Hello everyone! Now, I am well aware of what a violin hickey is, and I currently have one under my left chin. My real co cern is that the darkness is sort of “spreading”. I know that it’s kind of weird, but I don’t know how to like stop it or keep it from spreading. Thank you.
Don't squeeze so hard! Some bruising is inevitable if you practise a lot, but a permanent callous or splotch is avoidable with good technique.
Chamois,a natural material, covering the chinrest, is quite protective of the skin. Some absorbent cotton might also work. Since you already have a hickey, Zephiran Chloride (a topical liquid) may be able to clear it up quite quickly and painlessly.
On many players, this is caused by an allergy to the metal chinrest clamp (or the chrome or nickel plating), and they can get relief by switching the clamp to one made of titanium. Another option is to switch to one of the Wittner chinrests, which has clamps made of a plastic composite.
First of all, it's not necessarily your fault. You might not be "squeezing too hard" or any of that. Look, there are some full-on pros who have hickeys. (I call it "the mark of the covenant.") What you want to watch out for are signs of deep bruising, allergic reaction to your violin parts (as David noted), or infection. Spreading doesn't sound good -- if that continues go to the doctor, seriously.
Since you have a "real concern", keep an eye on it and examine it for lumps occasionally. Some people have residual gills, and string instruments can inflame them. I know a violist with that problem.
Some good answers already...
you can get a piece of chamois in any auto store, definitely start with that just to protect your skin, then follow up on the other advice given above!
Are we talking about a spreading bruise? I know I bruise more easily if I haven’t been looking after myself, or my diet . If the bruising seems to be spreading inappropriately, then it sounds like more than the violin contact is the issue.
fwiw, in the summer, to keep the sweat off the violin, I'm going to start using a cloth or chamois.
I have changed chin rest and shoulder rest setups multiple times (including a switch to a pad), and found that my hickey/mark has remained throughout. I'm experimenting with using a cloth to see if I'm allergic to the material of the chinrest at the moment, since setup changes have not provided changes.
The Wittner high tech plastic chinrests that David B. mentioned (I use the Augsburg model on all three of my violins, two acoustics and a Yamaha YEV electric) are not only very comfortable, but they're advertised as being hypo-allergenic too. They can't harbor bacteria, and that has to be a good thing.
Thank for the responses everyone. Now in my case, there a little bumps on it. Should I go see a doctor? Or should I try to play with a little rag?
Without seeing it, no-one can really answer that , but if you feel that it is a more severe reaction than you have previously experienced doing the same things , or should expect, then it’s not going to hurt to get it checked.
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