Tuesday September 11th, 2012 @ 4:39 PM
Filed under: Ear
I got a triple forward helix a little over a month ago. All three bottom holes developed keloids, and the middle one on top is trying to form one. Ive been using warm sea salt water only as instructed by my piercer to reduce the keloids and clean the piercings. My issue is that they are still very tender, still decently swollen, and having a very hard time healing. Aside from taking aleve for the inflammation and swelling (since ibuprofen and aspirin does nothing for me) is there a better and more efficient way to reduce the tenderness and the swelling of my piercing? I was told from my bfs mom who is a nurse to maybe try getting either vitamin e oil or the liquid capsules and dabbing the fluid from one those on the piercing to help it heal better, since i seem to be having such troubles with them. Is this a good idea? Or would that just cause more problems than help? Any advice or such would be awesome and tremendously appreciated as i really would like to avoid having to remove the piercings.
Heres a quick run down of what i do now so you have an idea of how ive been handling it so far:
Being as i work graveyard shift i sleep during the day and am unable to follow the 2-3 time day soak as recommended, and my job doesnt allow the time needed to do so at work either, but i do make sure after i shower after work i wipe my ear off with a warm sea salt water soaked qtip to remove crusties, and then i do a 5 - 10 minute soak with a cotton ball soaked in the solution, followed obviously by a good rinse (i use a squirt bottle….works great!)For the pain and swelling i take aleve. I have surgical steel straight labret type jewelry in it as of right now, which i changed to when i hit the month mark instead of the curved eyebrow bar bells that were initially put it when they were pierced.
Vitamin E oil is good alternative remedy for helping reduce scarring. Chamomile teabag compresses also have a great track record. My personal favorite is emu oil which can easily be found online.
Part of your problem might stem from the fact that curved barbells were used for initial jewelry and then changed a month later. Cartilage take months to heal and jewelry should not be changed until the piercing is healed.
Lastly, keep in mind that its only been a little over a month since you were pierced and you are still healing and will probably still be healing for months to come.
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