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Ear Stretching Pains.
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January 15, 2014
6:48 pm
kaytemew
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I'm hoping this is the right place to post this, but I am looking for some help from my fellow stretched-eared friends.

 

I've been having some issues with stretching. I have gotten my ears to about 3/4ths, and twice I have begun the process of wrapping my plugs and stretching bigger, and twice my ears have freaked out. More so my right ear than my left, but the ear will randomly just start swelling and it will be painful to lay on or touch. I stretch using Teflon tape, gradually wrapping a few more layers every week or two. I've had to take the tape off of my plugs both times and start over.

Is there something i can do to minimize this? Or is this something that I will have to deal with until I get to the desired size and stop stretching? 

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
January 16, 2014
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Though there are some professional piercers that frequent this forum and may be able to answer, you may have better luck asking your question in a different forum. Do you have a Tumblr account? If so, or you don't mind starting one, you could check out the APP's Tumblr page. They have quite an extensive Q&A going on and I'm sure they'd be happy to answer your question. You could even include pics. The APP is the Association of Professional Piercers, for those that don't know. Their main website is http://www.safepiercing.org.

Be warned, the APP's Tumblr page is not safe for work:  http://safepiercing.tumblr.com/

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January 16, 2014
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Thank you!!

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
January 18, 2014
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Two possibilities i can think of.

1 – You are going too fast. Literally a wrap or 2 is best, although a few can be ok for some people.

2. It's a reaction to teflon tape. I hate the stuff myself, and find it very irritating and drying. I would strongly recommend switching to bondage tape instead.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 19, 2014
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My boyfriend mentioned it might be the tape as well. I'll definitely have to give bondage tape a try!

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
January 22, 2014
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I have had reactions to teflon tape as well.  The stuff made my ears all red and sore and it was just generally unpleasant.  As soon as I switched to bondage tape, my ears were much happier when stretching.

January 26, 2014
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kaytemew
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I'm glad I'm not the only one!

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January 27, 2014
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It's not uncommon at all. I'm really not sure anyone ever recommends teflon for taping up, as it isn't suitable imho.

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January 31, 2014
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Is there a reason why that is? 

I never had an issue until I got to 3/4ths, and no matter how slow i had wrapped my ears just freaked out. 

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February 1, 2014
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I've never got on with it, and find it quite drying, and the texture is a bit grabby. I wonder if it is thin enough that there are microscopic pores in it?

I get on great with regular solid ptfe.

 

If you have been fine with it before, and developed a reaction, might be sensitivity to an additive maybe? The tape is 99% ptfe, but who knows what the remaining 1% is?!

 

How are you ears doing now? Have you tried switching to bondage tape?

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
February 2, 2014
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I haven't even started re-wrapping yet, I figured I'd give my ears a couple of weeks and then get some bondage tape and try again! The right ear keeps swelling up every once in a while, but then its gone by the next day. The left ear is 100% fine now.

These things have hardened in our soft pink bellies.
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