Congratulations on your new piercing!
Although the hard part may be over, we'd like to remind you that proper aftercare is crucial to living with a well healed piercing.
Infections can develop easily on a new piercing since it is an open skin wound.
Be sure to keep dirty fingers and tight or dirty clothing away from a new piercing.
- Do not touch or play with your piercing or jewellery as this will cause an infection.
- Refrain from oral or sexual contacts until the area is well healed as viruses and bacteria can be passed through an open wound.
- After a few days the piercing will start to excrete fluid (lymph) which will dry and harden on the jewellery. THIS IS NORMAL, however, the lymph should be carefully removed during cleaning.
FOR ALL PIERCINGS EXCEPT ORAL:
- Clean piercings twice times a day.
- Thoroughly wash your hands before handling your piercing.
- Soak a cotton pad with saline solution (Approx. 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 1/2 pint of hot water)
- Place the cotton pad on the piercing and gently wipe around the skin and the jewellery.
- Hold the jewellery to stop it moving and using the soaked cotton pad clean the visible part of the jewellery at both the entry and exit holes of the piercing removing any dried lymph.
- When the jewellery is completely clean gently ease the jewellery through the piercing once only, and clean the part that normally remains inside the piercing.
- Dry the entire area with a clean cotton pad.
- Repeat this process twice times a day even after your bath or shower as soap can cause irritation.
- To ensure your piercing heals quickly discontinue the use of antiseptic ointments such as savlon, germolene, TCCP, Dettol and surgical Spirit. These products slow the healing process.
- REMEMBER piercing heal faster when clean and dry.
FOR ORAL PIERCINGS:
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash after eating, drinking or smoking.
- Brush teeth gently twice a day with toothpaste.
- Ice will help reduce the swelling.
- Kissing or other oral contact should be avoided for 6 weeks.