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Nipple piercing information.

Help, my piercing has a ‘bump’ on it!

My piercing has a ‘bump/lump’ on it, what should I do?

There are three different kinds of ‘bump’ that can form on or around a piercing.


The first and also the most common type of ‘bump’ is a cyst. Mostly seen on Tragus, Nostril & Eyebrow piercings and more often than not on the upper/outer edge of the piercing

Cysts form a sack like pocket under the outer surface of the skin and tend to hold a small amount of lymph or other fluids. In the case of cysts on piercings, the cause is usually blockage in the glands of ducts in the skin. These blockages are usually caused by soap or shampoo residues left behind after washing, a build up of dead skin cells or even dirt or other pollutants lying on the surface of the skin if the person works in a dusty or dirty environment.

In common with all problems, prevention is better than cure; always make sure that the piercing is kept clean and properly rinsed out after washing / showering and then thoroughly and carefully dried with a clean dry tissue.

There’s no ‘quick fix’ to get rid of cysts. The most common method to break the cyst down is the use of a hot saline compress 5mins morning and evening for a good 2-3 weeks (as we said, no quick solution).


The second type of ‘bump’ is an abscess and is without doubt the most series.

Similar in construction to a cyst, abscesses tend to form behind the piercing and are usually painful and larger in size than a cyst. Often heavily swollen, hot to touch and filled with puss, an abscess holds infectious fluid and can be a major threat to your health and wellbeing.

Do not ignore your problem: if you think you have an abscess it’s best to consult a doctor or physician as soon as possible.


The third type of ‘bump’ is a keloid scar. This is the least common but most mis-diagnosed.

A keloid scar is basically a scar that has overgrown the wound it should have repaired, spreading both outwards and upwards. In some severe cases the scar covers an area 2-3 times larger than the original wound.

Keloids are most commonly caused by friction on the piercing and / or jewelllery and are mostly seen in nipple and navel piercings.

There appears to be a direct correlation between the likelihood of keloid scaring and the amount of melanin (pigment) in an individuals skin. As rule of thumb, people who’s ancestors are of African, Southern India or African Caribbean are much more likely to suffer from this problem than fair skinned people.

In some severe cases keloid scarring may have to be surgically removed although it should be noted that this is extremely rare in keloids resulting from piercings.

Piercing Questions: Nipple piercings: Which is better, barbells or rings?

Nipple piercings:  Which is better: barbells or rings?

D Ring Nipple Jewellery - Nipple Piercings

As a rule with nipple piercings, straight barbells will heal more quickly than rings. If bars are fitted with 2-3mm spare length compared to the length of the piercing they should work well. Rings are much more likely to get knocked around than barbells, due to the simple fact that they both stick out and hang down. Once the nipple piercing has healed and if rings are still wanted, it’s probably best to change them for D-Rings with a flat top allowing them to sit flush to the body. Nipple piercings are likely to heal to the shape of the barbell and initially a ring would be less comfortable.  D-Rings for nipple piercings are available in our Nipple Jewellery section.

Female Nipple

The female nipple is normally pierced horizontally through the head of the nipple slightly forward of where the nipple itself rises from the body of the breast. Although female nipple piercings can be pierced with a variety of different jewellery types, a straight barbell is best for speed of healing and ease of cleaning as their tendency to be knocked, caught and bumped is far less than either a ball closure ring or circular barbell. As all nipples can vary considerably in diameter, it is important for the initial jewellery chosen to allow a small amount of swelling and inflammation. Although not very common, vertical and multiple placements are not unknown. A healing period of 2-6 months should be considered to be normal.

Male Nipple

Placement of male nipple piercings can vary greatly from person to person for two main reasons; personal preference, and more importantly, the diameter of the nipple itself. On a well developed male nipple, the piercing can either sit on the nipple just forward of where it rises from the plain of the chest or further out into the areola for a wider heavier look. When the piercing sits on the nipple, the choice of jewellery is varied with ball closure rings and circular barbells both being viable choices although straight barbells probably prove the easiest to heal quickly due to the fact that they are not as commonly knocked, caught or bumped as the other two. On the wider placement, a straight Barbell is probably the only option as ball closure rings and circular barbells will stick out from the body delaying the healing process if not making it all together impossible. Most, but not all, male nipples are carried out horizontally with a healing time of 2-6 months being considered as normal.

Our range of jewellery for nipple piercings

Check out our range of nipple jewellery – including barbells, rings, retainers and other decorative piercing jewellery.