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    I got my cartilage piercing done about six months ago by professional with a sterilized needle, she gave me some salt water cleanser and told me to wash my piercing every day for three months then every second day for another three months then it should be healed. I faithfully cleaned my piercing the way she said and I started to noticed a little bump form around the hole. I went back to my piercer after three months and asked her what was going on.

    It was kind of weird but she told me my jewelry
    was too loose and that she was pushing puss out of the hole, after she did all this the bump was 10x more red and bled more than it ever had before so I decided to just leave it alone and clean it as soon as the redness calmed down.

    It has been a while since then and now the bump has turned skin-colored and still very small. The bump doesn't hurt and it is only in the front of the piercing, the back is flat. I should also note I didn't remove my original jewelry until six months after the piercing, she told me it was made of surgical steel or something so it shouldn't bother my ear. I made sure I didn't sleep on that ear and I didn't experience any overly traumatic bumps to it, although it did get accidentally knocked around once or twice.

    The bump doesn't bother me too much, in fact I really like the piercing but I guess the bump is more noticeable than I thought since multiple people have commented to me on it. I have tried tea tree oil, manuka honey, and salt soaks but nothing really helped. Any tips or ideas?? I took some pictures with the piercing in and out so you could see the bump a little better.

    Thank you in advance








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    How old is your piercing now? What jewellery are you wearing in it (material, size etc)?

    Tea tree oil is too harsh for young piercings which it sounds like your helix still is. I, along with a lot of others on here, often find the best way to get rid of bumps is to use LITHA (leave it the hell alone).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitey (: View Post
    How old is your piercing now? What jewellery are you wearing in it (material, size etc)?

    Tea tree oil is too harsh for young piercings which it sounds like your helix still is. I, along with a lot of others on here, often find the best way to get rid of bumps is to use LITHA (leave it the hell alone).
    The piercing is 6 months old now and I ended up putting the original ring that the piercer put in back in, it's a 16 gauge made of surgical steel. I thought leaving it alone would work too but it doesn't seem to be going down, its very unattractive and the whole point of the piercing was for it to look nice. It's just driving me crazy I will continue to leave the bump alone though.

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    I also had to wait till I was 18 to get any cartilage piercings because my parents were so against them, I want to get some more because I love the way ears look with piercings but I don't want to get anymore if they are all going to be bumpy and not heal properly. This piercing was on my left ear and I had also experienced an unintentional lobe-stretch from irritation from just normal gold ear piercings but my right ear never had any problems with piercings and never got irritated, would it be better to just get the rest of my piercings on the right side? Or am I just lying to myself?

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    If "normal gold" earrings irritated your ear it's possible you have a nickel allergy, in which case you should also avoid steel jewellery. Pop back to a piercer for a titanium (or bioplast) bar or labret.
    Then try to leave it alone. Rinse it in the shower, try not to sleep on it etc.

    Bumps are an extremely common problem with cartilage piercings unfortunately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitebunny View Post

    Bumps are an extremely common problem with cartilage piercings unfortunately.
    ^This
    I currently have two on my 2nd helix too /: They will go away, I would suggest wearing snug fitted jewellery and I find that making mine bleed and then cleaning it with a SSS seems to make it reduce in size a lot. But then again, I'm not too experienced and everyone's body reacts differently to different things. [:
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    Define "making".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taaay View Post
    ^This
    I currently have two on my 2nd helix too /: They will go away, I would suggest wearing snug fitted jewellery and I find that making mine bleed and then cleaning it with a SSS seems to make it reduce in size a lot. But then again, I'm not too experienced and everyone's body reacts differently to different things. [:
    Yours sounds more like a granuloma. I think. (someone correct me if I'm wrong?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitebunny View Post
    Yours sounds more like a granuloma. I think. (someone correct me if I'm wrong?)
    No idea, can't say what they're on about when they say making it bleed tbh.
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    If its not that then god knows what keeps appearing on my 2nd helix.
    Whenever my 2nd helix bleeds, sometimes I'm just too rough on it, bad girl, I know. The bumps seem to lessen in size significantly or go all together:s
    I've gone to go check it at the place I used to get pierced (was going there at the time tho) twice and they just said Keloids but I'm pretty sure keloids don't bleed but idk.
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