Now that you have a brand new piercing it is important to keep it clean at all times so that it heals quickly without any problems. At bodyjewelleryshop.com we have a number of products which will help you look after your piercing; our fantastic saline solution will clean your piercings and stop nasty infections. Below I have listed my top tips for you to follow so you get a painless and comfortable piercing.

Ear/Cartilage Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day (Don’t clean your piercing more than three times a day because it will dry out)
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.
Rotate piercing because if you don’t the skin will heal to the jewellery.
Clean ears after using products in shower or bath.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Contact your doctor at any sign of infection.
Make sure you wash and change your bedding regularly.

Tongue/Cheek/Lip/Labret Piercings:
Avoid hot, acidic spicy and salty foods.
To reduce swelling let some pieces of crushed ice melt on your tongue or drink a cold drink.
Rinse your mouth out 4-5 times a day with alcohol free mouthwash.
Avoid chewing gum, lots of caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and oral sexual contact.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Contact your doctor at any sign of infection.

Nose Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Don’t remove jewellery more than a day at a time after it has healed (When the piercing is healing don’t remove at all)
Use ice to reduce swelling.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.

Nipple Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day (Don’t clean your piercing more than three times a day because it will dry out)
Clean piercing after using products in shower or bath.
Avoid tanning lotions, sun creams and other skin care products.
Use a tissue after washing to dry piercing because towels hold germs.

Navel Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day (Don’t clean your piercing more than two times a day because it will dry out)
Use warm water to remove any crust that has formed.
Avoid swimming pools because of the bacteria and chlorine in water.
Blackline jewellery speeds up the healing process.
Contact your doctor at any sign of infection.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Wear comfortable clothing e.g. Avoid wearing tight waist bands on your navel piercing.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.
Lavender and tea tree oil will speed up healing (Consult your piercing professional before you use them)

Genital Piercings:
Avoid creams and bodily fluids coming into contact with your piercing for first few weeks (It is advised to use condoms whilst healing)
Clean piercing once a day with salt or saline solution.
Take showers instead of baths in first few weeks because baths hold a lot of bacteria.
Avoid soaps as it will kill off your healthy bacteria which are healing your piercing.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.

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Healing times:
Tongue piercings-3-4 weeks
Lip piercings-2-3 months
Ear lobe- 6-8 weeks
Cartilage- 4-12 months
Nipple- 3-6 months
Navel- 4-6 months
Nostril- 2-4 weeks
Nasal septum- 6-8 months
Eyebrow- 6-8 weeks

Signs of Inflammation:
You will recognise when your piercing is inflamed and at risk of infection by having redness, swelling, aching or heat symptoms. Contact your doctor if you find you have any of these signs or more.