Aftercare 101: How to Properly Care for Your Piercing

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Congratulations on your new piercing! Whether it’s a simple earlobe piercing or a more intricate cartilage piercing, taking proper care of it is essential for ensuring quick healing and preventing infections. Proper aftercare not only promotes healing but also ensures the longevity and beauty of your piercing. 

1. Keep it Clean

The most crucial aspect of aftercare is keeping your piercing clean. Use a saline solution or a mild, fragrance-free soap to clean the area around your piercing twice a day. Gently lather the soap around the piercing and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or alcohol-based products as they can irritate the piercing.

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2. Avoid Touching Your Piercing

Resist the urge to touch or fiddle with your piercing, especially with dirty hands. Touching the piercing can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection. If you need to adjust or clean your piercing, always wash your hands thoroughly beforehand.

3. Don’t Remove Your Jewellery Prematurely

While it may be tempting to change your jewelry or remove it altogether, it’s essential to leave the initial jewelry in place until your piercing is fully healed. Removing the jewelry prematurely can lead to closure or complications. Wait until your piercer gives you the green light to change your jewelry.

4. Avoid Submerging in Water

During the healing period, avoid submerging your piercing in bodies of water such as pools, hot tubs, or lakes. These environments can harbor bacteria and increase the risk of infection. If you must swim, protect your piercing with a waterproof bandage or a specialized waterproof covering.

5. Watch for Signs of Infection

Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, such as excessive swelling, redness, warmth, or discharge. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact your piercer or healthcare provider immediately for guidance. Early intervention is crucial in preventing complications.

6. Be Mindful of Accessories

Avoid wearing tight accessories that may rub against or irritate your piercing. Be cautious with hats, helmets, or headphones that may put pressure on the piercing.

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7. Stick to a Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle can promote faster healing and reduce the risk of complications. Ensure you’re getting adequate rest, staying hydrated, and eating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and nutrients. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as they can impede the healing process.

8. Follow Your Piercer’s Instructions 

Every piercing may have specific aftercare instructions based on its location and individual factors. It’s essential to follow the advice given by your piercer closely. They may recommend additional steps or precautions based on your unique situation.

Piercers at Medical Piercing are all doctors and nurses, so be sure to follow their medical advice.

The Medical Piercing Difference

Remember, patience is key when it comes to piercing aftercare. Healing times can vary depending on factors such as the location of the piercing, your body’s response, and how well you adhere to aftercare instructions. Piercings by doctors or nurses at Medical Piercing ensure expert precision, sterile environments, and personalized medical oversight for optimal safety and healing.

By following these aftercare tips and staying diligent in your care routine, you can ensure a smooth and successful healing process for your medical piercing. Happy healing!

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