Cartilage Piercing Bumps: Causes, Symptoms and Remedies

A cartilage piercing on your ears might look fancy and beautiful, but you always run the risk of developing a bump around it if you do not take proper care and precautions. Such bumps are called cartilage piercing bumps. These bumps can be extremely painful and can get infected further. Want to know about these bumps and their treatment and remedies in detail? Read on!

What is Cartilage Piercing Bumps?

Cartilage Piercing Bumps are painful and itchy small, raised scars which develop around the cartilage piercing holes. They are not inherently dangerous but they tend to be very irritating and if not taken care of, they can develop into a full-blown puss-filled infection which can prove to be dangerous for you in turn. They tend to disappear themselves in about two to three months if you take proper care.

Causes of Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Lack of care and hygiene after getting your cartilage pierced is the main cause of cartilage piercing bumps. This can take the following forms-

Cartilage Piercing Bumps due to Unhygienic Equipment

If you have been pierced with an unhygienic or unsterilized equipment, it is bound to develop into an infection and cause a cartilage piercing bump in most of the cases.

Cartilage Piercing Bumps due to Lack of Personal Hygiene

After you get a cartilage piercing done, you should take proper care of that area and ensure that it stays clean. If you do not clean your piercing regularly, it becomes prone to infection. It is equally important to keep your hair away from the fresh piercing so that the hair doesn’t tug and pull the piercing and cause any sort of irritation to it.

Cartilage Piercing Bump due to Inappropriate Jewelery

There isn’t a single girl out there who doesn’t love to pick junk jewelry for throwaway prices from the window shops and flea markets. But you should be conscious about what metal that inexpensive jewelry is made of.  If it is made of cheap metals such as nickel, you shouldn’t wear it in your cartilage piercing. Cheap metals are known to cause cartilage piercing bumps very easily.

Symptoms of Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Some of the symptoms you may notice if there is a bump developing near your piercing are-

  1. Severe Pain in and around your piercing.
  2. Redness of skin around your cartilage piercing.
  3. Swelling around the cartilage piercing.
  4. Discharge of green or yellow colored pus from a bump near your cartilage area.
  5. Increased temperature around the skin of the cartilage piercing bump due to the pus that has developed inside.
  6. Fever, in extremely rare cases.
  7. The bump may also start to bleed if something gets stuck in the piercing and it gets tugged or pulled as a result.

When to see your Doctor/ Piercer for Cartilage Piercing Bump

Minor swelling and redness are very common and likely to occur after getting a cartilage piercing done. These, however, should subside within a week. But if you develop more severe symptoms, there is a high likelihood that your piercing has developed into an infection. You should see your doctor or your piercer without any delays if you experience-

  1. Pain or swelling that seems to increase
  2. Thick or unusually smelly discharge from your piercing
  3. Yellow, grey or green discharge from your piercing
  4. Fever, chills and/or nausea
  5. Vomiting and dizziness

Make sure to not remove your jewelry by yourself no matter how much you may want to or how annoyance it has been causing to you. If you remove your jewelry while the symptoms persist, you might develop a painful abscess.

However, if you are experiencing none of these severe symptoms, you should be able to treat your cartilage piercing bump by yourself at home using the measures we have listed subsequently.

Home Remedies for Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Some of the home remedies which we would recommend for treating your cartilage piercing bump at home are listed below.

Salt Water for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

You just need to add one-fourth teaspoon of sea salt into a cup of boiled water and let it cool down until the temperature of the mixture cools down so that it is bearable by your skin. Make sure the salt has dissolved well. Next, you need to dip a cotton ball into the salt-water solution and hold it over your bump for 3-4 minutes. You may repeat this three times a day and very soon you should start your bump reducing in size.

Chamomile Tea for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

For this, you need to prepare the salt water as we have previously described. Next, you just need to dip a chamomile tea bag into the salt water until the salt water gets infused with the chamomile tea. Then just dip a cotton ball into the solution and hold it over your bump for four to five minutes. Repeat this two to three times a day for best results.

Tea Tree Oil for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Tea tree oil has amazing anti-bacterial properties and can be very helpful in curing your cartilage piercing bump. Simply take two to three drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and hold it over your bump to apply it on the affected area. Repeat this two to three times a day and you should see positive results very soon.

Lemon Juice for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Lemon Juice is enriched with Vitamin C and has been proven to help with infections. You just have to squeeze a lemon and add some water to it. Next, you just need to take a clean cloth and dip it in the mixture. Then use this cloth to apply the mixture onto your bump. Repeat this two to three times every day for maximum benefits.

Aspirin for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Aspirin opens up the blood vessels and thereby aids in the healing process. Crush an aspirin tablet and add a very few drops of water to it to form a thick paste. Apply this mixture over your bump and let it sit until it completely dries out. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this process two to three times a day to notice stark differences.

Turmeric for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Turmeric is known to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties and has been used since ages to treat wounds and infections of all sorts. Take half a teaspoon of powdered turmeric and add a few drops of water to it in order to make a thick paste. Then just apply this paste over your bump and leave it there until it dries of completely. Then wash it off with lukewarm water. Alternatively, you can also make a runny solution of turmeric and water, dip a cotton ball into it and hold it over your bump for seven to ten minutes, two to three times a day.

Honey for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

Honey can also be very helpful in getting rid of your cartilage piercing bump. Just dip a cotton ball in honey and hold it over your bump for seven to ten minutes. Repeat this process three to four times every day to see results.

Antibacterial Ointments for treating Cartilage Piercing Bumps

You can also use anti-bacterial ointments to treat your cartilage piercing bumps if the bumps do not seem to dry out or get smaller with any of the previously mentioned remedies. But before using any ointments, make sure to consult your doctor. Apply the ointment suggested by your doctor.

Cartilage piercing bumps are extremely common and are a result of our own negligence to take care. They rarely develop into something severe and can be easily treated at home or with minimal medical help. If you have a cartilage piercing bump, do try out the home remedies that we have mentioned and let us know how they worked for you. We hope you found this article helpful and informative.

Thanks for reading!

Gazal Sancheti

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