Originally Posted by CookieMonsterMommy
Except that sewing needles are often made of cheap (read: irritating, allergy producing) metals and are usually MUCH smaller than the earing post you'll be using. You're causing more tissue damage then necessary.
Beyond this, instead of actually creating a tube to heal, its just pushing skin out and around the piercing, which will cause excessive scarring. This is also an issue with piercing guns (all you need to do is google "piercing guns" to see why you don't wanna go down that road), which not only pushes the skin around but RIPS a hole through the ear.
If ANY EARRING ever gets "STUCK" anywhere, this is a sign of a POOR QUALITY EARRING. Don't use gold, don't use silver, don't use nickel, use SURGICAL STAINLESS STEEL
and nothing else. If you have a reaction to it, it's not surgical stainless steel. There's no reason to have an adverse reaction to SSS and a reputable, reliable piercer will never put anything else in your ears (nose, navel, etc).
(Piercing guns never use real SSS earrings.)
However, they are right that you should not remove (a good piece of) jewelry from a truly infected (some piercings just weep) piercing. A smooth piece of SSS jewelry will act as a drain for an infection whereas removing the jewelry can, and usually does, trap pus and nasties inside the lobe. The infection can "eat away" at fresh tissue and.. well, its not pretty. This is why you DO NOT touch, twist, etc. a new piercing.
Don't go to a doctor. I would never, ever go to a doctor to do a piercing. Professional piercers spend so much time learning about proper care of piercings and dermatological issues that may arise (like keloids, blowouts, etc). Kind of like midwives knowing normal women, babies, births.. Piercers know piercings. Doctors know a lotttt more about other stuff, not so much anything about piercings at all... before I knew better, my doc royally screwed up a piercing that had developed a tiny zit alongside of it. He gave me some cream, told me to pop it, etc. He decided it was a keloid and was going to schedule me for steroid shots. Freaked, I went back to my piercer, who shrieked and made me wash the cream off and told me to leave it the heck alone. A week or two later it went down completely, but has left a permanent scar on my nostril. It wasn't a keloid. It was a blocked off pore, and he knew it as soon as I got within a few feet of him. He said "Doctors who do piercings rarely know what they're doing. We have to correct so many things that come up like this, you wouldn't believe it." As I grew into myself and started getting more involved in "the piercing industry" (if you will), I heard this reiterated so many times it's not even cute.
Hope this helps.