I have a tongue piercing and next to it there is a hard ball piece of skin. WHat can it be?
Nicole from South Africa
I have my tongue pierced 5 times and have 16 other piercings. Is the bump right on the outside of the piercing? Build up of white "tongue tissue"? It is hard to explain what I am describing, but I am pretty positive I know what you are referring to. If so, it is just healing! After a few months, the bump will go away, I promise. If it doesnt hurt, then dont worry about it. It sounds as though this piercing is new. Please message me if you have questions.
Please email me if you have any questions! These people responding have to experience with piercings. They do not know the phases piercings go to. Yes, it may share symptoms with other "illnesses" or whatever you call them. But it is perfectly normal, I promise you! When you get pierced, you are literally creating a hole/incision in your body. There are a lot of phases the healing process goes through. Even puss is normal. Its not actually puss, its just your body trying to kick out unnatural objects in order to close the wound. I have had that bump you are describing with several of my tongue rings.
It can be a displaced taste bud. It can be hypertrophic scarring. It can be normal scabbing. All of which will go away if you leave it alone and rinse after anything you eat/drink/smoke and be a bit patient.
An infection is usually hot &/or red &/or puffy &/or leaks stuff that's smelly and grey/green (not white/pale yellow). If you think you have an infection, see a doctor, but DONT remove the jewelry, as that will just trap the infection inside (sometimes doctors have to be "reminded" of this).
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I had my tongue pierced 3 days ago. It's more swollen than ever with white lumps all over and a red lump too. Is it infected? I'm struggling to talk more than ever.
The swollen part is completely normal! After I got my tongue pierced I felt like it wouldn't even fit in my mouth anymore. Luckily, that usually lasts about a week or week and a half at most. I didn't encounter the white bumps though. Could it possibly be a mouthwash or something you are using to clean the piercing that you haven't used before?
Please remember nobody on here is a doctor and any advice that you receive is not a professional opinion and you should follow this at your own risk.
It seems the first person you should be asking about this problem is your technician that did the piercing as they should be familiar with all of the problems associated with after effects of tongue piercing. They should be able to tell you if you need to see a doctor.
Here are a couple of links to sites that have more information and suggestions to help you through this period of pain and discomfort.
It is going to be super swollen, that is perfectly normal. It is also going to take a little time for it to heal and for you to get used to having it in your mouth once the swelling goes down. You are supposed to be rinsing your mouth with Biotine Mouthwash or Listerine after every time you eat, drink, or smoke anything. If you have been doing that chances are it is not infected but if you think it could possibly be infected I would contact the piercing studio right away and have them look to see if it is healing normally. Just call and express your concerns and tell them you want to be sure everything is ok. They will have no problem taking a look for you and that will save you from paying a doctor bill if there is nothing wrong. If there is something wrong however, you will want to know right away so the proper procedures can be taken to fix the problem.
I got my tongue pierced 2 days ago and the swelling is down except this red circle right around it, is this normal?
I had my tongue done on the 20th of August and under my tongue bar it is still swollen and raised up a bit. I have got a picture and am still wondering if you could help me.I have done all the things that I was told to do.
Infections happen, despite our best efforts. Remove the tongue bar and let it heal. See a doctor for antibiotics
You probably have an infection under the bar so do as Judy suggested; remove the tongue bar and see a doctor as you do not want to fool around with an infection in your mouth.
You might try rinsing with salt and warm/hot water (hold in mouth a few minutes) until you can see a doctor.
If you don't see a difference in a day or so, I suggest talking to your doctor. Mouth infections are nothing to mess with and can go from mild to really bad really fast. Unless the person who pierced you is a doctor, your doctor needs to check you out. Better safe than sorry!!l
I got my tongue pierced a week ago and on the top right at the front by the piercing there is like a piece of extra skin. it looks like a piece of food. It is hard to explain. Is that normal or should I do something about it?
It looks like pus to me. If it also hurts, you have an infection. I would take it out and see a doctor.
It looks like an infection to me , I would advise to take the pierced item out and see if it heals on its own, if not then do see a doctor right away.
I had the same when I had one back in the day. It was indeed infected. I went back to the lady at the piercing shop and she gave me a bottle of safe disinfecting solution and had me suck on ice chips for a week. I'd go back and have a chat ASAP.
I had this piercing done about a week or so ago and this started coming out about 2 days ago. I don't know what it is or how to get rid of it.It doesn't hurt it's just there.
I had my tongue pierced years ago and started getting a tiny bump that over the years turned into what feels like a cyst inside my tongue. It's firm, but rubbery. You can only see it under my tongue.
Is my tongue piercing infected or is it normal to have a white bump/ring on both sides? I've been making sure my tongue is as clean as possible and I've been using Biotene to clean it after every meal and every drink that's not water.I got my tongue pierced on the 9th. There is no swelling and very little pain. Should I be worried?
I've had my tongue piercing in for over 10 years, and recently I took it out due to an operation. After a month of it out, I've decided to put it back in. However once in, my tongue instantly swelled up and a massive hard lump formed around the hole. One big lump, from top of the piercing to the bottom of it, and due to the pain, I had to take it out again.It feels like scar tissue has been agitated and it hurts a lot. So not sure if it could be an abscess or just an irritation and it will go away, or I actually need to seek help? Shall I put it back in and see if it goes down or leave it out?
I had my tongue pierced just over 2 months ago. I went to change my ring and my new one won't go in and the hole is hard on top and bottom. Any ideas? Honestly I am so depressed this happened. I don't know if it's just a calcium build up or what.
OK so I have had my tongue piercing since I was 17. I woke up this morning and my mouth as been so sore and I can't stick my tongue out or up too far. It looks like it has been re-spilt and it has got skin hanging on one is side.What is causing this and why is it doing that? It's not new.
So I got my tongue pierced Friday night and it's already Tuesday. When I woke up this morning, my top ring ball was in my tongue and I had to pop it out by pushing the bottom ball up. My piercer did put a small barbell versus a longer one; I guess he forgot my tongue would swell up during my sleep.
Would this cause an infection? How long should the swelling continue as far as number of days? I know I was advised by another piercer not to switch the barbell since it can cause an infection. But I'm afraid having a small barbell could also cause an infection.
I brush my teeth after every meal and mouthwash at least 4-5 times a day. And I have been taking Aleve for the inflammation. I do try to move it up and down so it does not get so tight on my tongue. What should I do? Should I wait till a week has passed to see if the swelling has gone down?