How long will it take for my piercing to heal and how should I care for it in the mean time?
Healing times for new piercings vary greatly. In most cases jewelry should be left in for at least 6 months. Even though the piercing may appear healed, it’s best not to take out the jewelry.
If it is absolutely necessary to remove the jewelry, extreme care should be taken in removal and insertion. A simple 50 mg Zinc supplement taken with meals can accelerate healing.
With proper aftercare, infections in piercings are rare. If any problems arise, we will be happy to assist you. Even though we have years of experience, we can only give you suggestions: We are not physicians.
If you think your piercing is infected, contact your physician. If a nostril or septum piercing becomes infected, you should see a physician immediately. Of course, some soreness may be experienced with new piercings. If the soreness and/or redness or discharge continues for an extended period of time, do not remove the jewelry; this will only cause more problems.
What should I do now?
Do not handle the piercing without first washing your hands. Don’t play rough: Love your piercing and it will love you. Absolutely NO oral contact on the piercing whatsoever. No bodily fluids should come in contact, either.
Don’t overclean your piercing; follow the instructions as they are given. Do not swim in lakes or rivers or soak in hot tubs for at least 3 months. These places are high in bacterial content and should be avoided.
And what about infection?
Signs of infection include:
- Swelling or hardness
- Pain or burning at the piercing area
- Thick discharge that is usually dark yellow or green in color.
Some redness and discharge is normal for the first few days, and the discharge may continue for several weeks. The normal discharge is white, and is simply your body ridding itself of dead cells.
As was already stated, do not remove your jewelry in case of an infection. If need be, you can use some form of antibiotic ointment at the direction of your physician.
Is my piercing rejecting?
All piercings can reject. However, some have a much higher rejection rate than others. Rejection is not painful, but it is something to watch out for. Some things to look for are:
- Redness, along with enlargement of the opening around the piercing
- High rate of discharge of clear fluids
- Itching and rash-like symptoms
This could also be caused by overcleaning or a reaction to the cleaning agent. Try changing agents and look for a dramatic change or call your piercer.
Not every piercing you may select will be accepted by your body. There are many things to do to try and avoid rejection, such as changing the type of jewelry or metal used. Unless you have had a rejection problem before, contact your piercer if one should arise.
Can I help it heal even more?
Your diet can have an impact on healing. We also suggest taking a daily multi-vitamin, as well as a zinc supplement (75 mg for women, 150 mg for men). The zinc should be taken for the first 7 days only. Should you wish to continue with the zinc, consult a physician.
Follow the written and oral instructions given to you by the piercer. Do not use isopropyl alcohol, peroxide, or betadine on your piercing. These products have a tendency to slow down the healing process.
What type of cleaning product should I use?
The ONLY thing we suggest to use on any piercing is Sea Salt and Distilled water (1/4 -1/2 Teaspoon into 8oz of warm DISTILLED water)
Soak 2-3X a day.
We also sell and recommend H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray
If you have any questions, problems, or concerns, you have unlimited access to your piercer. You may stop in or call at any time during our business hours and we will be glad to discuss anything concerning your piercings or future piercings with you.
Once again, we are not physicians so any suggestions we make are based on past experience and that of others in the industry. If our suggestions do not produce the results you are looking for, please consult your physician.