How to Heal Body Piercings

How to Heal Body Piercings

Because they break the skin on two sides, piercings require special care and attention. Read the steps below to learn how to properly heal a new piercing, how to treat an infected piercing, or how to help an unwanted piercing close itself as smoothly as possible.

1.Get pierced by a pro

In the body modification community, it’s an accepted fact that there are a right way and a wrong way to get a piercing done. Rather than getting a piercing at a kiosk or chain store in the mall, invest a few extra dollars to have it done right by a professional. Your piercing will come out cleaner and heal up faster. You’ll also have access to as much expert advice as you need from the person who did your piercing.

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Ask for a hollow needle piercing. The proper way to pierce most parts of the body is by hand with a long, specially designed hollow-point needle. Professional body piercers use these needles because they’re hygienic and easy to control, for straight and properly-placed piercings that heal quickly.

2. Leave the post in your piercing

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Until the piercing has healed, taking the earring post out of the hole will only expose your raw tissue to infection. For ear piercings, the healing process typically takes 6-8 weeks. During that time, you must wear the earring you put into your new piercing at all times or risk a painful infection. Other parts of the body, such as belly buttons, may take longer to heal. Always ask your piercer about specific healing times before you get pierced.

3. Clean the piercing regularly

Strict adherence to a daily cleaning regimen is essential to avoid infection and allow smooth, even healing. Your piercer will have specific instructions for you, which should always be followed.

  • Purchase supplies. You won’t need much; some cotton swabs and mild antibacterial liquid soap (such as Dial) should be enough. You should also have a small cup, warm running water, and sea salt.
  • Wash and wipe. Start by washing your hands with warm water and your mild soap. Once your hands are clean and dry, moisten a cotton swab (or a cotton ball, if necessary) with water and gently wipe around the piercing to remove any crusted buildup. Throw away the swab afterward.
  • Clean thoroughly. Get a good amount of your mild soap on a finger or two and gently but thoroughly begin to wash all around your piercing on both sides. Be sure to get underneath the stud (face of the earring) as well. Once you’re satisfied that everything is clean, pour a cup of warm water and use it to rinse the soap away.
  • Soak the piercing in saline solution. Mix a few tablespoons of sea salt into several ounces of warm water and soak your piercing in it for a moment or two. This can help draw infected fluids out of an improperly healing piercing, but it serves another important purpose as well: it soothes soreness and irritation. Use a saline soak every time you clean until your piercing is no longer painful or sore.
  • Rinse and repeat. Rinse your piercing with cool or warm water again, and pat the area dry. Repeat this regimen twice per day to encourage proper healing.
    • If your piercing has become infected, you can clean it this way up to four times per day.

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4. Know what to look for

Some piercing injuries and ailments are obvious; others might not be to an untrained eye. Some of the most common signs that your piercing has an infection are:

  • Persistent itchiness and/or redness
  • Soreness and tenderness
  • A hot, burning sensation
  • Seepage of liquid, such as pus or blood, from the hole
  • Bad Odor

5. Talk to a professional

As with any medical problem, the best you can do for your sore, infected, or otherwise unwell piercing is to take the details of your problem to a pro. Dermatologists and general-practice physicians are your best choice; however, if you can’t afford to visit a doctor’s office or clinic, speaking to the person who did your piercing is your next best choice

6.Check for a metal allergy

Sometimes, the problem with a piercing stems from an allergy to the metal of a recently-worn piece of jewelry. If your piercing seems irritated or tender after wearing a new earring, find out what kind of metal it’s made of. You might be allergic to it. Switch to a hypoallergenic metal, such as surgical steel or niobium, instead, and see if the problem clears itself up.

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7.Control your activities

As you encourage your piercing to heal, take steps to avoid unnecessarily irritating it further. Don’t go swimming, don’t apply any lotions or creams (unless directed to do so by your dermatologist, of course), and don’t dye or chemically treat your hair except to wash it with a gentle shampoo.

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