Like other body piercings, auricle piercing requires you to take certain precautions and after care to avoid infection while promoting healing.
Auricle piercing is done on the outer portion of the ear, right between the helix and earlobe. It is considered as the perfect visible spot to flaunt jewelry, thereby making it the one of the cool trends among youngsters.
However, like other types of body piercing, auricle piercing is not free from several infections if you don’t take precautions. If you got an auricle piercing, you must follow the steps given below to take care of your piercing
Use Saline Solution to Clean It:
A warm saline solution is useful for taking care of piercing parts as it irrigates, cleanses and let the cells to rejuvenate for promoting healing. Plus, it keeps the cell well hydrated, and removing the fluid and debris around the wound.
You can use the saline solution given by your piercer or make it your own. Take ¼ of non-iodized sea salt and mix with 1 cup of warm distilled or bottled water.
Soak a cotton ball into saline solution and gently clean the area around the piercing.
Avoid Touching or Rotating Your Earring Every Now and Then:
Rotating the earring not only teases your pierced skin but can cause infection and affect the healing rate. Similarly, touching of earring with contaminated fingers can lead to the infection and the bacteria harboring over there. Besides, you shouldn’t remove your earring for 5-6 weeks as removing can leave the area exposed to the infection. It means that you must wait till your ear has completely healed.
Tie Up Your Long Hair :
You must tie up your hair so that they can’t catch in the piercing place. Besides, you auricle piercing needs to be exposed to the air for better healing which can be covered by long hair. Apart from long hair, you must minimize the use of scarves and hats. Remember, anything trapped on your earring can worse the pierced area and increases the pain.
Take Care of Your Personal Hygiene :
You must practice good hygiene to prevent your auricle piercing from being infected. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap after or before touching your piercing.
Clean your phones and headphones with rubbing alcohol as they are put near your ears.
Be Careful with Your Sleeping Position :
Don’t sleep on the side where you get auricle piercing because it may hurt you. Try to sleep on other side or on your back.
Keep Your Piercing Cleaned :
When your piercing jewelry is removed, wash it with rubbing alcohol to eliminate the germs and infection. Avoid it doing when they are on the ear as the alcohol may dry out the skin and increases the chances of infection.
These are the steps you must consider after getting an auricle piercing. However, if you see any infection in the form of swelling or pus discharging, which doesn’t go away within 2-3 weeks, you must see the physician as soon as possible.