Many piercings have their ups and downs, resolving without assistance. Mostly caused by improper cleaning routines and minor daily bad habits. Over cleaning can irritate the wound and keep it open longer. Under cleaning can cause infection.Alcohol, Iodene, Surgical spirits, Dettol, TCP and Hydrogen peroxide are all considered to be too harsh to use on a small wound too regularly. Ointments tend to be sticky and attract dirt, also they can limit oxygen to the wound. We advise mild saline soaks for a cleaning method, preferably by submersing the whole piercing site.
We urge you to call in for a consultation to overhaul all your aftercare routine, discuss your lifestyle and ensure your jewellery is fitting properly.
Jewellery often allows the infection site to drain, giving an exit for fluids. Unfortunately if the jewellery can be seen through the skin or nearly so, removal is a must. With correctly fitting jewellery and prompt proper wound care infections have been repeatedly dealt with for many years without the need to remove the piercing.
Healed bumps have become scars, refered to as keloids. The best method of treatment appears to be compression and massage with a natural oil such as bio oil. However this does not require the permanent removal of the jewellery. Treatment can only begin if the wound itself is healed, in many cases this is months after the initial piercing (see healing times) and it therefore becomes a priority to heal the piercing before treating the scarring. The jewellery must again be large enough to comfortably allow for the extra tissue growth associated with keloid scars so therefore may require changing at a piercing studio. Keloids are most commonly caused by excessive movement of the jewellery, for example: cleaning to vigorously or too often, touching the piercing during the initial healing, changing to soon or to ill fitting jewellery.
In cases where the growth tissue has an open wound top (hyper-granulation) it is considered still unhealed a substance to dry out the lymph can dramatically reduce the size and discomfort involved until further treatment can commence. (After wound clouser and full healing) Tea tree and witch hazel work well for some when applied 3 – 4 times a day for a week.
Bleeding is completely normal within the initial few days for any piercing
Upon occasion we see allergy’s to cleaning solutions. With the appearance of burnt/orange or weeping surrounding skin. We advise our clientele to clean when needed with a mild saline solution. When a stronger solution has burnt the skin switching to saline should rectify the problem. Jewellery removal should only be needed if the effected area has blistered or if the jewellery is visible through the skin.