Blog By M. Mitera
In the past, we’ve gone over what irritation bumps are when it comes to piercings. Many people think that any sort of bump is a keloid and it isn’t, we promise. Chances are that you just have an angry piercing. Unfortunately, the internet has a whole plethora of absolute nonsense information on how to treat irritation bumps.
The methods the internet suggests are usually incredibly harsh and can end up causing more harm than good. Here at Spider-Bite, we like to think that less is more. Sure, chemical burning that bump off of your face might work but do you want to risk the scar tissue? Or the genuine discomfort of an actual chemical burn? Of course you don’t because no one wants to deal with any of that. So here are five steps to take to getting that pesky bump to settle down.
- Keep your hands off of your piercing. It’s already angry and you don’t need to be bringing more germs to the area. Keep your hands away from the piercing at all times and only touch it if absolutely necessary while cleaning. Be sure that your hands are clean before you interact with the piercing. If something does come in to contact with your piercing, spray sterile saline on a q-tip and gently clean around the jewelry. Be sure to always keep your piercing clean and dry.
- Stop at the pharmacy and pick up a pack of sterile gauze pads, the little 2×2 squares. Twice a day, for ten minutes each time (again with clean hands), completely saturate a gauze pad with saline and hold it on the piercing. The dryness of the salt in the saline will help to weep out any irritating substances that may be trapped in the piercing. If you see smears on the gauze pad when you take it off the piercing, don’t worry. That’s good because that stuff isn’t in your body anymore.
- A bump on your piercing may also be a product of a dirty pillowcase. If you aren’t changing your pillowcases, the oils from your head/hair/face can build up on the fabric and then you go to sleep, pressing your fresh piercing up against a breeding ground for bacteria. You should change your pillowcase every night with a fresh piercing regardless but with a bump, it becomes even more important to ensure that your piercing is resting on a clean surface while you’re sleep for 8-10 hours a night.
- Adding in extra stuff to your daily activities to help boost your immune system is a great idea. Fruits and vegetables will help give your body extra resources which will help to get the irritation bump to get settled quicker. Other things you can add are extra water, a multivitamin, or taking extra naps to be sure that your body has enough rest.
- If you think that the bump is because of a skin sensitivity to the metal you have in, go see a professional. They will be able to assess the jewelry and make the decision on what kind of quality it is. If they feel it is necessary, they will be able to sell you a higher quality piece of jewelry that will be more bio-compatible with your skin. All jewelry worn should be made out of implant grade titanium or solid gold.
If you develop a bump on your piercing and would like our opinion, you can always stop by during our posted hours and we will be able to assist you! Our piercers are adamant on making people happy with their piercings, even if they weren’t done by us. We value our craft and want to improve it in any way possible. Please feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call with any questions.