So, I had my ears pierced and stretched. Everything was fine for a few months then there was a bubble blister thing that has gone away. Now though, I have a little calcium ball inside my earlobe which will make repiercing harder. anyone have an experience with calcium deposits?
here’s a little info I found. don’t know if the same techniques will work on the fleshy bit of the ear but it’s worth a try!
Alternative and Herbal remedies:
• To relieve pain, use hot linseed oil packs. Place linseed oil in a pan and heat but do not boil it. Dip a piece of cheesecloth or other white cotton material into the oil until the cloth is saturated. Apply the cloth to the affected area and cover it with a piece of plastic that is larger in size than the cotton cloth. Place a heating pad over the plastic and use it to keep the pack warm. Keep the pack in place for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, as needed.
• Ice massages on the bottoms of the feet can be helpful. Alternate between hot and cold foot baths.
• Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), applied topically to the affected area, is good for relief of acute symptoms. Note: Only DMSO from a health food store should be used. Commercial-grade DMSO found in hardware stores is not suitable for healing purposes. Using DMSO may result in a temporary garlicky body odor. This is not a cause for concern.
• Use arnica and chamomile to bathe the foot (or other joint). You can also wrap the herbs in a cloth and apply it to the affected area as a poultice.
Bone spurs can be prevented and effectively treated with calcium and magnesium supplements. A proper balance of these nutrients prevents abnormal calcium deposits from forming. The digestive enzyme betaine HCI helps the body absorb these nutrients.
Natural anti-inflammatory supplements which may be of help are whole leaf, cold processed aloe vera juice, glucosamine sulfate, shark cartilage, bromelain, evening primrose oil, and kelp.
In more difficult cases, intramuscular injections of B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B12, and magnesium sulfate are worth trying, or oral vitamin C pushed to bowel tolerance doses.
Other Herbal Remedies:
• Rose hip and horsetail tea help to heal and rebuild tissue. Add 1 tsp. of herbs to 1 cup of boiling water, steep for ten minutes, strain and drink 1 cup three times daily.
• The yellow pigment of turmeric is called curcumin. In some studies it has been reported to be equally effective as cortisone without any of the associated side-effects. The usual effective dose of curcumin is 500-1,000 mg three times daily on an empty stomach for about six weeks.
• Alternating hot and cold foot baths are helpful.
• Apply a flax seed hot pack to relieve the pain.
• If the problem fails to improve with diet change or supplementation, one should also consider the possibility of food allergy, digestive enzyme insufficiencies, especially hydrochloric acid, and assimilation problems. A nutritional doctor or naturopath can order a comprehensive digestive and stool analysis, food allergy tests, or other tests for nutritional status to find the source of the problem.
How much to take:
• Calcium, 1,200 mg
• Magnesium, 600 mg
• Glucosamine sulfate, 500 mg daily
• Bromelain, 2 capsules between meals
• Evening primrose oil, 500 mg
• Kelp, 1 tsp. daily
• Vitamin C, to bowel tolerance
I had also heard taking calcium supplements helps to get rid of calcium deposits, bone spurs, and kidney stones (doctors will tell you the opposite – to avoid the calcium, but I have talked to people for whom the calcium supplements worked).
Are you sure you don’t have a keloid scar? I myself have triple 000 gauged ears and after my last stretching I got a keloid scar – mine looked like a small bubble. Others I have seen on forced piercings from something like a 14g to a 10 have the appearance of a large bubble. This risk is always a factor for gauging ear lobes. I have had my small keloid scar removed by a plastic surgeon, also can be done by a dermatologist for a few hundred dollars. As far as I know from speaking with my homeopathic physician and actual surgeons – surgery is the only route to remove such a thing. I’ve never in my work with piercings heard of calcium deposits. You may want to visit a dermatologist. Good luck =) let me know what you find out.