Wednesday, March 23, 2011

the bump

Has this happened to you?  You go a piercing shop and your heart starts to beat very fast.  The anxiety starts to get to you, but you go through with it anyways.  The piercer does a wonderful job and you can't wait to show off your nose piercing to your friends.  But then you wake up one day and there's an ugly red bump next to the hole where the jewelry is.  How did it happen?  It seemed to be healing so well!  Now your piercing is only noticeable because of the dreaded bump.  You go online and search for ways to make this stubborn bump go away.  Every website either tells you to do sea salt soaks or to use tea tree oil.  They all say that their method worked right away, but when you try the sea salt soaks, you just end up drowning yourself in the solution or you try the tea tree oil and find that your nose just gets irritated.  Has this ever happened to you?  If it has, I am here to tell you that I've found a method that works and does not involve messy sea salt soaks or abrasive, irritating tea tree oil.  I got this bump about three weeks after I got my piercing.  It just showed up one day and I wasn't sure why.  I'd had my nose pierced before and it had happened as a result of snagging it on a shirt and bumping it multiple times by accident.  The bump kept growing the first time to the point where the jewelry was barely visible.  I took out the jewelry and the bump disappeared, but when I got my nose pierced a second time it happened again!  I tried everything from sea salt soaks, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil, emu oil, hydrocortisone, and my regular H2Ocean.  When I did the sea salt soaks I put some sea salt in a bowl and filled it with water, but soaking my nose in the solution was a very messy and not very helpful solution.  I read a blog about tea tree oil and began using it.  I used it for three weeks and while it reduced the size of my bump, my nostril turned bright red and became very sensitive and irritated.  Vitamin E oil didn't do much, other than form a nasty layer of skin that was a very odd yellowish color.  Emu oil and hydrocortisone did nothing for my bump other than take away some of the discomfort.  I was about to give up when I read another blog about aspirin paste.  I immediately went to the store (with my ugly bright red bump) and bought a bottle of non-coated aspirin.  I put it in a glass with a little bit of water so that it turned into a paste and then put it on my bump before I went to sleep.  The next day I woke up, sprayed away the paste with H2Ocean and saw that the bump had turned into a scab, but it was not nearly as swollen as it was.  After a few more days of applying the aspirin, I jumped in the shower and when I got out, the scab had softened (because of the steam and water) and peeled away, revealing nice, bump-free, smooth skin underneath.  I still apply the paste at night because occasionally I get a tiny tiny bit of swelling, but the aspirin paste reduces the bump, takes away the redness, and eventually makes the bump disappear.  I could not be happier about my piercing, so to those of you who have been fighting tooth and nail to keep your piercing, don't give up!  This pain-free method works very well because the aspirin absorbs through your skin and allows drainage and soothes irritation.  This method is very effective, easy, practical, and does not involve abrasive chemicals or difficult sea salt soaks.  Nose piercing bumps are very common because cartilage has no blood vessels, which limits its ability to repair itself.  The bump itself is called hypotrophic scarring and usually occurs after you either snag the jewelry on something, bump it, play with it, or if you over-clean it.  The aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, so it "calms down" the irritation and allows it to heal without complications.  If this sounds familiar to you, you are not alone!  Most people who get nose piercings will get this bump and lots of people who do not have piercings do not have them because they got their noses pierced and took out the jewelry after they got the bump.  If you love your piercing and want to get your money's worth, try the aspirin paste.  It's affordable, soothing, and will leave you with the beautiful piercing you had to begin with.

9 comments:

  1. hi! i'm having this same issue and was doing the sss till called the piercer and they said to do the past too. i've been doing it for 3 days now and not seeing a difference. how long should i keep it up for? any other advice? i do it 2-3 times during day and also over night. i try not to touch it other than applying and cleaning it off. the redness has not gone away. the first day doing it i saw a difference but haven't since.

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  2. I like to mix the aspirin with sea salt and put it on my nose at night. Also, I recommend doing sea salt soaks regularly so that the tissue can soften a little and the skin won't be an impenetrable barrier. After I shower I usually do a soak just to keep it calm and to prevent any more bumps from forming. I continued to get bumps and it's been a while. I've had my nose pierced for nearly two years and I'll tell you right now that these bumps, if you get one, you'll probably get another at some point, so it's good to keep up the maintenance.

    At night I also do a soak. I change my jewelry pretty frequently but I recommend finding a flat stud of a hoop. These don't snag as easily and they don't put as much pressure on the piercing, allowing it to breathe and to be healthy and clean. This piercing, to be honest, is a pain in the ass but it can be managed. I try not to touch it at all and to keep doing sea salt soaks and using the aspirin. If you are feeling desperate you can also take aspirin or hair skin & nails vitamins, as the Advil will reduce inflammation and the vitamins keep your skin healthy.

    I have been having a few issues since it is summer and therefore very hot and humid, which is no bueno for a piercing that has a tendency to become inflamed. It gets clogged with sweat and whatnot, so keep it clean. I had a bump but I did sea salt soaks and used the aspirin for a week and by the second week it was not even noticeable. It does work, you just have to stick to it. If you think it's infected, don't use aspirin, as it seems to only irritate it more to have chemicals and compounds clogging it up. Good luck!

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  3. thank you so much for sharing because i was about to freak out , i have had my piercing for 2 months but the bump i have doesnt hurt but i did snag my piercing a couple of days ago washing my face and my piercing almost came out , so i think that is why i get a bump but i will try the asprin tomorrow . I pray it works .

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  4. For me, I think I got my little red bump from applying make up and not taking it off. It doesn't hurt at all but I hope to god it doesn't enhance. this is my 4th piercing.

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  5. Also, using tea tree oil, if the aspirin doesn't work, tends to do the job if you use it sparingly. I put a dab on my bump at night over the summer (every other night) and it tends to make the skin sort of irritated, but if you get desperate you can use it. It will make the skin turn flaky and yellowish but it will penetrate the bump and make it look like a popped blood vessel. it will, however, scab over and go away if you leave the skin alone. i advise using the oil at night and then soaking the piercing in sea salt water in the morning to soften it up and heal.

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  6. Thank you so so much for sharing. This is also my second time getting my nose pierced and I will do anything to keep it, I put the asprin on my bump tonight so hopefully my tomorrow morning, it will be smaller like you said. Should I still continue with the sea salt soaks? And does the tea tree oil really help because I already have some so should I put it on the bump?

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  7. I got my nose pierced two weeks ago and I have a bump now too. Granted, the stud fell out a lot and I put a ring in because I got sick of the stud falling out every morning. I'm so scared it'll be permanent. Thanks for sharing about the aspirin! It's on my nose now and I'll got to the store and get some sea salt later this week. In a pinch, instead of using water to make the aspirin paste, could I use H2Ocean? It has salt in it. Thanks again!

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  8. I had the dreaded bump as well and it just kept getting worse. I have been using a combination of 1) Sea salt soaks 2x/daily 2) Aspirin paste overnight and 3) A product called 'New Skin, Scar Therapy' overnight. I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference. It is shrinking before my eyes. I thought I would never get rid of that annoying bump but this seems to be working. It's been a week and a half in. Try it!

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  9. I'm in the middle of healing my bump at the moment, relying on the tea tree oil method! I'm doing a day by day blog diary, with pictures, noting its progress. Check it out!
    http://nosepiercingbump.blogspot.ie/2013/12/nose-bump.html

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