Ear Bubble

Friday August 24th, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

Filed under: Ear

I’ve had my industrial for a year or more now and for awhile now there has been a hard bump on the back on the top. what is this? It’s hard and it’s really annoying. I also have one on the other side of my industrial forming.

On cartilage piercings the two most common types of “bubbles” are keloids and hypertrophic scars. without a visual diagnosis and fair amount of troubleshooting its hard to pinpoint which one you are suffering from.

Hypertrophic scars are much more frequent than keloids and are easier to handle. First thing I would try is changing the jewelry. A Titanium barbell that fits properly has a chance to help dissipate those bubbles. Next I would try Emu Oil as I have seen great results in scar reduction and healing benefits in cartilage piercings.

Chamomile tea soaks and vitamin e oil have also shown great success in helping piercings heal.

Good luck.

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Swollen nipple piercing

Friday August 24th, 2012 @ 5:25 PM

Filed under: Nipple, Uncategorized

I had my left nipple pierced about 6 months ago. It healed fine with no problems since, but after removing it about three days ago, I awoke the next morning to a very swollen nipple, it was pushing against the balls on either end of the bar and is very painful. As the day wore on, I noticed white fluid oozing from one side of the piercing. Despite going back to my origional cleaning routine for the past few days, (salt soaks and cleaning the sites 3 times a day) the symptoms have not improved.

Any advice, it is currently painful to wear anything heavier than a t-shirt, and to make matters worse I’m heading off to a festival for a week in 2 days time.


It sounds like you have inadvertently cause some type of damage to your piercing. “White fluid oozing” is not uncommon nor is it something to worry to much about. It is your body’s answer to the damage. Continue your aftercare routine and it should get back to normal in a few weeks.

If the damage was caused by the jewelry you might want to consider upgrading to a internally threaded titanium barbell to help prevent that from happening again in the future.

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Anti Eyebrow Piercing

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:47 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I am currently interested in getting a anti eyebrow piercing but I am worried about it being jeopardized by my roller derby. I have yet to be hit in the face but it a possibility. Would you recommend me getting this or not?

Do it! If you get punched in it, make sure to punch em back.

Seriously though, I have had a couple of derby clients over the years and while it can be rough on piercings it shouldn’t be the end all of your piercing days. With proper aftercare and hopefully limited damage this piercing should heal just fine.

Maybe a full helmet for a few weeks? You could look like racer X and have a hidden identity.

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Double PA as frenum?

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

I’m wondering if a double prince albert, as in one hole on either side of the frenum, could be worn as if it were a frenum piercing with a 10-8ga curved bar or small diameter ring between the two holes instead of anything coming out the urethra. Is this possible and comfortable? Can the two holes be pierced in one sitting or would it be best to do them one at a time?

An interesting idea. This piercing would be very dependent upon your anatomy.Also you would need to find yourself a competent piercer with a fair amount of genital piercing experience.

All in all I do think it is possible although I can not speak for the comfort of the piercing.

The only major problem i see is having enough room to allow for a larger gauge of jewelry to prevent splitting the two holes into one large PA.

This idea is close to whats called a dolphin piercing. If you do end up going through with it make sure to submit some pictures and write an experience for us as I’m interested to see the results.

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Nippe Crusties and Lymphatic Fluid?

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:32 PM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve only had my nipples pierced for about three months. They’re no longer sore, red, or irritated. They were only sore for about a week. The only thing that concerns me is the yellowish crusties that form on the bar, never on the piercing itself. I’m pretty sure this is normal,I clean them off with warm water and use anti bacterial soap designed for sensitive skin once a day, unless I notice the piercings to be particularly dry. Once a week or if I accidentally hurt one I’ll do a salt soak. I was just wondering how long this might go on for. I also noticed that they’re leaking what I believe to be lymphatic goo (?)when I shift my nipple to clean the crusties. I hope this is all normal. I came here because on every other place in the web the word “infection” is plastered all over the screen when crusties are even mentioned. None of my other piercings have crusted like this.

This is completely normal and can continue for up to a full year after being pierced.

Continue to clean and care for your piercings and before you know it they will be healed and not lymphing anymore.

Irritation can also be cause by chemicals like body wash,shampoo,lotion or even the detergent you wash your clothes in and this can slow down your healing. Poor jewelry quality can also slow your healing, titanium is always a great way to help heal a slow healing piercing.

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Clavicle Microdermal help?:(

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:26 PM

Filed under: Piercing, Surface/Unusual

I’ve had my clavicle microdermal for around a month now (maybe a little less) and as soon as I had it I fell in love with it. I blame this on why I have such a high level of paranoia about it :(

A few days after I’d had the piercing and I’d removed the bandage I was told to keep on I had a massive bruise (which was probably from where the guy pinched me to do the incision rather than the piercing itself) and it seemed to be quite flushed to the skin.

I am aware that the clavicle area has a high movement level so this could be the reason to my problem. One side of my microdermal (the side which is closer to my shoulder than to the middle of my chest) has slightly risen, so it looks as though my microdermal is tilting.. Some days it isn’t as noticeable and some days it is.. The microdermal is also a little bit lifted but I’ve read that that’s normal.

I would just like some insight into why it does this? Is this a sign of rejection? I don’t mind if this will happen because of the movement level as I can deal with that I’m just paranoid that it’ll keep lifting and eventually fall out?:( I have a big chest too so that probably doesn’t help the microdermal.

Thank you :)

A microdermal and all similar piercings natural reaction is to reject. Your body does not want a foreign object embedded in your dermis and is willing to do what ever it takes to get rid of it.

The trick to healing a piercing is getting your body to give up on its normal rejection method and move on to the encapsulate reaction.

Your anchor is still fresh enough at 1 month that its possible to correct the tilt. I would suggest a tight fitting bandage for no less than two weeks. Changing this bandage twice a day to allow for cleaning and a fresh redress. Make sure the bandage is tight enough to put a consistent pressure directly on the jewelry. I suggest the larger square bandages for this as the small round ones can not hold tight enough.

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Apadravya to Prince Albert

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:24 PM

Filed under: Male Genital

For a few years I wore an apadravya, pierced at 8g and eventually stretched to a 2g. A couple years ago it fell out of work, as this had already happened a few times I just let it run its course. The top hole is closed (with a scar) but the bottom hole is still open. I was wondering if 1) The bottom hole will ever heal completely and 2) If it is reasonable to assume that I could turn what I have into a PA if I wanted?


1. At this point probably not but the possibility still remains.
2. A PA is exactly what you have now.

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Septum placement too close to face?

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:12 PM

Filed under: Nose

My septum is 3 weeks old and it occurred to me a couple days ago that other people’s septums are pierced a lot more towards the tip of the nose, and mine is extremely close to my face. The piercer told me it was pierced through the sweet spot yet it doesn’t look right and won’t stay vertical. This picture was taken the day after I got it pierced. There isn’t anymore dried blood and it has gone down a bit but not all the way. This morning I noticed a pimple-like bump on the right side of the piercing, and I’m pretty sure it’s rejecting. Would it be rejecting because of the poor placement or is the placement correct and it’s rejecting for other reasons? Should I just take it out and get it re-pierced correctly from a better piercer?

You are right in assuming your piercing has been done incorrectly. A septum piercing is generally placed towards the tip of the nose in the small gap between the cartilage (also known as the “sweet spot”).

I do not think your piercing is rejecting. While the placement is incorrect for a traditional septum, there is nothing to indicate that you would not be able to heal this piercing if you were so inclined.

Unless you like having a more unique twist on a basic piercing, I would remove this and have it done correctly. If you decide to keep the piercing it might be better suited to a different style of jewelry. I don’t think the circular barbell will ever lay down all the way. A barbell would be comfortable and look cool.

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Nipple piercings? too high/deep???

Friday August 17th, 2012 @ 8:08 PM

Filed under: Nipple, Uncategorized

Hey guys.

Got both my nipples pierced last weekend. They are very inverted so i thought this may help. But looking at them now the nipple is not pierced, the areola is. Both piercings are above the nipple through the areola and the right one seems very shallow (you can see the silver under my skin and there seems to be alittle dent in the middle)

Is this normal? Is piercing the areola ok? will it effect healing? etc?

Thanks Aoife.

Without a visual inspection it is always hard to say yes or no.

Nipple piercings should not go through the areola and when they do healing is generally a pain. It would be best to get a second opinion from another piercer in person and see what needs to be done.

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Facial Micro Dermal Problems

Sunday August 5th, 2012 @ 7:31 PM

Filed under: Surface/Unusual

I have my micro dermal on my upper cheek bone, very close to my eye. I have had it for a little over a month. In the beginning I guess you can say i had the normal reactions, but that stopped for a couple of weeks. Now I am having major problems. It has become swollen, red, and a bit bruised. I have no idea as to what is going on with it. I have convinced myself that it is not infection due to how often I clean it. But you never know. So I guess my question is what is going on? Is it rejection? If so, what do I do about it? Or if infection do is there anyway of reversing it? HELP ME PLEASE. I am so clueless and very paranoid.

Most of the questioned we get here on ASK are similar to this one. Does my piercing look ok? Is it crooked? Is it infected?

Honestly I would love to help you, but Im just a man on the internet 100s of miles away and only a small picture to go from.

The best piece of advice I can give you is go to your piercer. a visual inspection along with a sit down conversation is required to diagnose something like this. I wish you the best of luck.

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