April 27th, 2012
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!