- Sterile Saline Solution
- Liquid Anti-Microbial or Germicidal Soap
- Cotton ball/ Q-tip
- Ibuprofen or an anti-inflammatory
Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning, or touching on or near your piercing for any reason. Saline soak at least two to three times daily. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using fresh gauze, cotton ball, or q-tip saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse will remove any residue. Use soap no more than once or twice a day. While showering, lather up a pea size drop of the soap to clean the jewelry and the piercing. Leave the cleanser on the piercing no more than thirty seconds, then rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. Dry with disposable paper products such as gauze or tissues, because cloth towels can carry bacteria and catch on new piercings causing injury. Pat gently to avoid trauma.
Initially some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising may occur. 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, don’t force it. A piercing may seem healed before healing is complete. This is because piercings heal from the outside in, and although it feels healed the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period. Remember, even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years!
Avoid tight clothing, playing with the jewelry, and over cleaning the piercing area. Too much saline can irritate the piercing! Avoid swimming, and submerging the piercing until it is healed. Avoid all lotions, sprays, and cosmetics around the piercing. At no time should you use any alcohol, peroxide, or bacitracin on the piercing!
You can contact us at anytime during normal business hours with questions on aftercare!
At the first sign of infection contact your physician.