Blog By M. Mitera
Many issues can arise during the healing time of piercings that can lead to alarm. Most clients get right on the internet and begin to think that their new adornment is infected. Most of the time, there is no infection and the problem is caused by an easily corrected step in the healing process. One of the most common, more unsightly healing problem is that of the pressure bump.
These appear more often than not on nostrils and daith piercings. Seeing how popular these are, the pressure bump is something that piercers see a lot.
Pressure bumps (also known as hypotrophic scarring) are caused by the jewelry putting pressure on their piercing. The bump is the body’s reaction to the pressure, forming a scar. Usually, the bumps are skin colored and aren’t necessarily painful, just unsightly. Jewelry that doesn’t fit correctly can often cause these to form. Tight pieces add more pressure to the piercing. The first thing to consider if the kind of jewelry you have in. What’s it made of? Is it the correct size for your unique anatomy? If you don’t think that there’s anything going on with the size of the jewelry, it may be possible that you’re snagging it. Maybe while you sleep, wash your face, brush your hair, etc you bump your piercing on accident. Repeated incidents like this can cause the bumps to form as well.
So what if you notice a bump on your piercing? Don’t freak out. And chances are, it’s probably not infected so seriously, don’t freak out. While it may be worrisome, there are some easy ways to get rid of the bump yourself. As said above, the first step is to evaluate your jewelry. If you’ve decided that the actual piece isn’t your problem, it’s time to step it up. Get some saline solution from your piercing shop (something like NeilMed or H2Ocean) and some sterile gauze from your local pharmacy. After cleaning your hands, spray some of the saline on the gauze and hold it on the piercing for about 5-10 minutes twice a day. This will help to dry out the bump and cause any fluid to drain. In addition to the compresses, you should also acquire some vitamin E oil. My personal favorite is BioOil. Again with clean hands, take some vitamin E oil and rub it on the bump. Don’t slather the piercing in it but make sure that you’ve covered the entire bump with a thin coat of oil. Do this when you wake up in the morning and when you go to bed at night.
After a few days of this, you may begin to notice that the bump might leak or ooze a little with the salt soaks. This is a good thing and means that the irritating liquid is draining. Continue to salt soak and use oil on the ear. Within a few weeks (time frames will vary depending on the person), the bump will begin to shrink and will eventually vanish all together. Now, you are on the path to a happy, healthy piercing! However, if you suspect that there is a very serious problem, it is never a bad idea to call your piercer and ask them about what you’re experiencing. You can also stop by the shop and show your piercer what’s going on. They will be able to calm any fears that you have of your piercing being infected. Or if they do believe that you need to visit the doctor, they will recommend that as well.
Recently, a friend of mine who lives in Ohio (very far away from me) noticed that her daith piercing had developed a pretty intense bump and I walked her through the process of healing it. Within the course of a couple of weeks, the bump on her ear decreased drastically in size. As you can see in the photo attached to this blog, her ear looks much better after some sea salt and vitamin E oil! She was worried at first that the piercing was done for but we managed to completely eliminate her bump.
It’s so important to take care of your piercings. Bumps do happen and piercings get irritated. We live in a dirty world full of gross stuff that can make your piercing act up. Even if you’re attentive to the aftercare, snagging a piercing on a shirt/pillow/hair/etc can cause bumps, as well as incorrectly sized jewelry. Regardless of how old the piercing is, a hoop that’s too small is going to cause some problems. It’s important to communicate with your piercer if you think there’s a problem. If they’re a professional, they will be willing to help you get to a satisfactory end result. Be sure that you contact your piercer with any with any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your new (or old) piercing so that they may fix any issues before they become too severe. Please contact us if you think your piercing may be developing a bump so that we may help you eliminate it before it gets worse! Remember, we’re here to help!
About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.