Unhappy Lobe Piercing

Friday June 13th, 2008 @ 12:23 PM

Filed under: Ear

A little over a month ago I added a third hole to my right ear lobe. I did it myself, as the only piercers available in my small town are downright unhygenic hacks or the mall boths with piercing guns. This is the third ear lobe piercing I have done myself and also the first one to give me any problems.

A few days ago what looked like a classic blood blister formed on the front edge of the hole and that part of my ear lobe seemed slightly swollen. After keeping it clean as usual and waiting it out for a bit, my obsessive compulsive side took over and I experimentally applied a bit of pressure. A bit of blood came out, as well as some pus, so naturally my initial reaction was “Oh shit, I’ve popped a boil!”

Since then I’ve kept it clean and largely left it alone.

Now heres the thing thats concerning me: this evening I noticed that my lymph node on the right side of my neck was pretty swollen and hurt a bit. However, I also got the first Gardasil shot in my upper right arm today, so I have absolutely no idea if it’s a normal side affect of the shot, or perhaps an allergy, or if an infection has spread throughout my ear.

Any recomendations would be appreciated- Should I retire this piercing, wait it out or consult a doctor? Hopefully I’m worrying too much, but you never know…

If your month old piercing is encapsulating blood and pus and your glands are swollen it would seem a common sense option to err on the side of caution and visit a doctor to see if they would advise antibiotic treatment.

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My vch piercing query

Friday June 13th, 2008 @ 12:15 PM

Filed under: Female Genital

hi

I had my vch pierced 3 days ago now and it feels and looks great apart from my piercer has put a stud in and when i lean forward in nips like hell.Its the same sort that i have in my monroe piercing. Is it ok to have a stud in and if not when can i change it because if i changed it now i would think it would be very painful can anyone help. The end of the stud is flat and that rest on my clit.

Thanks shell

If the jewellery is giving you discomfort it is better to get it changed than suffer. A labret stud in a VCH piercing?? Ouchy!! With it being a relatively fresh piercing I would find an alternative studio and have them fit you with a sterilised curved barbell or ball closure ring. These are your comfiest options.

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Septum aftercare?

Friday June 13th, 2008 @ 10:29 AM

Filed under: Nose

Hi everyone,

I just got my septum pierced on Saturday June 7th, so it has been 4 days now. Most of the time (or should I say, all the time) I wear it hidden. No comments here, it is work related. I only put it down when I need to clean up the jewelry.

I clean up the piercing 3 times a day : At morning, when I get back from work and when I got to sleep using q-tips and the product the studio sold me which is called Chlorexseptic. Anyway here’s how I clean :

I wash my hands everytime before cleaning !

1. I clean each side of the hole before taking down the jewelry

2. I unhide the jewelry by taking it down

3. I clean the jewelry and the holes

4. I “swap” the jewelry on one side (horseshoe), clean the side that is visible

5. I swap the jewelry the other side and clean it again

6. I swap few times the horseshoe from side to side

7. I clean everything and put it back hidden in my nose

Is that too much ? I do this 3 times a day. It has been 4 days now and I bleed less (nearly none), but I still have dried blood on the jewelry when cleaning it.

Is that normal ?

Thanks,

Guillaume

The cleaning product you are using is, I’m assuming, something unique to Europe? At any rate, I would probably stop using it. Cleaners, soaps, antiseptics etc., do nothing to help your piercing heal. They simply clean the area they are applied. What they also do is interfere with your body’s natural healing process, causing your piercing to take longer to heal. The only time you really need to use a product like that is if you actually get the piercing dirty.

Instead, I would suggest using a solution of warm water and sea salt, or a pre-packaged saline solution to clean the area a couple of times per day.

The bigger concern I have though is the fact that you are moving your jewelry so much. I would suggest moving your jewelry as little as absolutely possible. Flip it down, if needed and then clean using your salt water/saline, but don’t move the jewelry. Moving the jewelry simply irritates and destroys the delicate tissue your body is trying to form to heal the piercing. The more you move it, the more you irritate it…the longer it takes to heal. Moving it less should also help stop the bleeding.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 4 Comments

Piercing license

Friday June 13th, 2008 @ 10:14 AM

Filed under: Uncategorized

Where would i need to go in order to get a piercing license and what are the requirements?

You get your piercing license at Ye Ol’ Piercing Store, of course.

Unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite as simple as that. First of all, when people ask about “licensing”, very often what they are really wanting to know is how someone goes about learning (training) to do body piercing. Training, and licensing, are often (usually) completely unrelated, as weird as it sounds. It’s also important to remember that there is know national/international “licensing” or “certification” for body piercing. All those sorts of things are handled on a state-by-state or city-by-city basis.

As for training…the best way to learn how to become a good body piercer is to serve an apprenticeship under an experience, well-educated, good body piercer. There really is no other way. There are a few places you can go to take some one-week seminars on body piercing. At best, those courses will have you well-prepared to start your apprenticeship. There is no way to learn everything you need to know about body piercing in a week. In my opinion, a good apprenticeship will last about a year, depending of course on how fast the person picks up the information and techniques.

As I said before, licensing is completely different from training most of the time. To be licensed in a particular state or city, you will have to meet all of the licensing requirements of the particular city or state. Those requirements vary immensely from location-to-location. Some places don’t have any regulations at all. Some places have really great regulations. Some places have nearly-pointless regulations. The majority of the regulations and/or licensing requirements out there don’t even cover piercer training/education…they merely establish health-and-safety requirements. Your local health department is usually a good place to start your inquiry. You can also ask a local piercer.

I hope that helps clear things up a little bit.

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Piercing my lip and being an idiot.

Thursday June 12th, 2008 @ 9:04 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek, Male Genital

Alrighty, well i’m planning on piercing my lip when I get the money and needle and stuff to do it. I know it’s a pretty dumb idea…but yeah…. any tips on placement and ring size and stuff?

Nope…Sorry the “Piercing For Dummies” booklet isn’t scheduled to come out until 2012, but then the Mayan Calendar will come to pass and the world will die a horrible horrible death.

Oh I’m sorry that was for the last caller…Ok…I’m getting something…Its vague right now, just hold on….Ok, got it! You will die a horrible horrible death!

The reality is without being visibly capable of inspecting your lips, your gums and teeth,etc nobody will be able to provide you with any adequate answers.

The reality is properly done piercings ARE NOT SUPER EASY (Although quite often people will claim it is), they do require specially trained eye to know what placement is ideal, what gauge jewelry to use as well as length,etc.

My advise to you is to not spend the money on buying the stuff yourself (needle, jewelry, surgical prep,etc,etc,etc) because the reality is after you pay for all that, you might as well have gotten it done at a professional studio.

Now by saying that though also know I am not 100% AGAINST DIY piercings, just wanted to make that clear. My advise to you is that if you are insistent on doing the piercing yourself, is to visit a reputable studio and discuss with the piercer the concept of them assisting you doing the piercing. This means you’ll be in a studio with a trained professional capable of handling any and all situations that may occur. As well as they will be able to help you and show you how exactly to do the procedure yourself, and be able to use the proper jewelry size/type,etc. The only difference is when it comes time to pass the needle through the body and insert the jewelry, it’ll be you doing it and not the piercer.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | Comments

Can’t find jewellery to fit

Thursday June 12th, 2008 @ 8:51 PM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek, Uncategorized

HI, I can’t find jewellery to fit my nipple piercing apart from a straight barbell. I have a large nipple and I’d love to get a stirrup or a ring, but on all the online jewellery stores they don’t have anything like that that’s big enough. They all have a maximum length of 16mm. Any ideas on where I could find things to fit? Also, I can’t find anything to put in my tragus piercing as well… I made it bleed when i tried to put a ring in there as the curved ring stabbed into the inside of my piercing and I couldn’t get it through. And again, they don’t make stirrups in the right size - it would either be too big or it would be squezzing it tightly. Please help!

Welcome to the wonderful world of buying jewelry online! Tell her what she’s won Bob!

The reality Kayp75 is that the best way to obtain jewelry for your piercings is to actually *gasp* walk into a piercing studio and speak with them about obtaining the jewelry you want/desire.

Now people reading this, I know it’s hard…The really real world is be so tuff and scurry…But when it comes to purchasing jewelry online, you most likely not always find what you’re looking for. Sure there are about a billion sites online selling all manner of jewelry from half decent to utter complete crap that will rust in your face. Online shops, in my eyes, are better for individuals who know EXACTLY what the exact measurements of their jewelry requirements are and then obtaining very “unique” pieces you perhaps cannot purchase via your local studio. Also know its best to run by the local shop first to see if they can actually obtain what you’re looking for.

So Kayp75 just hit up your local studio(s) and see if they can obtain what you’re looking for. What gauge size is your piercing? Because Off the top of my head I can state: Straight Bars, Circular Barbells, and Rings(CBR’s) and even Smooth Segment Rings can be obtained in much larger gauge sizes. So I’d say simply just go to the studios and inquire about making a jewelry order as there are quite a few companies out there manufacturing awesome jewelry and aren’t opposed to making something they don’t regularly sell.

Also if you’re having trouble putting in your jewelry, again, visit the local piercing studio for assistance…The reason I say that is because that’s what we’re there for, for everything you might need be that: Piercing, Jewelry Ordering, Jewelry Insertion, Jewelry Removal,etc.

Because realistically if customers stop going to local shops for these services, what’s the point in any of us staying in this business for? Many think its a cool awesome job that gets you in the sack with the opposite sex, but that’s not it…Well, sometimes it is for some of us, but most of the time it doesn’t.

So guys…PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHOPS!!! And if you think your local shop sucks…Then travel to find a good shop!

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 5 Comments

Eyebrow Piercing Won’t Heal

Thursday June 12th, 2008 @ 8:40 PM

Filed under: Eyebrow/Bridge

Okay, so I got my eyebrow pierced in February, and it STILL hasn’t healed and isn’t really showing any signs of healing. It has a large bump” underneath it (NOT on the bottom or top hole, just underneath it ALL) and there is also a red scab like thing beside my piercing about a cm away. I’ve been back to my piercer 3 times and she just keeps saying it doesn’t look TOO bad and t should still heal. What I don’t get is why there is this scab thing like a full cm beside the piercing, and why it’s taking this long to heal if i’m caring for it properly. Anyways, if anyone has an idea PLEASE let me know!

The scab you are showing, is hard to figure out exactly WHY its appearing. In order to figure out why we will need to assess quite a few things, so we can troubleshoot the situation and pinpoint the problem. So assessing things like what manner of aftercare protocol did you follow, what type of body hygiene products you’re using, among various other things…It could even be a result of you sleeping and scratching the area while you sleep.

Just from initial observation I can tell you that the jewelry is too long and needs a downsizing. Also, and I just don’t want to continue beating a dead horse, but hey its dead already it won’t feel another prod…Just out of curiosity in the picture it appears the jewelry is some form of flexible material either PTFE, Tygon or BioPlast, do you happen to know WHAT material your jewelry is actually made out?

Also, just a personal suggestion, if you’ve visited the piercer THREE TIMES and all they say is that it doesn’t look too bad and that it should still heal. My suggestion is to perhaps go get a couple other opinions from other piercers in your area. As it would personally raise the bells and whistles in my head if I kept returning to a piercer with a problem and they just said it looks ok and should still heal. A reputable artist would instantly be wanting to consult with you every single time and really source out what is causing the issue. From aftercare, to jewelry, to body hygiene products,etc they would just run through the lists and figure out exactly what the problem is. Now maybe she did and you just failed to let us know that, but yeah I’d still suggest visiting a couple other piercers to get their opinion on how the piercing is looking/doing.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 2 Comments

Summer = Swimming??

Wednesday June 11th, 2008 @ 7:51 PM

Filed under: Nose

As soon as I finish exams I’m going to pierce my septum :D.

But I got a problem; summer’s coming and i would want to go to swim…is it a bad idea to go to swim in pools while the piercing hasn’t completely healed?

Thanks

Yes, it’s a bad idea.
The chlorine is an irritant and you’d be exposing an open wound to any number of potential problems by swimming in public pools or natural bodies of water.

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | Comments

what about the sun?

Wednesday June 11th, 2008 @ 3:19 PM

Filed under: Tattoos

Hello…i had my last session on my chest piece about a month and a half or two months ago and i was asking myself what i should do to protect my tattoo from the sun. Do i have to wait a certain amount of time to completely expose my chest to the sun and after this time what is the best way to protect the tattoo if i can’t keep a shirt on. And finally, is there some things that i should completely avoid?

Thank you!

At 1.5 months, you’re good to go with using most sunblocks.
I’d go for the highest SPF I could find, personally… and remember to reapply.

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | Comments

Lip Jewellery

Wednesday June 11th, 2008 @ 7:48 AM

Filed under: Piercing

I have just bought a bioplast bar for my lip piercing on the left of my lip and it was the same size as my stainless steel bar in lenght and thickness but because it has a flat surface because the ball is push fit i am not able to get it through my piercing hole, where as my ss bar make it easy because it has a pionty bit where the ball screws on.

i was wondering if you had any ideas on how i would be able to get it in.

You should make some AMAZING artwork out of it, or toss it to the curb and never again use that product… But that’s just my PERSONAL thoughts based on my own research, which I’ve posted about on AskBME.com a few months back, just search for Bioplast and you will find it.

How old is your piercing? Because if its healed well enough for you to put something BioPlast in (ie: 4-6 months) it should literally glide through the pathway…If anything you might need a bit of lubrication of some sort like a water based lube, spit even will help.

The only time I’ve ever seen ANY product not fit into a piercing is because its thicker jewelry then the pierced pathway…You might think its the same size but in relation its sometimes hard to tell the difference between a 1.2mm piece of jewelry and a 1.6mm, to the untrained eye.

If you’re having problems inserting the jewelry you could always just go to a piercing studio and see about having them put it in for you.

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