How do I care for my new piercing?

Your new piercing may secrete a small amount of clear fluid called lymph, this is normal and healthy. As this fluid dries throughout the day, it becomes hard and somewhat sharp. It is very important not to move the jewellery until this crust is removed.

The easiest way to remove this crust is with hot water. Once the jewellery and piercing are clean on both sides, apply a moderate amount of a mild liquid soap to the area. Gently work up a lather over and on the piercing. Slowly, move the jewellery through the piercing six to ten times. If you feel a sharp sensation, check to make sure all of the dried material is removed before proceeding. Let the soap remain in contact with the piercing for about one minute. Then rinse with clean water for at least one minute more. Always use a clean towel to pat dry.

Cleaning your piercing more than two times a day may weaken your body's own natural defences. The use of anti-bacterial ointments is generally discouraged as they may block oxygen from the piercing as well as providing a place for stronger contaminants to breed. Alcohol and witch hazel are also considered ineffective cleaning agents. Hydrogen peroxide may sometimes create scar tissue with repeated use.

It is a good idea to make sure that you sleep on clean sheets or with clean sleeping clothes. For ear piercing it is wise to avoid public telephones. You should also disinfect the phones in your home and office. Be careful with hair care products and harsh shampoos.

You should never touch your piercing with dirty hands. Avoid rough handling of a new piercing. Genital piercings should be protected from foreign body fluids until fully healed.

The importance of good nutrition must not be overlooked. A well balanced diet, stress reduction and sleep, as well as quality multi-vitamin supplements are recommended during the healing period.

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