nipple piercing

Healed Nipple Piercing Discharge Problem

 

I received a message from a woman who was experiencing unusual discharge from a healed nipple piercing: 

Hello Elayne.

I had my nipples pierced when I was 18, took them out when I was 22.  I am now 32, my left nipple when pinched has a creamy white (normal) discharge like an ear, but my right nipple has a thin watery brown discharge.  I had no infection when I removed the jewelry, but its been 10 years and I still get a little brownish discharge sometimes.  There is no pain, no swelling, no extra sensitivity.  I clean the area daily, have a very healthy lifestyle, and was curious if there is anything I can do to stop it without going on antibiotics?

Thanks,

M

My reply:

M,

Have you ever tried a regimen of 2-3 daily saline soaks for 2 weeks or so? Sometimes that will dry up/clear up discharge issues with abandoned piercings.

Feel free to send a clear, close up photo or two if you like. That isn't something I have heard about or seen in my career. 

The coloration and consistency of the discharge don't seem consistent with infection, so you probably don't need antibiotics.

My "better safe than sorry" suggestion would be that you pay a visit to a piercing-friendly physician for input and advice.

Please keep me posted!

 

Dear Elayne,

Thanks for your response.  I have been using saline twice a day for the last week, and it has gone away almost completely.  Thanks so much for your help, I have been trying to get this to go away for 10 years.

Thanks again,

M

 

Healing Effect Of Water Consumption For Nipple Piercing?

 

I received a message from a woman who wondered if her water consumption could affect the healing process:

OMG! Let me start off by saying that I'm so excited that you have an advice column sort of thing. I have had your book for years, and I've always wanted to ask you questions. Anywho I've had my nipple piercing done for about 6 months. It still crusts up, and I know that it has not completely healed. It used to have previous issues until I had my piercer change the barbell to a longer one. I still use salt water soaks every time it gets irritated, but I've noticed that as I've been drinking a lot of water it has stopped crusting up as much. Is this because I'm in the final stages of healing or the amount of water I've been drinking? 

Thanks again.

Nipple bar

My response:

Thanks for your message. I haven't ever heard of increased water consumption being responsible for a major healing effect. That said, being hydrated is important for overall health and well being, so it couldn't hurt to continue drinking a lot of water.

And, you may find (as described in my book) that you will have ups and downs over time. You may have stopped crusting now, and whether you drink a lot of water or not, you may have more secretion once again. Don't be surprised by that cycle.

 

Nipple Piercing Migration

I received a message from a piercee who was concerned about her nipple piercing, which appeared to be migrating:

Hey. 

I had both nipples done back in August. The one had to be removed about 3 months later because of rejection and now I think the other is doing the same. 

I have been under a lot of stress but I'm just not sure. It's not in the same place anymore.

Nipple piercing showing migration, front view.Migrating nipple piercing, side view

 

My reply:

Yes, sorry-that does appear to be migration.

Did you use the same jewelry the first time? 

I noticed your jewelry appears to have a matte finish and that can cause problems, especially in a new/healing piercing. Initial jewelry should have a super-smooth, high polish mirror finish for safety. It is unclear whether the ring would have been wide enough for optimal safety when the piercing was new. The part of a ring that passes through the tissue should be relatively straight.

You should probably go ahead and remove that ring now to avoid further tissue damage.

 

 

 

Multiple Nipple Piercings

 

I received a message from a woman who was considering the possibility of having multiple nipple piercings:

So I got both my nipples pierced quite a while back. Because of my profession I can't get any visible piercings and I'm not quite ready yet to go into genital ones. So that's why I was thinking of getting my nipples pierced again

What are some of the perks and risks of getting additional nipple piercings? My piercings are also not horizontal, but diagonal. I let my piercer do this on purpose, for aesthetic reasons. Is it possible to put the second pair straight on there, so it makes a diagonal cross?

My reply:

Hi there,

To some extent your anatomy will determine appropriate (or possible) locations for added jewelry. If the second piercing would end up too close to the surface, or too far into the areola, those are potential issues. Also there's another consideration, depending on how much space you have, and therefore how much tissue is in between the jewelry: it can pinch on the interior. And, if the jewelry is quite close together, it is not uncommon that due to pressure, the skin in between thins and dissipates, and the jewelry rests metal to metal inside. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you experience discomfort from interior pinching. 

The drawing from my book, The Piercing Bible, shows the appearance of a double nipple piercing in an "iron cross" formation.

Nipple Piercing Botched Placement

I received a message from a woman who was concerned about the placement of her nipple piercing:

Hi, 

I had my nipple pierced a few days ago and it seems to me that the piercing is wrongly situated. It goes through my areolas, and not my nipple. I'm wondering how dangerous this is because I like it. I'm sending you a picture.

Female, horizontal nipple piercing with incorrect placement, wrong sized jewelry.

My Reply:

Hello,

I'm sorry to say this but I considered asking if your piercer was blind. I've never seen a more poorly placed nipple piercing on anatomy that is so perfectly suited.

You really should go and ask for your money back and remove the jewelry. That is not where your nipple should be pierced. And the bar is dangerously short. 

 

Female, incorrectly done horizontal nipple piercing, correct placement shown.

I marked with arrows where it should have been placed at the base of your nipple.

Female Nipple Piercing Problem (With Photo)

I received a message and photo from a woman who was concerned about her nipple piercing:

Nipple Piercing with Barbell--and bump next to piercingHey,
I've attached a picture of my nipple piercing. Ive had it for roughly about 3 months.

A bump has appeared and sometimes puss/blood leaks out of it. I think this is because I became less strict with salt soaking it daily, because I assumed it healed already. Do you have any ideas for getting rid of this bump and do you know if this is just simply and infection or is it worse e.g. Migration/Rejection.


My reply:

Nipple piercings can take 6-9 months or so to heal on women, so you will need to keep up with aftercare, including saline soaks, for some time. The excerpt below is from my book:

Body Piercing Problems and Stress

I received a message from a piercee who couldn't figure out why her old, established piercings were acting up:

I have several piercings all different ages some for as many as 10 years or more and not had any problems. Recently they have all began to migrate and reject and I don't understand why. Can you tell me why this would happen all of the sudden and at such volume after years of no problems at all?

My response:
Are you experiencing some kind of excessive stress right now? That can cause problems with healed piercings. If not, I'd suggest a visit to a doctor for a thorough check up. After a long history of stability, if your piercings are acting up that could indicate a health problem of some sort. Here is some information on how stress can affect you.

Please keep me posted!

She did just that, and contacted me again about three months later:

I emailed you a while ago regarding my migrating piercings. After some observation and doctor visits it was in fact due to high stress levels as you suspected.

NIpple Piercing Healing: Scar Tissue Formation on One Side


Nipple Piercing with Barbell--well healedMy left nipple has been pierced the EXACT same amount as my right and it still leaks, nearly every morning I have crustys that I must clean off, and a bit through out the day. Nothing excessive, though sometimes in the morning I find dried blood. I have had to go up in size on my left nipple slightly when the nipple got a bit bigger but only on one side. I have pictures that I would gladly send, however I saw no option on your website for me to attach :( I want to know is there way to get my left nipple back to regular without having to take the piercing out? Is it rejecting at a very slow rate?  Will my nipple be this way forever?

Nipple Piercing with Barbell--with excess scar tissue formation

My reply:

You definitely do have some scar tissue formation going on there.

Do you feel like it is continuing to grow, or if it has stabilized?

I don't know if perhaps that side was pierced a little deeper than not he other one? In any case, I have some suggestions from my book for dealing with excess scar tissue (called hypertrophic scarring) and I posted it here on this website.

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