Anyone with a cartilage piercing (or knowledgeable about them) – help!

posted 3 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

I would stick as close to the “leave it the hell alone*” method as possible to not make it angry, so don’t switch it right before the wedding. What material/size is the current ring, and what do you plan to switch to?

Taking the ring out would probably be the safest bet, but many people don’t like giving up their piercings so that’s a personal choice.

 

*that’s what they were recommending when I got conch pierced 10 years ago, is that still the generally recommended standard?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@crocodilerock:  I’ve had mine for probably three years now and sometimes it’s still tender. I try to leave it be for the most part other than cleaning it maybe once a week (and I mean a dedicated cleaning – I wash everyday lol). I haven’t even changed out the original ring that was used when I get it pierced.

I would think leaving it be would probably be the very best bet – maybe do a warm salt rinse every few days to try and calm it a little? As for taking it out for the wedding, I probably will just because I don’t think it’ll look right with my lace and pearls – I’m not a super alternative person, so while I love the piercing, most of my friends and family were kinda surprised that I got it. But I would say only take it out if you want to.

I hope it calms down for your wedding!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Barn

@crocodilerock:  I agree with the PP, definitely the warm salt compress. I also found that changing my earring from a ring to a stud helped get rid of the keloid because the stud didn’t get caught as much as a ring did. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Camp Hope

I’ve had mine for about 10 years and it still gets infected every now and then. Mine is slightly gauged to where I can wear a tragus earring in it. (I was very young when I gauged it) have you tried surgical steel? That is the recommended for all piercings now. When mine gets infected I change it from a ring to a post and clean it with sea salt and warm water then put a drop of neosporin on it. It usually clears up in a day or two. Hope this helps and everything is perfyour for your wedding. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

it could be the earing causing the keloid , i would switch it right away (clean it ) with a different kind of earing and let it heal … I found I had less problems with a hoop .

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have multiple cartilage piercings, and left all of them in for my wedding.  If you’re going to switch earrings, I’d do it now – that way any irritation from switching will be gone before the wedding, and any allergic reaction would be noticed in time.  Do a saltwater soak 1-2x day, and try not to touch it other than that.  Do you wear a hat or glasses that bumps the earring?  I have a keloid on the back hole of my industrial piercing because I had to wear a hat for work while it was still healing, and the hat irritated it.

You could also contact a local reputable piercing shop and ask for their advice.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had a cartilage piercing, too.  I tried tea tree oil, compresses, changing earrings, etc. The keloid never went away and the tenderness was always coming back.  I took out the ring and the bump was still there.  My dermatologist injected steroid shots into the bump and it went away.  I’d go see your PCP/dermatologist to see if they can do that for you. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I’ve had mine for about 7 years now. I had issues with the medal of the ring they pierced it with (even though the procedure was fine, sterile etc.)

I changed it to a hypoallergenic sterling silver stud, and it healed up great! I used sterile water (eyewash that you get in those little individual tubes normally!) to clean it, before applying antiseptic, and it seemed to work.

I rarely wear an earring in it now, but it has never been infected since. You also can barely see the hole unless you are specifically looking for it, and I have small ears so I thought it would be noticeable but its not!

Definitely don’t make any changes too close to your wedding though, as you can never tell how an individual will react to it. If you have time, make the changes asap so it has time to settle.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve had mine for 7 years now and it usually flares up about every 3 months or so. If it plays up i just give it a really good clean with surgical spirit and its fine the next day!

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@crocodilerock:  Are you sure it’s a keloid? Many times people would come in or call saying their piercing developed a keloid when the majority of the time it was an excess of dirt and oil that got infected and made a bubble. Keloids are an excess of scar tissue. A friend has them on both her ears, they have to be  removed by a doctor when they get too big and then they grow back. For dirt/oil bubbles, we always recommended tea tree oil. Pit some on a q-tip, dap the area. Its a really strong antiseptic, so it should take care of it, only use it once or twice a day.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Wow, I’ve had two in my cartilege for about 10+ years and only ever had an issue within the months after I got them pierced. I have hoop in one and stud in the other. Never take them out or change them and never have any issues. So I would just leave it alone 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@crocodilerock:  Ah, piercings.

Leave it alone. Don’t touch it at all. Don’t sleep on that side. I know when my clavicle piercings act up I like to get the saline wound wash or sea salt and water, heat it up in a mug, soak a cotton ball in it, then gently place it over my piercings. It is the best remedy I have found.

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