Ear piercings are either a fashion statement or a way of expressing your identity. There are different types of cartilage piercings which includes helix piercing, daith piercing, tragus piercing, rook piercing etc. Some people try to do piercings on their own especially when they are in a haste to flaunt stylish accessories in order to look cool or edgy. However, doing the piercing procedure on your own can lead to many side effects like pain and infections.
Poor and unhygienic methods are usually the cause of swelling and infection of piercings. In extreme conditions, cartilage piercing infections may lead to the development of abscess which at times can contain puss. When you are currently reading this article because it is already too late for you, then read on to know some home remedies that may alleviate the infection for a while. It is still imperative, however, that you seek medical attention.
Chamomile Salt Soaks
The usual remedy for infections is sea salt soak. However, chamomile is usually added to assist in soothing and calming the skin in the pierced area. Chamomile salt soaks are actually best for people who have sensitive skin. Here are the steps in order to prepare one:
- In a boiling water, dissolve one teaspoon of salt and add a chamomile tea bag. The tea bag should be pure chamomile. Allow it to brew for five minutes.
- Once the solution is done, dip a small cotton pad in the solution and press the pad against the bump. This should be done for five minutes for twice a day.
- Be wary if you have a ragweed allergy though. If you have one, then avoid adding chamomile tea.
Compression therapy can be used to press down on a developed bump. Be cautious though, this method should only be used on completely healed piercings. Tapes can cause irritation to bumps that are still healing.
- Find a breathable tape in a color that matches your skin tone.
- Cover the entire bump with the tape. Make sure that the bump is fully and tightly covered.
- Wear the tape continuously all day and replace it as soon as the tape starts to look grubby.
- Do this method for two to three months.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has been known to heal piercing bumps with its antibacterial properties. Make sure that the oil is 100% pure tea tree oil as anything less can lead to irritation. If the skin is not too sensitive, put one to two drops of oil onto a cotton swab and apply it to the bump. If the skin is sensitive, dilute the oil first before applying it to the skin. Repeat the procedure twice a day until the bump disappears. Make sure that, at the minimum, you use quality surgical steel cartilage earrings to avoid any additional complications
Last but certainly not the least, medical help is necessary especially if the bump is accompanied with redness, tenderness, bleeding, and pain. Have the piercing checked up in order to ascertain if medications are needed to be taken.