Lake Hopatcong, NJ
You should clean your piercing 2-3 times a day with a liquid antibacterial soap or piercing aftercare product like H2Ocean for as long as you have been instructed to by your piercer. Do not use alcohol or peroxide on your piercing, and make sure to wash your hands before cleaning or touching it.
Use warm water to rinse off any crust or secretions from your skin or the jewelry, then lather the piercing with soap or solution and move the jewelry back and forth or side to side a few times. Rinse thoroughly, making sure you get all the soap out.
For oral piercings, as well as those mentioned above where applicable, you should rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine after you eat or drink anything other than plain water. Rinse after smoking as well, although smoking should be avoided altogether.
Avoid abuse of your new piercing; keep it clean, and do not get it caught on anything. With proper care, infections are rare, however, you should see a doctor as soon as possible if you think the piercing as been infected.
Minor soreness is normal and common in new piercings as they heal. DO NOT JUST REMOVE THE JEWELRY. This may not be the best solution and may trap discharge of an infection or irritation in the piercing path.
Once it has healed, the jewelry can be removed or changed, but if it is done too soon, it will irritate the piercing, promote infection, and slow the healing process. Listen to your piercer and wait through the time frame you have been told is necessary for the type of piercing received to change it.
Get a phenomenal piercing, and keep it clean with proper care to ensure you prevent an infection. Don't change your jewelry until you are finished with the healing process.
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