Many people express themselves through the type of clothing they wear, while others do so through the kind of haircut they wear. Another way to express your individuality is through body piercing. Getting certain parts of your body pierced entails more responsibility, especially right after you get the piercing. This is especially true for some of the most sensitive areas where piercing is done, including the lips.
Taking care of a piercing is like taking care of a little wound that need to be given adequate time to heal. If you don’t wanna turn you body piercing you should read the following tips
Know the risks before you have your body pierced…
- Bacterial infection (where you had the piercing)
- Excessive (a lot of) bleeding
- Allergic reactions (especially to certain kinds of jewelry)
- Damage to nerves (for example, you may lose feeling at the area that gets pierced)
- Keloids (thick scarring at the piercing site)
- Dental damage (swelling and infection of tongue, chipped and broken teeth, choking on loose jewelry)
How to clean your new piercing?
- Wash your hands first with soap and water before touching or cleaning the pierced area. (Don't let anyone else touch the pierced area until it is healed.)
- Remove any crusty material from the site and from the jewelry with warm water.
- Gently wash the area around the piercing with antibacterial soap (liquid soap works the best).
- Gently rinse off all of the soap and crusty discharge.
- Gently dry the area with a paper towel or plain white napkin. (Bacteria can stay in cloth towels.)
- Do steps 1-5 twice a day until the skin heals. (Over-washing or over-scrubbing can irritate the area.)
- Do NOT use antibacterial ointments because they don't allow air to get to the area and they trap bacteria.
How to prevent infections after piercing
Preventing infections is really not hard. It shouldn't take a lot of your time to keep your piercing clean and the good news is, you won't have to worry about complications if you keep it clean.
- Do NOT use alcohol or Peroxide to clean the area. (Both products will dry out your skin.) Other strong solutions such as Betadine will discolor gold jewelry.
- Rinse the pierced skin after exercising since sweat may irritate the piercing.
- Keep the pierced area from coming in contact with other people's body fluids, such as saliva and sweat. (Do not have oral sexual contact for 4-6 weeks if you have a tongue, lip, or genital piercing).
- Keep things clean that come in contact with the body part that has been pierced. For example, keep your phone clean if you have an ear piercing, keep your glasses clean for ear and eyebrow piercings, cover your ear lobe with a tissue if you use hair spray, and try not to apply makeup close to piercing sites.
- Wear clean clothing with soft fabric for navel piercings. Avoid wearing jeans because the material can be irritating.
- Don't wear pantyhose, leotards, belts, or tight clothing while a navel piercing is healing.
- Wear loose fitting clothing with a navel piercing, to let the air help with healing.
- Check your jewelry many times during the day to see if any parts have become loose, especially if you have a tongue piercing. If a bar becomes loose, you can accidentally swallow it or damage a permanent tooth.
- Do NOT use a hot tub or swim in public pools until your piercing has healed.
- Rinse tongue or lip piercings after every meal or snack. Rinse for 30 to 60 seconds after eating with an antibacterial, alcohol-free mouthwash, or a warm salt water rinse. Or, alternately, make a mix with one part water, and one part hydrogen-peroxide, and apply it directly to the piercing site with a cotton swab. The bubbling peroxide can help remove food stuck in the site.
- Throw out your old toothbrush and get a new, soft-bristled toothbrush if you have a tongue or lip piercing. This is to avoid exposure to bacteria from your old toothbrush.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and if you think you have a problem. Studies have shown that people who have piercings in their mouth are much more likely to have injuries to their teeth and gums.
- Eat healthy foods. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals help your body heal.