Granuloma Gallery

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Here are some photographs showing what granulomas can look like. Sometimes they are mistaken for blood blisters because they often bleed a lot. To compare these bumps to what blood blisters look like click here.


These pictures show a granuloma on a Nostril Piercing from lots of different angles.

You can see clearly in the top two photos that the bump looks like a little round ball sat on the skin. The texture of the bump also looks quite meaty and wet looking and is a bright red colour.

With the jewellery pressed against it in the last few pictures it looks a lot flatter, almost like very irritated hypertrophic scarring.


You can just about see a very red, wet looking bump underneath the bottom ball of the navel piercing, with a more pinky looking bump towards the front of the bottom ball.

Often granulomas on navel piercings appear in this position and can be easy to miss!


Interestingly, granulomas inside the mouth often don’t always look as red as they do on skin piercings, due to the different tissue inside the mouth.

They do still look a bit ‘meaty’ but this time they are more bobbily looking, sort of like fake brains!






Here are some close ups of large granulomas, appearing elsewhere on the body so you can see what the bumps look like more clearly. On the left is the lumpy ‘meaty’ kind of granuloma and on the right is the perfectly round sort of granuloma, which looks a little bit like a ball sitting on the skin. Both bumps are a bright red colour.


  • The first montage of nostril piercing bumps was donated to us by EmilyRose from the Bodyjewelleryshop Community. Many Thanks go to her for such a detailed photo!
  • The next photograph was submitted, along with a question about the bump, by Valerie to and can be found here.
  • The tongue piercing photograph comes from Otolaryngology Houstin and was taken by  Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD as part of his work in the hospital.
  • The lumpy looking granuloma close up can be found in many places all over the internet but we took it from the online medical leaflet which can be found here.
  • Finally the last photograph was an entry in the Dermatology Image Atlas, and was taken in 2005 by Bernard Cohen, MD.