We’re not seeing an end to the piercing fashion quite yet, and it’s still increasingly trendy to get more than just your ears pierced. If you’ve never had one before, you might have a lot of questions about how to care for it to avoid an infection as well as what you can and cannot do right after you’ve been pierced.
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Here is a quick guide to the first-time piercers so that you can feel a bit more relaxed and confident about your fashion staple. Luckily, the pain goes away rather quickly; it’s the after-care you’re going to have to focus on.
First: Keep it clean with soap and water
The great thing about the piercing fashion is that it goes with any look these days. You don’t have to be covered in tattoos and edgy clothes to pull off the look – just check out this article, for example, to read up on all the fashionable ladies getting pierced these days.
They’re the ones leading the fashion trend, in any way, so take it from them.
As the piercing studio will tell you, the best way to take care of it when it’s freshly pierced is to keep it clean. This will help you to avoid a painful infection, and it will make sure that you can keep it in and simply forget about it once you get used to it.
It should be washed with soap and water twice a day. You don’t have to do it more often as you don’t want to dry out and irritate the skin either – but make sure that when you do clean it, you do it thoroughly to avoid bacteria building up and causing infections.
Find a good piercing shop so that you get all the necessary information as well as a knowledgeable person to call in case you’re worried; Labret Piercing Shop is a great place to start, for example, so have a look at their website before you make up your mind.
Reduce swelling with ice
You can turn the piercing, by the way, even though you might have been told not to. Just make sure that it’s wet when you turn it so that you don’t irritate the skin. Turn it a bit when you’re cleaning it, and avoid touching it when it’s dry – that way, you should be safe.
If you notice swelling, try not to panic; just keep it calm by adding a bit of ice, and remember that this is usually just caused by the piercing being irritated rather than infected. The same applies if you notice a bit of fluid, redness or heat – but have a chat with your piercing shop nonetheless to make sure it’s not infected.
Don’t start to search online or ask your friends for advice if you’re worried about an infection. The piercing shop will know way more about your particular case than your friends, the web or even your doctor will – so stay safe by heading straight over to them instead.
The best thing you can do for your new piercing is to give it time to heal and keep it clean throughout the healing process. Be patient and try not to worry too much – worse case scenario, they just take it back out.
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