Suggested Piercing Aftercare
Piercing aftercare is simple and chances of infection are rare and most of the time easily avoidable and controllable. Infection is always a possibility with any type of procedure in which the skin is broken. The number one cause of irritation and/or infection in the healing of a piercing is from the pierce touching their jewelry and pierced area with their hands. Hands come are covered in germs from doorknobs, counter tops, money, etc. . The number one rule for any healing piercing is not to touch it or it’s jewelry. If for some reason you find yourself in a situation where you must touch the jewelry on a healing piercing, WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY with an antibacterial soap.
What can you expect?
After the piercing, you may experience some redness, swelling, and minor bruising which can last for a few days. During healing discoloration, itching, and secretions of a whitish yellow sticky fluid (not pus) will dry and form a crust on your jewelry. A licensed physician is the only person who can confirm or diagnose an infection, however, it’s good to know what might and what might not be an infection to avoid mistaking a common irritation for an infection. Most irritations can be fixed.
A good mindset to have with a healing piercing is that you want your body to get used to it being there in the most natural way possible. Be careful not to over clean your piercing, excessive cleaning can lead to an irritation. If you feel that the piercing is infected or irritated, its vital that the jewelry should remain in. Removing the jewelry during an irritation or infection could create an abscess. If you feel your problem is serious, visit your piercer and consult a physician, preferably one experienced with piercings.
Any piercing not taken care of properly or receiving excess movement can be prone to rejection. Skin recession and thinning near the piercing entry point at the jewelry are signs of rejection. If your piercing is rejecting your jewelry come in and see me. The jewelry may need to be changed to stop the rejection.
What to use:
While in the shower do not clean your piercing(s) with regular soap. Anti-bacterial soap or body wash can irritate your piercing and or cause allergic reactions.
Castile soap is suggested such as Dr Bronners brand Baby Mild to clean the area around your piercing. Be careful not to move your jewelry while cleaning. If crust has built up around your jewelry use sterile saline spray and sterile gauze to gently remove it.
After the shower spray your piercing with sterile saline spray and pat dry with sterile gauze until dry.
In the past the suggested way to care for your piercing(s) was to soak daily with a sea salt solution before showering but it has been found that sea salt soaks can help grow unwanted bacteria so sea soaks are no longer suggested.
Mild antimicrobial soaps such as Dial or Provon have been recommended in the past, however, the nonorganic ingredient irritate the piercing. Ideally you should keep all harsh chemicals away from your healing piercing. . You want your body to get used to the new jewelry now being in it and introducing outside chemicals such as Ointments, body washes, perfumes, spray tans, lotions, and oils will only delay the process and may cause your piercing to reject. Only sterile saline rinse should be used.
- Ice your piercing, take anti-inflammatory (Motrin, Naproxen)
Avoid the introduction of foreign body fluids to pierced area(s) until piercing is fully healed (sweat, blood, saliva, etc.) A sterile saline spray can be used to remove unwanted fluids.
- Do Not rotate jewelry, it will cause trauma to the piercing(s), and may promote scarring and irritation that can lead to an infection.
during healing time Do Not wear tight clothing or bandages which keeps your piercing(s) from breathing.
While your piercing is healing avoid baths, recreational water activities, gardening, and contact with animals.
- ALL new piercings secrete a gooey, sticky fluid called lymph. This will dry up and form a ring of crust around the jewelry at the holes. Your body is healing (Do Not pick it off with your finger nail)
Do not remove jewelry until the piercing is fully healed
- Never use peroxide, alcohol, Bactine, Hibacleanse, povidone, iodine, or betadine they will dry out and irritate your new piercing(s). Also Do Not use Ointments (Neosporin, Bacatracin, A&D, etc.)
- Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
- Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria
Signs and symptoms of infection, including, but not limited to, redness, swelling, tenderness of the procedure site, red streaks going from the procedure site towards the heart, elevated body temperature, or purulent drainage from the procedure site. These Signs and symptoms may indicate the need to seek medical care.
This suggested information is meant to help you heal and care for you piercing(s); however, it is not magic. Each human body is unique and may react differently to specific treatments. Your Piercer is not responsible for the healing of your piercing(s) or the application of this information. Many uncontrollable factors may inhibit the proper healing of your piercing(s). Consequently, if you feel as though these suggestions are not benefiting the progress of your healing please consult your personal doctor and body piercer
Thank you, Tommy Towne (909)528-4038 cell