yet another piercing question..

Discussion in 'Fashion and Crafts' started by nightmarehippygirl, May 26, 2004.

  1. nightmarehippygirl

    nightmarehippygirl LEVI'S MOMMY

    i seem to remember that someone on the boards was a piercer, but i can't remember who...

    anyway, i got my nose pierced about a month ago, and so far it's been all cool. no infections or any of that. but i noticed i guess about a week ago that i am forming a red raised scar (i guess it's a scar) around the piercing. it's not huge, but it's visible. i know some people are prone to wierd scarring, but i've never had this with my ears or navel.

    so i'm wondering what if anything i can do about it. i could take the jewelry out, i guess, although i don't really want to, but even still, the raised thing is still there. is it going to keep getting bigger?

    ugh i'm freaking out, because i like the piercing a lot, but i don't want a huge scar on my face.i've been taking good care of what's wrong?
  2. deadonceagain

    deadonceagain mankind is a plague

    i know a couple of friend have had that happen to them and they said its fine as long as its not infected

    just keep an eye on it and if it gets realy bad go to a doctor or the place you got it pierced
  3. velvet

    velvet Banned

    the skin around my tonguepiercing started scarring as well.. but in the shop they told me that it was my own fault, because I kept playing with the piercing. After I stopped doing that for a while, the skin got normal. Hm.. but on your nose? Do you wiggle your nose a lot? If so.. stop it! :)

    Keep everything clean and don't touch it more than you have to, untill it is properly healed. If you keep wondering about it, go back to the place where they put it in. If they are any good, they should be able to tell you wassup with the scarring. Good luck!
  4. Earthy Mama

    Earthy Mama Feel my wrath... ;)

    Don't touch! Thats very important. If you have to touch it wash your hands before hand. Clean it once in the morn and once at night. Turn it and make sure the solution gets down the whole length of the piercing. Turning it daily can keep it from crusting up and getting an infection. If your just cleaning the outside and not actully turning the the hoop or getting under the stud this could be the reason why its getting a red bump. Good luck! if you have any questions you can always PM me.
  5. HappyHaHaGirl

    HappyHaHaGirl *HipForums Princess*

    I pierced the cartilage in my ear in November, and it still kind of hurts. I can't really sleep on it or anything. It's not nearly as painful as it was when I got it pierced, but enough that I'm always kind of aware of it. I do my best to keep it clean and I don't mess with it... is it supposed to be like this? The only reason that I can really think of for it to not heal is that Noah kicks me in the head every now and then, or hits or whatever... when we're playing... I guess that could rip it or something. But it really doesn't happen that often.

    Help me instead!
  6. Earthy Mama

    Earthy Mama Feel my wrath... ;)

    cartlidge piercings are very painful. You might always have a little pain sensation in them when things happen but if it happens regularly like throbbing for no reason something might be wrong. Possibly something sensitive was hit? Do you still move it completely through when you clean it? This makes a big diff. with any piercing to heal because the solution gets down into the sore area. Keeping the ring in it completely clean should also keep the soreness down.
  7. HappyHaHaGirl

    HappyHaHaGirl *HipForums Princess*

    OKay... I try really hard. Should I maybe clean it more than once a day? I usually just do it after I get out of the shower. Should I just do it when it gets all crusty and gross? Does that mean anything? The crusty grossness... am I doing something wrong? It doesn't happen a lot, but every now and then I'll look in the mirror and it's taking over.


    I'm supposed to use that contact solution, right?
  8. nightmarehippygirl

    nightmarehippygirl LEVI'S MOMMY


    thanks for the advice. i've pretty much been doing all that though. i took the screw out the other night, and put it back in to see if i could tell if it was infected. it didn't look like it, but it bled a little. now it actually looks a little better. i've been using dial antibacterial soap on it 2x daily (as evidenced by the dry alligator skin on that side of my face, lol). anyway if it gets outta hand, i guess i'll go back to the piercer, and see what he says.

    stop hijacking my damn thread, hehe. my cartilage took forever to heal. i think it was the most painful piercing i have had. i couldn't sleep on it forever. i have been wanting to get my tragus (isn't that what the little thingy at the front of your ear is called?) pierced, but i'm scared it will take forever to heal, like the cartilage at the top of my ear did. anyway, i think it probably took the better part of a year before my cartilage felt "normal" so you're right on schedule. and stop letting your kid kick you in the head! :p
  9. HappyHaHaGirl

    HappyHaHaGirl *HipForums Princess*

    He's so violent! But he says it's because he loves me and he's only trying to help... and he swears he won't ever do it again....:eek: *quivers in fear*

    So a year, then? well.. okay... but it eventually stops hurting when I sleep on it, right? Except for when I "fall down the stairs?" :D hehe

    I've probably offended some poor abused woman who has gone through so much for closure and shit... I'm a jerk. But it's funny... to me.....
  10. Earthy Mama

    Earthy Mama Feel my wrath... ;)

    when it gets crusty its saying "clean me, clean me" :)
    turning the ring daily will keep him happy lol
    and also cleaning it daily, two times maybe.
    Resist the urge to touch! :)
  11. HappyHaHaGirl

    HappyHaHaGirl *HipForums Princess*

    Okay. I'm going to be a hardcore Nazi about this so that it will be perfect.
    I don't touch it that much.... only when I clutching it in agony...

    One more thing... is that little bump thing normal? :confused:
  12. Earthy Mama

    Earthy Mama Feel my wrath... ;)

    some people get thoses, I don't think it means anything. I have one too. I love when they are healed...I can't not touch mine either. I have a scar to show though what happens when something is infected!
  13. Earthy Mama

    Earthy Mama Feel my wrath... ;)

    PM naturegoddess69 about traguses. She has prob all the places pierced on an ear possible. Just tell her Eryn said she could give you advice on it. Shes not online now but she might be a little later. From what I remeber her saying it wasn't as bad as some other piercings. I don't know, maybe it was a diff one she said that about...
  14. ok guys i'm new here so be mild on me if this is a stupid question.
    i got my cartlidge pierced and the lady told me to clean it every morning with kitchen salt.(i got offcourse the oil to)
    but i was reading that sea salt is better...or not??
    i dont know if there is any difference?
    can anybody tell me?
    and the first u have to turn the piercing or not?
  15. moonshyne

    moonshyne Approved by the FDA

    I've had my cartilidge (sp?) pierced for about 8 years, and it STILL hurts to lay on it. Not nearly like it used to, but enough for me to make sure I take that shit out of my ear every night before I crash. I remember when I first got it pierced, it hurt just to walk. Like every step i took vibrated up into my ear and made it feel like it was ripping out or something. But it gets better :p

    My only suggestion is to take it out at night, and put it right back in the mornings.

    Now, to the chick with the nose you have a stud or a ring? If it's a ring, I'd say that for now, you should only rotate it toward the inside of your nose....into the hole, until it completely heals. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you.
  16. stormyy

    stormyy Member

    I've got a heap of piercings, and here is the aftercare plan that works for me:

    Sea salt soaks. They seem to fix EVERYTHING. Go out and get yourself some non-iodized sea salt and dissolve 1/4 to 1/2 a teaspoon in 1 cup of water that is as hot as you can stand without being painful. Soak the piercing (or apply compresses) twice a day. Once in the am, once in the pm. DO NOT TOUCH THE PIERCING AT ANY OTHER TIME....NOT EVEN TO TURN IT. YOu really shouldn't rotate your fresh piericngs because it is like ripping a scab off every time-and if you rip a scab off repatedly you get a scar. Also, soaps like dial are a bit harsh for a healing piercing, and drying them out just makes healing harder.

    As for the ear piercings-leave em alone, do the sea salt soaks and try to keep your hair off of them. Hair has all sorts of nasties that an open wound (your new piercing) doesn't like. You should leave the jewelry in at all times to, unless you are having an allergic reaction to the metal or it is migrating. In that case go back to your piercer and have them take a look at it.

    If you still are unclear on the care and feeding of your new piercing, has lots of aftercare information and is an invaluable resource for the modded/curious.
  17. stormyy

    stormyy Member

    Oh, nameless-kitchen salt has been iodized, and some people get irritated by it...non iodized sea salt is more like your natural tears, so your body doesnt really have a reaction..

    Happyhaha-cartilage piercings hurt like a bi*ch, and stay that way for a while. They are my least favorite to heal, and are in my opinion the most painful...the pain does go away eventually, just be careful with the phone for the time being :p
  18. oooo.. i forgot about that.. i peirced my cartilidge when i was 13ish.. it did hurt ..but usually only when i caught it.. then a friend i was at school with knockd my ear and it mustv pushd the little stud right in as a week or so later (conveniently in a maths lesson when we were about to have atest.. hehe:D ).. i noticed it had vanished.. my skin just healed over the top of it into a huge lump that started they sent me to the hospital..where they had to cut it out with scizzors:eek: ..niiyce umm!
  19. moonshyne

    moonshyne Approved by the FDA

    oh my gawd you've got me squirming and cringing. How horrible!
  20. mellimel19

    mellimel19 Member

    Wow, so many troubling experiences with cartilage! If I had read things like that before I got mine pierced, I probably never would have had it done! (I'm a big wuss when it comes to pain.) I've had my cartilage pierced for about 7 years now, and have been lucky enough to have no problems with it. It was my first (and only) piercing, so i had no idea what to expect, but it really didn't hurt, just a quick pinch and it was done. I had mine done with a gun though, wonder if there's a difference in pain if you get it done with a needle?
    Which brings me to a couple questions...
    I am going to pierce my ear lobes, and wanted to have them done with a needle, cause i heard that it's a more accurate way of piercing, and better all-around. (some of those little scar bumps that some of you mentioned, are caused by piercing guns, and the impact/trauma they cause to the skin they pierce.) Can anyone tell me if piercing with a needle hurts more than with a gun?
    And for those of you who have cartilage piercings and belly-button piercings, would you say that the belly-button, or cartilage hurt more? Are belly-button piercings super difficult to take care of and heal?
    Thanks for your help!

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