Source: my own ears and my own photo
Submitter comment: This was my ear a few months ago. Despite only being a few rounds of tape away from being at 1 3/8”, I had wooden plugs that I got back over the summer that I couldn’t wait to put in. So I decided to be an idiot and shove the plug through my ear. It immediately started burning, and turned very red and became sore. I tried to take the plug out, but it was actually stuck in my ear. Since I had to shower, I couldn’t wear wooden plugs. After minutes of tugging on my ear, I finally ripped the plug out and a mess of blood came with it. I tore my ear along the whole right side of the inside of my lobe, blew it out, and had to clean puss and dried blood off my neck for a very long time.
Why it’s awful: Impatient stretching, and trying to force a plug in when my ear clearly wasn’t ready. Using wood in a freshly stretched lobe. Very, VERY angry looking too.
How it can be fixed: I downsized back to a little over 3/4, did sea salt soaks, and waited for my ears to completely heal before I started taping up again. Luckily for me, my ear stretched up pretty quickly because I had downsized so much, the blowout disappeared, and my ears are now healthily at 1 3/8” again. Take this as a lesson, stretching up quickly IS NOT fun. At all.