Tongue piercing problem?

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Wednesday May 21st, 2008 @ 7:06 AM

Filed under: Tongue

I got my tongue pierced about three weeks ago, and within the last few days I’ve been starting to notice that the skin around the bar was beginning to rise. I started to clean it more and cut out any milk products like my piercer told me to, but it hasn’t helped any. I’m beginning to think that it’s probably a keliod from biting the piercing (as I often do when I try to eat), so I’ve been super careful with it lately. I just wanted to know, if it is a keliod, if there is anyway to treat it or get rid of it, or if I should just throw in the towel and take out the piercing while it’s still fairly small.


What you are describing is a build-up of tissue most likely from irritation. The only way to deal with this is to identify the source of the irritation and deal with that but it sounds like you’ve already hit the hail on the head - biting it! At three weeks old, your piercing jewellery should be ready to downsize, if it hasn’t already been done so. Having an over-sized bar would be a contributing factor as it is going to move around more now that the majority of the swelling has subsided and you are more likely to chomp down on the bar.

So, if you haven’t already done so, go back and see your piercer to get the bar downsized, avoid playing with the piercing and take your time eating and the problem should rectify itself. If this doesn’t help, if the lump continues to get worse then we need to look at what else could be going on there, but I’m confident that you have already identified the cause of the problem.

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