New piercing's should be cleaned thoroughly at least 2 times a day. Wash your hand thoroughly, never touch your piercing with dirty hands! This is very important. DO NOT use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, betadine, or petroleum based products on your piercing. An antibacterial soap, such as DIAL Gold soap can be used. Soaps which contain deoderants, cold cream, strong perfumes or other additives should be avoided.
During the healing process, matter secreted from the piercing will dry on the jewelry and around the openings of the piercing. To remove this secretion it may be necessary to first soak your piercing in warm water. Once the outside of your piercing is clean, lather the piercing with soap and move the jewelry back and forth a few times. Rinse the piercing thoroughly, working the jewelry back and forth under running water to make certain that all traces of the cleanser are removed. We recommend following this procedure twice daily while showering.
For tongue piercing's, rinse with an alcohol free antiseptic after eating, drinking (except water) or smoking. To help reduce the initial swelling, suck on ice. Avoid foods that are hot, spicy or excessively salty, and keep dairy to a minimum. Avoid alcohol, it can cause dehydration, which will result in swelling. Avoid smoking and any oral contact.
For lip and cheek piercings, rinse with an alcohol free antiseptic after eating, drinking (except water) or smoking. Remove an dried matter from your piercing, swab the outside of the piercing with an alcohol free antiseptic and rinse thoroughly. This procedure should be performed twice daily.
Additional methods of cleaning your piercing involve the use of saline solutions. Sea salt soaks are recommended for maintenance of new piercings. In a small cup, mix sea salt with warm water (1/4 teaspoon salt to 1 cup of warm water) and soak the piercing for 3-5 minutes once or twice a day for the first six weeks. Make sure to rinse with clean water after salt soaks so there is no residue left. Sea salt can be purchased at grocery store in the salt section.
Oral contact, exposure to bodily fluid, or handling of new piercing's can cause infections and should be avoided. New piercings should not be subjected to heavy abuse during the healing period. Keep make-up and restrictive clothing away from new piercing's. New piercing's should never be subjected to hot tubs, bathes, swimming pools, river, lakes or oceans. If this precautionary advice is not followed, serious irritations can occur.
With proper post piercing care, infection are rare. Minor soreness may be experienced while piercing's heal. If the pain continues and the piercing is very sore and/or excessive redness or discharge occurs for an extended period of time, you may have an infection. If you think you have an infection, see a physician as soon as possible. In the case of nostril or septum piercing infections, it is imperitive to see a physician without delay.
Body jewelry may be removed and changed when the piercing is healed. However, if jewelry is removed too soon or before the area surrounding the piercing has toughened, the delicate interior of the piercing can be easily torn when new jewelry is inserted. Ear, nostril and septum piercing's require at least a two month healing period with jewelry left in at all times. All other piercing's require at least a three month healing period. Check the accessories (balls, and gem-ends) on your jewelry for tightness at least once a day.
If you have any further questions, please contact your body piercer.