After a couple of days went past I noticed a bump had appeared on the side of the piercing that was getting bigger and looking nastier. At first I thought I had an infection but realised after some research it was in fact hypertrophic scarring (The Dreaded Bump) Not particularly easy to get rid of, and pretty common in piercings. I think because the piercer had to redo my nose after 'dropping the stud' it had caused much more trauma to my nose meaning I got this scarring.
I read that Aspirin paste helped calm the hypertrophic scarring and thought I'd give it a go. I'm so glad I did, in two days my bump has reduced in size and looks so much better. I've been using the paste once a day for five minutes at a time and I'm so impressed with how it's helped. I wish I'd taken some pictures of the bump to show the results, however take my word for it, it's worked. I get to keep my piercing (soon to be changed for a hoop) and all it took was some 24p Aspirin from Boots.
My top tips for getting a nose piercing...
- Never go to a piercer who uses a gun. It should always be a needle. The pressure of using a gun can mean the stud sits too tight - meaning massive risk of infection and problems.
- Don't take it out until it's fully healed - I'm planning to go to a piercer to change mine, as it's a corkscrew stud, so I know it'll be fiddly.
- Keep the piercing clean using cotton wool buds and a little salt water solution. Be sure not to overclean the area.
- Watch out when using make up around the piercing site. This can cause infection and irritation.
- If you are prone to fidgeting quite a bit in your sleep, keep it covered with a plaster. No chance of catching it and causing problems.