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What's this bump on my piercing?​​

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Boil, Keloid or hypertrophic scar, nobody really cares what they are called, they just want to get rid of it and Identifying the bump you have is key in doing that. The generic term "keloid" has been use to describe these bumps but really they may be one of three types. There are 2 common bumps that occur with a piercings and they are; bacterial pocket and hypertrophic scarring. These occur when the piercing is traumatized. In the case of a boil (bacterial pocket) a small tear allows microbes to enter the piercing. Boils are often painful and red, and may secrete pus or blood. The other most common bump is a hypotrophic scar. Nose and cartilage piercings, especially industrials, are prone to this type of scar. This type of bump surrounds the exit hole, It is the same color as your skin and It may feel hard, but often are not painful. They are usually caused by the mere presence of the jewelry and the body's response to protect itself. The third type, the most serious bump is a keloid. It’s scar tissue that grows beyond the boundary of a piercing. Keloids are hard to treat, they often need surgical removal. Dark skinned people have a higher risk of keloid scars.

Boils are the most common, and easiest to treat of all piercing bumps. Sea salt soaks, that can be purchased at any pharmacy as wound wash, can help treat these bumps, by drawing the pus and foreign particles out of the wound. If these soaks aren’t reducing your bumps, try using chamomile tea bags as hot compresses. Dip the bag into warm water and hold against the piercing. Re-dip when the bag loses heat. Do this once or twice a day for 10 minutes. You can alternate tea bags and sea salt soaks. For stubborn bumps that resist sea salt and chamomile treatments, try using tea tree oil, one dab daily. Tea tree is a strong antiseptic, and will kill most germs. It’s also very strong, and can dry skin, so use sparingly.
Hypotrophic scarring is often due to pressure on, or trauma to a piercing. Avoiding trauma and possibly changing the jewelry is usually the best move. 
Consult your piercer for jewelry changes in unhealed piercings. 
If none of the above helps resolve the issue it may be a true keloid. 
Keloids are large, and often a darker color than the surrounding skin. See a doctor or dermatologist to determine this. Keloid may require surgical removal or steroid treatments. 
Always wash your hands before touching your piercings. Wash piercings once a day, and keep residue from hair products, soap, and lotions away from them.  Antibacterial soap is a matter of personal choice. Some piercers prefer it, we advise against it. It’s often best to use any gentle soap that your body is used to.