Nishmat's Women’s Health and HalachaIn memory of Chaya Mirel bat R' Avraham

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Espnaol
  • Francais
Menu

Recent piercing

12 December, 2006

Question:

I recently got my ear pierced. The earring is not to be removed for 6 months so it may heal. If I were to remove it myself, it would be extremely painful and likely to get infected, especially when exposing it to water right after. Is there any way possible I can go to the mikvah with the earring still in?


Answer:

The ideal is to remove any piercing or body ring prior to immersion.  However, in this case, where you will keep the piercing in for a lengthy interval and its removal could lead to pain or even infection, immersing with it would be permitted.

If there is any safe way to loosen the piercing (so that it is not flush against the skin in front of or behind the hole) without removing it, that would be preferred. You should take care to clean well around the piercing site before immersion, and gently rotate the earring while immersing to allow the water to reach all parts of your ear.

Please discuss this ruling with your mikveh attendant in advance, to mitigate any potential discomfort at the mikveh.  You can explain that you have permission to immerse in this fashion from R. Yehuda Henkin, our site's rabbinic supervisor.


This internet service does not preclude, override or replace the psak of any rabbinical authority. It is the responsibility of the questioner to inform us of any previous consultation or ruling. As even slight variation in circumstances may have Halachic consequences, views expressed concerning one case may not be applied to other, seemingly similar cases. All health and health-related information contained within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is intended to be general in nature and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health care professional. The advice is intended to offer a basis for individuals to discuss their medical condition with their health care provider but not individual advice. Although every effort is made to ensure that the material within Nishmat's Women's Health & Halacha Web site is accurate and timely, it is provided for the convenience of the Web site user but should not be considered official. Advice for actual medical practice should be obtained from a licensed health care professional.

For further questions or comments: 

The Nishmat Women's Health and Halacha Site is a public service of Nishmat, The Jeanie Schottenstein Center for Advanced Torah Study for Women. This project and others like it are made possible by contributions from people like you. If you have benefited from the service, and wish to enable us to help others, click here to donate.


Users of Internet filtering services: This site discusses sensitive subjects that some services filter without visual indication. A page that appears 100% complete might actually be missing critical Jewish-law or medical information. To ensure that you view the pages accurately, ask the filtering service to whitelist all pages under yoatzot.org.