Piercings have increased in popularity and moved beyond the ear lobe. Cartilage piercing is performed on the ear cartilage that is higher and closer to the head than a traditional ear lobe piercing. As with any piercing, problems such as infection, redness and bumps can arise. To combat the issues that may occur after a cartilage piercing, try soaking the piercing and surrounding area in sea salt.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Warm water
- Mug or small bowl
- Cotton balls
- Wash cloth
- Uncoated aspirin
- Lemon juice
- Cotton swab
- Chamomile tea bag
- Tea tree oil
Combine 1/8 tsp of sea salt with 236ml. of warm water.
Saturate cotton balls in the mixture.
Swab the cartilage piercing and surrounding area with the saturated cotton ball once a day until the bumps dissipate.
Rinse the area with clean, cool water to remove salt residue. Pat the area dry.
Using Sea Salt to Heal Piercing Bumps
Create a mixture of 1/8 tsp of sea salt with 236ml. of warm water in a mug or small bowl.
Soak a cotton ball in the mixture to create a warm compress.
Apply the saturated cotton ball to the pus-filled bump. Gently apply pressure and hold for 10 to 15 minutes once a day.
Rinse the area with cool water to remove any salt residue and pat dry.
Using Sea Salt to Heal Pus-Filled Piercing Bumps
Crush an uncoated aspirin and add enough lemon juice to form a paste. Apply to the bumps using a cotton swab. Allow the paste to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and allow to dry.
Dampen a chamomile tea bag with warm water. Apply it to your piercing like a compress for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse the area with water. Repeat this process once a day until the bumps dissipate.
Apply tea tree oil to the piercing once a day for up to five days. Soak a cotton ball or cotton swab in the tea tree oil, and swab onto the piercing.
Tips and warnings
- The sea salt solution should not be any saltier than tears.
- Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the piercing or the area around it.
- Do not pick at the healing piercing.
- If you experience contentious pain in the ear, redness at the piercing site that lasts for more then a few days, and pus, visit your primary care physician.
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