PIERCING AFTERCARE

 Body Piercings:

 Basic everyday guidelines:

  • Stay healthy. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet.

  • Make sure bedding is kept clean and changed regularly.

  • Don't submerge your new piercing in water such as lakes, pools, jacuzzis, or even your bathtub. You may use a waterproof bandage to protect the piercing if absolutely necessary.

  • Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, hibiclens or any kind of neosporin / ointment.

  • Do NOT over clean.

  • Avoid oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing.

  • Avoid stress and recreational drug use including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

  • Avoid ALL beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics and lotions.

  • DO NOT try and change jewelry too early. Wait at least 8 weeks or more (3-4 months preferably, for most piercings) to change. If irritation appears with your change-out jewelry, remove and replace with the cleaned original piercing jewelry. You can always come into the shop if you need help changing jewelry. 

 

Cleaning:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any reason.

  • Using antibacterial Soft-soap, Dial, or antimicrobial Provon soap, lather a small pearl size bead of soap in your fingers, and wash the jewelry and piercing for no more than 30 seconds and rinse well.

  • Let air dry, or dry with disposable paper products such as paper towels. Do not use cotton type towels, they harbor bacteria you don't want near your healing piercing.

  • Optionally, also apply H2Ocean sterilized sea salt solution, Neil-med sterile saline wound wash, or a pre-made mixture of your own. (1/8-1/4 teaspoon on NON-Iodized sea salt into one cup (8oz) of warm distilled or bottled water. A stronger mixture is NOT better. Solution that is too strong can irritate your piercing.)

  • Repeat these steps 2-4 times daily for the first 4-6 weeks. Then you can slowly taper down your daily cleaning to 1-2 times a day.

  • Urinate after cleaning a genital piercing.

 

 

What is normal?

  • Initially, some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

  • While healing, some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry.

  • Most piercings seem healed before healing is actually complete. This is because the piercing heals from the outside in. Be patient and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing process.

  • Once healed the jewelry may not move freely; DON’T force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as a part of your daily hygiene routine; normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.

 

Oral Piercings:

Basic everyday guidelines:

  • Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth to help with pain/swelling.

  • Take an over the counter, anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen according to package instructions.

  • Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep your jewelry and the surrounding area clean.

  • Floss daily and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.

  • Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet.

  • Do NOT play with the jewelry. Permanent damage may result.

  • Avoid undue trauma, excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during the healing process can cause scar tissue, migration, or other complications.

  • Avoid any mouthwash containing alcohol or fluoride.

  • Avoid oral sexual contact including french kissing or oral sex during the healing process.

  • Avoid on chewing gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, etc.

  • Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.

  • Avoid smoking. Smoking increases risk and healing time.

  • Avoid stress, alcohol and recreational drug use

 

Cleaning Inside the mouth:

  • Rinse mouth out with non-alcoholic mouthwash when you get up in the morning, after meals, snacks, cigarettes, anything aside from water, and again before bed. The mouth harbors bacteria and you have to make sure you're keeping it clean.

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