Forward Helix Healing Issue

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Tuesday September 11th, 2012 @ 4:39 PM

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I got a triple forward helix a little over a month ago. All three bottom holes developed keloids, and the middle one on top is trying to form one. Ive been using warm sea salt water only as instructed by my piercer to reduce the keloids and clean the piercings. My issue is that they are still very tender, still decently swollen, and having a very hard time healing. Aside from taking aleve for the inflammation and swelling (since ibuprofen and aspirin does nothing for me) is there a better and more efficient way to reduce the tenderness and the swelling of my piercing? I was told from my bfs mom who is a nurse to maybe try getting either vitamin e oil or the liquid capsules and dabbing the fluid from one those on the piercing to help it heal better, since i seem to be having such troubles with them. Is this a good idea? Or would that just cause more problems than help? Any advice or such would be awesome and tremendously appreciated as i really would like to avoid having to remove the piercings.

Heres a quick run down of what i do now so you have an idea of how ive been handling it so far:

Being as i work graveyard shift i sleep during the day and am unable to follow the 2-3 time day soak as recommended, and my job doesnt allow the time needed to do so at work either, but i do make sure after i shower after work i wipe my ear off with a warm sea salt water soaked qtip to remove crusties, and then i do a 5 - 10 minute soak with a cotton ball soaked in the solution, followed obviously by a good rinse (i use a squirt bottle….works great!)For the pain and swelling i take aleve. I have surgical steel straight labret type jewelry in it as of right now, which i changed to when i hit the month mark instead of the curved eyebrow bar bells that were initially put it when they were pierced.

Well to start with I do not think you have keloids. Chances are you are having some hypertrophic scarring issues.

Vitamin E oil is good alternative remedy for helping reduce scarring. Chamomile teabag compresses also have a great track record. My personal favorite is emu oil which can easily be found online.

Part of your problem might stem from the fact that curved barbells were used for initial jewelry and then changed a month later. Cartilage take months to heal and jewelry should not be changed until the piercing is healed.

Lastly, keep in mind that its only been a little over a month since you were pierced and you are still healing and will probably still be healing for months to come.

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3 Responses to “Forward Helix Healing Issue”

  1. I’ll definitely give those a try then. The only reason I say keloids is because that is what the guy who pierced my ear said they were when I went back in to talk to him, being as I was pretty concerned. I didnt realize changing the bars would be an issue since he had suggested he change them in a week anyways (at the time that i talked to him that is), so ill definitely remember that for the future. So it would be best if I left the ones I have in now there, rather than change them to something shorter or back to the curved barbells then right? god knows I dont want to irritate these more….

    Suki on September 12th, 2012 at 7:49 am
  2. oh I also wanted to bring up that the bumps grew prior to me switching the bars out, like within the first week roughly of gettin it pierced, so I do know that the changing of the bars isnt what caused the bumps to appear.

    Suki on September 12th, 2012 at 12:14 pm
  3. You might also take the time (fifteen minutes to a half an hour) to pack epsom salt and a warm rag, soaking them.

    It helped speed up my healing and eased the lingering pain when I was experiencing it. Though, the initial sting was significant. I just heaped epsom salt on and then hot water to seep in (basically enough to let it get through and to the piercing, but not enough to dilute the crystals.)

    Beth on January 31st, 2013 at 3:09 pm

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