Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably.
Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whiteish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry and needs to be gently removed daily. You may feel the tissue tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
Packaged sterile wound wash saline solution with no additives (read the label).
The mixture of saline and water works with your body's chemistry, helping your body to do its job to heal the wound. A stronger mixture is not better. A saline solution that is too strong can irritate a piercing. You're gently rinsing the site and allowing the body to heal rather than being aggressive and trying to force it to heal with harsh chemicals. Don't think antibacterial, think bacterial avoidance.
(Including the exterior or oral piercings such as labret, monroe, etc.)
Wash hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason. Spray piercing with sterile saline daily. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply the solution using saturated clean gauze. A one minute rinse in the shower afterwards will remove any residue. If a one minute rinse at the end of your shower isn’t enough to remove build up you may gently use gauze saturated with saline to remove any crustiness that has formed around the jewelry (this is normal). Dry by gently patting the area with sterile gauze or clean, disposable paper towels.
Do not wear tight clothing against your piercing, wear clean clothes and shower daily. Rinse your piercing after washing/conditioning hair. Do not rotate or play with your jewelry. Do not let others touch your new piercing. Clean your piercing as soon as possible after working out. Avoid contact between hair, hair products, or makeup and your piercing.
In week two to three of healing, bringing some warmth to the piercing at least once per day will promote extra blood flow to the area. Wrap up a small heat pack with clean, fresh tissue to cover your piercing. Gently rest the heat pack on top for at least 5 minutes throughout the entirety of your healing process.
Once swelling subsides it is vital to replace the original, longer jewelry with a shorter post to avoid any damage. Since this jewelry change occurs during healing we recommend coming back after 6 weeks to do so.
Rinse mouth with saline solution or a mild, alcohol free mouthwash such as Biotene or Crest Pro Health for 30 seconds after large meals and at bedtime during the entire healing period. If you are a smoker remember that smoking tends to prolong swelling, make sure to thoroughly wash hands before smoking, and rinse mouth with bottled water afterwards. For the exterior of an oral piercing, follow general aftercare. Oral piercings tend to swell, to reduce swelling you may take an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen according to package instructions. Do not move jewelry more than necessary. Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in your mouth and sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights. Allow yourself to eat slowly and carefully until you are used to having your new addition, avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature food or beverages for a few days. Avoid oral sexual contact, including kissing or oral sex during healing. To maintain good oral hygiene during healing we recommend using a new soft-bristled toothbrush and keep it stored in a clean area away from other toothbrushes. Brush your teeth and use your chosen rinse after every meal. Floss daily, gently brush your teeth and tongue.
Once swelling subsides it is vital to replace the original, longer jewelry with a shorter post to avoid any damage. Since this jewelry change occurs during healing we recommend coming back after two weeks to do so.
Avoid over cleaning, this will irritate your piercing. Cleaning a piercing once or twice a day is sufficient. Avoid the use of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and harsh soaps, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments, they prevent necessary air circulation. Avoid Bactine, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care. If you wouldn’t put it in your eye, do not put it on your piercing! Avoid trauma to the area, such as: sleeping on your fresh piercing, bumping the area, playing with the jewelry, and friction from clothing. These activities can cause uncomfortable scar tissue, migration and prolonged healing. Do not bandage or cover your piercing, let it breathe. Do not remove your jewelry before your piercing is fully healed, you can damage your piercing if it is not removed and inserted properly. In some cases, piercings can close in as little as 15 minutes, even when its healed. Avoid all rough play, oral contact, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing. Do not submerge your piercing in any pools, lakes, oceans, hot tubs, etc. for a minimum of 2 months. Leave your jewelry in for the entirety of the healing process. Most importantly be patient. Do not try to rush the healing process as everyone heals differently. Being well rested, a good diet, and low stress levels will all have a positive impact on how you heal.
A piercing may 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 with your body, and stay on top of cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
Should you decide you no longer want your piercing, simply remove the jewelry and continue cleaning the area until the hole closes. Infections are extremely rare, often when a piercing is just irritated people mistake it for infection. In the event an infection occurs and is diagnosed by a medical professional, leave the jewelry in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess. Do not remove jewelry unless instructed by a medical professional.
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