AVOID CONTAMINATING THE WOUND:
- Touching your fresh or healing piercing is the most common way that problems and infection start.
- Try not to touch on or around the piercing, but if you must, make sure your hands are clean.
- Keep your piercing protected during physical jobs or activities that may make them dirty.
- Keeping your sleeping environment clean can really make a difference. Replace bed linens regularly and try to not let pets in your bed while healing.
- Avoid soaking in water like baths, pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes or oceans. Showers are fine.
- Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
AVOID IRRITATING THE WOUND:
Friction is 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. Likethe cut, the piercing will react badly to this disruption resulting in longer healing times and scarring.
- No rotation is necessary (even to clean), your skin will not "grow" onto the jewelry. Some days the jewelry will feel stuck in place, other days it will move freely, both are normal and should be allowed.
- Sleeping on a piercing can cause numerous problems, avoid it whenever possible. Talk to us if you are having a hard time, we have a number of creative solutions!
- As your piercing heals and swelling subsides, replace the original piercing jewelry with a more fitted piece of jewelry. Downsizing your jewelry in a timely manner avoids unnecessary pressure from longer posts that can cause migration and unsightly bumps. When you get pierced, you will be told a good timeframe and it is recommended that a piercer helps with this jewelry change since it is usually done while the piercing is still healing.
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 straw yellow or pale pink and tend to dry to a darker honey amber tone. These are normal and healthy.
- Red, dark yellow, green or grey liquid could be a sign of an issue and we encourage you to talk to us for further information.
- Carefully reduce "crusties" and contaminates with warm clean running water. A daily shower is suggested.
- Wetting the piercing briefly at the beginning of the shower will allow the "crusties" to soften as you continue the rest of your normal showering. At the end of the shower, point the spray of water to run directly onto 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.
- It is ok if some debris is left, you'll get it next time. Harsh or over cleaning can be more problematic than just leaving it for the next day.
- Avoid cleaning with Betadine, Hibiclens, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial® or other antibacterial soaps, especially those containing triclosan, as these can damage healing tissue.
- Also avoid Neosporin and other ointments as they will sit on the surface of the piercing and prevent necessary air circulation.
- Avoid Bactine, "pierced ear care" solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK).
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ISOTONIC ENVIRONMENT:
Finish each shower cleaning with a quick full rinse with 0.9% Sterile Saline Spray likeNeilMed Aftercare 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 labeled as "Wound Wash" .Pleasedouble 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 a single use lint free paper towel or gauze.
- Special attention should be paid to a piercing in a small enclosed area, like the rook or navel. It is important to avoid allowing the area behind the jewelry to remain wet for prolonged period. A hair dryer on a cool setting can help dry the area without disturbing the piercing with too much movement.
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