Prince Albert Problem (with photos)

I recently got a message from a man who was having some trouble with his Prince Albert piercing:

Thanks for the great site, and your book.

I got a PA 5 weeks ago, ¾” inch  captive ball stainless steal ring, 8g.  I am uncircumcised.  Placement etc. was fine, but it soon became clear that the ring was a wee bit too small in diameter and causing pain during erections.  On the advice of my piercer I waited a few weeks to have it changed, he felt it might mostly be initial swelling and he was reluctant to swap out jewelry too soon.  I eventually, at 3 weeks in, had the ring changed to a 7/8” which seems to be the perfect size. After-care throughout has been washing with mild soap once/day, and 2 or 3 sea-salt soaks per day. I also put a small dab of emu oil on after the soaks.

Problem: about a week ago I developed a bump along the edge of the  piercing hole.  It is not warm or red, looks like a small blister, no hint of puss or other fluids.  It is about 1mm thick, and goes around about ¼ of the circumference of the piercing. No signs of infection etc., but this "blister" is very sensitive, feels like being poked with a needle every time anything touches it.  Otherwise the PA is pain-free, but that one tiny bump is certainly hurting!

Possible complications is that I’ve had the flu for a few days, so my immune system is no doubt busy.  I’m also a cyclist and have been biking to work (the bus got too expensive).  While I did take two weeks off the bike after getting pierced and felt no pain or discomfort while cycling, I may have added insult to injury.

What do you think this painful little bugger is?  Other than the warm soaks and staying off the bike, any advice for getting rid of it, or at least making it less painful?

Thanks for your help!  I’d like Mr. Happy to stop being Mr. Ouchy!

My reply:

Sounds like your care routine is excellent.

Are you able to send me a clear, close up photo or two? That might be helpful to me.

A 7/8" ring may be the diameter you need, but it could be rather heavy on a piercing that new. You may need to swap to a curved barbell, which will be lighter in weight, and subject to less trauma than a ring. I'd avoid balls that are very large to keep it in the category of lighter and less intrusive.

And it may be a combo of your weakened immune system coupled with the trauma of returning to the bicycle.

Be gentle! : )

Sincerely,
Elayne

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These are two pics snapped right when I got home from work - so in theory the piercing should be as unhappy as it will get.  I notice that it is weeping a bit of lymph fluid.  There is no pain other than when the raised lip is touched directly.  Sorry one is a bit misfocussed, it's remarkably hard to photograph the underside of your own penis while holding a heavy camera in one hand!

Any recommendations would be appreciated.

My response:
If the jewelry fits properly and you aren't causing trauma to the area with your clothing or other activities then….

Internally threaded mirror finish jewelry from Body Circle DesignsSomething that concerns me is the finish of your jewelry. It doesn't appear to have a high-shine, mirror finish. See image left, and compare with your jewelry. If the jewelry finish is porous, that could cause tissue damage and result in the build of up scar tissue you seem to be experiencing.

This is an excerpt from my book, The Piercing Bible: Finish and Polish

To be safe for healing, metal body jewelry must have a mirror finish—a high-shine, super-smooth surface. Wearing body jewelry that has nicks, burrs, tooling marks, or scratches can cause severe complications. When jewelry has an uneven surface, the new cells that are formed during healing grow into the irregularities. Then, when the jewelry shifts or moves, these areas tear. As this cycle is repeated, scar tissue forms and healing is delayed. A faulty finish can also introduce bacteria into the wound and cause infection.

Also from what I can see in the photos, it doesn't appear that you have a webbed frenum, in which case, I was wondering why the piercing was positioned so far off to the side? Maybe I don't have a picture of enough of the area to see the whole area properly, but that's my impression from what I could see. Is it possible you're experiencing excess trauma simply by wearing a complete circle when the entry of the piercing doesn't line up well with your urethra?

Elayne, I have 19 gentiala piercings and had my PA done in April 11 to a 10 gage. Since then i have stretched it to a 00 gage in early January. Soon after the skin between the piercing hole and ueretha has been getting dry and red at times. Theres not a big distance between the 2 openings and i was wondering if the skin would eventualy dry up causing a tear between what is left? I have removed the 00 gage a put my 2 gage back in with no skin change.

do you have any suggestions?

mike

I have exactly the same problem, Im scared, what shud I do? =(

 

Did it heal? I have the same problem as u, and Im really scared coz It hurts a lot, please tell me what u have done to solve that problem, thanks you!

hello Elayne,

while surfing your blog, i found this post that somehow is similar to what i was facing with my PA piercing.it was somehow healed, but there was always a discomfort feeling while wearing a large diameter CBR that fits my size. When i upgradet to 5MM and removed it once i saw a vein going right through the piercing hole but hopefully it was not hit. i discovered that it was what made the uncomfortable feeling.

from the pictures of the person on this post *which are not very clear, i think that i see a vein going through his hole as well.

i tryed to post a picture which shows exactly where the vein is but i couldn't.

anyhow i wanted to ask should i close the hole and getting it repierced or there is no problemof wearing a jewelry just nect to the vein?

can i ask you to reply to my email adress in order for me to see the feed-back? i'm new to your website and not sure if i can find your feedback here.

thanks alot

regards,

FS