Nose Piercing Problem

I got my nose pierced about a month ago--unfortunately I fell ill and my nose got really stuffy. Since then I have had the dreaded "bump" near my piercing (I have a CBR BTW). I tried the sea salt soaks, but they're not working. I'm going to pick up some tea tree oil tomorrow, but I'm hearing mixed reviews. I was using my an anti-bacterial soap, but it's not doing much. Once in a while I see the bump peeling off (slowly), but I want faster results.

So, tea tree oil? Help! Also, I'm still sick so I sneeze sometimes
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Your nose piercing is pretty fresh so tea tree oil on it will probably get it super red and itchy! Do not try it, for the moment I recommend doing sea salt soaks OR doing hot compresses with a chamomile tea bag. Just heat up some water soak the tea bag in it and then press it against your piercing for about 7 minutes.

Also are your sea salt mixtures at the correct ratios? If they're too strong it may aggravate your piercing. Additionally, vitamin e may help and is way gentler!

Unfortunately bumps are a fact of life when it comes to piercings most of my piercings have had bumps at one time or another- don't sweat it and just baby your piercing ^.^
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OH GOSH one more thing I just noticed you said you had a CBR in your piercing- NOT GOOD! Try changing it to a barbel as soon as possible, piercings are more likely to get bumps when your have hoops in them because the movement of the hoops hurts the area!
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OH GOSH one more thing I just noticed you said you had a CBR in your piercing- NOT GOOD! Try changing it to a barbel as soon as possible, piercings are more likely to get bumps when your have hoops in them because the movement of the hoops hurts the area!
Originally Posted by itsiliii
Really? Because I heard CBRs are better for new piercings because they're easier to clean.

Before I was just using a Q-tip dipped in sea salt with warm water, but I just did a sea salt soak and it looks a bit swollen. Although, all the junk that was up in my nostril came down. I should add I'm a bit sick so my nose is runny.

Help?

I'm going to call piercing place tomorrow.

P.S. I noticed a bump formed after my piercing kept moving around... Hmm... I wonder how much it costs to change it to something else until it heals.
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Last edited by sleepymeko; 08-19-2011 at 02:14 AM.
Agreed with switching to a stud and using a chamomile tea bag with your salt soaks, and making sure those have the right salt-to-water ratio. You can always buy saline at a drugstore, just make sure there are no additives in the ingredients.

Also, you don't want to use antibacterial soap. If you're going to use soap at all, you want antimicrobial. Don't twist your piercing, either. The movement interrupts healing and causes irritation, a likely cause for your hypertrophic scarring. Make sure the jewelry is high quality, too. Subpar materials will make irritation worse.

There are a ton of piercers who give bad aftercare advice. Check put safepiercing.org for the right info. Good luck! I still get bumps on old cartilage piercings when I'm sick. They're not too hard to get rid of with the right jewelry and aftercare.


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I got the dreaded bump and my piercing didn't heal for over a year. I did something pretty drastic to get rid of it.

Once it healed, the bump went away. You may just have to wait it out.

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I should add that my bump is red. It seems to get bigger when I clean it and generally looks smaller during midday. I'm guessing cleaning it gets it irritated? It was fine until I got sick! There is no pus or anything coming out of it. Just some weird dried up stuff that looks like skin pops up about everyday. It usually falls off though. Hmm... Nevermind, that's probably dried up pus... Ew... The bump is soft and during cleaning, it seems to disappear and enlarges afterwards. IDK...

Anyway, after the sea salt soak my piercing feels a bit itchy. Is that a good sign?
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Last edited by sleepymeko; 08-19-2011 at 06:16 AM.
I should add that my bump is red. It seems to get bigger when I clean it and generally looks smaller during midday. I'm guessing cleaning it gets it irritated? It was fine until I got sick! There is no pus or anything coming out of it. Just some weird dried up stuff that looks like skin pops up about everyday. It usually falls off though. Hmm... Nevermind, that's probably dried up pus... Ew... The bump is soft and during cleaning, it seems to disappear and enlarges afterwards. IDK...

Anyway, after the sea salt soak my piercing feels a bit itchy. Is that a good sign?
Originally Posted by sleepymeko
The bump is called hypertrophic scarring, and the dried-up stuff is probably lymph, which is totally normal during healing. So long as the discharge isn't yellow or green -- possible signs of infection -- it's not a big deal.

Warm water is going to bring out swelling, so it looking bigger/redder right after cleaning is expected; if the bump gets smaller between cleanings, I wouldn't worry. After you soak, gently take a clean paper towel (I use Q-tips, even though my piercer doesn't like those because fibers can get stuck in the piercing) and clean around the entry and exit sites to wipe off whatever lymph may have come out during the cleaning. Try not to rotate the jewelry while you do this. Also, make sure you rinse off the saltwater with some plain distilled water afterward.

If you're itchy, it might mean you're using too much salt (or not rinsing it off). The saltwater should be no saltier than tears. You want to use 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt per 8 oz. of warm distilled water.

I was on my phone before and couldn't post the direct link, but this has a ton of great info: Body Aftercare | Association of Professional Piercers.
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You guys just definitively talked me out of piercing my nose!
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One thing I did, not sure if it was good or not but I never seemed to have any problems, was taking som aspirin (not the coated kind), crushing it up, adding some water to make a paste. I would then put it on the piercing and let it sit until it dried up, then gently rinse off.

The salicylic acid in the aspirin helped dry it up a little.

I am thinking that it is just irritated from you being sick, then gets irritated from all of the cleaning. Unfortunately, the bump may take a while to go away. I had a bump on my ear cart. piercing for a LONG time.
One thing I did, not sure if it was good or not but I never seemed to have any problems, was taking som aspirin (not the coated kind), crushing it up, adding some water to make a paste. I would then put it on the piercing and let it sit until it dried up, then gently rinse off.

The salicylic acid in the aspirin helped dry it up a little.

I am thinking that it is just irritated from you being sick, then gets irritated from all of the cleaning. Unfortunately, the bump may take a while to go away. I had a bump on my ear cart. piercing for a LONG time.
Originally Posted by M2LR
Some people have really good results with the aspirin paste. Because the piercing is still so new, and because sleepymeko is still sick, I'd wait before putting something so strong -- either the aspirin paste or tea tree oil -- on the piercing. I think it's safer to give it some time with proper aftercare. There's a chance that once she's feeling better, the bump will go down. My piercings, no matter how old they are, always act up when I'm sick.
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If you're looking for a good drugstore saline wash, I used Simply Saline Wound Wash for a while, and it worked well. And it's pretty cheap!

It does sound like you might benefit from changing your jewelry, when possible... You may already know this, but it's usually a good idea to avoid sterling silver on a healing piercing, because on some people the oxidation can permanently stain the piercing site!

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Befrizzled is giving some awesome advice!

And also the whole ring being easier to clean than a stud is a bunch of baloney! Studs are extremely easy to clean and move less THUS they irritate the area around the piercing less! ^.^
Of course only use titanium or implant grade stainless steel as piercing material, also make sure youre not cleaning your nose more than twice a day- anymore than that and itll just make your bump worse.
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OK guys. I started doing sea salt soaks twice per day. Once when I wake up and once an hour or two before bed. And I can say, my nose does feel a lot better since like I said... I have a runny nose. It's probably allergies i suspect.

Anyway, I've been doing the soaks and "breathe" it in a little (not actually breathe it in if you catch my flow) and bubble it up. A lot of nasty stuff comes out, but I'm sure it's just snot (LOL ew). I started using Q-tips to try to wipe the inside of my nose near the piercing as well. But you know, the ring is starting to rotate again. I'm probably going to try to switch to a stud until it completely heals around next week (pay check). I'm not sure if the bump is better or not since it has only been 24hrs.

But I can say, my bump was feeling a bit painful before this. I think the bump is a boil since I felt pain when it was pressed or when something "warm" got on it. So far, the pain is going away and I don't feel much. I also called a piercing parlor and they told me it's nothing to be afraid of since it's common. And just do the soaks for at least two weeks (which he said is usually the time it takes to go away which is reasonable) and told me if it's still having problems to slightly dab it with tea tree oil. He told me just a slight dab and to not soak it in it, since it's very strong.

I hope everything goes well.
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Thanks, itsiliii! You're right with your advice, too. I co-sign your jewelry recs, with one explainer: Not all SSS and titanium are good for piercings. You want steel that is 316LVM F-138 implant grade, and titanium that is is 6AL4V ELI F-136. I'm a big fan on Industrial Strength and Anatometal body jewelry.

Sleepymeko, if you do use tea tree oil, dilute a drop in some water before you use it. It is really, really strong. Granted, it turned out I was also allergic to it, but it ate away my skin, even diluted.
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Thanks, itsiliii! You're right with your advice, too. I co-sign your jewelry recs, with one explainer: Not all SSS and titanium are good for piercings. You want steel that is 316LVM F-138 implant grade, and titanium that is is 6AL4V ELI F-136. I'm a big fan on Industrial Strength and Anatometal body jewelry.

Sleepymeko, if you do use tea tree oil, dilute a drop in some water before you use it. It is really, really strong. Granted, it turned out I was also allergic to it, but it ate away my skin, even diluted.
Originally Posted by Befrizzled
YES +1000 on the industrial strength and anatometal jewelry, any legitimate piercing parlor with certification from the APP should carry them! And yeah tea tree oil worsened one of my bumps when I used it too so proceed cautiously!
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You guys just definitively talked me out of piercing my nose!
Originally Posted by Amneris
I never had a thing happen with mine. My piercer stressed 'do not touch your piercing' like 10 times. I had a saline spray that I sprayed on it a few times a day. Period.

It was sore when I washed my face, or occasionally caught it on a towel when I dried - but it hardly swelled, was only a little red, and healed well.

I think if I had any problem like this, I'd take it out, let it heal, and try again.


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I'm usually more into natural solutions but "wild flesh" growth is annoying.
I had this once and I suggest H2O2 Hydrogen Peroxide. It can be bought in pharmacies and is very effective against bacteria. My bump was gone in no time and the inflammation as well.
It's strong but didn't irritate my sensitive skin. It is also used in wound treatment in hospitals and it's very inexpensive.

Good luck
Is the bump on the top or inside? I had one inside my nose and I popped and poured alcohol on it to keep it clean but if it's on top I think I would try to squeeze it because puss might come out the other way that's what happend to my BFF
do NOT put hydrogen peroxide or alcohol on it- this will only worsen the situation
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