Congratulations on your new piercing!
Now its up to you to care for it properly.
your body will heal your piercing, but
You'll need to avoid hindering this process.
also You'll need to do some minor preventive maintenance.
essentially This means:
Avoid contaminating the wound:
- Touching your fresh or healing piercing is the main way that problems and infection start.
- Washing hands frequently thru out the day and not touching on and around the piercing is your best bet for a smooth timely healing.
- Keeping your piercing protected during physical jobs or activities and your sleeping environment clean really make a difference.
- Avoid soaking water like baths, pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes or oceans. Showers are fine. Certain piercings can be covered with a quality waterproof bandage like Tegaderm to protect them, but only if a completely perfect seal can be formed.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
Avoid irritating the wound:
- Friction, snagging, and pressure are the enemy of healing! No touching, turning, tugging, or otherwise moving your jewelry around in the piercing. This would be similar to picking a scab off a cut everyday and like the cut, the piercing will react badly to this disruption with longer healing times and more scarring.
- No rotation is necessary (even to clean), your jewelry will not become stuck in your piercing, but may not swing freely even when fully healed.
- Sleeping on a piercings causes numerous problems, avoid it whenever possible. talk to us if you have a hard time, we have a number of creative solutions!
- Downsize your jewelry in a timely manner if appropriate as swelling subsides. When you get pierced you will be told a good timeframe. Downsizing avoids unnecessary pressure from longer posts that cause cause migration and unsightly bumps.
Cleanse in a way that minimizes trauma:
- A fluid is produced by all wounds as part of the natural healing process.
- These "crusts" come out clear, pale yellow or milky in color and tend to dry to a darker amber tone. These are normal and healthy.
- Carefully reduce "crusties" and contaminates with nice warm clean running water. A daily shower is suggested.
- Wetting the piercing briefly at the beginning of the shower and then allowing the "crusties" to soften as you continue the rest of for normal showering. At the end of the shower, point the spray of water to run directly on to the piercing for a full minute or two. This copious flow of water will safely remove the softened debris and surface contaminates without moving the jewelry.
- Avoid cleaning with Betadine, Hibiciens, alcohol, antiseptics like "Ear Care Solution" or Bactine, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other soaps, as these can damage cells.
- Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation and are not designed to treat puncture wounds.
Maintain a healthy isotonic environment:
- Finish each cleaning with a quick full rinse with .9% Sterile Saline Spray. (9mg/ml)
- We sell this in the shop with a fine misting tip specially made for piercing use, or it can be found in the first aid aisle of most drug stores labels as "Wound Wash" please double check that it has no additional ingredients.
- Saline for contacts or products for nasal spray should not be used.
- Piercings may then be air dried or gently blotted dry with sterile gauze or a clean single use paper towel.
- Should there be any build-up still left on the jewelry or piercing site then gently remove it with sterile gauze or a clean disposable paper towel. Should this step be necessary repeat a rinse with the Wound Wash saline and blot dry or air dry as suggested above.
These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercing. Your local piercer may be able to refer you to a piercing-friendly medical professional. For more information, see the APP Brochure Troubleshooting For You and Your Healthcare Professional.