Why does the fluid coming out of my nipple piercing smell fowl?

Monday December 31st, 2007 @ 11:33 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there, I have my right nipple pierced and it has a 14 gage ring in it. I have had it a little over a year now and it healed fine. However I am constantly getting this fluid that is drying/crusting to my ring. But the smell is aweful…and i clean it but like 2 hours later it will have a fowl smell again. It is not infected at all. What is making it smell like that?

This has been explained before, but since it’s Ask BME now rather than QOD, I assume it’s worth re-answering. All of the skin on your body sheds skin and oils, normally this stuff sloffs off during the day and/or comes off in the shower. Inside the healed fistula of a piercing, the tissue does the same thing, but rather than easily coming off it rots and becomes rather gross (like ear funk). The jewelry you wear may be reacting with your skin and making this situation worse. One thing that makes a HUGE difference is the material used. I would recommend titanium or glass to minimize this discharge. Another option is organics, there porosity helps absorb some of this funk, but if your like me, you may not like the aesthetics of organics in a nipple piercing, so just stick with ti or glass.

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Modifying Surface Bars

Thursday December 27th, 2007 @ 9:54 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual


I was wondering if it’s possible to bend surface bars before inserting. Say if you wanted to put a slight curve in the bar because the area has a curve to it.

Would it make the piercing heal better and stay put better? My friend thinks it would but I wonder if it would defeat the purpose of using the Punch & Taper method, a method devised to create a path the same as the jewellery.

Thanks in advance,


That is absolutely possible and it’s a good idea for some (not many, but some) areas. The end goal is that the ends exit the skin at perfect 90 degree angles. If the surface is curved a slight curve in the surface bar will help achieve this. The problem arises when a piercer without proper tools attempts to bend the bar without proper tools or techniques. Then you end up with damaged jewelry. So make sure it’s pre-bent or check the surface after your piercer bends it for any imperfections.


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VA/MD/DC artists with white ink experience?

Thursday December 27th, 2007 @ 9:51 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

I am looking to get a white ink tattoo done on my inner wrist. It will be my first tattoo, and I’m trying to get recommendations of artists who have done a lot of white ink work. Any leads for me around Virginia, DC and Maryland? I am willing to travel further if necessary.

Also, any feedback on inner wrist tattoos? I am very pale and my veins are visible at the place I want the tattoo? Will that be a problem, or does it just depend on the artist?

My friend Flash, at Comes A Time in fairfax, VA would be good for this. Give him a call at 703-383-9666 and let him know I sent you.


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scapelling a PA?

Thursday December 27th, 2007 @ 9:46 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

Hi, I presently have a 4 guage PA and my goal is to stretch to 00 gauge. Is scapelling a viable option? Thank you very much.

That certainly is an option. However, PA’s stretch easily as is. If yours is stuck, perhaps try a heavier piece of jewelry or more “activity”, either of these should easily get you to 2 ga and 00 is just two steps away. If you do decide to scalpel realize that it will stretch easier afterwords, so you may end up with a larger piercing than you desire.


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Wednesday December 19th, 2007 @ 7:38 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized


I was reading over a few old questions today, and I noticed that in a response you had to a girl who was having trouble with recurring scar tissue you said it might be affected by where she was geographically (in terms of heat and humidity.) I’ve never heard of that before, and I recently moved from a very hot and humid place to a colder, drier one. I would be extremely interested if you cared to share how that works! Thanks!

Our skin is affected daily by climate. If we’re cold our pores/skin tighten and when we are in very hot environments our bodies expand and open up a bit so we can sweat the heat out to keep our internal body temps regulated.

These things play a role in the human body and effectively how a piercing is doing. For example being in Darwin Australia which is tropical weather we get a lot of people from down south (Sydney,etc) where the weather is a tad bit cooler. They come up here for a holiday, especially during our wet season, and suddenly have flare ups with their piercings. Due to the extreme climate change going from a cooler environment to somewhere very hot and very humid.

If you compare Las Vegas Nevada, Phoenix Arizona, Miami Florida, Toronto Ontario, Niagara Falls Ontario, Vancouver British Columbia, Tokyo Japan, Hong Kong,. If you compare all these places as well as others and their weather climate patterns you’ll notice subtle differences in climate. And because of these climate differences our bodies have to react to deal with these conditions. Which could mean a potential flare up of a piercing, or even a reduction in piercing related problems, when we go from one environment to another environment with a different climate type.

A personal experience of mine is having Transdermal Implants in my arm and living in Toronto/Niagara Falls Ontario region. Due the moisture in the air as well as other weather conditions my implants were ALWAYS in a stay of irritation and constant problems. Then by doing research I found many people who live in a more humid/moist environment tend to have more flare ups with their transdermals, then people who live in places like Las Vegas, Phoenix,etc. Which are located in very dry environments.

Not saying someone will always have these problems but a good percentage might experience anywhere from small flare ups to serious irritation and potentially even infection if they are not careful.

Hopefully that helps understand the situation a bit better.

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Wednesday December 19th, 2007 @ 2:00 AM

Filed under: Piercing

Suggestions for best cleaning solutions/methods for jewelry at home (both stainless and acrylic)?

Thanks so much!!

Home Sterilization Methods for Stainless Steel or Acrylic: ZERO

At Home Cleaning Solutions/Methods for Stainless Steel: Wash with Anti-Bacterial soap, rinse well, soak in isopropyl alcohol for a couple minutes then rinse well before re-inserting.

At Home Cleaning Soltuions/Methods for Acrylic: Wash with Anti-Bacterial soap and rinse well. Any other solutions with alcohol base will crack/breakdown the acrylic, so theres really nothing you can do with it other than wash with anti-bacterial soap and then rinse it off well.

Hope that helps.

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surface bar retainer?

Wednesday December 19th, 2007 @ 1:49 AM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

i live in a city where it’s easier to become mayor than find a bartending job. out of the blue, i was offered one today by a massively popular restaurant. starting asap, i’d be making nearly TRIPLE what i’m currently making, but they have a super strict policy on jewelry.

i’ll have to take my gauges out while i work [no problem], but my surface piercing is another story. i made myself wait two long years [until i made myself go to uni], before i had it done. i’ve only had it about three months, and i’m not ready to give it up yet!

do 90 degree surface bar retainers exist, ANYWHERE? i read somewhere that ptfe [bioplast, et al.] can be heat-set into certain forms, but i have searched to the ends of the earth, and no luck. i know continual fussing with such a piercing would lead to a pretty quick demise, but i highly doubt i’d be changing it more than once or twice a month.

help meee :(

Unfortunately there’s no realistic form of “retainer” for surface piercings. Some retainers are used to minimize the visual look of the piercing, often they have clear silicone o-rings on them to reduce the visual look. Unfortunately there is nothing on the market right now that reduces the visual aspect of a surface bar, unless you remove the beads and put small clear silicone o-rings on the jewelry. However know that your employer will still be able to see the jewelry, no matter what you put in.

Also if one does a proper research into the matter of heating up PTFE(Teflon), Polysulfone(Bioplast),etc then they will find that once heated up the material is compromised. If one is using PTFE for surface bars they should be making it out of solid blocks and should be done so only by a qualified professional.

Taken from the PTFE wiki:

hile PTFE itself is chemically inert and non-toxic, it begins to deteriorate after the temperature of cookware reaches about 500 °F (260 °C), and decompose above 660 °F (350 °C).[12] These degradation products can be lethal to birds, and can cause flu-like symptoms in humans.[13]

By comparison, cooking fats, oils, and butter will begin to scorch and smoke at about 392 °F (200 °C), and meat is usually fried between 400–450 °F (200–230 °C), but empty cookware can exceed this temperature if left unattended on a hot burner.

So ultimately I would say either stick with the surface bar you currently have in and just put clear silicone o-rings on the tops and risk violating the companies no jewelry policy. Or you will simply have to make the mature judgment call on how bad do you really want this job, by removing the piercing and making a living.

Life is about giving and taking…Sometime you gotta give something up to take something that you want.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 7 Comments

infected lip

Wednesday December 19th, 2007 @ 1:41 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

I pierced my lip a little over a week ago. The swelling has gone down, and now it feels like my other lip piercing (that’s now 2 years old) did, except I’m pretty sure it’s infected. The outside hole has a big sore around it that scabs up and makes moving the ring hell (even after I soak it to try to losen it up beforehand) and there has been copious amounts of pus. I’ve been doing sea salt soaks and trying to leave it alone, but I suppose my question is, is it better to “squeeze” the pus out (I tend to put pressure on the ring by stretching my lip out to make it come out) or leave it alone to clear up on it’s own?

Plain and simple, change the ring out to a implant grade steel or titanium internally threaded labret stud. Honestly I often ask myself why the hell are piercers still using rings/CBR’s for lips, when anyone with an iota of logic and intelligence will know that a labret stud offers a more effective and efficient healing process. Anyways sorry for that lil rant, teehee.

The fact is that the pus is still occurring because of the constant rotation of the ring. This rotation of the ring in and out of the piercing often irritates it and prolongs the healing time. With rings you should never be turning/spinning the jewelry around and the more you “squeeze” and touch and play with the piercing, the more you’re just going to irritate it.

So as I said above get a high quality labret stud inserted into the piercing and leave that thing along, at least for a good 8 weeks or so. If you decide you want a ring, then you can do so, once the problems are troubleshooted and gone. But still you want to wait a lil bit before changing the labret stud out to a ring, be patient and don’t rush…Else this problem will just keep occurring.

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Tuesday December 18th, 2007 @ 6:06 PM

Filed under: Uncategorized

I’d LOVE a copy of the english version of ModCon, and was wondering if I’d be able to order it from my bookstore, or if it’s only a BME thing.

Also, I really don’t mean to be pushy or anything, but where IS Shannon and all the new updates :( I feel like BME is broken (although it doesn’t stop me from spending my day reading experiences).



The original ModCon book was a limited pressing. Most bookstores did not carry it but let me tell you how shocked I was to see one in a borders (or other big chain) in Toronto! If you want an english copy, the only place I know selling them and these are used is Amazon.com. It’s pricey, but you do get to see me in nothing but a cowboy hat!

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Bleeding days after stretch?

Thursday December 13th, 2007 @ 7:33 PM

Filed under: Ear

Two days ago, I stretched my lobes from 12g to 10g, using an acrylic taper. I wore the taper in my ears for a day and a half, and took them out last night to clean my ears and check on them. When I took them out, they started to bleed a bit, so I cleaned them off, oiled them up, and replaced the tapers (they didn’t bleed when I stretched them, just stung a little bit. This afternoon, I got stainless steel plugs to replace the tapers, and when I took the tapers out again, they bled a little again.

Is this normal? Could it be because of the acrylic material of the plugs I’d worn for 2 days?

Just for reference, I’d had my ears at 12g for about 3 weeks before I stretched up, and the 10’s slid in pretty easily, with just a little pressure needed to get them in.

Sounds like it can be a result of two things:

1) Stretched too fast and tore some fistula tissue

2) Irritation from the acrylic tapers.

Know that waiting 3 weeks before stretching is not always the best option. If there was pressure, even the slightest, you forced the jewelry through.

You’re best option right now would be to do leave the steel plugs in and do sea salt soaks daily, essentially treat your stretched lobes like they are fresh piercings. From there wait roughly 6 months to a year before stretching to the next size.

Patience is a virtue that is strongly required when stretching ear lobes…The more you force your lobes to larger sizes, the more problems you risk putting yourself into…

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