Suggested aftercare guidelines for body piercing

 

Cleaning solutions:

 

Use the following solution for healing piercing:

  • Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives; such as NeilMed wound wash (sold here)

 

Cleaning instructions for body piercing:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

* Apply sterile saline using clean gauze, q-tip or cotton ball saturated with saline solution.

  • Rinse thoroughly in the shower to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.

  • Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

 

 

What is normal?

  • Initially: some bleeding, localize swelling, tenderness, or bruising.

  • During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.

  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside.

  • Even healed piercing can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years. If you like your piercing, keep jewelry in, do not leave it empty.

 

 

What to avoid:

  • Avoid cleaning with Betadine, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial, pierced ear care solutions (benzalkonium chloride), and ointments. These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care. These products have been known to damage cells.

  • Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.

  • Avoid trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, and playing with the jewelry.

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

  • Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

  • Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.

  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

 

 

Genital piercing:

  • Genital piercing, especially the prince Albert, Ampallang, and Apadravya can bleed freely for the first few days. Be prepared

  • Urinate after using soap to clean any piercing that is near the urethra.

  • Wash your hands before touching a healing piercing

  • In most cases you can engage in sexual activity as soon as you feel ready, but maintaining hygiene and avoiding trauma are vital; all sexual activities should be gentle during the healing period. Condoms are a necessity for all healing genital piercings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suggested aftercare for oral piercing

 

Cleaning solutions:

  • Antimicrobial or antibacterial mouth rinse

  • Mouth wash must be diluted with distilled or bottled water. A 50/50 ratio of mouth wash to water is ideal.

 

 

Cleaning instructions for inside the mouth

Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

 

 

Cleaning instructions exterior oral piercing:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

* Apply sterile saline using clean gauze, q-tip or cotton ball saturated with saline solution.

  • Rinse thoroughly in the shower to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing.

  • Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper towel. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

 

Eating with a healing oral piercing:

  • Slowly eat small bites of food placed directly onto your molars.

  • Avoid eating spicy, salty, acidic, or hot temperature foods or beverages for a few days.

  • Cold foods and beverages are soothing and help reduce swelling. Ice works great.

  • Use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as; aspirin, aleve, ibuprofen, etc, help to reduce swelling.

 

 

What to avoid:

  • Do not play with your jewelry. Long term effects include permanent damage to teeth, gums and other oral structures.

  • Avoid oral sexual contact and kissing during the healing process.

  • Avoid chewing on tobacco, gum, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, and other foreign objects that could harbor bacteria

  • Avoid smoking. It increases risks and lengthens healing time.

  • Avoid alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine as long as you are experiencing bleeding or swelling.

  • Avoid lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.

 

We have an open-door policy to all. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to give us a call or email us at piercingswfl@gmail.com. We are more than happy to help in any way regarding your new piercing.

 

Enjoy your new piercing. Please call with any questions or concerns. 239-689-5172


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