*The response below is that of the authors opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The APP or its members*
For starters, I’m very hesitant to diagnose bumps. The reason being is I am not a medical professional, I’m a body piercer. I lack the years of school required to have the knowledge of a dermatologist, and in my opinion, they’re the ones with the knowledge to accurately diagnose exactly what a bump is.
So even if I did have the proper education and training to accurately diagnose a bump for exactly what it is, I still lack the ability to treat it in any kind of medical capacity.
So having said that, we as piercers generally view bumps as irritation bumps and try to determine the source of irritation. The common culprits include piercings done with bad angles, low quality jewelry with a poor surface finish, improper aftercare (too harsh of products being used), lifestyles that interfere with the healing, clothing that is rubbing on the piercing and causing the irritation, etc.
When a bump looks a bit out of our league, it’s usually best to suggest the client go see a medical professional that is trained for these sort of specific issues.
The APP’s brochure for troubleshooting has this to say about hypergranulation:
Excess granulation tissue is most common on piercings of navels, nostrils, outer labia, and the mucosal surface of lips—though it may also occur on other piercings TREATMENT:
- The same treatments used on infants’ umbilical granulomas may be used for piercing-related hypergranulation tissue: silver nitrate, electrocautery, or liquid nitrogen; a ligature technique can be used if the lesion is pedunculated
- Some affected piercings do heal successfully, but if the problem proves intractable after treatment, the piercing should be abandoned
So if you look over the available treatments (silver nitrate, electrocautery, or liquid nitrogen; a ligature technique can be used if the lesion is pedunculated) you can see those are all things a body piercer should not be doing to any client, nor should a client be doing to themselves. Those are things best left to a medical professional.
Cody Vaughn - APP Outreach Committee