Ear & Body Piercing/Nose piercing?


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I got my nose pierced about 8 weeks ago. I've been cleaning it very well and not touching it at all, taking good care of it. However, I've had this little scar tissue-looking area right around the piercing and this bump around the inside of it. It doesn't seem to be "the bump" but I'm not sure why I have it. Is it just a normal part of the healing process or do I need to do something extra to get rid of these things? Ps. The redness on the outside is only in one place and the bump on the inside goes around the whole post.

From the look of it, there is some irritation that could be dealt with a few different ways.
I don't use nostril screws due to the rough surface that forms when they are bent. Instead of bending them to fit, then having to repolish the surface, I simply prefer a threadless snap together or internally threaded barbell design.

My article on the subject here explains more :)

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If you have a bump, and it does not go away easily with simple aftercare and quality jewelry, a dermatologist or your healthcare provider should be able to help with the next steps. A medical professional can diagnose and treat skin conditions such as keloid or hypertrophic scarring, though I suspect that this bump is not a keloid.

Often a piercing done with slightly irritating material like an alloy of steel or gold can prevent complete healing. Switch to an implant certified piece of titanium jewelry http://jewelry.piercing.org can explain more about selecting a safe piece.

Other notable cofactors the irritation could be related to:
*facial products you use; chemical or particulate irritation
*the shape and size of the jewelry; a piece out of proportion to your nostril
*a piercing done out of perpendicularity can abscess -|-
*mechanical friction/motion of the jewelry; moving it around too much
*sleeping on the piercing; putting pressure on the jewelry
*tap water; fluid causing ulceration of the wound bed

I rarely find a nostril screw in an irritated piercing that is not at least partially responsible for the problem. Take a look at the finish on the curved part and on the wear surface. I find commonly that these areas are not smooth.
As far as nostril jewelry goes, I prefer the titanium threadless 18g labrets from NeoMetal They are more comfortable than any screw in terms of having less metal up your nose, better chemistry and microstructure, less friction and a better polish.

Stop by for a free consultation if you are in the area.
I can send you an appropriate, attractive piece of jewelry if you can not make it in. http://piercingexp.com/ has trusted options.
In the meantime, try to follow simple sensible care described at http://care.piercing.org/ with frequent use of hot compresses.

You can apply a dry hot compress (such a heat pad set to medium or a hot washcloth in a sealed plastic bag for ten-fifteen minutes) as often as once an hour up to bedtime to increase circulation and build immune response. Make sure to put something absorbent such as a gauze pad or tissue in between you and the compress to keep it from getting sweaty.

Some people in your situation have success with a judicious application of antiseptic or antibiotic products at this point. Others try to focus on great nutrition, starting with a balanced diet.  

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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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