|Up until a few years
ago, Betadine was the standard suggested aftercare, but iodine based products
have never been well suited for cleaning fresh piercings. (Especially around
eyes and ears). It is intended for use on non broken skin, the label should
state: �for external use only.� If the iodine solution is left in
contact with the skin for prolonged periods of time, a sensitivity problem
may develop. This is called contact dermatitis. Some iodine solutions,
also contain citric acid. �Would you like some lemon juice for your navel
Full time piercers
have had great success with the liquid soaps containing the active ingredient
triclosan. Dial, Neutrogena, Almay, Johnson & Johnson�s, Soft-soap,
and Lever2000 liquid anti-bacterial soaps are adequate, thorough cleansers
when used regularly and correctly. If however, the colors and fragrances
in this soap should cause a rash there are a few alternate products less
readily available, but just as good; one of these is Clearly Natural with
the active ingredient Chloroxylenol 0.3%.
After washing off all
dried matter collected on jewelry using soapy water, liquid soap should
be gently worked into the piercing by rotating the jewelry carefully. Leave
the soap in contact for one minute then rinse for a minute more. Keep it
Ice tonight, let one ice
cube after another melt on your tongue.
50/50 mouth wash/water:
one cap mouthwash, one cap of water in a separate glass.
Rinse after you eat or
drink anything, (other than bottled water.)
Ibuprofen: take at least
300 mg., but not more than 500 mg. the next morning to reduce swelling.
Alcohol is an inflammatory.
Inflaming a piercing is not good. Don't use alcohol.
Anyone who thinks Anti-Bacterial
ointments are appropriate for use on a body piercing, please read the label
at lease once: �Not for use on puncture wounds.� Piercing � Puncture, different
words but same idea.
Saline is just not strong
enough, but often provides great relief to infected piercings when used
as a hot soak. Make sure to rinse the salt water out of piercing with clean
Hot compresses help speed
up your blood circulation and bring co-factors to the affected area. A
hot compress a few times a day has nursed many angry piercings to a happy
ending. Remember you are not trying to kill anything. You are just trying
to give your body a helping hand.
Don't jump from method
to method and product to product. Give your chosen method some time to
Try to clean the piercing
at the same time each day.
If your piercing is truly
infected a trip to the doctor may be the only responsible choice. Try
to speak to a doctor who is familiar with piercings. Infections can be
hard to spot.
Part of your piercing
fee goes toward helping you heal your pierce any questions you have no
matter how small should be directed to your piercer. Opinions are like
pie holes, everybody has one. Your friend whose cousin had a pierce, who
did this or that to heal it, is an idiot. And you can tell them I said
so. Your piercing cost money - it is an investment you do not want to lose.
Do not take your pierce
out with out consulting your piercer first.