I woke up one morning and it had obviously discharged loads! So much so that my nipple had stuck to my bra. Its wasn't a gross discharge, but very crusty every day and there is almost a scab like on one side of the hole.
Now when I spoke to a friend who also had their nipple pierced they were shocked that the piercer told me to use TCP - they said that it is too strong for such a deep piercing. That's when I moved to salt water. It stings loads when I use the salt water and it does for a little while after.I really really don't want to take it out because I love it!!! Do you think in time (because I know the healing time is 6 - 8 weeks) that I will be okay?
A: First of all, any antiseptic like TCP is not good for a piercing. Definitely stop using that. Your piercer never should have recommended it.
Second, if you were wearing a bra and suddenly overnight your piercing started having problems, it's not like you could have accidentally snagged it, so unless you did something to snag it just before going to bed, my suspicion would be that maybe you are having a problem with the jewelry, but let's try just treating it for a few days first.
Just use a MILD antibacterial or better, antimicrobial liquid soap to clean it. Provon and Satin are the best, but I don't know if they are available in your area. Do that twice a day and then follow with a sea salt soak. (If your sea salt soaks burn/sting, you're using too much salt. It should be a very weak/diluted concentration of sea salt and water. Sea salt soaks should feel soothing and provide relief. If you don't want to mix your own sea salt water, you can also use sterile saline solution. Then rinse it thoroughly after the sea salt treatment.)
Do this for 4 days and see how it goes. Unless of course it get worse and you think it could be infected - in which case, don't waste time - see a doctor. But if it doesn't get nasty or hot or extremely painful, you should be OK. After 4 days, you should notice a significant improvement. If not, then it's time to blame the jewelry.
I'm not sure I would recommend you go back to whoever pierced you, seeing as they recommended the TCP in the first place. So, try to find another professional piercing shop and tell them you are having a reaction to your jewelry and you need to try something else. You may have inferior steel and just need a higher grade, or you may need to upgrade to niobium or titanium. The piercer should be able to help you with that decision.