How to Clean Properly

Cleaning Your PiercingCleaning is an essential part of aftercare so it has to be performed on a regular basis. Not everyone knows how to do it properly, so here are a few quick instructions you need to follow:

Before Cleaning

  • Always wash your hands before you touch your piercing, jewelry or your skin. Make sure to wash them thoroughly and not just for a few moments. As a rule, you should spend at least 3 to 5 minutes washing your hands carefully.
  • It’s also good to wash the body part near the piercing as much as you can. This might not always be possible because the new piercing may be painful and might restrict you in some ways, but it’s best to clean yourself as much as you can before handling your piercing in any way.
  • Do not rush. While cleaning should not last for a long time, you should never do it in a hurry. You need to take your time to prepare everything properly.

Cleaning: Warnings and Precautions

  • As a general rule, you should clean your new piercing at least twice per day. Depending on your piercing, you may need to perform this routine more. For example, fresh piercings typically require a more frequent cleaning than those that are a few weeks or months old. Also, some piercings, such as oral piercings, will require more frequent cleaning. As a general rule, you should clean your oral piercings (such as tongue piercing) after each meal.
  • On the other hand, you must resist the urge to clean your piercing too often. This can bring more harm than good. Over cleaning is a bad practice that can lead to irritation and other problems. You should not clean your piercing more than 4 or 5 times per day.
  • Always use only body-friendly cleaners suitable for cleaning new piercings. Your chosen cleaner has to be strong enough to clean the piercing but also mild enough not to hurt it. Typically, a sterile saline solution is the best cleaner for a new piercing, but you may use a mild anti-bacterial soap or a reliable commercial product (such as H2Ocean Piercing Aftercare Spray) if you know it’s effective and body-friendly.
  • Never clean your piercing with alcohol or another harsh cleaner. Also, general cosmetic cleaners made to wash face and body are not suitable for this purpose.
  • When cleaning, make sure to touch your piercing as little as possible. You should not touch the jewelry at all. Never twist or turn the jewelry during the healing process!

How to Clean

  • You need to apply the cleaner for 5 to 10 minutes per cleaning. The cleaner has to be applied in such a way to reach your piercing but without disturbing the jewelry. The goal is to minimize the contact between your fingers and the piercing.
  • Always use warm (not hot) solution for this purpose.
  • A good method to clean is to invert a cup full of solution and place it over your piercing. Leave the cup for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Some piercings cannot use the cup method, so you may use clean gauze or a paper towel soaked in the solution. If using this method, make sure not to touch the piercing much.
  • You will typically need to rinse your piercing a bit to remove any residue. When doing this, make sure not to disturb the jewelry or the piercing.
  • Dry your piercing with clean paper towels. Make sure to do it by gently patting your piercing. Never apply too much pressure. Also, make sure not to use cloth towels: they can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry.

Unwanted Stretching

Unwanted StretchingMany people wish to stretch their piercings. Stretching essentially makes the piercing hole bigger. In terms of body piercings, it means that the piercing is stretched to a larger gauge. Stretching will increase the diameter of the fistula, which means you will need to wear larger jewelry. In some cases, you will be able to wear special jewelry made for stretched piercings.

This tissue stretching is done for aesthetics and functional purposes. Some piercings are more prone to stretching and will stretch easily. For example, earlobes can easily be stretched so it’s one of the most popular stretched piercings.

However, stretching is not always done voluntarily and on purpose. It’s important to know that your piercing can be stretched even if you don’t want it to. In this situation, stretching is a problem you need to address and prevent.

What is Unwanted Stretching?

In order to understand how to prevent unwanted stretching, you need to know how stretching happens in the first place. The stretching increases the diameter of the fistula, making your piercing have a larger gauge. It also means that you will need to wear jewelry of a larger gauge to accommodate it.

Stretching is done on the tissue so it becomes elongated, making the piercing hole wider. Stretching will affect the piercing itself, as well as any surrounding tissue. In some cases, stretching can hurt the tissue and lead to damage, breakage and other problems. Even when done purposely stretching poses a risk. When it happens involuntarily it almost always leads to additional problems.

Piercings at Risk

The location and type of the piercing is very important for stretching. Some body parts will stretch more than the others, so this is where you can expect unwanted stretching to occur. Different tissue stretches at different rates so it will determine the ability of your piercing to stretch, whether you want it or not. As a general rule, some piercings can easily be stretched while others require a lot of effort to be stretched. It means that for some piercings unwanted stretching is always a possibility while you don’t have to worry about the others.

Piercings that are relatively easy to stretch are those that are typically stretched on purpose: earlobe, nipple piercing and genital piercings. Most of genital piercings are very prone to stretching. Also, surface piercings are often easy to stretch, which can lead to tissue damage since the piercing is done so close to the skin surface. Speaking of which, your navel piercing can easily be stretched even if you don’t want that to happen.

Dangers and Problems

One of the most common problems encountered with unwanted stretching is tissue damage. This is particularly problematic with piercings that are located very close to the edge of the skin. Stretching will pull on the skin, which can make the tissue become so thin that the blood has difficulty passing through it. This can lead to further problems. The tissue might die and split. Tearing of the tissue is another common problem with unwanted stretching. It’s not uncommon to encounter tissue damage, especially if you wear heavy, large jewelry.

People who wish to stretch their piercings know that it’s important to always go slowly. With unwanted stretching, the enlargement of fistula almost always occurs rapidly, which leads to tissue damage. In some cases, this damage is microscopic and will cause your piercing to hurt and become sore. In other cases, the damage is more permanent and serious.

How to Prevent Unwanted Stretching?

In order to prevent unwanted stretching, it’s vital to take a good care of your piercing. You need to keep it clean and prevent scratches, infections and other problems. However, the most important way to prevent the unwanted stretching is to choose appropriate jewelry. Your chosen jewelry should be well-crafted and made of body-friendly materials to prevent problems. Also, it has to be appropriately-sized. Jewelry that is too large and heavy will almost always cause the unwanted stretching.

You should always wear jewelry in the same gauge as your piercing. Never try to insert larger jewelry “just because”, because it can lead to stretching and tissue damage. Also, make sure not to wear jewelry that is too heavy if stretching is your concern. Weights and heavy jewelry are the easiest ways to stretch your piercing, so if this is something you want to avoid, make sure to always wear smaller and lighter jewelry pieces.

If you notice some unwanted stretching or if your piercing becomes sore, you may try rubbing it with a bit of oil and leaving it to close a bit. Good oils to use are Vitamin E, jojoba, extra virgin olive oil, avocado or emu oil. This should bring the piercing to its original size unless the stretching was too pronounced.

Can You Over clean Your Piercing?

Piercing CleaningEach new piercing is sensitive and has to be cleaned properly. The initial healing time is when your piercing is the most sensitive and prone to infections and other problems. In order to avoid these problems and to speed up the healing process, it’s vital to perform adequate aftercare.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the aftercare is cleaning. Your new piercing has to be kept clean in order to remove any dirt, bacteria and other agents in the new piercing. It is important to keep the piercing properly clean so your piercing can heal as quickly as possible.

However, it’s important to understand that cleaning should not be overdone. Overcleaning can bring numerous problems so it should be avoided at all costs.

What is Over cleaning?

Simply put, “overcleaning” is any cleaning that is more extensive than needed. You have to keep your piercing clean, but you don’t want to hurt the tissue with too much cleaning. Remember: too much of a good stuff is bad, so you have to resist the urge to clean your new piercing more than it’s needed.

Some people think that their new piercing will be kept clean only if they wash it every hour or so. Nothing can be further from the truth. Exposing your tissue to water and cleaning products so often will only cause more trouble.

As a rule, you should only clean your new piercing a few times per day. Up to 4 times a day during the initial healing time (a few days after you getting your piercing done) and about twice per day during the rest of the healing period.

In some situations, you might want to clean your piercing more. For example, your tongue piercing and other oral piercings should be cleaned after every meal. That being said, a few times per day is enough. You should not clean your piercing more than that. Remember, it will bring more harm than good.

Improper Cleaning Products

Another problem may come from the improper cleaning products. Not all cleaners are created equal and you should not use them all to clean your new piercing. Just because a product is suitable for use on body and face doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suitable for cleaning your piercings.

The best cleaning solution is a mixture of salt and water. You can easily make this mixture all by yourself. It’s affordable, easy to make and very handy. Anyone can make a basic saline solution so you don’t even have to spend much money on it.

Never use harsh chemicals or strong cleaners on your piercing, even if they are otherwise allowed to be used for washing body and face. These cleaners contain chemicals that are not good for your piercing and will harm the tissue.

Signs of Overcleaning

There are several common symptoms of overcleaning or cleaning with improper products:

  • Tenderness. Your piercing and skin around it may become tender to the touch.
  • Soreness. The piercing and tissue around it may feel sore.
  • Damage. A piercing may produce a puss-like liquid.
  • Redness. Sometimes, an overly cleaned piercing will become red.

These are just some of the signs to watch for. If you experience any of these problems it’s a sign that you’re overcleaning. Reduce the number of times you clean your piercing and switch to a gentler cleaner. In case you use a saline solution to clean your piercing, it might be too strong. In order to prevent further problems, dilute the mixture and use sterile water with salt.

How to Tell if a Piercing Studio is Bad?

studioThere are many good, reputable piercing studios with knowledgeable professionals. Getting a quality and safe piercing service is not rare these days. However, there is still a large number of sketchy, bad piercing studios popping all over the place. In order to avoid them and to prevent any possible unsafe and dangerous experiences, it’s important to know how to tell a bad piercing studio from a good one. Here are some of the most common signs that a piercing studio is bad:

It’s Unprofessional

A good piercing studio depends on its professional staff and piercers with good skills. Bad studios have amateurs who do not know what they’re doing. This is extremely dangerous. You do not want to rely on such individuals to perform your piercings.

There are many different ways in which this lack of knowledge can manifest itself. They won’t be able to answer your questions and they will never be specific enough about your needs. This is a very dangerous sign, since it signals that the piercers are ignorant or inexperienced. Bad piercers can endanger your health so you should never agree to be pierced by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

It’s Cheap

Let’s face it: you get what you pay for. Beware of studios offering suspiciously low prices for piercings and jewelry. There is a reason why getting pierced at a mall kiosk is cheap – and unsafe. If you find a piercing studio with prices as cheap as a mall kiosk, ask why. No reputable studio can offer such low prices. They have to make some money so their service is not the best. Even more, it should make you wonder about their autoclave and sanitary conditions in the studio, as well as skills of their piercers.

That not to say that a studio has to be overly expensive or that it should never offer a discount or a coupon, or that their jewelry has to be pricey. There is a difference between marketing and bad service. You should be able to tell who is serious and who’s keeping the prices low because something important is missing in their quality.

It’s Dirty

Keep in mind that piercing is a procedure done on the body. As such, a studio has to adhere to all the highest standards. Hygiene has to be perfect inside the entire studio, especially in the room where piercings are performed. While that room should be sterile, other parts of the studio have to be clean as well.

Dirty counters, waiting rooms and toilets are a bad sign. If you notice the lack of hygiene and attention in these places you should rightfully wonder about the studio’s ability to keep the piercing process sterile and safe.

It’s Not Playing by the Rules

A sketchy studio is not doing all in the way that is recommended by the industry. Some of these studios do not follow the industry’s guidelines. Furthermore, some of these studios are even doing some illegal things, such as piercing minors. It’s not surprising for such studios to lack a spore test or a proper autoclave.

In short, these studios are not doing their work the way it’s required by the industry. By ignoring guidelines or performing illegal activities they are endangering the health of their clients.

LITHA Aftercare Approach

Aftercare ApproachMany piercing enthusiasts know about the LITHA strategy for aftercare. What is LITHA and how to perform it?

Good news: it’s actually very easy to follow this aftercare approach. Not to mention this is the best way to ensure that your new piercing heals properly and without problems.

What is LITHA?

LITHA stands for: “Leave It The Hell Alone”. A simple concept, isn’t it? This approach basically says that the best way for your piercing to heal is to manipulate is as little as possible. It means that you should not touch it, twist the jewelry or rub it in any way. However, it also means you should not use a lot of cleaning products on it.

Of course, you SHOULD clean it twice per day (or more, depending on the piercing type and your piercer’s instructions), but that should basically be it. When cleaning, use only non-invasive cleaning mixture that is approved for new piercings. Absolutely the best is to use plain saline solution.

Avoid strong chemicals and invasive cleaners on your new piercing. They can do more harm than good. You may use anti-microbial soap or a specialized cleaner made for new piercings, such as H2Ocean cleaner, but make sure that whatever you use is suitable for new piercings.

Other than that, follow LITHA. Leave your piercing. Do not touch it, do not manipulate it in any way. Do not even clean it more times than necessary, or a using a stronger saline solution than recommended. All these things can compromise the healing process and increase the risk of infections and other problems.

The idea behind the LITHA approach is that, as long as you keep your new piercing clean, your body will heal it perfectly on its own. No additional cleaning agents and products are needed. Nor is needed for you to touch or manipulate your new piercing in any way, except when you clean it (and even then the contact must be minimal).

What Not to Do

Here are some things you should avoid during the aftercare:

  • Twisting and turning your jewelry. This is not necessary and can compromise the healing process.
  • Strong products and chemicals. A new piercing is best cleaned with a saline solution. Never use invasive products on your new piercing. Also, make sure that the saline solution you use is not too strong for your piercing.
  • Overcleaning. You should not clean your piercing more than several times per day. It will only irritate it.
  • Rub it on clothes. This is tricky, because you need to be careful at all times. Do not let the jewelry on your new piercing get caught on clothes. Also, make sure not to rub it during sleep. In case of an ear or facial piercing, remove the hair away from it.
  • Change jewelry too soon. You should wait before you change your initial jewelry, unless a new jewelry piece is needed after the first swelling is gone. In this case, go to your piercer to change the jewelry for you. Never attempt to do it by yourself.

All in all, keep in mind that”less is more” is a good strategy during the healing time. In case you notice something wrong (such as prolonged pain, redness, swelling and other signs of infection) you should consult your doctor. In case everything looks and feels fine it’s best to manipulate your piercing as little as possible.

Piercing for Inverted Nipples

Inverted NippleInverted nipples are a problem affecting many people. While inverted nipples are not a serious issue, chances are that you’d want to change this. Interestingly enough, nipple piercings work great for this type of anatomy. If you get a nipple piercing chances are that you will never have to worry about inverted nipples again!

Of course, in order for this to work, you need to be pierced by a professional. It goes without saying that this person has to be familiar and knowledgeable about nipple piercings. Remember: there are no two identical nipples and experienced piercers know how to handle individual anatomy perfectly and find the best solution for your case. If you dislike your inverted nipples and want to do something about it, nipple piercing may be the best solution. It’s important to learn enough about piercing for inverted nipples to know how to use this method to remedy the problem.

Can Inverted Nipples be Pierced?

First things first: chances are that you can get pierced even if you have inverted nipples. The tissue is very flexible and as long as you have a pinchable area of skin, there is a high chance that you can get a nipple piercing. However, it’s always best to ask your piercer to make sure you can indeed get pierced.

While nipple piercings for men and women differ because of different nipple sizes, keep in mind that typically both men and women can get a nipple piercing despite having inverted nipples.

Why is Nipple Piercing Good?

Nipple piercings are a great solution for many cases of inverted nipples simply because they keep the nipple erect and prevent it to come back. Inverted nipple retract easily, which can be prevented if you have your nipple pierced.

Your jewelry will go straight through the nipple and prevent it from going back. While pierced nipples are not always completely erect, chances are that they will be erect to a degree. They will not be able to go back to the inverted state, so this is a quick and effective solution to inverted nipples.

Potential Problems

There are potential problems you may face with nipple piercing on inverted nipples. Sometimes, the tissue will try to go back to the flat or inverted position. It may put a pressure on the nipple, which may cause problems. Typical problem you will encounter is migration, but other issues, such as pain or infection, are also possible.

In order to prevent this problem, it’s best to wear light, comfortable jewelry, especially during the healing stages. Also, being pierced with a slightly larger gauge might also help. This is why it’s advisable to get pierced with 12 gauge (or even a bit larger) and avoid the 14 gauge which is usually a standard for nipple piercings.

How to Choose the Right Jewelry for Your Piercings

Piercing and JewelryThere are many popular piercing types and many different jewelry styles. It’s always useful to know what kind of jewelry suits your piercing.

Generally speaking, most piercings can accommodate at least a few different jewelry styles, but it’s always useful to know what is best to wear for your piercing.

Jewelry Types

There are several basic body jewelry types. Among the most popular ones are barbells of different kinds (straight, curved and circular barbells) as well as rings (Captive Bead Rings, seamless rings, screwball rings and others).

These jewelry styles can accommodate most piercing types. Most of these can be used for many different piercing types, which makes these jewelry types multi-functional.

On the other hand, there are also specialized jewelry types. These are made for one specific jewelry type. For example, ear plugs and flesh tunnels are made for stretched earlobe piercings. Labrets are made for lip piercings. Nose screws and nose bones are made for nostril piercings, and so on.

That being said, even the most specialized jewelry types can usually be used for more than one piercing type. The trick is to know when to use which jewelry type and style. Sometimes, the choice will depend on your individual style and preferences, while it will sometimes be guided by practical reasons. Simply put, some piercings are made to accommodate some specific jewelry types and not the others.

To ensure a good fit and perfect comfort it’s worth knowing when to use which jewelry style for a particular piercing type.

General Guidelines

Here are some general guidelines on the jewelry types to use with specific piercings:

  • Ear piercings. There are many different ear piercing types, such as earlobe piercings, cartilage piercings, and many others. There are numerous earrings used for earlobe piercings, as well as special jewelry types made for stretched earlobe piercing, such as ear plugs, earlets and flesh tunnels. Ear cartilage piercings use many different jewelry types, such as barbells (for example, long straight barbells for Industrial piercing), rings or labrets.
  • Nose piercings. Nostril piercings typically use specific jewelry types, such as nostril screws, nose bones, fishtails and L-bars. Also, this piercing type can use a ring. Some other nose piercings, such as septum piercings, use different jewelry types, such as rings and tusks.
  • Eyebrow piercing. This piercing type usually uses a special curved barbell or a Captive Bead Ring. However, this piercing type can also use different jewelry types, such as barbells of different kinds.
  • Lip piercings. A typical jewelry type for most of the lip piercings is a labret. However, some lip piercings can also use rings or even barbells.
  • Tongue piercing. All tongue piercings are oral piercings, so special care has to be made to use only jewelry made of medical-grade materials and specially designed for oral use. Tongue piercing needs smooth jewelry that will not damage teeth and gums. Straight barbells make great tongue jewelry, though some people prefer to use Captive Bead Rings.
  • Navel piercings. Belly button piercings usually use special curved barbells. These barbells are ideal for this piercing type. However, you may also use a typical Captive Bead Ring or another ring type.

Dydoe Piercing

Dydoe PiercingDydoe is one of the more “exotic” male genital piercings, but it’s popular among many men who are looking for a unique penis piercing. As such, there are many men who have dydoe piercing performed, either alone or in pairs. Also, many people who have a dydoe piercing also have another genital piercing, though this is not a rule.

A dydoe piercing is done on the rim of the penis glans. Dydoe is known as a functional piercing: it can enhance the pleasure for both the wearer and his partner during intercourse.

Placement and Procedure

Dydoe is a rim piercing, that is, it is done on the rim of the penis head. While it can be done alone, most men choose to have dydoe done in pairs, one piercing on the each side of the penis head. However, there is no official limitations on how many dydoe piercings one can have, so there are many men with three, four or more dydoe piercings done on their penises.

A dydoe piercing passes through the ridge of the penis glans. If a man decides to have only one dydoe piercing done, it will typically be placed centrally. If he wants to have two, they will be placed symmetrically, one on the right and the other on the left side. A special placement, known as a “king’s crown” consists of several dydoe piercings positioned on the glans.

Dydoe piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, though there are exceptions.

Jewelry

A typical jewelry for dydoe piercing is a curved barbell. Usually, standard curved barbells are used, with plain balls on each end, though some men choose to use more decorative barbells.

Another popular jewelry for this type of piercing is a ring. Typically, Captive Bead Rings are used, though some men choose to use different types of rings, such as seamless, segment or screwball rings. A ring is a good jewelry for this type of piercing but has to be used with caution, since it has a higher risk of rejection.

The piercing is typically done with a straight needle, even though curved jewelry (such as curved barbells or rings) is typically worn. The procedure is typically done freehand. This is not a long procedure but it has to be done by a piercer specialized in genital piercings. After the hole is made the jewelry is inserted.

The piercing is often associated with pain, just like any other penis piercing. However, the procedure itself doesn’t last long so it should be bearable. You should expect some bleeding so do not be alarmed by that.

Aftercare is important for preventing infections and other problems. You should clean your dydoe piercing at least twice per day. It’s best to use a saline solution and not any harsh cleaners should ever be applied. Special care should be taken during showering and sex in order not to irritate your new piercing.

Before getting your dydoe done, make sure to find an experienced piercer who is known to be familiar with this type of piercing. As with any relatively rare piecing, you need to find a person who is not only a general professional but who has enough experience in the specialized piercing you’re interested in.

Additional Tips and Information

  • The average healing time for dydoe piercing is 2 to 3 months, at least for the initial healing period. For a complete healing, a man has to wait anywhere between 4 and 6 months.
  • You should use a condom for sex until your dydoe is fully healed.
  • Not all men can get a dydoe piercing. In order for dydoe piercing to be performed, a man has to have a large enough rim at the corona. The rim also has to be well-defined. This is necessary so the jewelry could fit.
  • Men without a well-defined rim at the corona and without enough tissue at this spot can get a dydoe piercing but it’s likely to migrate out.
  • There is also a deep variation of this piercing, known as “Zephyr”. It is longer than the regular dydoe and exits near the tip of the penis. This piercing uses a longer barbell than traditional dydoe.
  • You can change the jewelry when the piercing is fully healed but never leave jewelry out for long periods of time. Penis piercings are quick to close, which may make it difficult or impossible to insert the jewelry back.
  • While both circumcised and uncircumcised men can get a dydoe piercing, there is a heightened risk for uncircumcised men because the foreskin keeps the area moist, which may prolong the healing and lead to other problems.

Which Piercings Migrate and Reject Easily?

Piercing RejectionIt’s important to understand that migration and rejection are a risk with any piercing. These are very common problems many people face with their piercings. While the majority of piercings never pose any problems it’s vital to know that every piercing carries a risk of migration and rejection. This is how it is.

It’s vital to know that there is no way to completely remove chances of migration and rejection. However, there are some ways to minimize the risk.

In order to know how to minimize this risk, you need to understand that not all piercings have the same chances of migration and rejection. Some piercing types are more prone to this problem.

Piercings with the Highest Risk

Some piercings have a higher risk of migration and rejection than the others. There are several factors that make a piercing more prone to migration and rejection:

  • Piercing type. Some types of piercings, such as surface piercings, carry a higher risk of migration and rejection.
  • Piercing age. New piercings are more prone to migration and rejection.
  • Piercing care. If a piercing is not cared for properly it has a higher risk of migration and rejection.
  • Improper jewelry. Improper jewelry can hurt and stretch the tissue, which can lead to migration and rejection.

Piercing Type

While every piercing has a risk of migration and rejection, some piercing types are more prone to these problems. Piercings that go through a small amount of tissue are at the greatest risk. Surface piercings have the highest risk of migration and rejection since they go through the surface of the skin and pierce only a small amount of tissue.

This is why most of the surface piercings, especially corset piercings and similar decorative piercings, are considered temporary piercings. They almost always migrate and reject after some time.

Out of the more popular piercing types, those with the most risk of rejection are:

  • Eyebrow piercing. (After all, this is a type of a surface piercing).
  • Navel piercing.
  • Christina piercing.
  • Hip piercing.
  • Nape piercing.
  • Corset piercing.

Piercing Age

Generally speaking, new piercings have a higher risk of migration and rejection. New piercings are tender and this is why it’s so important to perform appropriate aftercare and to clean your piercing. It’s vital to take a good care of your piercing, especially during the healing time.

That being said, any piercing has a risk of migration and rejection. Even the old, well-established piercings can migrate and reject. Sometimes, migration and rejection occur after several years of having a piercing.

Piercing Care

In order to minimize the risk of migration and rejection it’s important to take a good care of your piercing. While it’s usually impossible to completely rule out migration and rejection, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk.

During the healing, it’s vital to clean your piercing regularly and to perform the aftercare. Also, you need to resist the urge to touch your piercing. Never twist or turn the jewelry. This will only increase the risk of migration and rejection.

Once the piercing is healed, do not simply forget about it. It’s important to keep it clean and well-maintained. Make sure to observe it regularly to make sure everything is alright and that there are no signs of infection, migration or rejection.

Improper Jewelry

Improper jewelry can bring numerous problems, including migration and rejection. You should always wear well-crafted jewelry made of body-friendly materials to avoid any potential problems. Cheap jewelry can hurt your body, but that’s not all. If jewelry is too heavy or if it scratches your skin, it can easily lead to migration and rejection. For these reasons, it’s vital to always use body-friendly jewelry that will not hurt your body and cause any additional problems.

Piercing Discomfort

Piercing DiscomfortMany people wonder how much discomfort is normal and expected when wearing body piercing jewelry. There is no one universal answer to this questions, but generally speaking, your jewelry should not cause discomfort. In fact, discomfort and pain can often be a sign of a problem so you should never ignore it!

Discomfort Associated with Piercings

There are several different types of piercing situations in which you can experience discomfort. It’s very important to know which of these situations are “normal” and when you should take discomfort and pain as a warning sign.

Common sources of discomfort:

•           The procedure

•           Initial healing time

•           Swelling

•           Improperly Sized Jewelry

•           Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

•           Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

•           Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

•           Infections and Other Problems

The Procedure

You should expect some discomfort and even pain during procedure. This goes without saying. Some people are scared of piercing needles and piercing pain, but the good news is that it’s usually not as scary as it sounds. Also, the pain itself lasts only for a few seconds (for most piercings) so it’s not something to worry about.

Another type of pain and discomfort you should expect happen a few hours after the procedure. In fact, this is typically when you can expect the most discomfort or even pain. You can use some painkillers, but if the problem persists, make sure to consult your doctor.

Initial Healing Time

Piercings take a while to heal. Out all of this time, the initial days are when you can expect the most discomfort. This is also when you should be extra careful with your piercing. You can expect it to be tender and to cause some discomfort.

Make sure not to touch it too much. In fact, you should touch your piercing only when you clean it and perform aftercare. Never twist or turn your jewelry because it can bring more problems. Monitor your piercing to notice any potential infections or other problems.

Swelling

Swelling is normal during the initial phases of healing. In fact, it is expected. Your piercer should account for swelling when choosing initial jewelry for your piercing. You will probably need to replace your initial jewelry with a shorter one after the swelling is gone.

Monitor your piercing to see if the swelling is gone. It’s normal for a new piercing to be tender, but it should start healing. If you think the swelling is not going away, make sure to consult your doctor.

Also, keep in mind that swelling is not a normal occurrence past the initial healing. If you experience swelling, bumps or tenderness in your old piercing, it’s a sign that something is wrong so you should see your doctor to treat the problem.

Improperly Sized Jewelry

Improperly sized jewelry is one of the most common reasons for discomfort. This can also lead to numerous other problems, such as infections, migration and rejection. It’s vital to wear only jewelry of the appropriate size to ensure a perfect fit.

First of all, you should always wear only jewelry in the gauge you are pierced with (or your current gauge, if you have stretched piercings). Never wear jewelry of the larger or smaller gauge than your piercing.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of your barbells and diameter of your rings. A properly sized jewelry should sit comfortably against the skin. It should not dig into the skin or else you may develop problems. On the other hand, your jewelry should not be too long or big or else may get caught on clothes and hurt you.

Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes

This is a common source of discomfort and it happens every now and then to most people. In most of the cases, this is not alarming and will cause only minor discomfort, but in some more serious cases you can hurt yourself and tear the tissue.

In order to avoid this, you need to be careful whenever you change your clothes. Be aware of your piercing and proceed with caution. Another way to prevent this problem is to wear appropriately sized jewelry. Stay away from too large jewelry or overly ornamented pieces.

Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials

This is another common source of problems, and a dangerous one. Unsafe materials can cause numerous problems, such as infections, allergies, migration and rejection. Nickel allergy is among the most common allergy types, so in order to avoid it you need to ear only materials that don’t contain nickel.

It’s vital to stick to body-friendly materials, such as Surgical Steel, titanium, nickel-free gold or acrylic. This is why it’s so important to always buy only high-quality jewelry. Stay away from cheap jewelry you can get at a mall – these jewelry pieces are poorly made and typically contain harmful materials.

Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy

This can be another source of discomfort. Sometimes, a perfectly good jewelry piece just won’t fit you and your anatomy. A ring or a barbell style that fits another person just doesn’t feel right for you.

In these cases, a solution is simple: use another jewelry piece. It may be frustrating, especially if you really wanted to wear a particular jewelry piece. However, it’s much better to use another piece than risk problems. Luckily, there are so many different jewelry pieces so you will always be able to find those you like. There is no need to restrict yourself to only one jewelry type or style.

Infections and Other Problems

Infections, allergies, migration and rejection are a common source of discomfort. They are also dangerous, so it’s important to always react quickly whenever you spot a problem. Watch for any changes in your piercing. If you experience rash, redness, tenderness, pain, discharge or another problem with your piercing, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. These problems are dangerous and can harm you so it’s crucial to visit your doctor. In some cases, you may need to retire your piercing, but it’s a small price to pay.

It’s always important to monitor your piercings and treat any problem immediately. Keep in mind that while new piercings in healing are at the most risk any piercing, even an old one, can get infected. This is why it’s so important to keep a good eye on your piercings. Never ignore discomfort or tenderness since it can be a sign something is going on with your piercing.