Unstable scarring / lumps or bumps Irritation/trauma lumps can form on any piercing. A small, red, soft lump may start to develop around the piercing site and while it may grow larger, it will not spread out from the actual piercing site. These lumps are caused from trauma in the area, ie; catching or snagging your piercing. They can form on healing or healed piercings.
The quickest way to get rid of a trauma lump is to figure out what is causing the lump to begin with. If you can't figure out what is causing the lump, then the irritation will continue, meaning the bump can keep coming back.
Many people mistakenly call a trauma/irritation bump a 'Keloid'. As piercers we cannot diagnose these types of issues, but they are quite rare. Keloid bumps will continue to grow and spread out from the piercing site, whereas trauma/irritation bumps will stay local to the piercing. Please visit your doctor if you think you have a keloid - they cannot be removed without medical attention/assistance.
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Trauma lumps (bumps) can look fleshy, squishy (as seen in the photo) and wound like or a hard lump. Sometimes there is a thin layer of exudate (what a lot of people call 'pus') under a thin layer of skin, please do not 'pop' the lump as this usually just irritates the piercing even more, leading to a larger lump and can lead to more bacteria getting into the area. Different traumas can lead to what type of bump forms and seeing your piercer to see what type of bump you have is always suggested.
Trouble shooting: Is the jewellery moving a lot or to tight? Is the jewellery suited to your anatomy? Ill fitting jewellery can cause irritation which can lead to trauma lumps. Many piercers suggest downsizing during the healing period to help avoid this issue. If a bump has formed and the jewellery is to tight, the piercing may not be able to breathe and inserting a long piece of jewellery will help relieve the trauma.
Have you knocked or caught the piercing? Have you slept on the piercing? Have you been playing with it? Most times, this is the most common reason for a bump to form. This is the case for many people that report that they had a bump but it went away by itself. If you are constantly knocking your piercing, then the bump may go up and down or remain the same. Avoid knocking, playing with and sleeping on your piercing as best as you can.
Have you changed the jewellery before the proper healing times? Have you recently changed over from a straight stud to a ring? Changing jewellery before the piercing or changing the shape of the wound before its fully healed can lead to irritation. If you think its this, seeing your piercer is the easiest thing to do as they should be able to sort that out quickly.
Have you been sick? Have you been stressed? Have you become injured in another location recently? (eg broken bones, a rash, a new tattoo or piercing) The health of your body and mind plays a big part in how wounds heal. If you have been sick or stressed, your piercing may react accordingly. Do your best to take care of yourself and your piercing in this situation and maybe check in with your piercer to have checkups. Chamomile tea really helps calm an angry piercing down too. What is the quality of your jewellery? Quality of jewellery can play a HUGE part in how it heals. If your jewellery is not of an implant grade quality, see your piercer about upgrading. Many times just the upgrade in jewellery has helped solve the issue almost immediately.
Have you changed medications / shampoos / body washes / aftercare products Changes in these things can sometimes cause an issue. Medication more so than the rest but its something to think about if your piercing is irritated.
Have you been swimming in pools, spas or rivers? These places contain a lot of bacteria and chemicals and can certainly irritate a piercing.
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you may have the reason why the scarring has formed.
Please see a piercer before starting any treatments for a suspected trauma/irritation bump!
Step one for reducing trauma lumps:
Figuring out the cause of the bump and avoiding the cause
If the above methods are not working, please see in store so the piercer can re-evaluate the situation and suggest another method.
Things we DON'T suggest There are other methods people have used for removing bumps. Some are harmless others can do more damage than good.
Using things like tea tree oil, lavender oils ect are NOT something modify suggests since if you have a bump, you piercing is an open wound and Modify doesnt suggest putting those oils on an open wound.
Some people suggest disprin/asprin paste. Modify does NOT suggest this either as its being prepared and used in a way that goes against the manufactures suggested use. You are essentially putting an acid on your piercing that dissolves the tissue. Many people find the bump comes back and usually if people are saying its worked its because the bumps come up in a situation like catching it once and not doing it again and the bump as gone down by itself.
If you have a lump on the inside of your mouth around a piercing, its best to see your local piercer. Modify does not recommend asprin or disprin paste as it can lead to further complications and is usually suggested without further investigation on what is causing the issue.