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Care of Piercings

The area around the new piercing must be kept clean to allow the body to heal around the jewelry. Pierced areas that are covered by clothes such as nipples, navels, or genital piercings may become infected because of perspiration and rubbing of clothing. Piercers stress the importance of not ‘fingering’ the jewelry to prevent infection. The only time one needs to touch a piercing, is when you clean your piercing.

Guidelines for Care of New Piercing Sites

Clean the piercing area with an antibacterial soap twice a day. This is enough to keep the piercing clean and the body to heal. Gently wash the area surrounding and including the piercing with the soap. Remove all crusty formations from the piercing and jewelry. Rinse with soap, making sure that all the soap and crust formations are gone.

Soaking with salt water is a good way to loosen up crusty formations. You can make salt water by adding ¼ teaspoon to salt to one cup of clean water. You do not use strong cleaning agents if the area is infection-free. Do not use alcohol or peroxide to clean the area at any time. These substances will dry out your skin. Beta dine is great for healing, but will destroy gold jewelry. Wash your hands with soap before touching or cleaning the pierced area during the healing process. Don’t let anyone else touch the pierced area during the healing period. Avoid contact with other people’s body fluids.

Cover the pierced part with a tissue when using hair spray. No tight clothes for navel piercing. Don’t wear large belts, stockings, body suits, and do not sleep on your stomach. Good air circulation is important for healing. Be careful when you swim. Avoid public pools and hot tubs until the piercing has healed. For mouth care following a tongue or lip piercing, choose an antiseptic mouthwash and rinse your mouth after all meals, snacks, and smoking. If you have bad breathe and an off-colored tongue the mouth wash may have killed the mouth’s own bacteria. If this happens, dilute with water or switch to salt water rinses instead of mouthwash.

Concise Aftercare for Navel, Ear, Eyebrow, Nose, Nipple, Labret
  1. No Alcohol, Peroxide, Vaseline, or Neosporin
  2. Wash hands before touching the piercing
  3. Clean dry matter on jewelry and surface with Dr. Piercing's Kit
  4. Rinse with Anti-bacterial Soap 3 times a day, rotating jewelry back and forth
  5. No Pool, No Hot tub, No Chlorine for 2 weeks
  6. Minimum time required to change any jewelry: 4 weeks or when it is not tender or irritated

Concise Aftercare for Tongue
  1. Rinse with Listerine after you eat, drink or smoke
  2. Suck on ice for the 1st three days
  3. Take an anti-inflammatory (Ibuprofen)
  4. Eat Soft Foods & Avoid Oral Sex
  5. Avoid heavy abuse of all new piercings
  6. Any Questions – Call (386) 253-5857
  7. Wait 30 days to change jewelry

Dr. Piercing's Kit: Cleans, Soothes, Protects

FDA Registered antiseptic and anesthetic for the care and cleaning of piercings. To use:

  1. Hold swab with the color-ring end up.
  2. Bend the color-ring tip until it “snaps”.
  3. Liquid flows down into the white tip.
  4. Apply medicated tip to piercing. Dispose.

Warnings: For external use only. Keep out of reach of children. If redness, irritation, infection or swelling occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician. Keep out of eyes. Do not insert in ear canal. Store at room temperature. Active Ingredients: Benzalkonium Chloride 0.11%. Made in U.S.A.


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