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Piercing After Care

DO:

  • Clean three times daily with saline wound wash, available at time of check-out for purchase. Use saline wound wash to gently remove plasma and crust from piercing.

  • Avoid clothing, loofah, or towels that may snag jewelry.

  • Return to the studio for downsizing after 8-12 weeks to avoid snagging and migration. 

  • Keep hair pinned back and away from piercing until it is no longer red or swollen. Oils, dirt, and products can lead to infection or irritation if it comes into contact with the piercing.

 

DO NOT:

  • Touch, twist, or play with your jewelry or piercing. If you absolutely need to touch your piercing make sure you wash your hands.

  • Let dirty hands, bodily fluids, hair, products, pets, etc. come into contact with your piercings. A fresh piercing is an entry point to your body that is vulnerable to infection if exposed to certain bacteria. Signs of infection are: excessive swelling and redness, pain, green or dark yellow pus, abnormal bleeding, and fever. If signs of infection appear, seek medical attention.

  • Use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soaps, face washes, essential oils, or ointments on piercings.

  • Attempt to change jewelry before it’s fully healed. Changing the piercing early can damage the fistula (healing channel of the piercing.) It could also allow entry of bacteria that can prolong healing. 

  • Sleep on the piercing. 

 

Oral Piercings: Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, and smoking for the first few days. Always rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash or saline after eating or drinking. Use an alcohol-free mouthwash or saline two times a day. 

Genital Piercings: Avoid sexual contact for the first two weeks to give the piercing time to heal. Avoid leaving bodily fluids on the piercing.

 

Contact a healthcare practitioner with first signs of infection or allergic reaction. Report any diagnosed infection or adverse reaction resulting from the piercing to your piercer and the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs, and Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.

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