Piercings have been around for centuries. From beauty to rebellion, each piercing has its meaning. If you ever had a piercing, you know the pain. But, more than the pain, it is the wishful hope that the piercing would heal without getting infected. The days filled with pain are all worth it till it gets infected, leading to other complications. Hence, to avoid the wound and pain, here are a few tips to help you avoid the unwanted fate.
How To Clean The Piercings?
- Whenever you touch the piercings, do it with clean hands.
- Use warm water to wipe away the crusties around the wound gently. Next, wipe using clean and soft stuff like a cotton ball. Once cleaned, wash the piercing with mild soap gently without tugging the jewelry. Later rinse off the lather with warm water. Finally, dry the piercing with a clean, dry towel.
- You can also do saline solution soaking. Soak the pierced area in sea salt water for five minutes once or twice a day.
- Adopt pat and dry techniques to dry the piercing.
- Look out for the exudes. If the discharges are unnatural, consult a doctor. If small discharges are persistent, try improving the aftercare.
How To Care For Your Piercings?
- Take heed to what the piercer said since they have been long into business and know what happens. You can ask them what to do and what not to do. The basic care detailed by them would be enough for the wound to heal.
- Know your skin type. If your skin is not compatible with the jewelry type, you might develop an infection until the wound heals. Infections can happen with anything, that is, even if you wear gold and silver piercings. Hence, if you observe infection, try removing the piercing and put a small neem stick (diameter should be the same as that of jewelry you wear). Observe if there is any improvement. If not, then take expert advice.
- Don’t touch it! We often have a natural tendency to touch and feel if things are all right or not. But, the more you touch, the more chance of you infecting the area with bacteria. So, keep your hands off the piercings.
- Keep away the kinds of stuff that tug at your piercing. For example, if you have an ear piercing, make sure that the hairs are all out of reach from the new piercing. Let the wound heal in the natural environment.
- You can moisturize the site with non-scented natural oils.
What To Avoid?
- Don’t twist around the piercing until it completely heals.
- Never use hard textured clothes to clean. Instead, stick to cotton balls or 2-ply paper towels for the same. Dispose of the paper towels used to clean the exudes from the wound.
- Do not keep on changing the jewelry until the wound heals completely.
- Avoid sleeping on new piercings until it heals properly to avoid any tugging onto the site.
- Don’t let water remain in the piercing hole. Always keep it dry.
- Avoid using other hygiene products like body spray, shampoo on the piercing site.
Know Your Piercings
Piercings can be done anywhere, with ears and nose taking a major attraction. Still, there are takers for eyebrows, belly buttons, and even tongue piercings. But, again, be it anywhere, the body takes a different time to heal the wound. Certain areas tend to be more painful and thus leading to larger recovery time. Understand the normal duration a particular piercing is bound to take to heal. Everybody has their temperament. Thus, the period varies slightly for all. However, if the deviation is large, it is advised to consult doctors to know where you have gone wrong.
New piercings are a road to a tedious path of pain and precaution to avoid getting an infection. But nothing beats the final results. So, to make sure that you can flaunt those piercings without pain, indulge in these care and clean procedures for the piercings. However, if you still face discomfort and unexplainable discharges, immediately consult a doctor for best feedback.