Blog By M. Mitera
Being a piercer means that we (as professionals) must familiarize ourselves with certain skin conditions that may make themselves apparent. Things such as redness, crusties, and bumps are something that we deal with on an every day basis. Bumps are a primary concern as a piercer, as there are just so many different causes. Many clients think that a bump close to their piercing is a keloid but many times, that isn’t the case. Bumps around piercings can be caused by a whole lot of things and most of the time, the bump you see is not a keloid.
So what is a keloid? This type of raised scar can be itchy, painful, and can sometimes grow large enough to hinder the movement of a limb. Keloids often start as an injury resulting in a scar. Individuals with keloid-prone skin must be careful, as any sort of damage to the skin can cause a keloid to
form. In some very rare cases, a keloid can even form on the skin without an injury, leading to something aptly named “spontaneous keloids”. Over time, keloids can continue to grow over months and years, eventually leading to other problems. So chances are, the bump you see on your piercing is not one of these horrific scars.
What you’re dealing with is most likely an irritation bump. When irritants like germs get in to a piercing, the body sends white blood cells out to help kill off whatever is causing the problem. Improper aftercare, poorly sized jewelry, or bumping your piercing can cause these unsightly bumps to form. But unlike keloids, these irritated patches of skin can usually be cured with some saline soaks and sterile gauze. A keloid normally requires some type of surgery to remove, whether that means shaving the keloid down gradually or removing it all together. A piercing bump can be attended to and fixed without having to resort to surgery.
It’s important to know that chances are, if you develop a bump on your piercing, it’s not a keloid. Consult your piercer if you’re worried that your piercing is showing signs of irritation. The piercer will be able to point you in a direction that will hopefully have positive results. As said above, there is a very high probability that what you’re dealing with is an irritation bump and not a keloid. Since keloids spread beyond the limits of the injury, you will absolutely know if the situation you’re dealing with is a keloid. And again, if you are unsure as to what is happening with your piercing, please don’t hesitate to stop in to the shop and let our piercers take a look! We are 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.