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Helix piercing pus filled bump

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: January 13, 2021 8:51 AM
Anonymous 4 days

Hello doc, I’m 22/F. Back in Oct 2020, I got a helix piercing. I’ve been taking care of it but my piercing has had many knocks while I was sleeping and sometimes my mom’s hand accidentally hits the piercing while applying oil to my hair. Overtime, it grew a bump at the back of the piercing, now it’s a little big. I’ve been cleaning it with saline solution. And I cleaned the front where it had crusties on it with diluted tea tree oil, and then cleaned a little bit of pus at the back where the bump is with cotton buds. I am using gold earring that comes with a screw at the back, the screw seems to be half eaten by the bump where a little pus covering the screw and almost half of the screw is in the bump. I pushed the front of the earring a little bit so that the back of the screw can be put and visible for me and tried to clean the crusty pus on the screw a little bit. I have been cleaning it 3 times. I also looked up on Aspirin paste to put on the bump overnight but I’m not sure if that would work. Is there a way for me make the bump smaller and disappear, doctor? I don’t think it is a keloid.

Dr Sri Viknarajan 4 days
General Practitioner

Hello and thank you for addressing your concern.

According to your statement, we believe your condition needs to be assessed thoroughly by the doctor due the possibility that the situation being slightly more severe than what is portrayed. Occasionally pus formation indicates an infection has occur and the body’s immune system is fighting the bacteria or pathogens.

Ensure our body is always clean, healthy & ready. Grab these items to help you out.

Not getting the right treatment can cause complications such as:

  • pyogenic granuloma
  • keloid
  • ear abscess
  • severe dermatological infection
  • and other complications

I urged you to seek medical help immediately, but as for now, ensure the hands and other cloth are clean before touching and cleaning the infected area. The use of drug will only deem necessary as per the doctor’s prerogative.

Needs a second opinion? Our Otolaryngologist are here to help.

However, the given information has only touched the surface of an underlying problem. We hope you would take the extra initiative to contact our doctor using this link (DoctorOnCall) in order to maximise the help that you can get.


Last Updated: Wed Jan 13 2021 08:51:26 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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