Q: I've had my tragus for a year, and it is still draining and has a bump... what do I do? -Misty
A: The best thing you can do is go see a trusted, quality piercer. The two most likely causes are the jewelry or the piercing. If you were pierced with anything other than an ASTM F-136 titanium straight piece of jewelry (a flatback labret or small barbell), you may be reacting to the metal. If you have ever experienced a reaction to nickel, this is definitely a possibility. The other possible cause is that your piercing was done at an angle. This means that one side of the piercing will have the jewelry pressing down on it, which will lead to an irritation bump. Sometimes the piercing can be saved but often they need to be removed and allowed to heal before re-piercing. Whatever is going on with your tragus, a good piercer should be able to figure it out and fix you up if possible. Best of luck!
Q: I'm a very active person who works out a lot. Do you think I can still get a piercing? - Sonia L.
A: Active people can definitely get piercings too! It’s just important to plan ahead so that you can keep your piercings clean and protected while you’re working out. For example, if you’re looking at getting you ear cartilage pierced and you work out while wearing ear buds, make sure you keep some antibacterial wipes around to keep those ear buds from transferring bacteria into your piercing. If you’re planning on getting your nipples pierced, make sure you have a good sports bra to ensure that they don’t catch on anything or rub against the fabric of your shirt. And of course, you’ll want to clean your piercings with sterile saline spray after your workouts which may mean buying an extra bottle to toss in your gym bag. As long as you do a little planning in advance, there’s no reason your workout schedule should interfere with getting whatever piercing you like. Happy piercing!
Disclaimer: Body Candy is only here to give you fun and helpful advice and information when it comes to getting pierced. Always consult a professional piercer to make sure a new piercing is right for you!