April 19th, 2013
I received a message from a man who experienced healing problems after getting his ear cartilage pierced by a piercing gun:
I on a whim got my cartilage pierced at Clare's Saturday afternoon and it was doing really well up until today. I know the piercing gun is bad. i think I either irritated it or its showing signs of infection. Today when I woke up I cleaned it with theIr solution and I took a shower this afternoon and did the following:
1. After washing my scalp I used the Bronners Lavender to clean my ear (thinks its too harsh for me).
2. After I got out the shower I used their cleaning solution and spayed some h2ocean on it.
3. It felted irritated so I soaked it in chamomile but I put 1/8 tsp of sea salt in the water and let it soak.
Well since then its red, burning, and throbs off and on. I attached a pic and I would value your opinion.
Thanks for your message. You're OVERCLEANING with too many products. You only need one soap and some saline. Did you dilute the Dr. Bronner's? I suggest using their "baby mild unscented" formula.
These are the care instructions I suggest: http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care
Here is information on the saline soaks: http://piercingbible.com/saline-soaks
April 15th, 2013
I received a message from a man who was concerned about his apadravya piercing:
I love my aprydavya, but I have been having problems with it lately. I have been doing the sea salt solution (1 teaspoon per cup of distilled water). It has been irritated over the past two weeks and was not getting better with the nightly salt soaks of 20 minutes. Also, I think I may have screwed up with making a batch of the solution, storing it in a separate container and poring it into another container to soak as opposed to making a fresh batch every time Now I make a fresh batch of the solution, but do you think I should see a doctor about the irritation? Also, do you think that the jewelry may be too long? When wearing tighter pants, it really contorts the angle and I think that is were the irritation started.
I have attached photos.
It doesn't look worthy of a doctor visit to me. It may be from trauma, as you mentioned in your message. You'll need to check your own jewelry fit. When you're fully erect, if there is still extra room then you can and should get a shorter post put in.
April 13th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who was worried about her new VCH piercing:
I have been searching the internet for two days now trying to decide what to do, so I finally decided to ask for some advice. I just got my VCH piercing the other day, and everything went alright. But the next day it seemed I developed a yeast infection. I woke up the next morning and my lymph node near my groin area was HUGE and very sore. My piercing is a bit tender, but there is no redness or pus or any sign of infection.
Does this mean there is bacteria in my piercing? Should I take it out or would that make it worse? I have been going back and forth about just taking it out anyways, but I'm scared it might irritate it more. Will just simply cleaning it daily solve the problem, or should I contact a doctor? My anxiety is through the roof and I have been worried about it constantly. If you could give me any advice at all I would greatly appreciate it.
Is it possible that something else (sexual activity?) caused your symptoms? It isn't uncommon that people will give their unpierced parts a final sendoff before piercing and may engage in more sexual activity than normal. A piercing isn't apt to cause yeast infections (though overly strong soap can.)
Your swollen glands could indicate a problem. Though they may just be overreacting to the foreign object. I'm not a doctor and I can't even see you, so it is hard to help.
However if the piercing is infected, then quality jewelry of an appropriate size and material should be left in place to allow for drainage. Though you descirbe the piercing as not being inflamed, so I really don't know what's warong, or that it is entirely related to the new piercing.
Do you have a fever? If so, then I would definitely suggest a visit to the doctor right away.
April 11th, 2013
I received a message from yet another woman who got a surface piercing instead of the VCH she paid for:
I got my VCH piercing done yesterday and upon further inspection of the piercing and seeing the pictures on your site, I have come to the realisation that it is indeed a surface piercing.
It is only a day old so I know I shouldn't change it but I want to know, once it has healed, should I change it or just leave it? From where it is placed, I could put the new bar in from the top and it should leave from the bottom.
Many thanks for your help. I live in the UK so I am not able to visit you as I'd like.
Yes, it is just a surface piercing that doesn't go under your hood at all. You really should remove it IMMEDIATELY. You are in danger of the jewelry becoming embedded. And it is really NO WHERE CLOSE to where it should be placed.
Even if the jewelry that was inserted fit (or you changed for jewelry that does), such surface piercings tend to have healing issues such as migration, scarring, and/or rejection. Even when properly fitting jewelry is placed this way, getting it out sooner is better than later, as scar tissue is naturally formed if you allow it to remain.
I put an arrow on your photo to show where the jewelry should be coming out from UNDERNEATH your hood. If you need help to remove it, go right away. It will only get harder to take out the longer you leave it in place.
April 9th, 2013
I received a message from a man who was considering nontraditional placement for an apadravya piercing:
I am interested in having my penis pierced. Basically, I am interested in an Apadravya, but I wanted to know if it is necessary that the top hole be in the head of the penis? I would like to have it emerge through the shaft, just behind the head. Is this possible? Or does it have to be through the head?
Thank you so much for all that you do.
Some piercers are willing to do that for you, but I suspect they haven't seen a cross section of penis anatomy indicating the central location of the deep dorsal vein and artery.
Being well aware of these crucial structures, I will not do a shaft placement on an apadravya (nor an ampallang).
Did you need a referral to a piercer in your area or were you considering getting pierced by me? Where are you located?
This is from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing:
Apadravya Piercing: Placement and Choice of Jewelry
The apadravya is pierced vertically through the penis head. It may rest in the center of the glans on the top or be placed closer to the coronal ridge. Because it passes through the urethra, it usually heals faster than an American ampallang.
The apadravya is unique because this single placement encompasses multiple piercings: it is comprised of a Prince Albert on the lower portion and a reverse Prince Albert on the upper.
April 7th, 2013
I received a message from a woman who was experiencing unusual discharge from a healed nipple piercing:
I had my nipples pierced when I was 18, took them out when I was 22. I am now 32, my left nipple when pinched has a creamy white (normal) discharge like an ear, but my right nipple has a thin watery brown discharge. I had no infection when I removed the jewelry, but its been 10 years and I still get a little brownish discharge sometimes. There is no pain, no swelling, no extra sensitivity. I clean the area daily, have a very healthy lifestyle, and was curious if there is anything I can do to stop it without going on antibiotics?
Have you ever tried a regimen of 2-3 daily saline soaks for 2 weeks or so? Sometimes that will dry up/clear up discharge issues with abandoned piercings.
Feel free to send a clear, close up photo or two if you like. That isn't something I have heard about or seen in my career.
The coloration and consistency of the discharge don't seem consistent with infection, so you probably don't need antibiotics.
My "better safe than sorry" suggestion would be that you pay a visit to a piercing-friendly physician for input and advice.
Please keep me posted!
Thanks for your response. I have been using saline twice a day for the last week, and it has gone away almost completely. Thanks so much for your help, I have been trying to get this to go away for 10 years.
April 5th, 2013
I received a message from a man who had questions after he had to abandon his Prince Albert (PA) piercing due to migration:
I was hoping I could get your opinion on the 2 attached photos of my PA. It slowly began to have an extension of the urethral opening about 6 1/2 months after I got it pierced. The situation is I was pierced at 6g with a titanium circular and then stretched to a 4g captive 5 months after the initial piercing. When we did the stretch, there was very little resistance and we did not see any of the migration that you can see in the photos. I used emu oil on the piercing after the stretching.
My Piercer had me remove the jewelry for now as we did not want to risk any further thinning of the skin. He suggested that maybe we could pierce it a little further down the shaft in the future, but I don't know.
I have psoriasis as well and do have breakouts.
Do you have any suggestions as why this may have happened and what's the best course of action?
Thanks in advance for any information you can give me!
April 3rd, 2013
I received a message from a piercee who had questions about earlobe stretching:
I was having a little bit of trouble with gauging my ear lobes. Generally, I would use your website or book to figure something out, but the browser on my phone's acting up and I do not have the internet at home. Anywho, I stretched from a 6ga. to a 4 last week and since have been noticing a crust build up. I used a taper with o-rings to wear initially. I doesn't hurt or stink and yesterday I switched the tapers out with silicone tunnel plugs. Is this advisable, and if not, is there a way to resolve my problem without moving back to the 6? Could it just be the o-rings bothering me? Your opinion would be greatly appreciated.
I do not advocate wearing such a taper for any length of time, even if it is made of implant grade material. This is from my book and it applies to tapers as well as tapered jewelry:
Tapered Jewelry: Caution
Many graduated jewelry styles come in metal, glass, acrylic, and an array of natural materials. A popular type is called a stretching crescent or stretching ring, and these are basically curved or circular insertion tapers. Variations include talons that are hooked or bent, spirals, and straight pieces that look just like insertion tapers. These can be dangerous because piercees have a tendency to cause tissue damage by stretching too quickly with them. Also, when tapered jewelry is used for stretching, the O-rings that are required to keep the ornament in place can cause irritation from excessive pressure against the skin. Tapered jewelry is safest in holes that have already been stretched.
This is also from my book--not everyone can wear silicone, and it may be especially unsuited to it if you're experiencing crusting, which indicates unhealed/open tissue: