Seeing a bump in your cartilage can be a bummer if you recently got a new piercing bump. These piercing bumps are called healing bumps, and they are normal. Usually, they clean up on their own, but in some cases, you have to heal your cartilage through some treatments. So if you want to know how to get rid of a piercing bump at home, keep reading.
The piercing bump is a type of swelling that appears on the ear or nose cartilage. When you pierce your nose or ear, you feel redness and swelling at that place after a few weeks. Although the bumps often heal independently, they can get infected and cause pain when ignored.
Bumps may be of three types, including pustule (a pus-filled pimple-like bump), keloid (an injury that develops at the piercing place), and granuloma (a bump caused by tissue growth). These bumps may develop due to allergies, poor technique, genetics, poor personal hygiene, and improper aftercare.
If you have an injury bump on your piercing place, it is better to visit the doctor for the proper diagnosis. Otherwise, you can try these home remedies to reduce redness and pain.
Sea Salt Remedy
It would help if you rinsed your piercing through sea salt because it has inflammatory properties that may reduce pain, swelling, and discharge from this area. To use this,
- Mix a tablespoon of sea salt in warm water and wash your bumps.
- Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse it off, then wipe the surface dry.
- Repeat the process twice a day.
Chamomile Tea Bag Remedy
Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce rashes, skin irritations, sores, and skin inflammations, plus calm the piercing skin. To use this,
- Dip a chamomile tea bag in warm water.
- Then use the tea bag as a warm compress over the infected area.
- Next, apply it for 5-10 minutes and repeat the process several times.
Tea Tree Oil Remedy
Tea tree oil is known for its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties that eliminate bacteria and lower swelling, redness, and pain. To use it,
- Mix 2-3 drops of tea tree into a tablespoon of any carrier oil such as coconut, almond, jojoba, or olive oil.
- Apply it to the pierced area with a Q tip.
- Next, leave it on and repeat the process twice a day.
Aspirin is one of the oldest medicines that manage pain and inflammation. It reduces swelling, pain, redness, and irritation and promotes better wound healing. To use this,
- Make a paste of aspirin by adding water to it.
- Apply it to the affected site every night before sleeping.
- Repeat the process twice a day until the swelling reduces.
Prevention tips to Avoid Piercing Bumps
There are some tips for avoiding infections when piercing.
- Always choose a professional salon because a skilled piercer decreases the chances of developing infections and bumps.
- It would be best to wash your hands before touching the injured area because a dirty hand can create germs and bacteria on your wound.
- Always use hypoallergenic metal because cheap jewelry may activate an allergic reaction.
- Never replace the nosepiece before complete healing because it may trigger an allergic reaction.
When to See a Doctor?
You should consult a doctor if,
- The pain and swelling don’t decrease after two weeks.
- You feel fever, dizziness, vomiting, and sickness.
- The affected site gives out a bad odor.
- The bumps develop pus.
Nose piercing bumps are usually cleaned up independently, but improper aftercare and some techniques may injure the effective site. It leads to infection, swelling, pain, and distress. It would be best to clean your wound every day by following the above methods at home. But, if your swelling and distress keep going after two weeks, consult your doctor as soon as you can.