Aftercare of Your New Body Piercings
Piercings in any region of your body do not heal overnight, and must be cared for diligently and correctly. With proper care, and the proper jewellery, even the most dramatic of piercings will heal with little or no trouble. Without the proper care, the simplest can cause serious problems. Your new piercing will cause you some discomfort for the first two weeks, and will not heal for at least six months.
To promote healing, you must keep your piercing and jewellery clean at all times. And you must wear clean cloths at all times.
New piercings must be thoroughly cleaned three times a day, usually morning, mid-day and evening, for 1 month, then cut down to 2 times a day for a month, then once a day every day for the rest of your life, with H2Ocean Spray available in our Studio, or a germicidal scrub such as Spectro Jel skin cleaner. If these products prove to be too harsh, switch to a mild (low pH) soap avoiding any soap containing perfume, deodorant, or cold cream. Another product is Hibitane skin cleaner.
To clean your piercing, first remove any dried matter from your jewellery, rinsing it with warm water. Standing in the shower with a light, warm spray of water on your piercing, will prove very soothing during the initial healing period. Once your jewellery is free of dried matter, lather well and work your jewellery back and forth through your piercing. Rinse the soap away, and again work your jewellery back and forth to remove all traces of soap from your piercing.
We have found that alcohol has a tendency to over-dry the piercing, and should not be used.
Hydrogen Peroxide as well as Bactine should never be used, it not only kills bacteria, but also kills off the human cells that are trying to heal. This promotes longer healing times and sloughing of good tissue, so that the wound may actually enlarge and scar much worse.
The use of ointments should be avoided, as almost all ointments are oil-based in origin. What happens is that when an ointment is applied to a piercing, it encapsulates (seals off) the piercing, keeping it moist (so the piercing will not toughen up) and traps the bacteria inside, creating an infection, Infections are unlikely if a rigorous cleaning program is followed.
If an infection should occur, we generally recommend that the piercing be soaked in warm salt water (one teaspoon of sea salt in a litre of boiled water, which is allowed to cool.) If you can afford it, sterile Saline (used for cleaning contact lenses) is a better alternative, but if not the salt water is an excellent choice. Use several times a day.
Orally Piercings; plain salt water (sea salt) is also a better choice than Listerine/Betadine and other mouthwashes.A tip from a Doctor: If the oral piercing is hurting, get some Oragel or Teegel or Anbesol (Used for babies= gums when teething).
We also found that soaking the piercing with a warm, wet chamomile tea bag will help remove inflammation and tenderness. The worse thing you can do is remove the jewellery, while there is any trace of infection. If the proper jewelry was used in the first place, there is a very small chance that it is the cause of the infection. Also, by removing the jewellery, the piercing would close, trapping the bacteria inside the piercing. If you find that your infection is not subsiding we recommend that you see a Doctor, as antibiotics may be necessary.
Please note: that if an infection occurs in the tongue, it is recommended that you seek medical attention promptly, as the infection can become quite serious very quickly. (Also with nostril or septum piercings, see a physician IMMEDIATELY! Infections of the nasal tissue can be fatal.) Signs of infection include prolonged soreness or pain, excessive or spreading redness, excessive swelling and/or discharge.
A well balanced diet, with vitamins and minerals supplementation is extremely important to the healing process. Also healing is usually accelerated if some form of dietary supplement is used, such as Zinc (women 60 mg.-men 120 mg.)
Should you encounter any problems or require any assistance in the care of your piercing, call us immediately. We want our clients to be 100% satisfied with our jewellery and our service.
Always wash your hands before you touch the piercing or the area near it. Don't let other people touch it either, especially by mouth. Clean off all dry matter from the jewellery before moving it through the skin. The dried matter you find on the jewellery is a collection of white blood cells that draw bacteria out of the fresh pierce. When this dries, it is very sharp and will scratch, re-open, and hurt your pierce if turned into the skin. Remove the matter by dousing the piercing with clean warm water and wiping it off. Some have suggested a shot glass with warm water in it, held against the piercing to soften the dried matter. Once the ring is clean of dry matter you are ready to wash the piercing.
Contact with piercings should be avoided during the initial healing period. Avoid oral contact or handling, with dirty hands, as infections will occur.
New piercings should NEVER be subjected to heavy use, as new tissue can be damaged and nasty infections may result. This is particularly true of nipple piercings (no oral contact especially).If you intend to wear a pendant, (or charm,) leave it off until the piercing is completely healed.
Genital piercings do not prohibit coitus, however males are advised to wear a condom, even in monogamous situations, until the piercing is healed.
Removal of your jewellery at the end of the healing period is not a good idea. Even if the piercing is healed, some time is required for it to toughen up. The new tissues are very delicate and may be torn when you attempt to reinsert your jewelry. If the jewelry must be removed, insert a short piece of monofilament (fishing line or weed eater line) into the piercing. This will keep the piercing open until the jewelry can be reinserted. This method is virtually undetectable.
Stretching of the piercing should not be attempted until the six months has passed. If a larger gauge of jewelry is desired, do not attempt to insert it on your own. See a professional.Should you wish to change your jewellery to a different style or a heavier gauge, or if you have any questions, please give us a call. We will be more than happy to assist you, and we can provide or order whatever jewellery you require.
polysporin should not be used if you are allergic to either sulfa, or penicillin. We stress that you must wipe away any excess ointment from the surface of your skin. Ointment that is not removed can suffocate your pierce.Do not use after the first two weeks!
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