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Piercing Problems

Many piercings have their problems , that usually sort them selves out without assistance. Mostly caused by improper cleaning routines. Over cleaning is just as bad as under cleaning so it’s just a case to find out what works for you. Avoid Alcohol, Iodine, Surgical spirits, Dettol, TCP and Hydrogen peroxide as these can be considered to harsh to use on piercing. We advise using a sterile saline fine mist to keep it clean.




Bleeding, although unsightly, is completely normal within the initial few days for any piercing. As we heal a scab covers the wound almost immediately. A scab is formed when proteins from white blood cells that help coagulate blood come out of the blood stream to protect the wound-and actually accelerate the healing process. 




Most initial swelling can be explained by the trauma of the piercing, your piercer should have predicted it and allowed enough room on the jewellery to safely compensate. However if you feel the jewellery is too small it is important to correct the problem very quickly by swapping to something longer and more suitable. The jewellery should not need to be permanently removed if it can still be seen on both sides. We recommend popping into the us immediately. Ice cold compress for controlling swelling also anti-inflammatories our another option but speak to your chemist before taking any medication.



The most commonly misunderstood issue regarding piercings. What is often assumed to be an infection is most likely irritation. 

Piercings are prone to irritation. In the first few days after getting your piercing, you may notice a bump or general swelling around the jewellery.

You may also experience:




mild pain

As your piercing begins to heal, it’s normal to experience:

some discoloration


oozing of a whitish-yellow fluid

crust on and around your jewellery

Piercings typically take anywhere from 2 week to 12 months (depending on Piercing) to heal completely. They heal from the outside in, which means that it may look healed on the outside long before the healing process is actually complete.

Unfortunately, bumps are relatively common with some piercings. They can form soon after your initial piercing or long after it’s truly healed. 


If you still have a bump after the initial swelling subsides, it may be:


PUSTULES...As its name indicates, this nose bump is full of pus. Think of a pustule as a pimple or a blister at the piercing site.

Pustules can be extremely painful ,so if it’s not going away, it’s best to come in and see us or visit your doctor before it gets out of control. On the contrary, some pustules aren’t painful at all, or they might just be itchy or cause a burning sensation.

Sometimes, they are caused by mild infections. Other times, they are caused by trauma, such as in your piercing being tugged,pulled or slept on.

That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to be careful with your new piercing, especially if you like to participate in sports. Contact sports, like basketball, can be particularly rough on piercings. Always use caution so you don’t suffer an injury that might lead to a pustule.


GRANULOMA... The timetable of when your piercing was done can help you figure out if you’re dealing with a granuloma. They won’t happen immediately after a nose piercing. Usually, you’re looking at several weeks or about a month and a half until these nuisances show up.

Granulomas can show up in your piercing hole or right next to it. They can be as small as just a couple millimetres or they can be as big as a couple of centimetres.

If they are small, they may be barely noticeable to anyone but you, but those larger ones can be a great source of embarrassment. They can make people feel self-conscious and unattractive.

Granulomas happen when the tissue around the piercing area keeps overgrowing – they are caused by trauma or the inflammatory response your body is producing to deal with the piercing, which it sees as an unwelcome intrusion.

Having a granuloma doesn’t automatically mean you have an infected nose piercing, but granulomas can easily become infected after they have formed. Therefore, it is essential that you clean your piercing properly until it is completely healthy and healed.

If you pick at your granuloma, you’ll find it doesn’t take much to make it bleed. They can also crust over, much like a sore would.

Just because a granuloma forms, it doesn’t mean you have to live with it. 


KELOID...A keloid is a fancy term for a scar. Though, it’s no ordinary scar – it’s like a scar on steroids. It’s really thick and often quite noticeable. It forms around the piercing.

Why do some people form keloids on a piercing while others don’t? Unfortunately, it’s the luck of the draw. Some people are just more likely to form piercing scars, and there’s not much, if anything, they can do about it.

If you see a formation around your piercing site and you aren’t sure if it’s a keloid, you should pop back in to see your piercer. 


Piercing bumps can be caused by allergies, genetics, poor aftercare, or just bad luck. With treatment, they may disappear completely



Although minor swelling and redness are typical, more severe symptoms such as:

could be a sign of infection.


See your piercer or doctor right away if you’re experiencing:

uncomfortable pain or swelling

unusually thick or smelly discharge

yellow, green, or grey discharge






Infections are few and far between but possible with any piercing, puss, excessive redness and pain will most likely indicate infections. As professional piercers we feel there is often no need to remove the jewellery to treat infection, Doing so may result in further complications as jewellery often allows the infection site to drain. With correctly fitting jewellery, saline solution  aftercare infections can be dealt with without the need to remove the piercing.

When first suspecting an infection, the most immediate action would be to call your Gp. As antibiotics may be required


If you are not experiencing severe symptoms, you may be able to use the following methods to treat your piercing at home.




Contact dermatitis, an allergic skin reaction, can cause piercing bumps. Many people are allergic to certain metals. Nickel allergies are 

Particularly common. Many cheaper metals contain nickel alloys. 


If you have a metal allergy, you may experience:


intense itchiness

skin that’s tender to the touch

redness or rash around the piercing 

a hole that appears larger than the jewellery 

The only way to correct this is to swap out your jewellery for something hypoallergenic. 


If your piercing is less than a year old — or if you aren’t sure whether it’s completely healed — feel free to drop and we can verify an allergy and safely insert a new piece of jewellery.


If you’ve had your piercing for a year or more, it should be safe to change the jewellery at home.


You should switch to something made with:


18-or-24-karat gold

Titanium or  Niobium 




It’s extremely important to clean your piercing morning, afternoon and night daily during the entire healing process. Even if your piercing appears healed, you should still clean it every day for at least three to six months.

Before touching your piercing for any reason, including cleaning, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Dry your hands with a paper towel, then clean your piercing.


We recommend Neilmeds fine mist piercing aftercare — or a warm sea salt soak — to clean your piercing and the surrounding area.


Avoid using:

benzalkonium chloride (BZK)

iodopovidone (Betadine)

chlorhexidine (Hibiclens)

rubbing alcohol 

hydrogen peroxide.






Its irritated / inflamed / sore

Its got a fluid build-up

Its taking a while to heal

Its secreting more than usual

You just want to increase comfort and speed up the healing process…


USE A CHAMOMILE COMPRESS... helps with lumps and bumps

Chamomile is known for its powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. A warm chamomile compress can help transfer these healing properties while increasing blood flow to the piercing.


You can alternate between a sea salt or saline soak and applying a chamomile compress. Just be aware: You shouldn’t use chamomile if you have a ragweed allergy. 


Chamomile is an herb that comes from a plant in the daisy family.  The flowers of chamomile have been used for centuries to create healing teas to help with insomnia, anxiety, wounds, burns and scrapes, skin conditions and stomach problems.  The active ingredient in chamomile is bisabolol, which has anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties



Chamomile Tea & Sea Salt Soaks


What you will need:


1 Cup of distilled water


1/4 tsp. non-iodized sea salt


1 Chamomile Tea Bag




In a sauce pan bring the water to a boil.  Remove the water from heat.  Add the sea salt and stir until it dissolves.  Place your teabag in the salt water for a few minutes–you want the teabag to absorb the water.  Then remove the teabag from the water.  Once the teabag is cool enough to touch, but still very warm, hold the tea bag to the piercing for about 5-10 minutes, or until the bag has completely cooled.

Repeat up to 3 times per day.





What you need: (You will need the same ingredients as listed above.)


1 Cup of distilled water


1/4 tsp. non-iodized sea salt


Chamomile Teabag



In a sauce pan bring the water to a boil.  Remove the water from heat.  Add the sea salt and stir until it dissolves.  Place your tea bag in the salt water for 14 minutes.  Then remove the teabag from the water.  Pour the tea water mixture into an ice cube tray and allow to cool, then place in the freezer.  Once the cubes are frozen apply as needed to the irritated area.


Please note the sea salt keeps cells hydrated while flushing out fluid and bacteria that may have accumulated.  If the piercing becomes dry, use 1/8 of a teaspoon of sea salt instead and reduce amount daily.





Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent. Because of this, many people swear by its ability to treat piercing bumps. If you want to use tea tree oil on your bump, you’ll need to dilute it with distilled water or saline. You should also do a patch test before use.


To do this:


Apply a small amount of diluted tea tree oil to your forearm.

Wait at least 24 hours.

If you don’t experience any irritation or inflammation, it should be safe to apply elsewhere.

Once you’ve done a successful patch test, you have options for how to add tea tree oil to your cleansing routine. You can:


Use a cotton swab to apply the diluted oil directly to your piercing one or two times per day.

Add three to four drops of tea tree oil to your saline or sea salt soak.                                                                                                     When to see your piercer.


Some piercing bumps clear up within a few days of improving your cleaning regime, but others can take much longer. Keloids can take weeks or months to fully disappear


If you aren’t seeing improvement, Feel free to pop in the studio.