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    Default Bump on tragus

    I've had this for about a month now and I've cleaned it twice a day with saline solution, and recently this strange bump has appeared next to the hole. I can't really see the back, but from the photo I took it seems to have developed there as well.

    Does anyone know what it is? And how can I make it go away?

    Thanks!!

    and that's the link to the picture but I had to separate it so that I could post it! Sorry, I haven't reached 20 posts yet!! :P

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    Classic hypertrophic scarring by the looks of it. Very common with cartilage piercings, it's caused by irritation most of the time so you need to locate the irritation, fix that and hopefully over time it will help the bump.

    Causes of irritation can include

    Inappropriate jewellery for healing (labrets/barbells needed over rings/BCRs)
    Steel instead of titanium/PTFE
    Sleeping or playing with piercing
    Too much salt in sea salt soaks
    Bars too long

    So in your case you need to go back to a piercer ideally and ask them to put a titanium barbell in for you and you'll most likely see the bump go. SSS should only be 1/4tsp to 250ml water and make sure to rinse it after soaking. Some people also find the LITHA (Leave It The Hell Alone) method works as well, make sure not to sleep on it or play with the jewellery.
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