Here are the things you should avoid doing with your new ear piercing.
A fresh ear piercing should be taken care of. The reason is pretty simply — fresh piercing is technically a wound being prone to swelling, redness, infection and skin scarring. A fresh piercing can take 6-8 weeks to heal completely. During this period, you should follow the precautions and keep your piercing clean to avoid complications.
Here we have rounded up common mistakes you should avoid after getting ear piercing.
Touching Your Piercing with Contaminated Hands:
Avoid touching your piercing every now and then. The germs on your hands may pass on to fresh piercing which in turn triggers puss, redness and swelling. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water while handling or rotating your jewelry.
Applying Alcohol or Hydrogen Peroxide to Your Pierced Area:
Alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are antibacterial in nature, thereby killing the germs. They can be used in cleaning your jewelries. However, they are not good for cleaning your pierced area. Both products cause burning sensation which will not only hurt you, but also affect your healing rate.
Saline solution is a safe cleaning solution for your piercing area. It is easy 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. Or you can purchase a saline spray for piercing available at drug stores easily.
Most people apply heavy ointments to the fresh piercings which can worsen the problem. Such ointments cut off the air supply to the piercing spot. It is better to use the one recommended by your piercing artist.
Removing Your Jewelry Earlier:
Avoid taking off your earring before 6 weeks. This is because the body’s healing reaction can close the hole. You can remove the jewelry for frequent cleaning. But you shouldn’t take out jewelry, even in case of infection. Clean your jewelry with an antibacterial soap two to three times a day, and if pain or swelling continues for over 24 hours, visit your physician.
Sleeping on the Side of Piercing:
Don’t sleep on the side of piercing as a minor pressure can hurt it badly. Top of that, the jewelry can be caught on your sheets or blanket which can increase pain once it may pull out of your ears. Therefore, try to sleep on the back till your piercing is healed.
Not Cleaning Your Jewelry:
You should clean your jewelry from time to time as they are amassed with debris. First of all, wash your hands before removing the jewelry. Afterwards, soak them in antibacterial solution like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. Wipe and wear them.
Pay heed to the instructions given by your piercing artist. It helps you avoid infection and other complications. Here are some general precautions for piercing.
- Avoid taking caffeine, nicotine and alcohol
- Avoid swimming in lakes or pool as the chemical or bacteria in the water can affect your piercing.
- Avoid applying skin care products on or around the piercing spot.
Put these instructions into practice to speed up the healing of your new piercing.