Nipple piercing won’t seem to heal after jewlery removal

Monday February 18th, 2008 @ 8:13 PM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there, I had my right nip done and for some reason it never seemed to heal. I had my left done years ago and worked out wonderful. So over a year ago now I took out the right nipple since it just wouldn’t heal. Today it still doesnt seem to have healed at all. I can still queeze it and looks like a white puss still comes out. Im not sure what to do but I would love to get repierced but I want to make sure this one heals as much as it can first of course. Thank you so much for the help!

What you are experiencing is actually pretty normal. Since you had your piercing for quite some time, it’s possible the hole won’t ever completely close. The “white puss” you are getting is simply dead skin cells which collect inside the piercing. When you squeeze your nipple, the build-up gets pushed to the outside.

Without seeing your nipple I can’t say for sure, but in general, re-piercing it shouldn’t be a problem.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 4 Comments

Nipple piercings and sports

Friday February 1st, 2008 @ 12:44 PM

Filed under: Nipple

Hey. I’m planning on getting both (female) nipples pierced in a few weeks. My issue is that I’m pretty active: I play volleyball twice a week, soccer once a week, tennis 1-2x a week, and have a 2 hour martial arts class once a week–all on different days. After being pierced, I’ll have a week’s break from sports due to reading week but will that be long enough, considering the long healing time? Should I stay away from sports for some period of time after that? I’m especially worried about volleyball (arm movement) and soccer (potentially “chesting” the ball). I’ve searched for information about this but really haven’t had much luck.


Unfortunately, there is no “right” answer for a question like this, because everyone will have a different experience. In general, I think you’ll find that sports doesn’t irritate the piercings too much. Basic movement, even arm movement, shouldn’t impact things too much. You may want to consider covering the piercings with some padding, such as a thicker pantie-liner cut in half. That will help keep things clean and should provide help reduce irritation from movement.

I would STRONGLY suggest trying to avoid taking any soccer or volley balls to the chest. Unless you’re wearing some serious armor, that kind of trauma could very likely cause healing problems….not to mention hurt like the dickens on a new nipple piercings.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 6 Comments

DIY piercing advice

Saturday January 26th, 2008 @ 10:51 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve been piercing myself for about a year now, and I’m at the point where I outright refuse to go to the pros. So the other day, I tried piercing my nipples. I failed in both tries. The first time, I simply couldn’t get it all the way through. At some point, I was pushing and the clamp slipped, so I took out the needle and gave up on that side, I tried the other side and I saw the end of the needle about to poke through, but then I looked in the mirror and realized my placement was too low, so I gave up on that side too.
Also keep in mind, I’m a DIY piercer. I don’t have any professional supplies other than needles and a clamp.

This questions was edited slightly for brevity

I’m going to try to ignore the irony of the statement, “…I outright refuse to go to the pros” yet, here you are, seeking advice from “pros” when things didn’t go the way you planned. To be clear, I haven nothing against DIY piercing…I just find your philosophy a little amusing.

A couple of advantages of having your piercing done professionally is that the piercer doesn’t have to feel the pain, so they can complete the piercing much faster. In addition, the angle/position for doing the piercing (especially nipple piercing) is generally better…much easier to get the piercing to come out straight, not have the clamps slip etc. It sounds like you are having problems in both of those areas, but there isn’t much that can be done about the second one, since you are determined to do it yourself.

As for the other…the best thing I can suggest is be 100% sure of your marks as well as the position of your clamps and your needle.. If both of those things are spot-on, you should be able to push the needle through quickly and still end up with good results.

There really are no others tricks or mysteries to it. But even if there were, as a “pro” I couldn’t tell them to you anyway. :)

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diagonal nipple bump/abscess

Tuesday January 15th, 2008 @ 5:57 PM

Filed under: Nipple

This question is in regards to my left nipples piercings.. my outer diagonal nipple piercing is about 3/4mo old, and was doing great, then I had the inner diagonal done as well, about 3 weeks ago, and now have this strange bump right on the very top of the nipple. It’s not painful, is tender to touch, slighter darker than surrounding area, “shiney”, smooth, and when I press on it (gently of course), bits of yellowish thicker fluid comes out of the inner upper exit hole. I’m pretty sure it’s an abscess, and am horrified by it. So, I’m set on removing the newer diagonal piercing, but, what precautions should I take before/while doing so? Can I just remove, and trust my body to drain/cleanse it on its own? (perhaps with aid of sea salt soaks?) I basically, am confused by this, and scared of what could happen, and want to remove this offending piercing in the best way. (of course if you think this could be saved, I’d be open to hearing suggestions on that as well). Thank you very much!!

(The picture doesn’t show the discoloration as well as it could, but the bump is shinier, like the picture shows, and please excuse awkward angle–thus causing the balls to all look different sizes, really are the same)

Perhaps your problem comes from the jewelry pinching. It is impossible to say without seeing, but possibly just switching the back to a curved barbell could alleviate your problems. I would also advise using titanium if you make the switch.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 2 Comments

Removing nipple piercing

Monday January 14th, 2008 @ 8:55 PM

Filed under: Nipple


I have had my nipple pierced for almost 8 years and am considering removing it but am unsure how to go about it. Does anyone know how I should be cleaning my nipple once I remove the bar, if it will fully heal over and, a little pre-emptive, whether or not in years to come I will be able to breastfeed?

Thanks in advance for any help


You shouldn’t need to do anything exceptional once you remove your piercing. Washing the area as part of your normal hygiene routine should be sufficient. You may find that you occasional get some “gunk” that comes out of the piercing. This will be nothing more than some dead skin cells that collect on the inside of the piercing and eventually work their way out.

Since you’ve had your piercing for so long, they probably won’t full-close. The holes will shrink after a while of not wearing jewelry, but they will likely stay somewhat open.

There is very little chance they will interfere with breast feeding. Unfortunately you won’t know for sure until you actually try, but it’s generally not an issue.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 2 Comments

Nipple not a go-go

Friday January 11th, 2008 @ 7:16 PM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve had my nipples pierced for several years now and have had no problems with the first one that I got pierced, but the second one was pierced very poorly. It was pierced too deep and is lined up perfectly on one side, while the other side comes out of my areola. Initially, they had a post in it (I have always had barbells in them) that was too short as well, and the bead even went into the piercing on the wonky side once. I inserted a longer post and big beads and have been dealing with this piercing for far too long (almost 3 years now). I have scarring on the one side now, and it’s very irritable.

I know I should take it out, I know it’s not happy and won’t be, so I’m going to not be stubborn and actually take it out (finally!). I’m wondering how long I should wait to get it re-pierced after I take it out. I’ve heard 2 weeks I’ve also heard 8.


Taking it out is definitely the best option. If it’s still unhappy after 3 years, chances are good there is simply no hope for it. Nipple piercings done too deep can be virtually impossible to heal for many people.

If you were my client, I would suggest you wait a minimum of 3 months. Given the amount of trauma and irritation that has been going on for the past 3 years, giving the area plenty of time to settle down is going to be best. You want the area to not be inflamed or irritated at atll, and it’s best if you can give your body a chance to re-absorb some of the scar tissue. You may find that massaging the scar tissue regularly will help break it up a bit, making it easier for your body to re-absorb.

Having said all that, I will also say that being able to see and feel the piercing goes a long way in determining how long to wait. My suggestion of 3 months is based solely on what you’ve said. I might have a different opinion if were were nipple-to-face.

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Posted by Derek Lowe | Permalink | 2 Comments

Looking for black 10g Ti barbells

Sunday January 6th, 2008 @ 10:43 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’m looking for high quality, internally threaded, black titanium barbells for my vertical nipple piercings (10g).

Any suggestions?

Anatometal make black niobium barbells in whatever size you fancy - I’d contact Ryan from BMEshop and get him to organise some for you, if your local piercer doesn’t carry Anatometal.

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Posted by Lori St.Leone | Permalink | 1 Comment

nipple pumping

Friday January 4th, 2008 @ 11:44 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I am interested in nipple pumping with snake bite kits. My nipples are pierced. Should I still use the snakebites with the jewelry inserted or take them out and then put back in after the sessions? Are the risks of rejection greater with piercings or without?

Please don’t publish my identifying infor. Thanks so much for all of your help.

For the best chance of not damaging the piercing I’d say remove them. Otherwise experiment a bit, pump with out them in, then with them in another day. If t hurts more after pumping with the rings, it is likely causing some damage.


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Why does the fluid coming out of my nipple piercing smell fowl?

Monday December 31st, 2007 @ 11:33 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there, I have my right nipple pierced and it has a 14 gage ring in it. I have had it a little over a year now and it healed fine. However I am constantly getting this fluid that is drying/crusting to my ring. But the smell is aweful…and i clean it but like 2 hours later it will have a fowl smell again. It is not infected at all. What is making it smell like that?

This has been explained before, but since it’s Ask BME now rather than QOD, I assume it’s worth re-answering. All of the skin on your body sheds skin and oils, normally this stuff sloffs off during the day and/or comes off in the shower. Inside the healed fistula of a piercing, the tissue does the same thing, but rather than easily coming off it rots and becomes rather gross (like ear funk). The jewelry you wear may be reacting with your skin and making this situation worse. One thing that makes a HUGE difference is the material used. I would recommend titanium or glass to minimize this discharge. Another option is organics, there porosity helps absorb some of this funk, but if your like me, you may not like the aesthetics of organics in a nipple piercing, so just stick with ti or glass.

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Posted by Sean Philips | Permalink | 31 Comments

Help on my nipple please :)

Wednesday November 21st, 2007 @ 11:04 PM

Filed under: Nipple

I have a question with a picture too! all be it not the nicest picture ever xD. Anyway I had my nipple re-pierced at the beginning of the year an it healed fine. Over the last few months its developed a little puss lump that doesnt want to see to go away :(. I’ve tried salt soaks an changing the bar for a longer one but nothing seems to work, any advice pretty please? thankies :)


For starters I’d say that the length of that barbell is too long, even in an attempt to troubleshoot the problem. Was this done via your personal idea, or did a piercer suggest putting in a longer barbell and the sea salt soaks?

When doing the sea salt soaks how are you actually doing them? how much salt to water ratio? How long are you soaking the piercing for?

Usually a good idea to do hot compresses using a clean lint-free face cloth. You can try just using water (preferably distilled) although some piercers also suggest making a hot salt water compress instead. Not to mention another option is Chamomile Tea Bag compresses.

Any of these are honestly an option you should try as the hot compression of the moist cloth/tea bag will help open up the pores and either drain the problem area or bring it to the surface.

As for why its occurring more lifestyle troubleshooting would have to be done in order to pin point exactly WHY its doing this, if it occurs often,etc.

But definitely try one of the three hot compress ideas that was mentioned above for at least a week and see if the problem is reduced.

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