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Piercing Bumps and Scars Causes and Treatments

What causes piercing bumps? What are the symptoms in cases where the piercing bump is infected? Discover the causes, symptoms as well as how to clean and how to get rid of piercing bumps including getting rid of piercing bump scar.

cartilage piercing bump
cartilage piercing bump

Piercing bumps usually appear on site that are commonly done so such as ear lobes, tragus nose, lip, and even breast nipple. In case piercing on the ear occurs on the cartilage, it is dangerous since it can result to infection.

There are different types of piercing bumps form near or on piercing such as follicular cysts, keloid, and abscesses. It is advisable to determine what the bump is and what causes it to appear then you can figure out how to get rid of them.

Bumps and keloid causes

What causes piercing bumps? They include:

Unhygienic procedures

This is usually the first and common cause of bumps or infection due to use of unsterilized tools and adoption of wrong procedures while piercing. Unsterilized equipment such as needle, gun and other equipment are known to contain bacteria that lead to infection on the pierced area.

Inappropriate Jewelry

There are some jewelry materials that can be allergic to your skin thus causing infection. Such type of reaction mainly occurs on the ear cartilage where this jewelry is put causing development of piercing bumps.

Nickel is more often the culprit. You will be better off wearing jewelry made from gold, stainless steel, or titanium.

Poor personal hygiene maintenance

This is one of the most dangerous causes of infection on the pierced region in case you do not pay proper hygiene. Also, ensure that your hair doesn’t touch your piercing because it can result infections for instance, it is on the earlobe.

Other lesser causes of piercing bumps may include:

  • Physical injury
  • Over cleaning of the piercing
  • Use of a piercing gun
  • Regularly touching your jewelry with dirty hands


Nose piercing bump
Nose piercing bump

In case you experience an infection on the pierced zone, the following signs and symptoms will be noticeable:

  • Bleeding
  • Yellow discharge may emerged from the pierced part
  • Burning sensation
  • Appearance of red bumps
  • Irritation in the affected region
  • Swelling


Industrial piercing bumps
Industrial piercing bumps

Body piercing is a practice that has been there for a long time and since our bodies contain inactive bacteria, once the skin experience trauma due the practice they pop up causing the infection.

There are several ways how you can get an infection after piercing such as:

  • Continuous touching of unhealed pierced part with dirt.
  • Use of unsterilized equipment
  • Poor hygiene and many more.

The appearance of pus on bump formed after undergoing piercing indicates the commencement of infection. If these bumps are left untreated, the infection could progress into an abscess or pustule.

Navel piercing bump
Navel piercing bump

This is a hard lump that often appears under the skin as a reaction by the body in an attempt to isolate a chronic infection.

It is advisable to seek for medication for these infected bumps since it could result into something that could be dangerous.

How to clean them

Nose cleaning after piercing is essential to prevent emergency of diseases that could lead to deformation such as emanation of keloids or swellings.

Here are some of the tips to be adopted when cleaning a pierced region mostly nose:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water. Dry them on clean paper towels rather than on a cloth towel to minimize the amount of bacteria that you add to your hands.
  2. Pump some less scented soap onto a clean cotton swab and gently swab the area around your piercing to soften and remove any dried or crusted stuff.
  3. Rinse the soap away carefully with warm water. Blot your nose dry with a clean paper towel, being careful not to tug on or bump your piercing.
  4. Put a small spoonful of sea salt into a 5 of paper cup. Don’t put too much; a little pile about the size of your thumbnail is good. Fill the cup with the hottest water that will come out of your tap.
  5. Soak a clean cotton ball in the salt water solution and squeeze out most of the excess. Press this gently to the infected piercing. Hold the cotton ball against your nose until it cools off and then discard it. Soak, squeeze and apply a fresh cotton ball until you have been doing so for at least five minutes.
  6. Splash some clear, warm water on your nose to wash off any salt residue, and then blot is dry with a clean paper towel. Do this twice a day until the infection clears up.

How to get rid  of them – natural remedies

Bumps are formed by a tear or injury in the healing tissue around the piercing. From research bumps are normal and very common. Even with the best cleaning bumps still can form.

Here are remedies on how to get rid of piercing bumps:

Salt solutions

This is the first recommended healing solution to use for a piercing especially when in the first few months. This treatment helps to reduce the size of your bump that will eventually disappear after a period of 1-3 month.

Tea Tree Oil

Rub a bit of tea tree oil with a cotton cloth around the piercing hole about 4 times a week. For some skin types, tea tree oil is considered strong so you can also mix the oil with water. Do not rinse the oil off.

This solution helped reduce the bump in the beginning but after a while the bump remained and returned to its previous size.

Chamomile Tea Bags

The use of chamomile tea bag after the salt solution soak is an effective nose piercing bump treatment. To use this remedy, you simply boil the chamomile tea bag in a container or you dip it in warm water and place it over your piercing.

Use Aspirin Paste

This is also an effective treatment of piercing bump since it contain anti-inflammatory properties that relieves the itchy sensation as well as promoting the healing process by opening up the blood vessels.

Avoid draining the bump

Keep off from draining the bumps since it may worsen your condition. Using unsterilized instruments to drain the bumps can introduce bacteria or other pathogenic micro-organisms to your bloodstream. This can lead to other serious conditions of the heart or valves that can be fatal.

How to get rid bumpy piercing scar

Just like injuries, piercing might result to formation of scars after healing since your body is just trying to repair the puncture wound by increasing the production of connective tissue.

The type of scars in most cases detects the type of treatment to go for. Here are simple steps to follow in order to get rid of piercing bumps scar:

  1. Seek advice from a dermatologist to determine the appropriate form of treatment. A medical professional should assess the piercing to establish the type of scarring before treating the area.
  2. Dab a silicone-based gel to the nose ring scar. Silicone reduces the thickness of scar tissue and minimizes its appearance.
  3. Go for corticosteroid injections in case you have raised scars. The medication minimizes inflammation, making the scar tissue and surrounding skin look smoother.
  4. Treat large dimples with soft tissue fillers. Hyaluronic acid, fat or collagens are injected into the indentation left from the piercing, plumping it and smoothing out the skin.
  5. Go for skin rejuvenation treatment to remove the nose ring scar which includes microdermabrasion, dermabrasion or chemical peels.
  6. Some scars might require one to undergo surgical procedure to remove the scar tissue.
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