Piercing Care for New, Healing and Old Piercings

Healed Tongue PiercingIn order to enjoy your piercing to the fullest it’s important to take a good care of it. This goes without saying. Piercing care is important. Most of the problems associated with piercings, such as infections, migration or rejection can easily be prevented if you are responsible and know how to take care of your piercings and body jewelry.

My Piercing is New!

Aftercare is a crucial component of any piercing experience and should not be overlooked. Just because your appointment with your piercer is over doesn’t mean you should forget about your new piercing.

Because many people are scared of needles and fear the procedure might hurt they may feel completely relieved once it’s over. While you may relax a little keep in mind that the most crucial stage of any piercing process starts right after the procedure is done. Yes, it’s aftercare. Your new piercing will begin to heal immediately and you should take appropriate care of it to avoid any further problems.

This is why it’s crucial to listen carefully all of the aftercare instructions your piercer may give to you. Do not disregard anything and do not think you’re “smarter” than a professional. Don’t be shy: if you have some questions or if some steps are unclear, ask. Also, many reputable studios offer printed aftercare instructions you can take home with you. Make sure to read carefully and perform every aftercare step as instructed.

Cleaning your new piercing with a saline solution (or another approved cleaning product) is the most important step, but you should also follow other instructions. You must ensure that your piercing is not disturbed, so you might adjust the way you sleep or you may wear different type of clothes during the initial healing stages. Also, keep in mind that you should keep your hands away from your new piercing! Never twist or turn your jewelry: it will only bring more problems.

Piercing in Healing

Keep in mind that the healing process can be long and, for many people, tedious. Once the first few weeks are gone you will feel much better and you may think that your piercing is fully healed. In most of the cases, this is not true: piercings take weeks, months or even more to heal properly.

What does it mean? Do not abandon aftercare just because you think your piercing is healed. Do not try to change jewelry unless enough time has passed after you had your piercing. It is a good thing that your piercing heals nicely, but you should not disturb this process.

Once it’s Healed

Congratulations! You have a fully healed piercing. If you followed the aftercare instructions carefully and if you are careful about your piercing chances are that that will be healed nicely and without a problem.

This is a fun stage, because now you can change jewelry, use jewelry made of organic materials and other non-initial jewelry. However, keep in mind that infections and other problems are possible even on this stage. It means you should regularly check your piercing for any warning signs and react quickly if you spot a problem. This is the only way to avoid serious issues with your piercing.

Care-Tech Laboratories Agrees to Stop Making Unapproved Antimicrobial Products

Here is a press release from the FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that St. Louis-based Care-Tech Laboratories Inc. and its principal officers, John C. Brereton and Sherry L. Brereton, have signed a consent decree, agreeing to stop the illegal manufacture, marketing, and distribution of over-the-counter (OTC) antimicrobial drugs used to treat and prevent infection. Continue reading