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Cartilage Piercing

Body piercing is one of oldest known forms of written art around the world. This condition occurs in different patterns and is often preventable and treatable.

What is Cartilage Piercing?

The term Cartilage Piercing, is made of tough elastic tissues located particularly in nose, neck, forehead as well as on the ear specifically just below on the rook of the ear that is highly susceptible to infections and bumps. A procedure which used to creates opening in the ear to insert jewelries such as rings, etc.

In addition, studies showed for about sixty-two (62) percent of individuals worldwide have done this procedure to express their personality as well as their individuality. Others used this as a sign of being cool and sexy without proper knowledge and information of the procedures that are being used that may lead to some severe infections if not treated immediately.

Systematically, cartilage piercing infection is caused primarily by pathogen named Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomnas Aeruginosa if not treated may lead to a permanent ear deformation and swelling.

  • Ear lobe piercing
  • Piercing of the helix
  • Industrial Ear Piercing
  • Conch Piercing
  • Tragus Piercing
  • Anti-tragus Piercing
  • Rook Piercing
  • Daith Piercing
  • Dermal Punch Piercing


Piercing is known for its dangerous procedure. It has some common signs and symptoms. Listed below are the following:

  • Minor Infection
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Earlobe tearing
  • Keloids – A large darker color that surrounding your skin.
  • Infection that carry bacteria to our body
  • High Fever
  • Nausea
  • Pus
  • Damage to underlying blood vessels or nerves
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Vomiting
  • Stretching and associated problems
  • Boils (bacterial pocket) and abscesses
  • Scarring – Takes place due to the pressure exerted during the piercing period.
  • Redness and red bumps
  • Foul Odor
  • Scars
  • Over cleaning : the affected area will become weak and great possibility of infection may exist.
  • Cartilage Irritation in the affected area

What is Cartilage Piercing Bump?

A procedure often appears to be gradually more rampant among adolescents and young adults if not quickly treated. It usually forms during the healing process of the cartilage piercing

The following are some of the common problems associated with piercing. Let’s mention a few:

  • Hepatitis B or C
  • Syphilis
  • Sepsis (Blood Infection)
  • Mental Hypersensitivity
  • Overcleaning – The affected area may loss enough ability to fight and allows the infection to takes place.
  • Boils and Abscesses
  • Migration

Infected Cartilage Piercing

Studies showed that infections generally manifest within two (2) to five (5) weeks of piercing. Precise concern should be specified to minimize and avoid serious ear problems which can contribute to the deformation of the affected area of the ear.

There are numerous common causes for infected cartilage piercing including:

  • Unspecialized equipment
  • Frequent stirring the ear with unclean hands that cause infection to the lobes
  • Wearing tight earrings – It reduces the blood flow to the ear lobes
  • Repetitively rubbing the channel and causes an infection
  • Improper ways of procedure
  • Swimming in waters such as lakes, ponds that is polluted


Piercing infection can appear or can take as mush as three (3) to twelve (12) months to completely heal the problem based on the type of procedure you undergo.

Here are some samples of treatments / remedies that you may apply for ear piercing infection. The following are as follows:

1. Changing the jewelry being used

2. Boost the intake of vitamin C foodstuffs in your diet,

  • They greatly help to the fast healing of the affected area and promote wound healing

3. Use sea salt soaks

  • Applied directly using cotton balls for about five (5) to ten (10) minutes and then rinse it thoroughly once or thrice a week.
  • Helps in getting rid of the bumps that is present in the body.

4. Use Chamomile Tea

  • Place the chamomile tea in a container filled with hot water and holds it for about a minute then place it to the affected area. Repeat the procedure one (10 to two (2) a day for best results.

5. Take certain medicines, such as aspirin

  • Compress the aspirin tablet; add water until it becomes a paste. Do this at least three (3) to five (5) times a day. Apply this to the affected area.
  • It helps in speeding up the healing process of cartilage piercing bump.


Keloids – It shows due to excessive tissue repair and it can be treated only through surgery. The most severe form of cartilage piercing bump.

Healing Time

The healing time of cartilage pierce typically varies extensively according to the situation and severity of the condition.

Its curing process is subdivided into three stages:

  • Inflammatory stage, wherein the wound is still open and flowing, irritation and gentleness are all to be anticipated;
  • Growth or proliferative stage, wherein the body produces cells and protein to our body in order to heal the puncture and the edges contract around the piercing. This stage possibly last weeks, months, or longer than a year.
  • Maturation or remodeling stage, it strengthens and stabilize the lining of the cells. This stage takes months or years to complete the healing process.

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  1. I took my cartilage piercing out because it was red an swollen but three day after it look like my ear again so i change the jewellery and i been fine ever since

  2. i just go my cartilage pierced and i have no symptoms of a ere infection its just it hurts and its hot dose that mean it will get infected

  3. i’ve had mine out for like 7 or 8 years i think… it hasn’t completely healed and it gets painful, weird smelling, and inflamed every now and then. like half the hole is closed (the back half) while the front hole is still there and gets filled with nasty stuff. 🙁

    got it done at claires… no good. 🙁

  4. I got mine done at Walmart, so did my mom on the same day. This was 4 days ago, hers doesn’t hurt any more at all and mine hurts so bad I literally lay in the floor and cry. It’s red and swollen, but not majorly. Also, it oozes green stuff. I tried changing the earring with sterilized equipment but it only got worse.

  5. I just got a cartilage piercing 8 days ago it’s infected swallon and red I went to where I got it done and they said it’s due to pet hair or even my own hair to treat it they told me to usetea tree oil is there any other suggestions on how to cure it fast

  6. I got my helix pierced last sunday by needle and Its throbbing I dont fall asleep on my piercing but when I wake up im sleeping on my piercing and now it really swollen does this meen it infected please help

  7. ive had mine for 3 years and it was a trouble to keep it healthy for the first 6 months or so but then it healed and was so strong that i could wear walmart jewelry in it its a 16g piercing and i was sleeping on the side that i have it pierced on and it slightly hurt normally that wasnt a problem i have jewelry in from a piercing shop in and then it healed once i started putting hydrogen peroxide on it 3 times a day but a week later i was wearing a hat and it make the pain worse there is crust forming around the back and front and the back has a smalllump on it ive been soaking it in salt water ive been putting hydrogen peroxide every night and i put neosporin on it to every day and night and it still hurts so bad ive been doing this procedure for almost a week but my hear has its own heartbeat and if i touch it it hurst soo bad and the heartbeat pain gets worse ive taken advil and it doesnt work for that pain and i dont wand to take it out and i also after i soaked it in saltwater i took a sterile tweezers and picked the crust off from around it and i think my hoop may be to small but what should i doo

  8. Mine has a wierd looking bump and hurts I changed the earring and it was full of puss

  9. I don’t know what to do. This is the third time it happens. The back of my cartilage ir red and a bit swollen, the front is completely fine. I don’t know if I should take out the earring or leave it and just do salt water soaks and clean it. Should I change the earring?

  10. I got a upper ear piercing (cartilage ) over 8mnts ago at Walmart & got irritated 2dys later & have had since then in both ears. Have tried it all & antibiotic 3diff times has discharge has odor swelling & hurts a lot, dr dnt know what to do anymore.

  11. My ear is a little swollen, not too bad, and it’s a little red. It feels a little warm, but does this mean it’s infected?

  12. I got my cartilage piercing 3 to 4 weeks ago and now it’s starting to release this some sort of white stuff but not green it doesn’t hurt either I took it out and cleaned it but there is no sign of a bump of a sort should I take precautions or is that pat of healing process

    Please help !!

  13. I just got my done 2 or 3 weeks ago it’s red and kinda swollen I don’t know if its infected because of a bump that’s poofy in the back I’m going to take the earring out and sterilized the piercing and but it back in lets hope for it to be better

  14. I just got my done 2 or 3 weeks ago it’s red and kinda swollen I don’t know if its infected because of a bump that’s poofy in the back I’m going to take the earring out and sterilized the piercing and but it back in lets hope for it to be better

  15. Mine isn’t red,swollen or sore it just has a bump at the back it feels like my bone that was pierced through???? Its only that bump whom is sore,is that a negative sign? Help?

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