Here are some general instructions for the after piercing healing process. All piercings are different and may take more time to heal than others and may require more attention than others. Please follow the aftercare instructions given by your piercer to avoid infection and other healing complications.

After getting a piercing it can be very exciting you want to show it off and you just can’t wait to change the jewelry. But before you can freely touch or change your jewelry there is a healing process that is extremely important.

You must remember that a new piercing is no different from an open wound so initially there will be bleeding and swelling after a piercing is done and maybe even some soreness and redness almost like a bruise. There next step in the healing process is when you may experience some itching and some yellowish or white fluid around the piercing itself. This is completely normal and your body is just reacting to healing the piercing. Once your piercing is healed it may or may not move freely through and you should not force the piercing to move as this may cause the healing process to revert depending on the type of piercing you may have.

The cleaning process

Before touching your piercing in any way you should make sure that your hands are clean be sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Unless you are instructed otherwise you should wash your piercing at least 2 times a day with a gentle anti bacterial soap. Follow up by using a saline solution that you can purchase from the piercer or you can mix sea salt and water and make a solution yourself. Your jewelry does not need to be removed for cleaning. If you have a tongue piercing you should rinse your mouth with alcohol free mouth wash.

Another very important factor in the healing process is your diet, amount of rest and use of tobacco products and other recreational drugs. The healthier your body the faster and easier the healing process will go.

You should avoid cleaning your piercing to often as this can slow down the healing process and may complicate things.

Signs of infection

Extreme pain, swelling, and excessive discharge maybe a sign of infection, if you feel that your piercing may be infected you should consult your piercer or a doctor as soon as possible.