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 call, or stop by to
speak with a piercer.
Antibacterial, Antiseptic Soap:
1. Dial (Antibacterial), Soft Soap (Antibacterial) - AVOID fragrances, colors and moisturizers
hands with soap and water
the jewelry and surrounding area, making sure to remove any discharge
surrounding the jewelry
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
or NeilMed (products
we carry in store) 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. Non-iodized 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.
water soaks are beneficial for oral piercing's.
possible, AVOID Listerine or other Alcohol-based mouthwashes which can irritate
and delay healing.
4. Ice/cold temperature
can help reduce swelling.
prepared for mild to moderate swelling.
Most of the swelling lasts 3 - 5 days.
dirty hands out of your mouth.
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 your doctor.
Most of the time what you perceive as “infected” is 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
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 infection.
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 around a new piercing
is not unusual. Bleeding, bruising, discoloration and swelling are not uncommon
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