Nipple piercing

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Friday May 9th, 2008 @ 7:02 AM

Filed under: Nipple

A long winded question because this has been going on for a few months now!

About 6 months ago I got both nipples pierced (horizontal, barbells, 14ga), they healed fine, no problems. Then about 2 months ago, I noticed a white/yellow discharge coming from both piercings at the entry/exit points and out of my actual nipple. I went straight back to my piercer who took a look and said it was white blood cells and lymph since I had most likely snagged the skin on the inside of the piercing when I’d changed the jewellery. She told me not to take the barbells out for a few days and clean it with saltwater. I did and the right one healed up fine, the left one however still persisted. I thought I’d take a closer look at where the goo was coming from and I discovered a hole in the centre of my nipple about the size of a pin head through which I could see my silver bar.

fast forward to today (that was about a week ago I noticed the hole). I went to the doctors this morning to get it checked out. She was really unhelpful and was incredibly biased against piercings and her answer was to take it out. I know I should listen, but I’ve heard so many horror stories about abcesses forming when the piercing closes and traps infection. Both my piercer and doctor said it’s not infected, but I’m guessing with a hole in my nipple the minute I stop doing my 2X a day cleaning then it’s just gonna get infected. Any ideas what I should do?

If you can see the bar through the centre of the nipple then this is a good indication that your nipple was either pierced too shallow or that it has migrated. I’d like to echo the advice of your doctor and your piercer - take it out. You can always have it pierced again at a later date. Also, for future reference, I feel changing the jewellery in a four month old nipple piercing to be too soon and the increased discharge that coincided with this pays testament to that. Nipples can have a lengthy healing time - anything from eight months to two years depending on a number of factors. For male nipples I usually advise leaving the original jewellery in situ for a minimum of eight months and for female nipples, a year. Do your twice-daily seasalt soaks for the next few days until the piercing seals itself.

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