Cartilage piercing is one of the trendy things right now and most people have gone to pierce something without informing first. The cartilage is in the upper part of the ear, and even it is popular, it can be dangerous if it gets infected if not treated the right way. Some workers won’t tell you the process of healing the piercing and it can cause the middle ear infection and so, leading to some more dangerous conditions. Knowing the right healing process will give you good looking piercing for a long time.
Healing process depends on a piercing, but for an ear cartilage, it takes from 6 months to a year for a full healing process. It can look healed, but take your time with it and wait for jewelry changing for at least some time. Stick to your aftercare routine a bit more for a healthy piercing for life. There are some risks even before aftercare process, and it can be:
- Getting pierced in the nonsterile environment.
- Dirty hands and picking the earring in early stages
- Wearing bad quality earrings.
How The Healing Works?
There are a few stages. The first one is forming a layer of cells which are called epithelial cells of the skin around the piercing. This creates protection from the foreign objects in the body, creating a tube-like layer of the skin along the piercing. In this phase of healing, it is crucial not to touch the earring and let it heal the proper way. It takes from 6-8 weeks for this stage. The next one is thickening the layer which can take to a year or so, so it is a risk taking the piercing out in this period because the hole can close. It takes some time for the hole to be comfortable around the jewelry and to have it rotate and take off easily.
Most Important Rules
After you got pierced in a sterile environment with the sterile object, aftercare is what it’s most important. Preventing bacteria and other pathogens from entering the body is a must. New piercing can produce a white secretion which dries into a crust, but the area around should be kept clean.
- Do not touch, rotate and play with it, and wash your hands before you manage it in any way
- Clean the area and remove all crusty formations after it starts to fall off, and wash with soap and water
- To help with crusty formation falling off, use saline water soak as it helps accelerate this process. Add ¼ teaspoon to a cup of warm water and soak it with pads.
- Using alcohol and peroxide will dry out the skin, so don’t use it
- Wearing clean clothes and keeping your sheets clean will minimize the risk of an infection
- Avoid makeup and perfumes on particular area before it heals
- Sleep on a non-pierced area to prevent the tearing and to improve the circulation because you are not making pressure on it.
How To Heal The Bump?
Sometimes, during the healing process, a bump can occur. This is a small raised scar above the piercing. They can happen if the healing process in not right, if the jewelry is low quality, getting the piercing done by a gun or roughly managing the piercing while it’s not healed yet. They are not dangerous, but they can diminish the whole appearance of the piercing.
- Use A Salt Soak. Make saline water out of a ¼ teaspoon of salt dissolved in a boiling water. Mix to dissolve the salt and wait for it to cool down a bit. After it’s warm enough to manage it, take a cotton pad and place it against the bump for a few minutes. Do this twice or three times a day till the bump disappears. You can add chamomile tea bags to it in order to calm down the skin because the chamomile has that effect.
- Use Breathing Sticky Tape. This can help you in order of preventing the bacteria from getting inside the piercing. You can use some medical breathing tapes if you are proved not to be allergic to it. Use clean scissors to cut the tape, and tape even the surrounding area about 2 mm away from the bump. Wear the tape until it gets dirty, then replace it with new one. Wear it until the bump goes away.
- Using tea tree oil. It is not an official healing tool, but for some people, it is proven that it helped them. Buy some 100% organic and natural tree oil in a health store, use about two drops on a cotton pad and place it on a bump. It will speed up a healing process if you do it twice a day. You can mix it with water if your skin is sensitive, to dilute it a bit.
- Use honey and lemon. Honey is a home remedy for this because it has an antibacterial effect which helps to clean the bump and it fastens the healing You can add a few drops of lemon on a pad and treat the bump three to four times a day. Also, mix it with some water to dilute the lemon acid.
Signs Of Sensitivity To Some Of The Products Or An Infection
If you’re using an alcohol or other products for cleaning, your piercing can get dry or itchy. Some of the symptoms of an irritation and infection are redness, itchiness, burning sensation, rash, it can get swollen. Bleeding, bruising, and other discolorations are not normal and you should see a doctor if this happens. Don’t use aspirin, alcohol and don’t smoke. It can also slow down the healing. If it hurts, you can use some over-the-counter meds for pain like Ibuprofen.