Body Piercing Aftercare | Oral Piercing Aftercare

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Suggested Aftercare Guidelines For Body Piercings

Cleaning Solution

  • Use packaged sterile saline solution/wound wash with no additives. (read the label)
  • Trusted brands include Neilmed and Walgreens brand Saline Wound Wash.
  • I do not recommend soap. Most soaps are too harsh for your piercings its best to stay away from them.

Cleaning Instructions For Body Piercings

  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason
  • Saline soaks for five to ten minutes once or twice a day. put a small amount of sterile saline into a shot glass, heat it up until its slightly warm. Soak up saline with a piece of gauze and place on piercing and allow to soak.
  • Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry, causing injury.

What Is Normal?

  • Initially: some bleeding, localized 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
  • Once healed: The jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as a part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
  • 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. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
  • Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person; if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in it – do not leave it empty.

What To Do

  • Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing, it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.
  • Stay healthy; the healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal. Get enough sleep and eat a nutritious diet. Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.
  • Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
  • Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.

What To Avoid

  • Avoid cleaning with Betadine, Hibiclens, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Dial soap or other harsh soaps, as these can damage cell growth and prolong healing. Also, avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
  • Avoid Bactine, pierced ear care solutions and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) and Benzethonium Chloride (BZT). These can be irritating and are not intended for long term wound care.
  • Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
  • Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
  • Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others’ bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
  • Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubes, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as Tegaderm). These are available at most drugstores.
  • Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around your piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, etc.

Suggested Aftercare Guidelines For Oral Piercings

Cleaning Solutions

Use one of the following solutions for inside the mouth.

  • Alcohol-free mouth rinse.
  • Use packaged sterile saline solution/wound wash with no additives. (read the label)
  • Trusted saline brands include Neilmed and Walgreens brand Saline Wound Wash.

Cleaning Instructions

Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals and at bedtime (3-4 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.

Cleaning Instructions For The Exterior OF Labret (Cheek And Lip) Piercings

Soak in saline solution.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.
  • Saline soaks for five to ten minutes once or twice a day. put a small amount of sterile saline into a shot glass, heat it up until its slightly warm. Soak up saline with a piece of gauze and place on piercing and allow to soak.

What Is Normal?

  • For the first three to five days: Significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness
  • After that: Some swelling, light secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus).
  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

What To Do

To Help Reduce Swelling:

  • Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth.
  • Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to the package instructions.
  • Don’t speak or move your jewelry more than necessary.
  • Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.

To Maintain Good Hygiene

  • Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes.
  • Brush your teeth and use your chosen rinse (saline or mouthwash) after every meal.
  • During healing floss daily and gently brush your teeth, tongue, and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build-up.