inGauge The Mobile APP for Measuring Body Jewelry

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inGauge is the handy iPhone/iPad/iPod application for measuring body jewelry!
It contains simple diagrams and rulers in both metric and imperial units of measurement.

Fun and easy to use!
Measure body jewelry anywhere, any time!

Available on iTunes

Only $0.99

If you have a question, concern, or suggestion about the app, please email: appsupport@piercingbible.com

Problems with Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) Piercing (almost 1 year later)

I received a message from a woman who experienced a problem with a Vertical Clitoral Hood (VCH) piercing that was almost a year old:

VCH Piercing with bump under top ball

I've recently noticed a smallish bump under the top ball of the bar in my VCH piercing.  It isn't painful to the touch, I really can't feel it at all, and nothing's coming out of it, but it's visibly noticeable .  I've had the piercing for almost a year now and it healed easily without any issues at first, this is really recent.  I have been taking the jewelry out for short periods of time while getting laser hair removal treatments, could is have prompted my body to start producing scar tissue? I got a taper to make the jewelry removal / reinsertion process easier thinking it might be a cause or contributing factor to the issue, but I'm not sure if I should seek out a doctor's opinion (or a piercer's?) I'm afraid a doctor will just be piercing-negative and tell me to take it out.  Any advice is appreciated!

My reply:Tanning Goggles to Protect VCH Piercings

Quality Body Jewelry vs. Junk Novelty Body Jewelry (For Hood or Bellybutton)

I received a message from a woma who wanted to put a "belly button ring" in her  vertical clitoral hood (VCH) piercing.

I just have a quick question. I got my VCH done back in the beginning of June. I was just wondering if it was safe to put a standard belly button ring in the VCH piercing, or does it require a completely different kind of ring? I was also wondering if it would be too soon to change it? It's been a very painless process and I was able to be sexually active a week after getting it pierced with no complications. Thanks for you time.

My reply:

Bleeding and Bruised Tongue Piercing

I received a message from a woman who had concerns about her recent tongue piercing:

bruised tongue after piercingOkay so I got my tongue pierced Tuesday and this is how it looks not on Friday. Is that just bruising? Is it normal? It bleeds whenever I sleep so I think I'm just biting it...my boyfriend had his pierced a couple months ago and it healed completely different...do I need to go see the piercer?

My reply:
Bleeding, bruising and swelling are all normal consequences of piercing. I couldn't tell for sure, but it didn't look very swollen, so it seems yours is doing the first of the two more than the last. It is more common for the tongue to swell instead, but your reaction isn't necessarily abnormal.

That said, it couldn't hurt to pay  your piercer a visit. They ca get a lot clearer look at it than I can from here.

Is this the oral aftercare instructions you're following?

Here are some additonal suggestions from The Piercing Bible that could prove helpful to you:

 

  1. Aftercare for Oral Piercings

Nipple Healing Problems and Solutions

Below is my correspondence with a young woman who is having trouble healing her nipple piercings. They've been taking an extended period of time to heal, and get bumps (possibly localized piercing pimples) periodically:

Nipple Piercing with Gemstone BarbellI've had my nipple piercings for over a year now, and they're still healing, which is fine with me, however they keep forming bumps. The bumps will appear for awhile, go away, and then come back; it's been doing this for about 3-4 months now (and gets worse when i'm menstruating). I also believe that they may have migrated from the original position they were pierced in. I've considered retiring them for the past two months, but I'm just not sure if they're being fussy or if I should actually retire them. Any help you could give would be amazing!

I have read through the troubleshooting part of the Piercing Bible again to see what I could do to help these bumps; i've been very consistent with warm saline soaks, i've been massaging emu oil onto the area at least once a day, i've tried chamomile teabag compresses, one piercer suggested I try neem oil (which worked for a bit, but stopped helping after awhile), and I very briefly applied peroxide to the bumps (less than a week) to see if that would help them disappear. They do seem to get smaller and go away, every now and then, but they keep coming back.

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