The first and most important step before doing any of the following; Wash Your Hands Thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching the jewelry or area around the piercing. This is a top priority for any new piercing, dirty hands can transmit bacteria to a piercing even a fully healed piercing.
Suggested healing solution, Sea Salt. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt into a small cup of clean, warm water. Soak for 2-3 minutes, try to create a seal over the entire area. Rinse thoroughly after soaking with warm water to wash away any residue. (Note: if the piercing is in an area that is hard to create a good seal, soak a clean cotton ball in the solution and follow the steps above). Soaking and rinsing should remove any crust or debris on the jewelry. If there is any residue stuck to the jewelry gently remove with a clean, moistened paper towel or swab. Gently dry the pierced area with a clean paper towel. Repeat this process 2 times a day for the duration of the healing period. Note: It is not recommend by our piercer to rotate the jewelry in your body during the healing process. This can cause some discomfort, damage and delay in healing for your piercing.
> Genital Piercings:
Follow the steps above, and keep in mind you may need to be creative in your soaking method. Find what works best for you. Sexual activity can be resumed as soon as the piercing is no longer sensitive. Protection should be used, even with a monogamous partner. A new piercing is an open wound that can easily transmit bacteria and disease. Find protection that will accommodate the jewelry. Listen to your body for any pain or soreness and avoid unnecessary roughness. If it hurts, stop and change to a more comfortable position.
> Oral Piercings:
Purchase a new toothbrush and a bottle of Alcohol Free mouthwash. Rinse no less than 10 times daily for 30 seconds, especially after meals or smoking. Try to refrain from smoking as much as possible, smoke can irritate your tongue and cause possible swelling. Hot food and liquids can also have the same effect. If swelling occurs use ice, ice chips, or very cold water in your mouth until the swelling goes down. You will be able to eat a few hours after the procedures, for the first few days: Cool down your food, high temperatures can cause swelling and discomfort. Avoid very spicy foods, sticky foods (such as oatmeal), hard crunchy foods, (these can irritate the area and become stuck in the piercing's openings), acidic foods, and dairy, (which has the potential to cause a yeast infection). Place the food carefully in your mouth, try to avoid any unnecessary contact with the jewelry. Chew carefully and slowly. Biting down hard on jewelry can cause severe discomfort and tooth damage.
Note: You may feel slight pressure on the roof of your mouth and the tissue underneath your tongue, this along with swelling is normal in the beginning healing phase and switching to a shorter length bar often remedies this. Make sure to contact your piercer and have them replace it for you. Remember there is an open wound in your mouth that can transmit bacteria, so avoid oral contact and putting objects such as pens into your mouth during the healing period.
> What is normal during healing:
Discoloration: This can be reddish, brownish, whitish, pinkish, or purplish. I can remain a few days, a few weeks depending on the type of piercing. Swelling: Should stay localized around the piercing. May be significant in oral piercings like lip or tongue. This can last for several days after the piercing. Excretions: This will be seepage of plasma and dead cells called lymph. It will be present when cleaning and will also form a crust around the openings of the piercing and on the piercing jewelry. Bleeding: Light bleeding may occur a few hours after the procedure, and in genital piercings may be a few days. If the bleeding continues after 1 week contact your piercer. If the bleeding is continuous or the flow is unusually heavy following the procedure contact your piercer immediately. Note: Any of the following symptoms can present if a sudden trauma to the piercing occurs. In the event a trauma happens, contact your piercer.
> Hints & Tips for better healing:
Stay healthy, get enough sleep, eat well, the healthier you and your immune system are the easier your piercing will heal. Keep your bedding clean and changed regularly, especially pillowcases for facial and ear piercings. For ear piercings, wipe down eyeglasses and other objects like phones regularly. To aid with sleeping, take a towel, roll it into a circle, and sleep with your ear suspended in the center. Wear clean, comfortable clothing, and avoid tight clothing that restricts and irritates the area. For nostril, septum and hard to clean areas, soak a cotton swab in the solution, gently and thoroughly clean the area. Make sure you swab the area around both holes of the jewelry as well. If using beauty and personal care products, like lotions, heavy face wash, medical ointment, perfumes and make up, apply them first, then clean the area afterwards with a cotton ball or swab soaked in solution. Showering is recommended over baths; the bath water can harbor bacteria. If you do take a bath, clean the tub thoroughly first. Submerging a new piercing underwater for long periods of time is not recommended, bet if it cannot be avoided wear a waterproof bandage over the area. Leave the jewelry in at all times! Even well healed older piercings can close in minutes. If removed, reinsertion can be difficult or impossible. Unless there is a problem with size, style, or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in place for the duration of the healing period. A qualified piercer should perform any necessary changes that may occur during the healing process. Contact your piercer if jewelry must be temporarily removed, (like for a medical procedure). With clean hands, regularly check the threaded ends of your jewelry for looseness. Remember: "Righty tighty, lefty loosey". having a spare ball in case of loss or breakage is a good idea. Whenever jewelry is changed out, clean your piercing with the solution, even if the piercing is old and well healed. If you decide you no longer want your piercing, seek a professional to help remove it. Soak the area for a few days with the sea salt solution as the holes begin to close. In most cases only a small indentation will remain. Avoid any unnecessary trauma to the piercing. Things like friction from tight clothing, excessive motion in the area, playing with the jewelry while healing, hanging heavy objects from the jewelry, or vigorous cleaning. This may cause formation of scar tissue, jewelry migration, prolonging the healing time and other complications. Do not use alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Betadine, Hibeclens, Neosporin, or other ointments, soaps or anything other than advised by your piercer. Do not over clean. This can delay the healing time and irritate your piercing. Follow the recommended daily cleaning solution amount. Remember, any questions you may have, contact your piercer first. Your friends are not the answer, and everything you read online may not be true or a trusted source.