Although the maintenance seems simple, there are products and procedures to avoid. These are sometimes called faster healing solutions. Here are some to avoid:
• Solutions that contain Alcohol – they tend to irritate the skin around the piercing.
• Do not use products that continue Lidocaine. It may ease the pain, but is not meant for long term use and may cause irritation to the piercing.
• Make sure anything that has contact with the piercing is clean (hands, bedding, clothing, etc.)
• Do not go swimming in areas that are not properly chlorinated such as public pools and rivers.
• Leave the pierced location alone until it’s properly healed.
• Avoid any equipment that can cause cartilage damage.
• There is such a thing as too clean that can cause damaging bacteria.
Oral Piercing Specifics
Oral piercings can benefit from the introduction of cold to soothe swelling. Drinking ice water can be very helpful. Elevating your head with an extra pillow while you sleep can also help with swelling. Please avoid any activity that would result in someone else’s body fluid getting into the piercing, including sharing food or beverages. Feel free to rinse your mouth out with filtered or bottled water regularly.
Tips and Tricks
Clean bedding can help prevent complications. A clean t-shirt over your pillow, changed regularly until your pillowcase is washed, is strongly encouraged for ear and facial piercings.
Travel pillows can help you avoid sleeping directly on your ear while healing an ear piercing.
Healthy bodies heal piercings best. Gamma Piercing encourages our clients to make every effort to live a healthy lifestyle, guided by a medical professional.
Most problems are NOT infection. Please do not hesitate to contact us for free consultations whenever you have the slightest concern about your piercing. We can’t help if we don’t hear from you, so please contact us!
When to Seek Medical Assistance
While infection is rare, it is absolutely essential to seek professional medical assistance at the very first sign of infection. Symptoms include: sudden onset of swelling, excessive bleeding, discharge of yellow, green, or dark colored fluid. Some redness is normal, but excessive redness and/or red stripes coming from the piercing site are indicative of serious problems. Fever, upset stomach, dizziness, or vomiting may also be signs of infection. Should any of these symptoms occur, immediately contact a doctor or medical professional.
What to Avoid
Avoid touching your piercing with unwashed hands. Contamination of the piercing site from touching with unwashed hands can result in infection!
Do not remove your jewelry during the healing process, unless instructed to do so by a medical professional. Even healed piercings will shrink when jewelry is removed, potentially resulting in loss of the piercing.
Prevent makeup, health and beauty products, suntan lotion and other cosmetics from touching the piercing site or jewelry.
Harsh chemicals, including “natural” aftercare products like tea tree oil, are suggested against. We strongly suggest against the use of any product besides 0.9% Wound Wash Saline.
It is important to avoid swimming while healing a new piercing. Swimming can result in infected or irritated piercings.
Do not rotate, twist, or turn jewelry while healing. This damages your piercing channel.