WOuld any other kind of tea work with this method?

Sunday September 2nd, 2007 @ 10:36 AM

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I am actually allergic to chamomile. WOuld any other kind of tea work with this method?


It’s not so much about the fact that it’s tea, but the properties of the chamomile that seem to help. Have you tried neem oil? It has a lot of anti-inflammatory properties as well (it does a lot of what tea tree oil does, and isn’t nearly as irritating and drying) and many people have great luck with it, it’s a good alternative and a great step when troubleshooting a cranky piercing.

- Lori St.Leone

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…of stud, which I think you guys are calling a "screw"?

Saturday September 1st, 2007 @ 11:41 PM

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I had my nose pierced 11 weeks ago. A small keloid had formed–my own fault, as some stuff went down in my personal life and I was crying/blowing my nose a lot right afterwards. It was never really huge, and I continued to do sea-salt soaks and use the piercing solution they gave me with Q-tips. 2 weeks ago, however, I went into the piercing place and they adjusted it for a tighter fit because the piercing was always slipping out of my nose (I have the “L” shaped type of stud, which I think you guys are calling a “screw”?). Anyway, it healed up PERFECTLY, and I was thrilled. Even though it looked 100% healed, I continued to do the sea salt and Q-tips.

Three days ago, I needed to blow my nose. As usual, I used a clean Q-tip to do this, because I didn’t want to upset the piercing. The piercing jewelry was moved *slightly* forward, but I used the Q-tip to gently tip it back into place. Since that happend, a red keloid began to form again–and now, to my horror, it has turned into this white-looking zit like thing, which I’m seeing on the internet is called “THE BUMP.” Everyone on the internet has different ideas for how to heal it. My piercing place says I could come in and they’d pop it and that this bump is just a different kind of keloid. Other things I’m reading say that popping it will cause scarring.

Please help! Why do you think this happened? How would you suggest I care for it, now?

Kate



For the love of God, IT’S NOT A KELOID. I’m not having a go at you, but I am so bloody sick of so-called professional piercers calling every damned thing a keloid, especially ones like this mob, who ar acknowledging that it’s NOT a keloid by stating that it’s “a different type of keloid”. It sounds to me like you have a boil, due to it having some juice in it, and I’m not a fan of popping or squeezing them, as it’s an open door to further infection or more problems from the increased irritation. Hot compresses, as hot as you can stand, generally sort them out, and I’m like the O.G Chamomile Compress Queen of the World, I think - boil up the kettle, make a cup of chamomile tea, let the teabag steep for 5-10 minutes, then plop it on your piercing and chill out in front of the TV or whatever with a teabag on your nose for the next 20-30 minutes. Do this daily for a week or so, it’s cheap and EXTREMELY effective and it won’t exacerbate the situation. Good luck!

P.S. Nostril screws have a curly tail, not an L-shape, and are much more secure and comfy than an L-shape - they get less irritation because you don’t hoik them out on every little thing, like straight or L-shaped studs. Better piercers will custom-bend them to fit your nose, and when fitted properly, they’re super comfortable. :)
- Lori St.Leone

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…curved barbell is okay jewellery for a horizontal eyebrow?

Saturday September 1st, 2007 @ 12:00 PM

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Hello There smart people of BME QOD :)
I want to know if a 16g titanium curved barbell is okay jewellery for a horizontal eyebrow?
Thank you.



In my opinion, no way. Yes, some people manage to heal horizontal eyebrows with curved barbells, but I say use a surface bar for a surface piercing. Anatometal makes some mighty fine wee little 16ga babies that work very well, here’s a picture of one in one of my clients.

- Lori St.Leone

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…someone give me some advise how to convince them?

Saturday September 1st, 2007 @ 11:25 AM

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I really want two hip piercing but I can’t convince my parents. I got my belly piercing because I wanted to have a tongue piercing but they thought that it would be a bit to extreme.
They only say “wait until you are 18″ and ” don’t destroy your body more then what you already have”

I have really wanted those hip piercing for a very long time now. Could someone give me some advise how to convince them? And please, don’t say “then wait until you are 18 then


Guess what, Steph? I don’t know of too many terribly ethical piercers who do surface piercings on minors, parental consent or not. Hardly anyone who gets surface piercings on their hips or stomach manages to keep them for long, and they usually end up with some lovely rejection scars as a souvenier of the experience. I get that you’re a teenager and therefore know everything, but you’re really going to have to accept your parent’s advice on this one - wait until you are 18, and get it done by an excellent artist with a portfolio of healed, well-done surface work for the best chance of healing them out.

- Lori St.Leone

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Can you enlighten me on this?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 8:51 PM

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i’ve heard multiple mentions about something called an autoclave, but i’m tired of guessing what it is. can you enlighten me on this?


You work in the piercing studio up the road, don’t you? I knew it…

No really, Google’s fun.

- Lori St.Leone

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Have you heard of this?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 8:28 PM

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hey - a friend just told me about how HER friend just got her tooth pierced. apparently she had someone drill a small hole in her tooth and put a ring through. have you heard of this?


It sounds pretty implausible to me, honestly, but then, there are plenty of hacks out there who’ll do any kind of bad-idea ignorant piercing you can come up with, just to get the picture in their portfolio or whatever. I HAVE seen people with barbells wedged through their gums, just between their teeth, and that seems like a pretty stupid idea to me - but then, I’d rather have healthy teeth than an OMG-ORIGINALPIERCING!!

I seriously doubt that you’d ever be able to talk a dentist into approving deliberately weakening a tooth like that, especially when you can have a tooth gem glued on by a dentist and have it last for months and months. Also, I’m pretty dubious of friend-of-a-friend anecdotes on principle…

- Lori St.Leone

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…you have any suggestions on where i can get one?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 3:24 PM

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i just pierced my hips with a large saftey pin. and iv looked every where for a barbell large enough. do you have any suggestions on where i can get one?


Bizarro world might be the only place you have a chance of healing something like that.

- Ryan Ouellette

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Do you guys have any idea what it might be?

Tuesday August 28th, 2007 @ 2:36 PM

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I’ve had a vertical lip piercing for about 3 months now. Today I noticed this HUGE bump right next to the top hole. It feels really hard. As soon as I saw it, I bit off a small bit and it bled a little. Do you guys have any idea what it might be? I have a feeling it might either be a canker sore or excess scar tissue :(


It does look like it might’ve been some ulceration (like a canker sore), but to be honest, it’s hard to tell at this point - it just looks like a bloody sore where you chomped it! Be nice to it and treat it like it’s new for awhile and it should settle down. Good luck!

- Lori St.Leone

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…u please tell me if my fears are true or not?

Thursday August 23rd, 2007 @ 2:55 AM

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hello oh wonderful fabulous all knowing Ryan please answer my question im really worried

i have two surface piercings on my chest. ive had thenm since christmas ith just about no problem with them

but now im worried they could be rejecting… ive attached a picture, it’s the best i could do. could u please tell me if my fears are true or not? or if theirs a chance of saving them
xx


Yeah it looks like it’s rejecting. You can try a jewelry change or different aftercare, but I’d really just suggest taking them out before they leave some nasty rejection scars.

- Ryan Ouellette

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Is there a major difference between the two?

Thursday August 23rd, 2007 @ 1:18 AM

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Hello - I noticed there are at least two different types of surface bar (the staple bar and ones with 2 and 10 o’clock angles \_/). Is there a major difference between the two? I have my cleavage pierced with the more angled surface bar and am doing my best to lower the rejection rate, however I am concerned because I’ve read alot about surface piercings being done with curved barbells and how terrible they are. I greatly appareciate any help you can provide me!


The ones that are at an angle closer to 45 degrees than 90 degrees are intended for curving surfaces. The end goal of the rise of a surface piercing is to exit the body perpendicularly. On most fairly flat areas of the body the 90 degree bends are preffered. For some curved surface though the 45 degrees are more suited. I will say though that 95% of all 45 degree rise surface piercings I have seen used would have better been suited for a 90 degree rise. The times when 45 degree is more suitable are few and far between, but it’s important for piercers to be able to adapt to these different needs.

- Sean Philips

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