Here are the things you must avoid after getting ear piercing to keep infection, scarring and other complications at a bay.
Ear piercing is one of the common styles of body piercing and is popular among both male and female. Despite being a common piercing type, most people don’t know what to do after getting it. They don’t take care of their piercing, leading to infection, scarring, swelling and other complications.
Let’s know the things you should avoid after getting ear piercing:
Touching Your Piercing Very Often with Contaminated Hands:
Handling your piercing with contaminated hands will pass on bacteria and germs to pierced area which causes swelling, puss and redness. It is better if you avoid touching your piercing area every now and then. However, if it is important, you should wash your hands with soap.
Using Alcohol to Treat Your Piercing Spot:
Whereas alcohol is good for cleaning jewelries, it should not be used for treating your piercing area. This is because it causes burning sensation that increases your pain and affects the healing rate as well.
Instead, use a saline solution to take care of your piercing area. It is very simple to make. Just mix ¼ tbsp. of iodine free salt into a cup of warm water. Dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply over your piercing gently.
Applying heavy ointments like Vaseline can cut off air supply to the spot, thereby aggravating the condition. Use the balm or topical cream given or suggested by your piercing artist.
Putting off Your Jewelry Earlier:
Don’t remove your earring before 6 weeks as doing this may close the hole due to the healing of the body.
Sleeping on the Side of Piercing:
Don’t sleep on the side of your piecing as it may hurt and damage the skin tissue. Therefore, try to sleep on your back.
Not Keeping Your Ear Jewelry Clean:
Once your healing period is over, you should remove your jewelry to clean it. Use an antibacterial solution or alcohol to clean it.
Not Following the Piercing Precautions:
- Avoid taking caffeine, nicotine and alcohol till your piercing is healed.
- Don’t swim and bath in lakes or pools.
- Avoid applying skin care products on or around the piercing.
By avoiding such mistakes, you can have your piercing healed and protected. Besides, visit to your doctor if you experience swelling, redness, pus discharging and pain/irritation in your pierced area for longer.