Piercing Aftercare

Typical Piercing Care

Always wash your hands thoroughly prior to touching your piercing for any reason. Clean your piercing once or twice daily with sterile Saline Wound Wash then gently dry with clean disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria or snag on jewelry. *Saline Wound Wash can be found anywhere you shop in the first aid aisle.

The Do-Nots

Do not use alcohol, peroxide, Neosporin, Dial or any soap containing triclosan or iodine. They are all too harsh and damage the cells trying to heal your piercing. Avoid Bactine, pierced ear care solutions (such as ear piercing solution from Claire’s), and any other products containing Benzalkonium chloride (BKZ). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care. *Don’t put anything on your piercing that you wouldn’t put in your eyes.

Do not touch your new piercing at all. No twisting, adjusting, or taking the jewelry out is necessary at all. Avoid undue trauma, for example, friction from tight clothing (such as a tight waistband on navel piercing), excessive motion of the area, playing with/ picking at the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, rejection, prolonged healing, and other complications.

Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others bodily fluids on or near your piercing during the healing process.

Avoid submerging your piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or protect your piercing using a waterproof wound sealant bandage such as Nexcare, cleanseals, or Tegaderm. These are available at most drug stores.

What to Expect

Initially, some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness and/or bruising, some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry is all to be expected throughout the healing process.

Oral Piercing Aftercare

You will want to rinse several times a day, after you eat, and if you smoke, after you smoke

Purchase a new, soft bristled tooth brush.

What you will be using to rinse depends on if you already use mouthwash. If you already use mouthwash regularly, you will want to use anti microbial, alcohol free rinse. If you don’t use mouthwash regularly prior to your piercing, use warm sea salt rinses instead. Mouthwash changes the pH of the mouth, so if you start using it just to care for piercing, it could actually prolong healing.

Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in your mouth for swelling.

Take over the counter, non- steroidal, anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to package instructions.

Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few days.

Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.

Do not chew gum, tobacco, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses or any other foreign objects that could harbor bacteria.

Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during the healing process can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and other complications.

Come back in about a week when the swelling is completely gone for a shorter barbell to wear for the remainder of the healing process.

If at any point you think something out of the ordinary is going on or you have any questions regarding your piercing, you are always more than welcome to message me personally.

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