CLEANING YOUR NEW PIERCING:
- WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY BEFORE HANDLING YOUR NEW PIERCING!
- Once a day apply a pea size amount of our pre-diluted Dr. Bronners Soap to the palm of your hand, lather soap, using your finger tips apply lather to the area around (NOT IN) the piercing.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Sterile Saline spray like NeilMed Piercing after care, or H2Ocean Piercing Spray can be used 2-3 times daily.
- Spray directly onto the piercing, then use sterile gauze or q-tip with solution to clean around the piercing.
- Pat dry with paper towel. (NO BATH TOWELS OR WASH RAGS)
- Do not touch or play with your new piercing while it is healing!
- A healthy body heals faster, good diet, lots of rest and hydration are suggested.
- ORAL PIERCINGS: Rinse mouth with alcohol-free mouthwash after meals and at bedtime (4-5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discoloration and irritation of your mouth and piercing. It is suggested to change your toothbrush after a new oral piercing.
SOAKING YOUR PIERCING:
Do this the opposite end of the day that you take your shower.
- Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon (this means a pinch) of non iodized (iodine free) sea salt in an 8oz clean glass of warm distilled water. This solution should taste no saltier than your tears. ( You can also use 2 tsp. of non-iodized (iodine free) sea salt to 1 gallon of distilled water for an easier, longer lasting solution.)
- Form a seal, or vacuum, with the edge of the glass, medicine cup, or shot glass against your skin.
- Soak for a minimum 5 minutes & a Maximum of 10 minutes. Dry with a paper towel.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
You may experience some of the following situations with your new piercing:
- Slight swelling, bleeding, bruising, tenderness, and small amounts of redness.
- A natural discharge of plasma, either white or yellow in color which will form a normal crust on the jewelry.
THINGS TO AVOID:
- Using hydrogen peroxide, bactine, rubbing alcohol, ointments or scented soaps.
- Spinning, rotating, extreme movement, or prolonged pressure such as sleeping on your piercing, wearing tight hats, headbands, or glasses ect.
- Submerging your piercing in hot tubs, lakes, pools, rivers, or baths.
- Do NOT pick or scratch at any “crusty” build up on your piercing.
- ORAL PIERCINGS: Limit smoking and drinking alcohol for 3 weeks.
SIGNS OF POSSIBLE INFECTION:
Although these signs may indicate other problems, common signs of infection are:
- Severe redness, swelling, or hardness, fever, swollen glands, throbbing pain, hot to the touch, thick yellow or green discharge.
- If you suspect an infection DO NOT remove the jewelry and seek a physician.
Any suggestions or comments made regarding your aftercare, whether given verbally or printed, are not to be mistaken for, construed as, or substituted for, medical advice.