Unfortunately, bumps are relatively common with cartilage piercings. They can form soon after your initial piercing or long after it’s truly healed. If you still have a bump after the initial swelling subsides, it may be: a pustule, which is a blister or pimple that contains pus.
Beside this, should I pop the bump on my piercing?
Can I pop my nose piercing bump? NO. With keloids and granulomas there’s nothing to pop ‘out’ of your bump. And with pustules, just because you think you’re a dab hand at popping pimples on your face, does not mean you should be popping pustules on your piercings.
Moreover, why do I have a little bump next to my ear piercing?
Keloids from piercings
Sometimes your body makes too much scar tissue, leading to keloids. This extra tissue starts to spread out from the original wound, causing a bump or small mass that’s larger than the original piercing. On the ear, keloids typically begin as small round bumps around the piercing site.
How do you know if it’s a piercing bump or keloid?
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When to see your piercer. It can take several weeks to fully heal a nose piercing bump, but you should see improvement within 2 or 3 days of treatment. If you don’t, see your piercer.
Keloids are raised and look shiny and dome-shaped, ranging in color from pink to red. Some keloids become quite large and unsightly. Aside from causing potential cosmetic problems, these exuberant scars tend to be itchy, tender, or even painful to the touch.
How can you prevent keloids?
- Cover a new wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a nonstick bandage. Hold the bandage in place with tape so that there is even pressure on the wound. …
- After a wound is healed over, use a silicone gel bandage. …
- After ear piercing, use pressure earrings.
USE WARM SEA SALT WATER (SALINE) SOAKS – MORNING AND EVENING
Soaking your piercing with a warm, mild sea salt water solution will not only feel good, it will also help prevent infection, reduce the risk of scarring, and speed the healing of your piercing.
Blackheads, pustules, and whiteheads are OK to pop if the pop is done correctly. Hard, red bumps beneath the skin should never be popped.
Treating the infection at home
- Wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing.
- Clean around the piercing with a saltwater rinse three times a day. …
- Don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic ointments. …
- Don’t remove the piercing. …
- Clean the piercing on both sides of your earlobe.
Pustules are irritating but otherwise harmless, and they usually go away on their own. People can often prevent them or reduce their severity by keeping pustule-prone areas clean and oil free. Many OTC treatments contain ingredients that can be effective against pustules.
They usually fade and flatten over time, even without treatment. Keloid scars are different. They can grow and feel uncomfortable. If you‘re not sure what you have, or if you have other symptoms, visit your piercer or doctor.
According to the AAD, a dermatologist may use a combination of the following treatment options:
- Corticosteroid injections. A series of these injections leads 50–80% of keloids to shrink. …
- Keloid surgery. A dermatologist can remove the keloid. …
- Laser treatment. …
- Cryotherapy. …
Ear keloids are firm, rubbery, fibrous nodules that form on the ear after minor trauma, most commonly after ear piercing. They can occur in earlobes as well as in the skin and cartilage higher on the ear.