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How To Care For Tongue Piercings

Popular but still shocking, tongue piercings are surprisingly easy to heal and take care of. Tongue piercings do carry an increased risk of infection due the high levels of bacteria in the mouth, but with proper care they are a relatively safe body piercing to get. It is also important for the piercing to be placed correctly: there are a number of larger veins on the underside of the tongue and the piercing must not hit any of these veins – for obvious reasons! A good piercer will check the underside of your tongue and ensure that the piercing is correctly placed.

How To Care For New Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings are usually performed with an extra long barbell to allow for swelling. Your tongue will return to normal size over the next couple of days. Usually you can return to your piercer one week after being pierced and have the long barbell replaced with a shorter one. You should not try to change the jewellery yourself until the piercing has healed completely, which usually takes at least one month.

While your tongue piercing is healing, you should rinse your mouth with a mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. I do not recommend using normal mouthwash, as it may be too harsh and impede healing. Your piercer will be able to recommend a suitable mouthwash. Rinse after brushing your teeth, eating and drinking anything other than water. Refrain from swimming, sexual contact, smoking, alcohol and eating spicy foods until the piercing is healed. You should also maintain good oral hygiene and try not to put anything else in your mouth, as this can introduce bacterial to the wound.
Your tongue piercing should feel progressively better as time passes and it heals. If it becomes or remains painful, consult your piercer. They will be able to check the piercing and make sure that it is healing well.

How To Care For Healed Tongue Piercings

Healed tongue piercings require very little care beyond basic oral hygiene. It is common for a little plaque to form on the bottom of tongue piercing bars – you should remove this regularly.

There is always a risk of tongue jewellery leading to tooth or gum erosion. This occurs when your jewellery rubs against your teeth or gums and erodes them over time. Most damage can be prevented by wearing correctly-sized tongue jewellery. The damage is irreversible and can be serious if left unchecked. I recommend checking your teeth and gums regularly for signs of erosion. If you see any changes to your teeth and gums, consult your piercer or dentist immediately.

How To Care For Nose Piercings

Along with ear and belly button piercings, nose piercings are one of the most popular body piercings worldwide. Despite their popularity, it is important to remember that they are cartilage piercings and always go to a professional, dedicated piercer rather than a mainstream jewellery shop or hairdresser. A professional piercer will have more training and be able to give you proper advice about aftercare. Another benefit is that if you ever have any problems with your nose piercing, you can go back to your piercer and they will usually advise you free of charge. Professional piercers do this for a living and are much more likely to spend time reassuring you than someone who works in a jewellery shop the rest of the time.

How To Care For New Nose Piercings

Nose piercings take between 12 and 16 weeks to heal, during which I recommend you do not change your jewellery. You will need to keep your piercing clean but otherwise try not to touch it too much – this can interferer with the healing process. You should clean your nose piercing with saline solution at least twice daily. Use a cotton bud soaked in saline to gently clean around piercing site before turning your attention to the inside of the nose. Mucus produced by your nose can “seal” dirt to the piercing site, so take extra care to clean your nose piercing thoroughly. You should also avoid submersion in water and swimming until it is completely healed.

How To Care For Healed Nose Piercings

Once your nose piercing has healed all you need to do is keep it clean and react promptly if you experience any pain or discomfort. A healed piercing should not require daily cleaning, but keep an eye on your nose and clean it when necessary. If you experience irritation or pain, the first thing you should do is thoroughly clean your piercing and your jewellery. Try and think of any reason that your nose piercing could be irritated – the culprit is often cheap jewellery or a cold. If you think your jewellery has irritated your nose piercing I recommend switching to a titanium nose stud or a BioFlex nose stud. These are biocompatible materials that usually reduce irritation. If you have a cold, a little irritation is par for the course. Try to keep the piercing clean and be gentle when you blow your nose. If the irritation persists after you have changed your jewellery or your cold has passed, consult a professional piercer.

How To Care For Ear Piercings

Ear piercings are probably the most popular type of body piercing the world and there are many different types of ear piercings to choose from. They are easy to take care of but some people make the mistake of thinking that they do not require the same care and attention that other piercings need. That said, as long as you keep your ear piercing clean and listen to your body, there is no reason for you to have any problems at all. This post will tell you how to take care of a new ear piercing and how to make sure that your piercings stay happy and healthy for as long as you have them.

As with any piercing, I recommend that you go to a professional body piercing rather than having it done by a non-professional or somewhere that does not specialize in piercing e.g. a hairdresser or mainstream jewellery shop. A professional piercer will be specially trained and be able to answer all your question about jewellery and aftercare. They should have clean premises and use new, sterile instruments throughout the piercing process. They should be able to answer all your questions and help you make the right decisions. Most people would agree that this is important for other body piercing, but many are less careful with ear piercings. While well intentioned, staff in hairdressers and jewellery shops are not as well trained and do not have a clean, dedicated room in which to perform piercings. This can increase the risk of poorly placed piercings and the risk of infection – it simply isn’t worth it! Your ears deserve better, so always go to a dedicated piercing studio with professionally trained body piercers.

How To Care For Ear Lobe Piercings

Ear lobe piercings are very easy to take care of. You can clean your ear piercing with saline solution or a body friendly oil such as jojoba or olive oil. Simply dip a cotton bud into the oil or saline and gently remove any dirt or lymph from both the piercing site and the jewellery. A new ear piercing may be tender, but it should not hurt to clean it and healed piercings should not hurt at all.

Healed ear piercings can become sore, usually due to a reaction with your jewellery. This is especially common after wearing cheap earrings or jewellery containing nickel. If you suspect a jewellery-based reaction, clean the piercing and switch to non-irritating jewellery such as titanium or BioFlex. If the irritation persists even after changing your jewellery, a salt soak can help. This means soaking your ear piercing in warm water. To do this, fill a suitable container – a shot glass is ideal – with a warm salt solution made with boiled water. Use the hottest water that is comfortable and soak your ear in the solution until it cools. If the irritation still persists, consult your piercer.

How To Care For Ear Cartilage Piercings

Ear cartilage piercings can be cared for in much the same way as ear lobe piercings. However infections in cartilage piercings can be much more serious, so it is important to be vigilant for irritation or changes in your piercing. If your cartilage piercing becomes infected, the infection can spread into the rest of your ear cartilage and cant be very painful. An infected ear cartilage piercing will be very sore, red and hot to touch. It may also swell up. If you think your cartilage piercing if infected and it doesn’t get better in a couple of days I recommend consulting a piercer. They will be able to tell you whether it is serious and what to do. Most piercing infections are minor, but they can occasionally be serious, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Whether you are planning on getting pierced for the first time, or already have a lot of piercings, it is always important to know how to care for your body piercings. Most piercings are easy to take care of but improper care can lead to irritation and scarring, so it is important to do your research and take good care of your piercings. Because this information is so important, we are starting a new series on the BJS blog, showing you how to care for all types of body piercings. This straightforward information will help you to take care of your piercings and avoid common piercing problems such as soreness, rejection and irritation.

How To Care For A New Piercing

When you get a new body piercing, your piercer should give you full instructions on how to care for it. In general new piercings should be kept clean and dry, allowing the body to heal in its own time. The way that you keep your piercing clean depends on where it is, but most piercings can be cleaned with saline solution and a clean cotton bud. For oral piercings, you can rinse with a suitable mouthwash and try to keep your mouth as clean as possible. It is also important not to touch your new piercing too much, or play with it. Even clean hands carry germs and oils that can interfere with the healing process. Apart from cleaning twice or 3 times a day, we recommend that leave your new piercing alone. Your body is very good at healing small wounds like a piercing, but touching and playing with the piercing can get in the way of this process.

How To Clean Body Piercings

In terms of cleaning, body piercings fall into two categories: external piercings and oral piercings. The first type includes all piercings that are on dry skin, such as belly button, ear and eyebrow piercings. External piercings should be cleaned with saline solution and a cotton bud. Gently wipe away any dirt or lymph from both the piercing site and the jewellery. You should be able to rotate the jewellery in the piercing comfortably. Oral piercings e.g. tongue piercings, require the use of antiseptic mouthwash. We recommend that you use a mouthwash designed specifically for piercings and rinse as per the instructions on the bottle. For piercings that have one end inside the mouth and one outside e.g. lip piercings, simply clean the external piercing using saline and follow up with mouthwash. Both can be found in our Piercing Healing and Aftercare section.

You can also use oil to clean external body piercings. The oil removes dirt from the piercing and also conditions the skin and fistula i.e. the skin inside the piercing. Whether you use saline solution or oil is just down to personal preference, but most piercers sell the former. If you do decide to use oil, we recommend jojoba, olive, almond or hemp oil.