WHAT TO DO
- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing. Leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your piercing.
- Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and maintain a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine, just clean thoroughly after a workout session.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean and comfortable breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you’re sleeping.
- Showers are a better than taking baths. Bath tubs can harbor bacteria.
WHAT TO AVOID
Avoid cleaning your piercing with alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. They contain harsh chemicals that can dry your piercing out and make it uncomfortable for your new piercing. Do not clean your piercing with Dial soap. Also do not put any ointments on your piercings such as “A&D ointment” or “Neosporin”. These make it impossible for your piercing to breathe.
Avoid backing or ear piercing care solutions and other products containing benzalkonium chloride (BZK).
Avoid over cleaning your newly acquired piercing. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry. Doing these things can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
Avoid all oral contact, rough play, bumping, hitting, rubbing, with others’ bodily fluids on or near your newly acquired piercing.
Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, oceans. And no trying to protect your piercing with band aids that have adhesive.
Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays.
Do not hang charms or any objects from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.
Use one or both of the following solutions for healing piercings
- Packaged sterile saline solution such as (sterile contact cleaning solution from companies like “Bausch & Lomb” or “Renu”.
- Another alternative is a non iodized sea salt mixture: dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non iodized (iodine free) sea salt into one cup of (8 oz) or warm distiller water or bottled water. A stronger mixture is not better; saline solution that is too strong can irritate your piercing. Provon antimicrobial lotion soap is also a cleaning solution.
WASH your hands thoroughly before cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason
SALINE/PROVON soak or clean thoroughly 2-3 times daily with gauze, q tip, or by placing a warm cup of saline over the piercing to form a vacuum. Rinsing after the soak will remove anything detrimental to your piercing.
RINSE thoroughly to remove all traces of the saline or proven from your new piercing.
DRY by gently patting it with clean disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and can get caught on the jewelry causing problems in healing, or injury.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or hematoma (bruising)
During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus) that will form on the jewelry and around the piercing that when dry will crust. It’s normal for the skin to tighten around the jewelry as its healing.
Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing. DO NOT FORCE IT! If you fail to clean your piercing daily as suggested there’s a possibility a smell may develop as bodily secretions do accumulate unless frequently cleaned.
A piercing can seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. BE PATIENT! keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; If you like your piercing keep your jewelry in- do not remove.
JEWELRY Hints & Tips
Unless there is a problem with size, style, or material of the initial piercing. Leave your jewelry in place for the entire healing period. See a qualified perform any jewelry change that becomes necessary during healing.
Contact your piercer if your jewelry must be removed (such as for a medical procedure)
There are non metallic jewelry options available.
Leave jewelry in at all time. Even old or well healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes. Even after having been there for years. If removed, re insertion can be difficult or impossible.
With clean hand or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness. Just like traditional “righty tighty, lefty loosey”
Carrying a clean spare ball in case of loss or breakage is recommended.
Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry, or have a professional piercer remove it for you, and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark will remain.
In the event an infection is suspected, quality jewelry or an inert alternative should be left in place to allow for drainage of the the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside of the the piercing. Do not remove jewelry unless instructed by a professional.