What are industrial piercing bumps, and how to get rid of them? - Dr. Piercing Aftercare

What are industrial piercing bumps, and how to get rid of them?

If you've ever had an industrial piercing, then you know that they can be pretty sensitive. One of the things that can happen is that you can get a bump around the piercing. You don’t want the happiness of your new piercing to be overshadowed by the annoyance of the bump. 

This is actually quite common and there are a few different reasons why it might happen. In this article, we're going to take a look at industrial piercing bumps - what they are, why they happen, and how you can get rid of them.

Industrial piercing bumps vs Keloids: Are they the same?

So, what exactly is an industrial piercing bump? Essentially, it's just a buildup of fluid around the piercing. 

Many people confuse industrial piercing bumps with keloids. But they're also quite different. Raised scars that can form after any injury to the skin - including piercings are what we call Keloids. They tend to be larger than the original injury and can be itchy or painful. 

Industrial piercing bumps, on the other hand, are small bumps and have a more irregular shape that form around the piercing itself. They're usually not painful or itchy, but they can be similarly annoying to look at.

So, how do you know if you have a keloid or an industrial piercing bump? The best way to tell is by looking at them. Keloids are usually much larger than industrial piercing bumps and have a more uniform shape.

If you're still not sure, the best way to know for sure is to see a doctor. They'll be able to take a look at it and tell you for sure what it is.

Why do industrial piercing bumps happen?

There are a few different reasons why industrial piercing bumps might happen. The most common reason is that the piercing is healing. This means the body is trying to heal the piercing by creating scar tissue around it. The scar tissue can sometimes form a bump around the piercing.

Another reason why industrial piercing bumps might happen is because of an infection. If the piercing becomes infected, it can cause a bump to form. This is usually accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain, redness, and swelling. If you think you might have an infection, it's important to see a doctor right away.

The last reason why industrial piercing bumps might happen is an allergic reaction. Some people are allergic to the metals used in jewelry, such as nickel. If you're allergic to the metal, it can cause a bump to form around the piercing. Allergic reactions usually accompany other symptoms, such as itchiness, redness, and swelling.

Things to Avoid When Managing Industrial Piercing Bumps

  • Do NOT pop the bump because it will bleed and hurt. It will open the wound for contamination and infection. If you pop it up accidentally, drain the bump and clean it. 
  • Piercers prohibit sleeping on it because that exerts pressure and friction against the new piercing, aggravating trauma that leads to bump formation.
  • Avoid contaminating the area by touching it because your hands may carry bacteria.
  • Do NOT over-clean your piercing as it can cause irritation and inflame the bump.


To prevent piercing bumps, get pierced by an expert piercer, avoid pulling hair or changing the jewelry often, and use proper jewelry made of non-allergic metals. Also, please do not pick on the scab tissue (the membranous covering made by our body while healing wounds). Eventually, the body stops making the scab tissue and makes scar tissue, which may bubble out and go over the piercing hole.



Piercing bumps can occur for several reasons, including poor aftercare, irritation, trauma from knocking or bumping, or allergies. Moreover, inappropriate jewelry or post-piercing mishandling can also lead to the formation of piercing bumps. 

So, how do you get rid of an industrial piercing bump? The good news is that they're usually pretty easy to treat. One of the best things you can do is to clean the area with a saline solution. Try using Dr. Piercing Aftercare medicated spray,  a saline solution that not only helps with swift healing of the piercing but also minimizes the appearance of bumps.

You might also need to see a doctor if the bump is really bad. They can prescribe antibiotics if there's an infection, or they might be able to remove the jewelry if it's causing irritation. In most cases, industrial piercing bumps are easy to treat on your own.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand a little bit more about industrial piercing bumps. If you want to learn more about other types of piercing and the best piercing aftercare tips, feel free to check our website for relevant searches.