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I want to pierce the cartilage on the upper part of my ear. I’ve heard you can get paralyzed if a nerve is hit accidentally. Is that true?

“Fiction,” says Dr. Michael Zimring. “There is no nerve in the ear that would make you paralyzed.” Cartilage should be done with a piercing needle—never a piercing gun—by a doc or certified piercing center, like Claire’s. Never attempt to do it yourself because you run the risk of infection. And don’t forget to keep it clean with peroxide.

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8/1/2008 11:57:00 PM
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