual.
The only reason why the tragus piercing tends to be more painful than the lobe is that the cartilage is substantially thicker. Even so, the pain doesn’t last long.
The only concern that people ought to have when it comes to ear piercing is an infection and other issues such as the formation of keloids or tearing.
All these can be avoided by visiting a professional piercer and adhering to the aftercare guidelines given.
When it comes to getting the piercing itself, most people say that they’ll feel a pinch, then heat, and then a dull ache once the piercing is done.
After a few hours, most people tend to only experience a level of soreness on the ear, but even so, that doesn’t last long.
Your concern, therefore, should not be nerve damage or hitting a vein or artery when getting a piercing. What you ought to focus on is ensuring that you take good care of a piercing so that it heals correctly.
If you ever feel pain after a while, that could be the sign to go back to the jeweler. It is a possible sign that you’re rejecting the jewelry, or you do have an infection.
The piercer will then recommend the best route forward. However, should the pain be excruciating, then you do want to see a doctor.
Otherwise, if your concerns for getting an ear piercing were hitting a nerve, vein, or artery, we hope that we’ve sufficiently addressed your fears. You can now book that appointment with a professional piercer and get your ears pierced.
There are tons of styles that you can opt for; there is not a no-go zone, and you can get pierced on locations that appeal most to you around the ear.
They do have varying pain levels, but they are all the same worthwhile when you wear your favorite earrings once the wound heals.