Ear & Body Piercing/Nose ring bump


Nose bump
Nose bump  
Idk what to do. I've had this bump for about a month now, and I don't know what to do about it.  I had to change my nose ring early because the first one fell out, so I put a hoop in instead because I heard that it lets the piercing drain better.  I've tried just about everything.  Sea salt soaks, aspirin paste, tea tree oil, even rubbing alcohol, and tried popping it, but all that came out was blood, and it did nothing but form a scab on top of the bubble that was already there.  I don't want to take the piercing out, because I love it too much.  But I need this thing  gone it's so ugly. And fast. I  tried each method for about 5 days and none of them worked.

Have seen your piercer for a follow up visit? The jewelry may not be the correct fit for you, which could be the cause of the pain and bump.

Either way, if you believe that it may be infected, seeing your healthcare provider should be the next step.

I do not suggest the products you mention for care. The tea tree oil may make things worse, as it can be harsh in many formulations. The wound wash product should be harmless, though. In addition, frequent dry hot compresses as described in the care I linked can be soothing.

Often a piercing done with slightly irritating material like an alloy of gold, copper, silver and trace metals such as you mention can prevent complete healing. Switch to an implant certified piece of titanium jewelry http://piercingexp.com/faq/quality-jewelry.html 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

Stop by for a free consultation if you are in the area.

In the meantime, try to follow simple sensible care described here piercingexp.com/faq/aftercare.html with frequent use of hot compresses. The area can be warmed indirectly by a the side of a cup of your favorite hot liquid, a heat pad set to medium or a hot washcloth in a Ziploc bag for ten-fifteen minutes once an hour up to bedtime. 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 as recommended by their healthcare provider. Others try to focus on excellent nutrition [like a balanced diet with additional garlic, vitamin C and minerals like zinc] and apply a dry hot compress to increase circulation and build immune response.  

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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.

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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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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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