With clean hands, spray your piercing with pre-made sterile saline solution.
Using a sponge tipped eyeshadow applicator or sterile, non-woven gauze, clean away any debris, crusties, or discharge
We encourage you to still use your saline, even if there is no visible debris or crusties.
We do not suggest the use of q-tips, cloth towels, or paper products for cleaning your piercing. These products can leave behind cotton, fluff, or harbor bacteria
You use the warm water in the shower to clean away crusties and discharge, but we do not recommend using soap during that cleaning.
Don't Even Think About IT.
Seriously. The following are big no-nos!
-Don't Twist or turn
There is no need to twist, turn, or rotate your jewelry. Yes, your mother lied to you. As a general rule of thumb, forget everything you learned about piercing aftercare when you had your ears pierced as a child.
-Don't press your dirty phone against your ear.
Phones are gross. Really gross. Avoid contact between your phone and your new piercing as much as possible. When you can, use a headset or speaker. If you absolutely need to use the phone, use the opposite ear or wipe your phone down regularly with a disinfectant wipe.
- Don't Use harsh product.
- NEVER use alcohol, peroxide, neosporin, bactine, vasoline, benzalkonium chloride (BZK or "ear care solution" that you often get from mall ear piercing stores or kiosks), Betadine, Hibaclense, Tea Tree Oil, or soap on your piercing. These are all too harsh for cleaning your piercing. The best rule to follow is to only use sterile wound care saline saline
- Don't listen to your friends
-Direct any and all questions to your piercer. Your friends, family, and best friend's mom that is a nurse mean well, but they are not professional piercers.
-Don't sleep on your piercing
- While the best option is to sleep on the opposite ear that you are pierced on, sometimes changing your sleep habits can be hard. For ear piercings, a horseshoe-shaped travel pillow makes a great tool for sleeping comfortably. Simply place your ear in the hole of the pillow and it will keep you from applying pressure to the piercing.
-Don't submerge your piercing in water while healing.
- Avoid submerging your piercing in bodies of water while you are healing. This includes, but is not limited to, bathtubs, hot tubs, salt water and chlorinated pools, lakes, and ponds. For some piercings, such as nipples and navel, a waterproof bandage such as Tegaderm can be applied.
- Do not remove your jewelry
- There is no need to remove your jewelry to clean it. If you remove your jewelry, your piercing channel may close. If it does not close, reinsertion of the jewelry can cause unnecessary trauma, bruising, and tearing. If you need to remove your jewelry for a medical procedure or to meet dress code at work or school, we carry retainers that can be inserted in your piercing. Please contact your piercer for more information on retainers.
-Avoid getting makeup, lotions, powders, sprays, or hair products in or around your piercing.
-these can cause irritation and complications.
-Do not let anyone else touch your piercing and avoid getting anyone else's saliva or bodily fluids in or near your piercing.
-Even if it's your parent, spouse, or child. Germs are gross.
-Don't put pressure on it.
-For inner ear piercings, such as tragus, daith, conch, rooks, etc, avoid the usage of earbuds, stethoscopes, or earplugs. All other piercings, be aware of how you interact with them. Try to refrain from leaning on, compressing, or touching your piercing.
Is This Normal?
-Minor Discharge, bleeding, Swelling, and soreness is normal
-It is completely normal to experience a small amount of redness, swelling, pain, discomfort, and/or clear, white, or yellow discharge during the first few days of your healing period
-Excessive amounts of swelling, discharge, and soreness are not.
-If you are bleeding, swelling, having pain or discharge, or have discomfort in excess, contact your piercer immediately.
-Keep in mind that some oral piercings swell more than most other piercings and genital piercings can bleed heavily for a few days and this is normal.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of an infection, we encourage you to talk to your doctor. We are not medical professionals and while we can offer aftercare suggestions based on our industry's standard protocol, we cannot, do not claim to, and will not offer medical advice.
3 week follow-up!
We STRONGLY suggest a 3 week follow up on almost all piercings. In most cases, the initial length of your post will be too long once your swelling goes down. This downsize will help reduce your chances of snagging, problems associated with uneven pressure, and those angry little red bumps we all hate.
Check out this blog post about the benefits of downsizing.
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Keep your swelling under control
The majority of the problems we see are related to swelling. Try to drink lots of water, sleep with the site of your piercing elevated for the first few nights, and manage with whatever anti-inflammatory you would notmally take at home, making sure to follow manufacturers directions. We do not suggest anything topical as this can cause irritation to your piercing.
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