WHAT TO CLEAN WITH
• Packaged sterile saline solution made for wound care (read the label). Saline for contact lenses should not be used as piercing aftercare
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PIERCING
• WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
• SALINE rinse as needed while healing. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution. If your piercer suggests using soap, gently lather around the piercing and rinse as needed. Avoid using harsh soaps, rinse thoroughly to remove the soap from the piercing. You do not have to rotate your jewelry through the piercing.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
• At first: some bleeding, bruising, swelling, redness, and soreness or mild pain.
• During healing: some discoloration, itching, oozing of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. Your skin may tighten around the jewelry as you heal.
• A piercing may seem just fine before the whole healing process is done. This is because they heal from the outside in. Even if it feels fine, the new skin is weak on the inside. Be patient and keep cleaning all the way to the end of entire healing period.
• Wash your hands before you touch the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, you do not have to rotate, turn, or move your jewelry.
• Make sure your sheets and towels are washed and changed weekly.
• Showers are safer than baths because bathtubs can harbor germs. Before you get into a bathtub, clean it first, and rinse off your piercing when you get out.
WHAT TO AVOID
• Avoid moving jewelry in an unhealed piercing or picking away dried discharge with your fingers.
• Avoid cleaning too much. This can irritate your piercing and make it take longer to heal.
• Avoid irritation like friction from clothing, too much motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and rough cleaning. These could make ugly and uncomfortable scar tissue form and cause other problems like migration and a longer healing time.
• Avoid rough play, unwashed hands on (or even anywhere near) your piercing and contact with others’ bodily fluids like saliva while you are healing.
• Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing, including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.
• Don’t hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed. HINTS AND TIPS JEWELRY:
• Leave jewelry in for the whole healing period. If you have an emergency and need to change your jewelry during healing, visit a qualified piercer for help.
• If you decide you don’t want your piercing anymore, simply remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it). Keep cleaning the piercing daily until the hole closes. Most of the time, only a small mark will be visible.
Rinse with Listerine after eating, drinking, smoking or kissing.
Avoid milk and yeast products(beer) for min. one week.
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