After Care General Information
Healing time for all piercing varies from person to person, and from piercing to piercing. People think that after a few days or weeks they can remove the jewelry, without any problems of reinsertion. Wrong! There will be problems, even though your piercing appears to be healed it does take time for it to “toughen up”. We advise leaving something in the piercing for at least the first 6 months – up to a year is better.
If your jewelry must come out for medical reasons, call:
Almoda Body Piercings & Jewelry
Your Piercing Has Been Done Appropriately!
Now it is up to you! The rate of infection is minimal; if the aftercare is followed closely.
We have found that most problems/infections occur when:
+ Over cleaning, using too many or inappropriate cleaning agents. Swimming in rivers and lakes is not suggested due to the bacterial content which could cause infection. Hot tubs are a breeding ground for infection! Do not enter a hot tub for at least 3 months without the use of a waterproof barrier such as Tegaderm or Duo-derm.
+ Handling the piercing without washing your hands.
+ Being too rough with the piercing too soon.
+ Oral contact with the piercing, your body fluids, or someone else’s.
How Will I Know IF There Is An Infection?
Slight redness in the first few days is normal. The secretion of small amounts of white/slightly yellow discharge for up to 3 months is also normal; this is your body expelling dead cells. If you have an infection, you will notice for following symptoms:
+ Pain or a sensation of heat in the area of the piercing
+ Swelling or hardness + Thick, dark yellow, or green discharge
What Should I Do If There Is An INFECTION?
Never take out the jewelry to end an infection! This will only make matters worse because you have just shut off the only passageway for the matter to escape. Call Almoda Body Piercings or call your local urgent care immediately.
How Will I Know If My Piercing Is Rejecting?
Remember, all piercings can reject, though some have a higher incidence than others. No pain is associated with rejection. The signs to watch for are:
+ Discharge of clear fluid
+ Enlargement of the opening of the piercing, along with some redness
+ Itching and a rash. This can be caused by the cleaning agents you are using, before panicking, change the cleaning agent and see if there is an improvement.
What Do I Do If My Piercing Is Rejecting?
Not all bodies will accept the piercing you have selected. There are things that can be done, such as trying a different type of metal for the jewelry. There are many other things that can be done to help save the piercing. Should your piercing begin to reject, call Almoda Body Piercings at once?
How Can I Help My Piercing Heal?
+ Eat a nutritious diet, the body needs protein to heal itself. We suggest that you take a multi-vitamin every day.
+ A zinc supplement (150mg for men, 75mg for women) taken once daily with food for the first seven days after the piercing can help the healing process. Do not take for more than seven days without consulting a physician.
+ Never use Betadine surgical scrub, isopropyl rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or products such as PHisoderm on your piercing, they slow down the healing process.
+ Follow the aftercare sheet provided to your specific piercing.
Sea Salt Is A Natural Astringent.
Soaking a piercing in a sea salt solution can speed healing. Dissolve 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in eight ounces of warm water in a clean glass, or make a compress with the solution on clean gauze pads or a clean towel. Place the glass or compress on the piercing and let the area soak for ten minutes once a day. Used too frequently, sea salt can dry out the tissue surrounding a piercing.
We are not physicians, and any suggestions we make are based upon our experience and that of other professionals in the piercing industry. If these suggestions do not produce rapid improvement in your symptoms, please call your physician or go to your local urgent care.
If there are any questions, concerns, or problems regarding your piercing, please contact us!