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    People have been piercing their bodies for thousands of years, but whilst modern day teenagers are more likely to be doing it to make a fashion statement than to intimidate their enemies, the potential health problems are much the same. Read more →

    I had my ear piercing done when I was around seven. They were initially fine and I had no problem. One night I banged my ear and it bleed a lot. After that it become infected and after being unable to properly clear the infection I let the piercing close up. However a few years later I had my piercing redone again an infection developed and I had to let it close. Despite various creams and a course of antibacs my old piercing (which I now let close over a decade ago) still has a collection of puss. What can I do about this? xx





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    basically you need to open the pericing back up with a steralised needle and then get anti-septic wipes and clear round near the piercing, then you need to put anti-septic liquid on the needle and put it back through your ear. this happened to me once and after i done that process it was fine, i hope this could be of help :)xxx

    Had my left upper ear pierced over a ago, it got infected was bleeding all the time. So decided to take out the piecing to heal, but I have a lump that has developed on the top, can anyone help just need to know if it will go down or get bigger ad I have had this for over a year now

    I have a keloid scar on my tragus piercing. I have had the piercing for a year now and have constantly cleaned it with various different products such as, salt water, sergical sirit, tea tree oil, saline drops and have also crushed an asprine to form a paste, but it does not seem to want to go. Its bright red and very noticable and crusts over. I want to know is the scar perminent or will it go? or should i just take the piercing out? if so will the lump go?





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    I have been using Heal Gel, which seems to be making mine smaller, but unfortunately the only place you can find it at the moment is eBay, due to licensing issues.

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    I've had my viginal hood piercing almost two years now. I still have in the piercing jewelery in looking to change but as of two days ago my piercing has become quite sensitive to the touch at the bottom barbell. But its not red, inflamed, swollen, or leaking just sensitive where bottom barbell sits. Any advice on what I should do? Could it be infected after all this time? Please Help!!!





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    Hi, ive recenly had a scafolding piercing done and I think my ear has rejected the piercing a im scred that it has formed a keloid, please help!





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    I've got my second ears piercing about 2 and a half months ago and i took it out recently because it wasn't healing properly and i got pretty lazy when it came on to cleaning it, but since i took it out there this protruding red flesh thats coming out from the back of the piercing. Can you please tell me what this is and what can i do to treat it.





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    I got my nose pierced 9 years ago with a piercing gun, since then I've had a dark grey area surrounding the piercing that won't go away, after seeking advice on this mark from other piercers they tell me the skin has scarred this colour like a tattoo and the only way to fix it is to get a skin graft, I'm now 26 and don't feel the need for my nose piercing any longer but don't want this dark grey mark on my nose for all to see, help!





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    Unfortunately, without some form of cosmetic surgery or a simple concealer, this sounds pretty permanent.

    Piercing guns are notorious for causing problems. It uses blunt force to shove something through your skin, breaking tissues instead of piercing them cleanly like a needle would do. That, and they're used over and over again without ever being completely sterilized (even if the stud is sterilized, the whole shebang is only as sterile as its dirtiest part). In the future, don't let anyone near your body with a piercing gun! They're dirty and dangerous things. If the grey area is very dark, I suggest using a concealer that won't irritate the hole (if you keep the piercing). Go to your doctor and ask about it -- because if you want it gone, you most likely will need a skin graft like the piercing professionals have said.

    I'm almost 17 and male, and ever since I can remember, I've had this tiny lump on the back of my earlobe where I had my ear pierced about 8 years ago. It is very small, just a little bigger than a stud piercing, hard, is no different colour to the rest of my earlobe and doesn't cause any pain whatsoever, even when I press it. Up until now it hasn't really been an issue, but now it is really starting to annoy me. I can't understand why it has never gone. I got it pierced at a piercers that used a piercing gun to do it, could that have been responsible? Aside from that, I got the top of my ear cartilage pierced and that has turned out perfect, not a problem and no lump. What is this bump on my earlobe and how can I get rid of it?





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    dont worry its just scar tissue from having the piercing, you cant get rid of it tho x

    I stupidly had my eyebrow pierced when I was 18 and have had the piercing out for over 4years now but it has never healed and seems as if someting is irritating it inside where the piercing was. I have been told I could have surgery to rectify this but could be left with a scar that would be quite obvious. Are there any other options please? As i don't want to spend the rest of my life putting cream on it everytime it flares up Thanks





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    its probably an infection that keeps re-occuring.... go to the gp and maybe they can prescribe a course of anitbiotics

    I had my tounge pierced about 8 years ago,only a few years ago I started getting this cramp in my throte leading up to my tounge, it mostly happens when I eat an feels like I'm being strangled, I know if I go to my doctor, he'll just fob me off and say it's because of my piercing but I thought it's been quite a while from piercing and the episodes. Any advice thank you





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    Hi, my name's Jo and I've had inverted nipples for as long as I can remember. Been checking out non-surgical/non-piercing solutions on how to coax them out but so far to no avail. Has anyone managed to overcome their problem permanently..? Please help.





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    Hello, my names Lee church and i have a problem i had a piercing on my genital area and its got infected and my vaginal lip as blown up i cannot get to the piercing to take it out. Because of this problem i cannot close my legs i have tried sticking my fingers in to get the piercing but have not been succesful is there anything i can do? Miss Church, 15 Norfolk





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    Hi I have a lot of piercing but my collar bone piercing had blood type blisters on And the are quiet painfull does anyone Know what I should do. Nothing Like this has happend to any other Piercing I have had thanks .





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    Hello, I'm 14 and had my belly pierced about 8 weeks ago. I was stupid to change my piercing after a week - but i got bored of the plain one... Still, no excuse. But now i'm expreiencing a redness, its not gone down since the time of piercing. Its around both holes, but more on the top hole. Also, whenever i take the piercing out, its always got a crusty kinda ring around the top ball, top bit of the bar, and around the top hole. And the same on the bottom, it comes up on the bottom hole and the bottom bit of the piercing. I know they say 6 weeks. But now its been 8 i'm getting worried. If this does get published and anyone does see this - DO NOT REMOVE YOUR PIERCING BEFORE THE PERSON THAT DOES IT SAYS TO DO SO (normally about 6 weeks) Thankyou.





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    I've had 9 piercings in all. (Not all at once i'll add) I currently have a nipple ring aswell as a Prince Albert piercing. My advice is, if you are worried at all, go back to your piercing artist and they will check everything. Its essential that you clean the piercing, and don't worry if for the first few days it is a bit red and sore. This is completely normal. I can't stress how important it is, not to pierce yourself, or have a friend do it. If you are not convinced that your piercer has given you the correct gauge for your piercing, ask another one to have a look Keep em clean!





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    I Have The Same Problem With My Tounge Piercing! I Have a Yellow Toungue Behind The Piercing ive had it don for 1 week and 4days and its still like it and my centre line is wierd to is there something wrong?





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    To answer most peoples questions, it may be because you touch it too much with unclean or even clean hands. You may have caught the piercing without realising or maybe your body just doesn't agree with the piercing. Your body will try to reject the piercing at first and sometimes it never heals. It could be normal to get a bit of puss every now and then but if it then it may be a good idea to seek professional advice and then remove the jewelerry if needed. Also, always visit your local tattoo parlour for advice on the piercing you want before actually getting it done. Hope this helps everyone.





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    hey i have had my Medusa piercing for about 2 months now, the first 2 weeks was fine, but after that a lump inside my mouth around my piercing is forming its much bigger now its sometimes sore, its a redish lump looks like a cylinder, im worried about it, i dont want to lose my piercing, it doesn't seem to be going away please help!!!!!





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    If it is an infection, it would be very unwise to remove the piercing. If the bar is removed the holes will heal, trapping the infection in the centre of the piercing - under the skin. This will form an abcess. The best solution I have found to treat piercings with a constant infection is to make sure that the bar you are wearing is titanium. If it contains nickel, this will cause infection. Also, use contact lens solution to clean the bar three times a day. Being completely sterile, this liquid considerably helps infection. If the problem persists, visit a piercing studio and explain to them, they should be able to offer advice.

    okay you need to stop using cotton wool buds! tiny fibres can get trapped in the piercing. kitchen towel is better (less loose fibres) soaked in a saline solution - 1/4 teaspoon of rock salt (not table salt!) to a mug of boiled water. wait until the water is tepid and place the whole mug over your piercing. wait for about two minutes and with a bit of kitchen towel soaked in some plain boiled water, gently clean the piercing, ensuring that there is no salt left on the piercing. your piercing is very young at four months, even now at six months, and can take up to a year to heal. if it is getting caught you probably need to get a shorter bar, but you need to go to a professional piercing clinic to get it measured so the bar is not too short. it is also essential that it is a titanium bar that you are wearing. good luck!

    Hello! I got my bellybutton pierced about 3 years ago and it's never been infected as such, but there's always been a purplish tinge at the top of the piercing. And today some red tissue/flesh appeared coming out of the top of the piercing a little bit. It wasn't red of bleeding or anything, just looked like some red gooey tissue... As if it was my insides coming out of the piercing a little bit. Any suggestions??





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    Hello i have had my belly done for 4 years and none stop i havent stop cleaning it with savlon spray because it cleans the inside and our side the piercing if the piercing is infected the best thing to do is go ad see the piercing shop and see what he can do. But if you cant get there or something go to the nearest shop/mall and chemist and Get this solution spray. use it 24/7.... Here is a link to show you what your looking for:http://www.savlon.co.uk/products/antiseptic_spray.html hope this help'd :)

    Mine is like that too! I really want to know why it is like that because it doesn't hurt like I would expect an infection to..... Any suggestions??

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    Contrary to the above answer, you should NEVER clean a piercing with everyday soap. The best thing to use is contact lens solution - it is completely sterile. Clean the area with this solution three times daily. If the problem persists, go into a piercing studio and ask for further advice.

    Hiya I saw your status about a bump forming under neath your nose piercing and I just want to tell you that I got my nose pierced a few months back and I had a lump under neath my piercing and I found out it is called a keloid and just to tell you that I used tea tree oil in not sure I think I got the tea and tree muddled up but anyway if you put that on your piercing twice a day they it might be gone after a week :) I hope I helped you :)

    Im jodie, i have my ears pierced 6 times on my lobes on each ear, the latest piercing i had their which by the way was off about 10 months ago has all of a sudden got bigger, more sore and i cant get my earring back in, it looks like a zit thats in the piercing. It feels like its getting bigger, and i've read that if you feel it is you should not take your piercing out so the infection doesnt stay insde, but i can't get my earing back through, help!!! its really sore and im worried!





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    Hi I've had my nipple pierced since i was 16. I'm now 22 and i've been told that i shouldn't have been able to have it done until i was 18 and they had finished growing :-S It's all gone well, no infection, nicely healed and i swap between bar and hoop, but when i take the jewellery out its like the sides of my nipple where the holes of the piercing are have grown outwards and now my left nipple looks bigger than my right. i think i want to take the piercing out, but i'm worried that they will look very odd? Will it heal smaller or just look how it looks now forever? If it won't improve by taking the piercing out, will it make it worse by leaving it in? Will it keep growing out? Help please. Thanks!





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    After a nipple piercing, the inside of the fistula (the area under the skin forming a tunnel between each surface hole of the piercing) can protude slightly. Piercings can also suffer from some degree of migration (the bar or ring moving around in the skin slightly). After being pierced for such a long period of time, your symptoms should have ceased. If you remove the piercing, you will be left with small indents to each side, if the surface area of the nipple has already increased, it will not be reduced by removal of the jewellery. If you leave it in, it is unlikely to continue to grow outwards.

    Hiya, I got my 2nd tongue piercing on thursday. My first one about 4 years ago was fine. But this one I had numbed. And like tissue has come out the bottom of my piercing whole in the 2nd one? wahat shall i do? I have taken it out.





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    Hello i have had my belly done for 4 years and none stop i havent stop cleaning it with savlon spray because it cleans the inside and our side the piercing if the piercing is infected the best thing to do is go ad see the piercing shop and see what he can do. But if you cant get there or something go to the nearest shop/mall and chemist and Get this solution spray. use it 24/7.... Here is a link to show you what your looking for:http://www.savlon.co.uk/products/antiseptic_spray.html hope this help'd :)

    Hey, I've had my lip pierced for about 3-4 days now. This morning i woke up with a cold sore and it's right where my piercing is also there some light greeny stuff coming out of my piercing. Should i be worried?! or what can i do?!.





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    its pretty common - wash it with boiled (and cooled) salt water (you need it to be sea salt and about as salty as a ready salted crisp) you can also you cymex - not to be confused with carmex - to clear up the cold sore. dont play with it as that will make the infection last longer.

    To Becki, heya =) my dad didnt want me to get my bellybutton pierced either when i was younger! Eventually by convincing him that i was old enough to look after a new piercing, he agreed to go talk to the piercer about infections and how to keep a bellybutton piercing clean,at some piercing places they will give you an aftercare booklet and if your dad has any questions a good piercer will be happy to answer any worries he might have about infections,hope this helps! good luck! xx





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    My piercing story.. i have two sets of ear piercings (done with surgical steel and a gun) which healed perfectly within 3 months. I had my first belly piercing done with bioplast jewlery, within two weeks the area had turned an angry red and my body was rejecting the piercing. I had my second belly piercing done with metal (type unknown) this time done deeper, within two weeks the same thing happened my body was rejecting it and pushing it out. i had my belly pierced a third time with the same unknown metal bar and had my first tongue piercing done on the same day. my tongue was pierced with surgical stainless steel. The belly ring rejected. The tongue piercing swelled terribly within hours of piercing it i had to remove it four days later as it swelled so much i could not talk or eat, my body seemed to reject it. A few months later i got a bad case of tonsilitis and was put on antibiotics, while taking them i had my second tongue piercing done with the exact same bar as the first, it healed perfectly without pain or swelling at all. I got a bladder infection a few months later and was on antibiotics again and got my lower belly piercing (pierced with surgical steel) it healed perfectly without pain or swelling. I recently attempted the top belly piercing again this time with titanium, within a week it began rejecting. I dont know why my body only seems to accept piercings when on antibiotics. Do they suppress my immune system and fool my body into accepting the piercing and heal around it rather than rejecting it as if it was a pathogen? I know i am not allergic to any metals as i can wear anything in healed piercings, they never became infected and i cared for them perfectly, nothing exept antibiotics (for some weird reason) made any difference





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    a slight pinky redness around the little holes is totally normal. But if the area around the two holes has turned a dark red colour and it seems to be spreading it is a sign of rejection. i have had this problem many times, it can start about a week after piercing the holes will become redder and redder and the skin above the bar will also eventually become red.If you notice alot of crusting and your piercing seems to be ''weaping'' then you need to remove it now before it leaves a nasty scar.

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    Doctor Christian helps 37 year old Adam who has a rare penis problem. Read more →

  • Acne lazer treatment

    Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases back to the clinic to find out exactly how they've been getting on with their treatment, and to find out if they've conquered their embarrassment! Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Embarrassing Bodies: Penis Special

    Our doctors unveil their top tips for keeping your penis tip top. Read more →

  • Christian and his dad

    Embarrassing Old Bodies Special

    The Embarrassing Bodies clinic has opened its doors for a one off special looking at the conditions and problems that affect older people. Read more →

  • Medi+Vend machine

    Teens Below the Belt

    Episode 4 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies tackles conditions including a swollen bladder, toilet phobia and chlamydia. Read more →

  • Psoriasis

    Episode 2

    Conditions being seen by the doctors in Episode 2 included Psoriasis, a very flaky scalp, a botched circumcision, painful Bunions, problem Moles and some very excessive sweating. Dr Dawn Harper also headed to Birmingham University Hockey Club to teach… Read more →

  • TX 4

    Episode 4 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Pixie helps a young man with a six year posterior problem that started with a tiny hair but ended up as a gaping hole. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Peridinal Sinus

    Episode 4 - Feet

    This week's episode includes a podiatry roadshow, a mouthful of manky molars and a painful case of cystic acne. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Erectile Dysfunction

    Episode 6 - Erectile Dysfunction

    This week's episode includes a man whose erectile dysfunction has him at his wits end, an extreme case of tooth erosion and a ballooning belly that's more than just an obesity issue. Read more →

  • Folliculitis

    Episode 9 - Rally

    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Athletes Foot

    Episode 1

    The first set of cases through the EI doors included cases of Piles, Flatulence, Athlete's Foot, Skin Tags, Inverted Nipples and Vaginal Discharge. The boys of Moseley Rugby club were on hand to drop their towels for a lesson on testicular self examina… Read more →

  • Episode 14 - Changing Sex

    Episode 14 - Changing Sex

    Dr Christian revisits two women who have gone to extreme measures to dramatically change their bodies: they've both had gender reassignment surgery. Read more →

  • Dr Pixie

    Episode 12 - Under The Knife

    In this special episode, the doctors find out what happens when surgery goes wrong... Read more →

  • Skin

    Am I Normal?

    Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions including excessive sweating, extreme eczema and damaged hearing. Read more →

  • Keloid Scars

    Episode 1 - Pelvic Floor

    This week’s episode includes a woman who thinks she has a giant vagina, and a man who has had to wear incontinence pads until he’s saved by a revolutionary operation available on the NHS. Read more →

  • Episode 13 - About Face

    Episode 13 - About Face

    In this episode, the doctors catch up with some of the most memorable embarrassing facial problems. Read more →

  • Episode 7 - Series 7

    In Magaluf Dr Christian and Dr Dawn tackle our holidaying boys tackle - checking out their penis performances with erection monitoring and looking at our lads little swimmers. Read more →

  • Acne scarring

    We're Coming to Get You!

    The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you! Read more →

  • Breast Reconstruction

    Episode 3 - Brighton

    The doctors head to Brighton with their truck-stop clinic, whilst the main clinic receives visits from a woman with a post-mastectomy problem, a man with Poland's syndrome, and some persistent ulcers. Read more →

  • Beach

    Boys, Boys, Boys

    Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at binge drinking, diabetes and chronic acne. Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Man boobs

    Breasts

    In this second of four specials, the Embarrassing Illnesses doctors will be concerning themselves with breasts and all matters mammary. Read more →

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