Nipple not healing correctly?

Saturday May 26th, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

Filed under: Nipple

Hi there,

I had my nipples pierced on January 14th 2012 with a 14g barbell (not sure of the metal off the top of my head). My left one is healing fine but the right one looks interesting. Every day it changes - sometimes it looks clean and other times it crusts over, which then sticks to my bra and then movement can rip off the crust which leaves a big red angry piece of skin. The pictures don’t display much of the redness but the area touching the ball of the barbell sometimes gets a deep bloody red in comparison to the light pink nipple when this happens. I don’t know how to make it stop sticking - should I bandage it? It seems to heal okay if the scabbing isn’t being pulled off. I also think the bar is too short in comparison to the left (which has about 1-2mm of room where this has none and sinks in a bit) so should I get a slightly longer one put in? What kind of soaks should I do to help (shot glass sea salt mixes, heat presses or saline solution)?

It sound like you need a new piece of jewelry. I would suggest a longer barbell as you guessed as well as upgrading to a titanium piece of jewelry. As far as the scabbing goes you might want to think about wearing a non stick Tefla bandage over your piercing so your bra doesn’t irritate the piercing.

As far as aftercare I recommend a sea salt/saline soak twice a day for 5 minutes at a time. The shot glass method works great for nipples.

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Antibiotics & Piercings?

Saturday May 26th, 2012 @ 3:41 AM

Filed under: Female Genital

I got the Christina piercing about a month ago. All is well and good with it, However, I have an infection totally un-related to the piercing and was wondering if any Antibiotics given to me will effect the piercing in anyway?

It shouldn’t slow down, nor speed up the healing of your piercing - however keep in mind that antibiotics kill not only bad but also good bacteria found on your body. This can open your body up for other sorts of other problems.

I have noticed that sometimes when I am on antibiotics, that some of my (very well healed) piercings kind of ‘play up’. It’s most likely due to the fact that I’m healing the actual infection, however it’s not uncommon to actually slow down your healing and cause redness or migration in your piercing.

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Venom Tongue piercing sinking?

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 8:05 AM

Filed under: Tongue

I got my venom tongue piercings 15 days ago. The first week i had it my right piercing started bleeding whenever i did anything, so i went in and got the bars changed and the bleeding stopped, but now the piercing is sinking (or at least looks like it) and there is a blister thing in the crater and its really freaking me out, so i went back in and she said it was normal and that it looked fine but its really bothering me :( is it normal?

I’m not really sure how shorter bars wouldn’t have helped with bleeding, but it does appear that your bar is too short.

I would suggest to go back to your piercer and get some slightly longer ones put in, preferably titanium. Stay away from any plastics during healing.

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Infection?

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 7:55 AM

Filed under: Female Genital

Hello,

I have had a Christina piercing for four weeks on Thursday. I was just wondering if it is infected? It looks a lot less worse then it does in the picture it’s just that every now and again I’ll see spots of some sort of liquid of where the piercing has been. It’s not painful, and it isn’t hot to touch.

I use saline easypiercing solution twice a day.

I would say its not infection as it would present in a totally different way, however it does appear that the top is quite angry and might be moving forwards.

Redness (especially with PTFE) is very common in a surface piercing. I would suggest, if you are worried about rejection, to get it changed to an internally threaded titanium “L” bar right away. Most good studios will have them, or can make/order them in for you.

Metal is always better in surface work as it puts much less pressure on the entrance and exit of the piercing and can be custom made to suit your anatomy perfectly. They also reduce the chance of ends coming off or the bar bending in a funny shape.

Make sure you are also doing WARM saline soaks, to promote more blood circulation and clean the crusties off without picking at them.

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migrating!

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

Filed under: Nipple

I’ve had my nipples pierced for almost a year now & I’m noticed the left one shifted down :( they seem to always be giving me problems as well. They get crusty a lot & get boils & discharge. I love them so I don’t want to move or get them done again. I could have totally gone to a better shop. I regret it now but its too late to get upset over it. I do sleep on my side & stomach & I never wear a shirt or bra to sleep I am quite the nudist but I am extremely bummed PLEASE help :(

I don’t think that it is migration, as that normally presents in the jewellery moving ‘outwards’ rather than changing direction.

Often ladies find that nipples change angels when their nipples are hard or soft, sometimes they can change direction from constant irritation like sleeping on them.

Crusties and discharge are quite common with ladies nipple piercings as the very inside of the pieircing can take up to 24months before they fully settle in and become 100% healed.

You could also try swapping whatever jewellery you have in there to g23 internal thread titanium barbells. There is also a very small chance that you could have a metal allergy, but I think the best thing to do is not sleep on them.

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Stretching Oils

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 7:15 AM

Filed under: Ear

I know about using various oils to help you stretch, I found a cocoa and vitamin E oil that does practically the same thing as bio oil, would it be safe to use aiding stretching? Do any of these ingredients sound bad? Paraffinium Liquidum, Isopropyl Myristate, Theobrama Cacao, Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Polysorbate-20, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Gentiana Lutea, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. Lots of long words that I don’t understand!

Its just called Cocoa Skin Therapy Oil.

I’m personally not a fan of Vitamin E or Bio-oil on my ears as E is really thick and doesn’t soak in and Bio-oil seems to react funny with my skin and cause redness.

Personally I only use and recommend pure virgin jojoba oil (or Emu oil, if available in your country) as a daily routine and especially when I’m in a stretching cycle.

After a quick google search of most of the ingredients, they all seem quite common in moisturisers and oils that are fine for your skin - however I’m by far not a chemist.

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Discoloring on Earlobe.

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

Filed under: Ear

Hello!

I am experiencing some discoloring on the inside of my earlobe and im not too sure what it is!

My lobes are 2inch and i am only experiencing it on the one lobe.

I do realise my lobe is thin and i have been trying for sometime trying to thicken it back up by using Vitamen E oil and leaving my jewelry out.

I thought it could of been the jewelery i was wearing as this has just suddenly appeared - I was wearing Black Acrylic Double Flaired.

Any ideas? please get back to me soon

Thanks!

Dean

I feel that nearly everyone has a form of allergy to acyclic, as it is a porous material. Some people can get away with them for years and then have serious problems, some people can’t even wear them for an hour (like myself) without them swelling up and going crazy.

Just like any allergy, stay away from what your body doesn’t like - stick to surgical steel, titanium, glass or organics (wood and stone) jewellery to be safe. If you do get a reaction (like this) the best thing to do is just take them out and leave them ‘naked’ for a week or two (until it fully clears up).

Oiling your ears with jojoba oil (or Emu oil, if available in your country) daily will also help them to not flare up like that (sometimes even with jewellery that you have previously reacted to). I would still stay the hell away from ANYTHING that reacts with your body, just to be on the safe side.

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nipple ring indentation

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:43 AM

Filed under: Nipple

Ok, I got my nipples pierced about a month and a half ago. I have had them done 3 times in total - the first time way too shallow, the second time still a bit shallow but I had to actually take them out because my breasts got so engorged when I was pregnant that I could not stand the pain, and I figured the third time would be the charm. I am a larger woman, with VERY large breasts, just as some background. About 3 days ago I noticed that the piercing (which, if you look in the pictures, I actually had special barbells made by my piercer because the standard length would not have been suitable for my larger nipples) one of the balls had begun to “settle” into my skin, if you will. It was not painful, not bleeding or pussing, I just had a small “dent” in my skin that looked almost like a popped blister where the ball on the end of the barbell had made a divet for itself in my skin. I am concerned about this because it looks like an open wound, I do not want an infection, and would like some tips on how to get rid of this and keep it from happening again. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

~Danielle

Indentations are very common with PTFE (plastic) barbells. I would suggest to get it changed to an internally threaded titanium barbell. Most good studios will have them, or can make/order them in for you.

Metal is always better in nipples as it puts even pressure on the entrance and exit of the piercing reduce indentations from the balls. They also reduce the chance of ends coming off or the bar bending in a funny shape.

You could also try to loosen up your bra, some bustier women often wear their bras too tight which causes the barbell to have no option but to press against the aerola. Another option would be to try 5mm balls (it appears you have 4mm ones on now) as they will give more of a surface area and should actually create less of an indent.

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Septum concerns

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:35 AM

Filed under: Nose

I got my septum pierced three days ago and I have been cleaning it 2-3 times a day by pouring salt water on it (with the salt the piercer provided). It feels ok and isn’t bleeding or crusting. However it feels like it is very high up in my nose and I can’t see it if I look up my nose. The jewelry barely hangs down below my nostril and I’m not sure if this is because of swelling. The piercer said it would be a bit crooked until the swelling went down but didnt mention if the piercing would drop at all.

It looks weird now because it barely hangs down. The piercer also mentioned that she was giving me a wider jewelry and I don’t know if maybe that is why it is short. I’m not sure if the piercing is too high or if I could just get a longer jewelry so that it hangs down more. If so when would I be able to change it out? Is it too soon to go back in a week and have the piercer change it for me?

Everybody’s “sweet-spot” (the thinnest piece of cartilage inside the septum area) is in a different placement, some very high and some quite low.

Septums don’t ‘drop’ as they heal. If your sweet-spot is in fact that high, then there is nothing wrong with the piercer at all. If you want it to be more visible, then you could simply get a larger diameter piece put in after a good 4-6 weeks. I wouldn’t suggest changing it at all before this time period, as you will most likely scratch the very fragile healing tissue inside the hole and also find it quite difficult to get the new jewellery back in.

My suggestion would be to wait at least a month and then pop in a larger diameter piece in there.

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did they pierce it right?

Wednesday May 23rd, 2012 @ 6:30 AM

Filed under: Nipple

i got my piercing today May 22 2012 and i think they pierced it too deep can you tell me?

The ‘correct’ placement can really depend on your anatomy more often than not. The ideal spot is right where the nipple begins and the aerola end, however it appears that the piercer has done it slightly deeper into your areola perhaps as your actual nipple is not very large.

Personally I would have done it slightly shallower, however if you are at all concerned I would suggest to go back to your piercer and express your concerns to them.

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