What to Expect
A healing piercing may be tender, itchy or bruised for a few weeks. It may be swollen or bleed a little for the first few days, and be slightly red. Redness may persist on and off for the entire healing period.
A healing piercing may secrete a whitish-yellow fluid, which may crust on the jewelry. This discharge is normal during the healing period and will stop when the piercing is healed.
Caring for You
Sickness, stress and fatigue will have a negative effect on the healing of your piercing. Rest, low-stress lifestyle, consistent routine, positive attitude towards healing, and a healthy diet including plenty of water are all factors that contribute to how the body heals.
Caring for Your Piercing
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt for every 8oz of water. Pour some of this solution into a clean cup or bowl, warm it up in the microwave and completely submerge your piercing into the water for 7-10 minutes. When you’re finished with your soak, rinse your piercing thoroughly and gently pat it dry with a clean disposable paper towel. Hot compresses made from disposable towels may be used for difficult soaking sites (like bridges or napes) but are not as effective, so submerging the piercing is always advisable if possible.
Wash your piercing in the shower with an antimicrobial soap or baby soap such as Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap or Provon. Take a pea-size amount of soap and foam it up in your hands. Wash the outside of the piercing and rinse with water.
Additional Care for Oral Piercing
Rinse with an alcohol-free mouthwash after eating, drinking, smoking or putting anything in your mouth other than water. Alcohol-based mouthwashes are too harsh and will irritate your piercing.
Rinse with warm sea salt water solution 3-5 times a day. Sea salt water rinses will speed healing and ease the healing process.
Avoid drinking alcohol for the first few weeks of your healing period. These beverages will increase your swelling and may make your piercing bleed.
Gently sucking on shave ice or ice chips or drinking cold beverages such as smoothies. Reduce or stop smoking. Smokers may experience considerably longer healing times.
It’s important to keep your body healthy while healing your piercing. Soft and bite-sized foods will be easiest for the first week or two. Try to avoid hot, spicy or crunchy foods until your piercing is healed.
Most oral piercings will need to be downsized 2-4 weeks into the healing period. Wearing the initial jewelry once your swelling has subsided can lead to dental damage. Come back when you are ready for a downsize and see your piercer to ensure you get properly sized jewelry. Except for downsizing, jewelry should not be changed until your piercing is completely healed.
What NOT to Do
DO NOT touch your piercing with dirty hands – this is the main cause of infection due to the introduction of bacteria and germs. Also, do not twist, turn or rotate your jewelry.
DO NOT let your piercing come into contact with dirty bedding, unclean clothing, pet hair or other people’s body fluids. Be careful when drying yourself with a towel and when dressing or putting on hats or scarves, as you can snag and potentially tear your piercing.
DO NOT expose your piercing to any water other than your shower or your sea salt water solution. NO rivers, lakes, hot tubs, oceans or swimming pools. Clean and thoroughly rinse the tub before taking a bath.
DO NOT get cosmetics, facial cleansers, tanning oils, lotions, moisturizers, hair spray, hair gels or similar products on the piercing. Avoid contact with acne preventions medications.
DO NOT use Neosporin, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, Betadine, Bactine, witch hazel, astringents, salves, antibiotic ointments, etc.
DO NOT wear restrictive clothing, irritating clothing or anything that limits oxygen flow over the piercing.
DO NOT change your jewelry before your piercing is healed. It is also a good idea to come in and let your piercer change your jewelry for the first time.
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