The aftercare of body piercing is important to promote good healing and prevent the risk of infection. Healingtimes for piercing will vary with the type and position of the piercing and vary from person to person. For the first few weeks it is normal for the area to be red, tender and swollen.
Approximate healing times for the various piercings are:
Tongue piercing, smiley & tongue web – 4-6 weeks
Lip piercing – 3-6 months
Cheek piercing – 6-12 months
The risk of infection can be greatly reduced by good general hygiene including:
- Hand washing before touching the piercing.
- Keeping the piercing clean.
Hand washing is the single most important method of reducing infection. Hands must be washed prior to touching the affected area, therefore reducing the risk of infection. Wash your hands in warm water and liquid soap; always dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel. This should remove most germs and prevent them being transferred to the affected area.
Signs of Infection
If appropriate aftercare is not followed infection may occur. The signs of infection are:
- Swelling and redness that increases around the wound.
- A severe burning and throbbing sensation around the site.
- Increased tenderness and increasingly painful to touch.
- An unusual discharge (yellow or green) with an offensive smell.
Including: Tongue / Smiley / Frowney / Tongue Web / Lip / Labret / Medusa / Madonna / Cheek / Vertical or Horizontal lip.
For the internal healing of oral piercings, make a mouthwash solution by putting 4 mouthwash tablets into a 500ml bottle of water and gargle after each meal.
For the external healing of oral piercing gently clean around the outside of the piercing with warm water or salt water solution and a cotton bud to remove any secreted discharge. When cleaning, always tighten the ball on a bar. Dry thoroughly.
- Do not use cotton wool to clean the piercing as the fibres in the cotton wool may get caught in the piercing.
- Do not pick at any discharge otherwise you will increase the risk of the tearing the piercing and bacteria entering the wound.
- Do not play with a new oral piercing as this will irritate the area, prolong swelling and cause the piercing to take longer to heal.
Special Care for Tongue Piercing
-Stick to a soft food and liquid diet for the first few days.
-Cold products such as ice cream can help reduce swelling.
-Avoid hot, spicy, salty or citrus foods and caffeine for the first few days.
If you have any concerns regarding piercing please contact us or seek medical attention.
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