piercing bump

How to take care of a piercing bump

After getting a new cartilage piercing the wound often forms a small bump. Not very pretty, but luckily a temporary problem when taken care of properly. In most cases the bump is a very small bacterial infection, caused by movement and pressure. Here are some tips and trics about how to prevent it and take care of it.

  • Try not to sleep on the piercing, even if the piercing feels ‘healed’ and doesnt hurt anymore. Especially cartilage tissue is very fragile, and can not handle the weight of your head for an entire night. Sleeping on a fresh piercing can also cause migration, and make the piercing grow crooked. This is almost irriversable. Are you a wild sleeper, and can not control the side you sleep on? Consider trying a travel pillow, or another pillow with a hole for your ear. This way you can sleep on your side without putting pressure on your piercing, and your ear will be a lot happier!
  • Have a piercer change your jewelry to a (different sized) bar. A ring can put more pressure on the jewelry, and causes more movement. In most cases a bar heals easier than a ring. If you already wear a bar in your piercing it might be too short or long. Jewelry always needs some room to swell, but shouldn’t be so long it constantly snags on clothing.
  • Always have a professional piercer change your jewelry. Changing jewelry of an irritated piercing is delicate work, and you might damage it even more in the process.
  • Use a saline solution on your piercing twice a day. Salt doesn’t only clean the wound, but also dries out the bump. You can use the easy-piercing spray that we sell in our shop. It is also possible to treat the bump with a salt bath every (other) day. This way your ear can really soak in the solution, and dry out the bump. Don’t overdo it with the salt baths, to much might have the opposite effect.
  • Try our antibacterial aftercare spray. This spray contains a very small percentage of alcohol and chlorhexidine, this makes it a bit stronger than the regular saline solution.
  • Try using a tea tree oil diluted in saline solution. Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties, and helps stops the growth of bacteria. Tea tree oil might be too strong for people with sensitive skin. Make sure to use the diluted tea tree oil every other day so it doens’t dry out the skin too much.
  • Try a Silicone Healing Disc (no pull disc). The disc helps to distribute the pressure. You do need to clean the disc more carefully, because it can trap more bacteria than just the titanium bar. If your piercing is still an open wound a healing disc might not be for you. The jewelry needs to have enough swelling room, even with the healing disc. It is recommended to have a professional piercer place the disc for you.
  • Healthy healing always goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle. Keep your skin healthy by drinking enough water, and take good care of yourself!

If you’ve had your piercing for a very long time, and the bump has stayed consistently the same there is a change it has developed scar tissue. In this case the bump need to be removed by your physician. Darker skin with more melanin has more changes developing keloids. These keloids also need to be surgically removed. Make sure not to wait to long to treat your bump, or have a piercer check it out.

A piercing bump is often confused with an infected piercing. An infection has to be treated very differently. Do you experience an excessive amount of swelling, hypersensitivity, extreme redness and pus coming from the wound? Contact your piercer right away. In most cases we have to change the jewelry to a longer titanium bar, and antibiotic cream is needed.  Never take out the jewelry yourself, this might lead to an abcess.

Queen of Rings offers 9 month of free advise after getting your piercing. This means you are always welcome to come to the shop or message us to check our your piercing. In case of keloids or infections we will always advise you to see your physician. You are always welcome to get our advise!

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