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How to Heal Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Cartilage piercings on ears and noses are prone to getting "bumps" - small, raised scars around the exit holes of the piercing. Sometimes they are caused by loose or incorrect jewellery, by rough handling, or by piercing with a piercing gun. Often it is just bad luck. Although these bumps aren't dangerous, they can feel unpleasant and itchy. If you want to get rid of a cartilage piercing bump, you will have to have patience as they can tak cocktail party wears in navy ... e a while to disappear. However, if you are consistent, they should disappear with two to three months, and your piercing will be good as new. See Step 1 below to get started.

1) Use a salt soak. A salt soak is the safest, most effective way to deal with cartilage bumps - it will reduce the size of the bump and help it to disappear over time. To use:
Add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to one cup of boiling water. Stir until the salt is completely dissolved.
When the salt water has cooled , dip a clean cotton pad into the cup.
Hold the soaked cotton pad against the bump for 5 minutes. You can leave your jewelry in your ear (or nose) as you do this, but avoid pulling or pushing it around.
Repeat the salt soak twice a day until the bump has disappeared.

2) Use a chamomile salt soak. The addition of chamomile tea to the salt soak helps to soothe and calm the skin around the piercing, making it a good option for people with sensitive skin. To prepare:
Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of salt in boiling water, as described above. Add a chamomile teabag to the water and allow to brew for five minutes.
Once the tea has brewed, dip a cotton pad in the solution and press it against the bump for five minutes. Do this twice a day.
Alternatively, some people brew the chamomile teabag in hot water, then remove the teabag and allow it to cool slightly before pressing it directly to the ear.
Make sure you are using pure chamomile tea with no added flavourings, and avoid this method if you have a rag weed allergy.

3) See a professional piercer. If you'd like a second opinion on the bump, see a reputable local piercing artist. They will be able to examine the bump and give you further advice on treatment options.
As bumps are often caused by wearing loose or overly large jewelry, the piercing professional will also be able to pick out a better ring or stud for your piercing.
The bumps may also be caused by jewelry made from the wrong materials. Ideally, jewelry for cartilage piercings should be made from titanium or a bio compatible plastic.
If you prefer, you could also see a doctor or dermatologist but it's important to keep in mind that they do not have as much experience in dealing with piercings as professional piercers do.

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