Arising Smiley Problems

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Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 5:02 AM

Filed under: Lip/Cheek

Okay so I’ve had my smiley for 4 or 5 years now and a couple days ago I woke up and couldn’t move it because it hurt so bad. It started to feel better so I thought it would be fine. now the skin around it is swelling and its a slight dark red. What is odd is that it doesn’t hurt to move my piercing anymore and it slides readily back and fourth, but there’s an odd smell and the area around looks worse than it does. Should I take it out and clean the shit out of the area? Should I go to a doctor or professional? I’ve been using listerene every night to see if the alcohol helps but it doesn’t seem to be doing much.

Also I don’t have a hoop in it but a bar like the one used in a tragus….is that bad?

I think that the smell could be associated with the over use of mouth rinse. Alcohol based mouth rinse is NEVER a good idea for a piercing (even if healed) as all it will do is burn the tissue and mess up your natural bacterial levels.

It could be to do with your actual jewellery, make sure that its free from scratches or barbs. Many cheap manufactures will have little burs or funny bits at the ends. I would also suggest to get a piercer to put in a quality captive ring, they are often best for smiley piercings.

Secondly, it could also be from plaque build up on the bar itself. It’s totally normal for this to happen, but sometimes it can trap a bit of food or cause an irritating rough spot. Sometimes you can’t even see it, until you take the bar out.

I would suggest to first try a brand new (preferably titanium) barbell in there and see if it gets better. It might also be advisable to go back to your piercer to put it in and get them to check for any little bits of debris that might be trapped in the fistula (inside of the hole).

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