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Tongue Piercing Bump
Tongue Piercing Bump  

Tongue Piercing Bump
Tongue Piercing Bump  
Hi, my name is Lacey, & I got my second tongue piercing about two months ago (it's located in the back part of my tongue). About a week ago I noticed the bottom of my piercing was sore & irritated but I figured it would go away. Well, a couple of days ago a bump formed around it. Its weird, part of it is the color of my tongue and the other half is white. I asked my piercer about it & he said that i just needed to keep it clean. I'm freaking out. I don't know what's wrong with it. I think it's scar tissue but I'm not sure. I've NEVER had any problems with my other tongue piercing. I'm not sure why I'm having problems with it now. Should i take it out & get it repierced later on? I really don't want to take it out. But if i have to then i will. I REALLY need some advice.I don't know what to do. :(

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Where are you in LA? I may be able to refer you to a qualified colleague in your area for a free consultation. The jewelry in both piercings may not meet minimum safety standards described at http://jewelry.piercing.org/ and even the old piercing should have high quality jewelry while healing.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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

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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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