Bleeding Industrial Piercing

I received this message via email:


Hi Elayne,
I am having a situation with a piercing I did. Sunday afternoon I did an industrial piercing on a girl named Alex. I'm still an apprentice but this was the 10th industrial piercing I've done and I have never had a problem with any of them up until now.

Alex called me this afternoon, 2 days later, complaining that her piercing is bleeding and she can't get it to stop. It hardly bled when I pierced it, and up until last night when the bleeding started, she said that it was healing just fine. It wasn't sore, red, no signs of infection, and didn't hurt at all. First thing I did was try to figure out how the bleeding started. She said she took 500mg of ibuprofen and the bleeding started shortly after that. I understand that a side effect of ibuprofen is blood thinning but unless she was already bleeding I didn't think the ibuprofen would cause her to start. I just thought it would make it a bit harder to get the bleeding to stop if she did happen to start bleeding. Am I wrong about this?

She also said she thinks she accidentally rolled over onto it in her sleep which would make more sense except that it started bleeding before she went to bed. Is it possible she is just not telling me that she bumped it or something, or is it normal for industrial piercings to randomly start bleeding days later?

Regardless, she can't get the bleeding to stop and with her schedule has no time to come to the shop for me to look at it in person, so I'm trying to help her the best I can over the phone but nothing seems to be working. She gets it to temporarily clot but hours later it just starts bleeding again. It's not gushing or anything. The way she described it was like when you accidentally poke your finger with a sewing needle, how it will bleed and drip blood a little bit but not excessively.

She also said it doesn't hurt at all, there is no heat radiating from the piercing or any other signs of infection, that it's just bleeding. I talked to the piercer I am apprenticing about the situation and followed all of his advice. I've had her do warm compresses, sea salt soaks, apply slight pressure, ice... the problem is still persisting. I know you probably won't get this e-mail in time to help me with Alex's situation, but any advice you can give me would be so greatly appreciated in case something like this happens again in the future.

-- Brittany

My response:

Brittany,
When there is bleeding present, NO warm compresses or salt water soaks should be administered--they will prevent normal clotting from taking place. So that could be a big part of the problem. Those should only be done after bleeding has stopped.

Any piercing can bleed off and on--even if it doesn't bleed at first. It could be caused by trauma (even mild--like rolling over in bed onto the piercing) or by medication that thins the blood, or a combination of the two.

Here's a brief section from my book, The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing that talks about what to expect from a new piercing:

What to Expect
Immediately after being pierced, some bleeding, swelling, and tenderness or pain are standard consequences. Bleeding may continue—usually intermittently—for a few days. Localized bruising is normal, though not typical for most piercings. Heavy blood flow or bleeding that continues for longer than a few days may be cause for concern, and you should contact your piercer or a physician. The placements that routinely bleed freely are discussed in chapters 10–13.

If a piercing bleeds or swells substantially right after the piercing, an ice pack should be applied as soon as possible. Prepared piercers keep disposable instant cold packs ready for use. They can be wrapped in a clean dental bib or paper towel to maintain hygiene. Occasionally, a piercing will swell so much that your piercer needs to swap out your jewelry for a larger piece before you leave the studio. An adept technician will use an insertion taper to change it for you without causing pain or trauma to the area. Internally threaded jewelry is safer and easier to deal with in these situations.

Piercings that bleed under the surface can leave a colorful bruise. Arnica montana (a natural herb) may help to diminish the discoloration. Arnica is available in cream or gel form at health food stores. Apply it on the bruise, but do not put it directly into the wound.4

On occasion, some localized swelling of a fresh piercing can impinge upon a nerve, causing temporary numbness or tingling, loss of taste in oral piercings, or diminished hearing in ear piercings (rare). However, barring an unusual placement or healing complications, these are transient troubles.

You can expect slight swelling, redness, and oozing of fluid to persist for a prolonged period of time. You might not have bleeding or tenderness immediately afterward, but a few weeks or months later it might happen. This is normal, and in the absence of other problems, there is no cause for concern. Any time a piercing has a flare-up, treat it as if it were new by resuming or accelerating your aftercare regimen.


Sincerely,
Elayne

Elayne Angel, Author
The Piercing Bible--The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing
Medical Liaison, Association of Professional Piercers

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I have had my industrial for about six months, that is re-peirced because I have had it before but lost jewlry and it closed. Anyways, I noticed that I had dry blood and I am only use to a yellow-green crust so I cleaned it with anti-bac soap and it continued to bleed. I want to know why is it bleeding? Is it infected? The keyloids are even going away but I am having bleeding from the top hole. It doesn't hurt at all unless I hit it hard against something. Please help me!

Well ibubrafen could have made bleed because every doctor recommend not to take it before surgeries because it can couse alot of bleeding

This reason why it would be bleeding is because there is a piece of hair in it. Try to keep your hair away from your piercing. Use clips and/or Bobby pins

I just got my indutrial about 3 weeks ago and recently there is a white bump at the bottom of the jewelry on the inside of my ear. It looks like scar tissue cause when i got my nose pierced it happened but it went away cause i didnt wven touch it or anything for days. I also used tea tree oil, will this bump go away.? I dont want to keep it in if i have an ugly bump there. 

Hello,

I'm having precisely the same problem. I got my industrial yesterday and just half an hour ago I was watching some TV show when my piercing started to bleed. It didn't hurt or anything and I am sure that I didn't bump it right before that so I was VERY surprised it suddenly started bleeding. I wasn't sure what to do so I just tried cleaning it up with some sea salt solution. My mom (I'm 17) wasn't sure what to do about it either and then this blood clot started to ooze out of it.

I can't contact my piercer since their shop closes at 7:00 pm and it is around 10 o'clock now so I went on the internet to see what can be done. I read people saying to put pressure on it but no one was very specific as to how. I didn't want to put pressure on it with a cotton pad because then some of the fibers may stick on it so I wet the cotton pad with the salt solution, dried it out a bit by squeezing and then applied it but I don't think that will help it clot so I went back on the internet while keeping pressure.

Now you've explained that it is normal and you also mentioned that you can ice it if bleeding persists when it is first pierced but you didn't actually mention what to do with it if it starts bleeding days after it is pierced. This might be a bit dull on my part but what do I do? Is putting ice on it now a good idea?

Please reply to me, ASAP.

Thanks, Jupiter.

Hi, I am having the same issue with an Industrial Piercing that i had done yesterday.

The Piercer said that they usually bleed quite substancially and that mine did not.

This afternoon I was sitting down and had not bumped my ear at all when my brother said that there was blood dripping from my ear.

It took me quite some time to stop the bleeding, my ear is warm and slightly tender but nothing more than a new piercing.

I am just wondering why it may have began bleeding so randomly and if this is anything to worry about as i do not want to have to remove the bar.

 

Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Hi, I am having the same issue with an Industrial Piercing that i had done yesterday.

The Piercer said that they usually bleed quite substancially and that mine did not.

This afternoon I was sitting down and had not bumped my ear at all when my brother said that there was blood dripping from my ear.

It took me quite some time to stop the bleeding, my ear is warm and slightly tender but nothing more than a new piercing.

I am just wondering why it may have began bleeding so randomly and if this is anything to worry about as i do not want to have to remove the bar.

 

Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

i had my industrial piercing done two days ago, on the first day it was bleeding for a little bit but now two days after i woke up with my ear full of dried blood and all throughout the day fresh blood has been pouring out and is quite heavy, my brother smacked me round my head and hit my ear where the piercing is, has that got anything to do with the bleeding? and is it best to just take the piercing out ? HELLLP PLEASE !!!