Ear & Body Piercing/Hch


Hch Right side
Hch Right side  

hch front
hch front  
Hello, I Recently got a horizontal Hood piercing done about 2 weeks ago i understand it has a healing time of 2-6 Weeks i Have been and am still following all aftercare instructions salt water soaks twice a day and washing it with antibacterial soft soap no touching etc... it is still fairly swollen at the entrance and exit  (Swollen more on right side)and still secreting a yellowish white "Discharge"(more on left side) that isn't crusting on the ring as you would see on healing piercing It doesn't seem to be healing correctly or at all for that matter it still looks and feels like a fresh 2 day old piercing. it is very itchy and A little uncomfortable seemed to be rubbing and twisting the ring as i walk. knowing that could interrupt the healing process i changed the ring(captive bead) to a size smaller hoping it wouldn't rub and irritate as much it helped a little but not enough for me to just let it go i have other piercings and never had a problem with em. Im afraid its migrating or rejecting and or is going to if i can't get it To heal. i take pride in my piercings i love everyone i have i don't want to get rid of it unless i absolutely have to. i do apologize i know its a lot but its hard to find troubleshooting info on the hch. and i want to make sure i give you as much info you will need to help i the guy who pierced me seemed a little fresh and made me a litt uncomfortable  so i really don't want to go back unless it last resort.. i greatly appreciate your time in considering helping me with this issue... Please let me know if need anymore pics or info i have both:-D

http://care.piercing.org/ should help with milder aftercare practices for you. The antibacterial soft soap can be irritating, and should not be used. Frequent contrast between cold and hot compresses should help reduce the swelling and irritation.

Did you change to a smaller size after taking these pictures?

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Brian Skellie


I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.


Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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