Many 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
• Improperly Sized Jewelry
• Jewelry Getting Caught on Clothes
• Jewelry Made of Unsafe Materials
• Jewelry Unsuitable for Your Anatomy
• Infections and Other Problems
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 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.