We’ve actually been asked,” will piercing my cartilage make me paralyzed?” Answer: No, however an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics can.
What’s that mean? Your cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply. So if an infection does develop from bacteria on the inserted stud, commonly used antibiotics can be ineffective because there’s no blood to transport the medication to cartilage. Earlobes have a blood supply that can better deliver these bacteria-killing drugs.
Solution: Always make sure when getting a cartilage piercing that the establishment is using either a encapsulated gun, where you place the earring in the gun without having to touch it or that they use a needle. ALWAYS make sure they sanitize and be sure to do the required cleaning of the piercing afterwards and you should have no problems.