Piercings and Cartilage
There are many people who had some parts of their cartilage pierced. This might have involved the nose, certain parts of the ears or other body parts. Either way, these kinds of body piercings are quite popular, expanding more and more each year, becoming a widely supported trend. Our cartilage is made of a thick, elastic tissue. This kind of a structure makes it more prone to infections and many different complications. Quite commonly, people who pierce their cartilage, experience bumps appearing on the surface of the piercing, being aesthetically negative. Also, these bumps are a sign of something gone wrong and should be treated adequately. Therefore, you need to know why these things happen as well as how to deal with this problems if it happens to affect you some day.
Bumps on Pierced Cartilage
There are several types of bumps which can appear onto one's piercing spot for various reasons. The most benign growth of this type are boils. Even though these are painful and manifest through bumps full of pus which can possibly get discharged, upon bursting, these bumps disappear and the skin regenerates into normal. However, these boils may leave scars next to piercing spots and may affect one during the healing process as well as long time after it. Still, one of the worst case scenarios related to bumps on cartilage are keloid scars. These happen due to excessive tissue repair and are much more frequent with people who have darker skin. Keloids are quite visible since they are significantly darker than the rest of one's skin. Also, once these show, they are difficult to get rid of.
How to Treat Bumps on Pierced Cartilage?
Once of the best treatments for medium problems of this type, involving boils and minor scarring, is soaking the piercing spot in a saline solution. This solution is made by dissolving a quarter of a teaspoon of sea salt into 8 ounces of water. Taste this mixture before applying, making sure that it is not saltier than your tears. Then, apply onto the spot and leave for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Sometimes, crusts may appear on the spot after it dries. Remove these by using cotton swabs or similar methods.
Alternatively, you might place teabags of chamomile tea onto your piercing spot. All you need is a single tea bag which spends a minute in boiling water. Leave the teabag on until it colds and do the same thing again for about 15 minutes, at least 2 times a day. Finally, crushing an aspirin, mixing it with a bit of water and placing the paste onto the piercing can be of assistance too, when done 2 or 3 times a day.