The aftercare that you give your
piercing will determine how quickly and how well it heals. The following
information will provide general guidelines for the care of your new piercing.
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to give either location a
call, or stop by to speak with a piercer.
General Aftercare Antibacterial, Antiseptic Soap:
Clearly Natural, Lever 2000 (to name a few), avoid fragrances, colors and moisturizers
2. Wash hands
with soap and water
3. Lather the
jewelry and surrounding area, making sure to remove any discharge surrounding
4. Once the
jewelry is clean, soap up the piercing itself and work the lather through the
well, and move the jewelry through the piercing when rinsing
Salt Water Soaks (highly
Warm salt water soaks can work wonders for healing your
piercing. The salt water helps draw out discharge, flush wastes, and prevent
infection. H2Ocean (a product that we carry at both
locations) is a
sterile, saltwater solution spray. This can be sprayed directly on the piercing
and can be used as often as once every 3 to 4 hours. Sea Salt (available at
health food stores) can also be used. Make sure that the type of sea salt
you're using is Non-Iodized. Some clients may experience a reaction to the
iodine in regular table salt. To use sea salt, make a mixture in a small cup
with warm water and a small pinch of the salt. More is not always better.
Excessive salt can lead to irritation. Tip the cup against the piercing
creating a seal. Soak the piercing for a few minutes and RINSE THOROUGHLY. Sea Salt
residue can lead to irritation is not rinsed clean. For facial or hard to reach
piercing's, a piece of gauze can be soaked in the saltwater mixture then
applied to the piercing, but, don’t forget to rinse!
1. Rinse with
an Alcohol-Free mount wash such as Rembrandt or Biotene. These are usually
available in the oral medication section of a pharmacy or drugstore.
*Rinse with the mouthwash for 30 seconds after meals. Do Not use more than 4 to
5 times daily.
2. Salt water
soaks are beneficial for oral piercing's.
possible, AVOID Listerine or other Alcohol-based mouthwashes which can irritate
and delay healing.
temperature can help reduce swelling.
prepared for mild to moderate swelling, a majority of the swelling lasts 3 - 5
6. Keep dirty
hands out of your mouth.
7. Purchase a
new toothbrush to avoid any unwanted bacteria from being introduced into your
over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen may be used
to reduce swelling if your doctor approves.
DO NOT REMOVE
YOUR JEWELRY! Infections
are easier to treat if an opening exists for antiseptics to enter and discharge
to exit. You do not want to trap infection inside or lose your piercing
unnecessarily. Of course, in the event of serious infection, please consult
Most of the time what you perceive as “infected” is actually irritation. If
your piercing is red, swollen at the piercing point, excreting a small amount
of fluid or appears to have a solid lump or bubble around it, it is probably
irritated. This is a sign of excessive abuse.
Common causes of
pulled or hit
phone against it (ears, cartilage)
If your piercing is irritated, try to eliminate the cause. Warm
salt water soaks can ease irritation. Keep in mind that many cases of
irritation and allergic reaction are often mistaken for infection. If you
follow the aftercare that we provide you, it will greatly reduce your risk of
What to avoid:
Don’t- touch or
rotate the jewelry at any time other than when cleaning!
Alcohol, Betadine, Peroxide, or Hibiclens as they are overly strong and drying
which can hinder healing.
Don’t- apply any
ointments such as Neosporin to your piercing. These prevent oxygen from
reaching the wound and form a sticky residue which can cause complications.
clean. Piercing's should be cleaned with antibacterial soap no more than two or
three times daily, and the Sea Salt soaks should not be used more than three to
four times daily.
Don’t- use too
many different products. Stick with those that work for you.
Don’t- use band
aids, they limit circulation and adhesive can irritate the area.
Avoid pools, lakes, jacuzzi’s, even the ocean. Most bodies of water contain
large amounts of bacteria. If you are going to be in unquestionable water, we
suggest a non-water wound sealant (Bandage) such as Tegaderm.
unprotected sex with genital piercing's until fully healed. Body fluids and
friction can cause irritation. In men’s genital piercing's, large size condoms
will provide extra room for jewelry.
What is Normal:
Some tenderness or discomfort in
the area of a new piercing is not unusual. Bleeding, bruising, discoloration
and swelling are not uncommon either.
Secretion of a fluid which
contains blood plasma, lymph and dead cells is normal. It is usually whitish to
yellowish in color and forms a crust on the jewelry at the opening of the