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I decided to get a piercing at the top of my ear, through my cartilage. I figured I would save some bucks by doing it myself. I got a sewing needle and an old earring and just punched a hole in the area where I wanted the piercing. I forgot to sterilise the needle, and now I have a lump on the piercing, all p***y and red! Do I need to take the piercing out now? That would be such a shame!

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It sounds like you either have an infection or an early hypertrophic scar or keloid forming.  Either way, these need to be evaluated by a dermatologist and treated.

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