Your piercing is a draining wound and will act as such. Tenderness, swelling, as well as clear, milky-white, or pale yellow “goop’ or crusties is normal. As your piercing heals, it may be a bit itchy and form yellowish scabs that shed. Prolonged pain and swelling, green or dark-colored crusties, and bubbles and bumps are cause for concern. Do not remove your jewelry or attempt to treat complications yourself. Schedule a checkup if something feels off about your piercing.
Your piercing doesn't need a lot of maintenence, but keeping it clean is very important. While the crusty stuff is a good thing, it should be cleaned off twice a day to prevent buildup that may cause issues during the healing process. The best solution for cleaning your piercing is a sterile saline wound wash. I carry NeilMed because I love the gentle mist tips. you can spray this directly on your piercing and give it a minute or two to soften up. I'm not a fan of cotton products for cleaning because they tend to snag and leave bits of fuzz behind, so I suggest using disposable, unflavored interdental brushes. Do not scrub at your piercing, gently sweep any debris away and rinse with clean water. If you are also using PurSan Aftercare Cleanser, I suggest using this at the opposite end of the day from your saline regimen, preferably as your last step in the shower. With clean hands, use a pea-sized amount to make a lather and gently apply to your piercing, then rinse thoroughly by letting the water flow over your piercing. Keep your piercing dry and be sure to dry your hair if your piercing is located anywhere on your ears.
Oral piercings tend to heal rather quickly but still require care throughout the day. Rinsing with plain water after eating, drinking anything other than plain water, chewing gum, smoking, or any other oral contact is recommended. Follow your regular hygiene regimen and use a brand new toothbrush. A recommended antiseptic mouthwash if needed is Biotene. Not only will it keep your piercing clean, it will also keep your mouth from getting dry. Avoid mouthwash and toothpaste with alcohol and whitening agents. They can really irritate your piercing and make tenderness and swelling worse. A major cause of infection is contact with other people’s mouths or privates. Try to keep heavy kissing to a minimum during at least the first two weeks. Ice and other cold foods will help the swelling subside. Just remember to rinse! Avoid beer, wine, and other foods and drinks made with live bacteria.
For Easy Healing
If your piercing is well cared for, it should heal within your estimated healing time, depending on your health and body.
·Keep your piercing clean. Use a new toothbrush, clean sheets and pillowcases.
. Don’t touch it unless cleaning, don’t let anyone else touch it, don’t let it come into contact with animals or products, avoid gardening and other messy activities, and bodies of water other than your shower. Don’t turn or twist it and definitely don’t pick at it. For genital piercings, avoid unprotected sex while healing.
·Avoid snagging, bumping, and other trauma to the piercing site and avoid sleeping on it. Keep it dry and do not sleep with wet hair.
·Do not take your jewelry out for any reason unless you no longer want the piercing.
·Do not use products that you were not instructed to use to clean your piercing by your piercer.
·Consult your piercer if you are encountering any problems or have any questions about your piercing
Don't forget to Schedule your checkup and downsize!
Downsizing your jewelry after the initial swelling is essential to the wellbeing of your piercing. Extended wear of your initial jewelry can cause your piercing to heal at an angle, causing irritation and a more complicated healing process. Schedule a checkup 3-4 weeks after your piercing to determine when your jewelry can be changed.