Violin Mark/ Hickey?
I’ve got a huge violin hickey and i was wondering how i could get rid of it? thanks :)
Witch Hazel, available at any pharmacy, applied with a cotton pad three times a day does wonders to clear it up.
Have you pinpointed the
Where is the irritation? Is it at the base of the neck/collarbone or in the middle of the neck?
Witch Hazel does not fight infection. It is merely an astringent. Potassium alum is stronger but also more corrosive and you do not want to risk getting it on your violin. If you are oozing or if there is other sign of infection then see your doctor. Antibiotic ointments are junk.
Since the infamous "Violin Hickey" is a bruise, padding between the instrument and your skin should stop the formation of the bruise. Of course, your holding of the instrument will change a bit with the added padding and it's one more thing in the violin case. If all else fails there is makeup.
The violin hickey is not a mark of mastery -- instead it actually means that your setup is wrong for your body in some way.
my hickey isn’t infected it’s just the bruising i’m eager to get rid of
Like I said: start with the Witch Hazel to clear up the symptoms. And try padding as mentioned above -- or a folded clean napkin -- to prevent further irritation while you're practicing or playing.
Haha. I used to be quite jealous of people who had huge hickeys from violin or viola, and was sad when mine was hardly existent even during the time when I was consistently putting in 4-5 hours a day on top of youth orchestra, lessons, and chamber music programs. Never used any padding either. I knew that having an especially prominent one meant something wasn't right, but I wanted something I could pop like a balloon.
Or you could just say you have new boyfriend/girlfriend??
It looks like you have some ideas and options to consider.
Popping a lump on or in the vicinity of the neck (a highly vascular region of the body) is NEVER a good DIY idea. How do you know there isn't a big vein, artery or other equally important structure lying just under the lump? ALWAYS get a trained medic to do the procedure.
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