The most important thing to remember is that your immune system deals with stress, helping you stay healthy, and healing your piercing. Everything you can do to keep your immune system from working overtime will help your piercing heal faster.
The following suggestions may make your healing process easier and more comfortable
-Try not to get too stressed over your piercing. If you have any questions or concerns call us. That's what we're here for!-Don't compromise your immune system with drugs or alcohol. Moderation is best.
-Get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy diet
-Sea Salt Rinses can be a wonderful way to sooth a sore piercing:Take a small cup and mix 1/8 teaspoon sea salt with 1/2 cup of warm water (as warm as you can stand it), mix until the salt has completely dissolved. Bend over and place the cup to your piercing creating a suction effect, so that when you sit up the cup won't drip. You can soak your piercing until the water gets cool. Be sure to rinse with saline after. (Warm Saline Soaks are often easier, especially for ear piercings)
-Epsom Salt Baths are very soothing and relaxing, just be sure that the salts are un scented and that you rinse well with saline after
-Tighten your barbell balls! Tighten the balls by turning the top ball to the right and the bottom ball in the opposite direction. (if you forget it's the same as any screw-on lid)
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You'll need two solutions for rinsing the inside of your mouth:
Sea Salt Rinse - a solution of 1/2 teaspoon sea salt & 2 cups (500 ml) bottled water.
Diluted Anti Bacterial Mouthwash- 1/2 bottled water mixed with 1/2 anti-bacterial mouthwash.
Most mouthwashes will work, but alcohol-free are best, especially if you're a smoker and will need to use the mouthwash solution more than 3 times a day.
Daily Cleaning for Tongues, and the Insides of Lips/Cheeks/Monroes: Rinse with either solution for 15-30 seconds after you eat, drink or put anything other than bottled water in your mouth. You should plan to use the diluted mouthwash after you brush your teeth or smoke, but use it no more than 4-8 times per day. Sea Salt Rinse should be used after meals, snacks or drinks.
Helpful Hints For Oral Piercings:
-Ibuprofen (Motrin) is an anti-inflammatory and can be used to reduce swelling
.-Eat slowly, think about where your jewellery is. Avoid foods that feel like the jewellery (i.e. small hard candies and tongue barbell beads can be easily mistaken)
-Drink plenty of cold water to help with swelling.
-To lessen the chance of tooth and gum damage please DOWNSIZE and/or have your jewellery RE FIT PROMPTLY do not leave oversized or poor fitting jewellery in for longer than necessary.
With all threaded jewellery: Don't forget to tighten your barbell beads. .
How you treat your piercing as it heals is as important as your experience at Instinct.
Saline Solution: Saline solution is essentially the same as the fluid inside your body and is ideal to promote healing.
Irrigation saline is available in studio and is sold at pharmacies.
Tissues, Q-Tips & Cotton Pads: We generally suggest tissue to clean your piercing- it doesn't "wisp' like Q-Tips or Cotton Balls and can be wrapped in and around a nose or ear piercing more easily than a Cotton Make up Pad. An important note: Do Not Use the communal bathroom toilet paper, have your own tissue that you keep with your saline solution. This is very important.
"Crusties" and "Goo": Drainage from your healing piercing is part of the healing process, lymph rinses the piercing and aids in the healing process. Lymph can be a clear fluid, or a thicker whitish/yellow goo. It is also common for some blood to be mixed with the lymph which can appear red to brown. If the lymph is left to dry it becomes crusty on the jewellery. Be sure to soften these crusties with saline and wipe them away before moving your jewellery.
For Cartilage Piercings: Upper & Inner Ear, Nostril: Apply firm pressure to both sides of the piercing when cleaning (best done with a saline soak) hold the pressure for up to 3 minutes. This helps minimize the risk of bumps. If a bump or scab (more than just "crusties") seem to be forming please call your piercer or stop by the studio right away.
Daily Cleaning for Body Piercings: Most people clean 2-5 times daily, this changes over the healing time depending on how your piercing feels and your level of activity.Remember to keep cleaning your piercing 3-6 weeks longer than you feel you need to. This gives the new tissue a chance to "toughen" and mature. All piercings take about 18 months to mature, so be prepared to go back to your original cleaning routine for several weeks at any point in the first couple of years. .
Wash your hands before touching your piercing or the area around it: Do not touch it unless you're cleaning it or tightening the barbell beads. If you feel like you should clean your piercing, but cannot wash your hands don't- you're better off not introducing the bacteria from your unwashed hands. (Please see Cleaning On the Go for strategies on cleaning your piercing in less than ideal circumstances)
Rinse with Saline Solution anytime you get anything in your piercing- after showering, swimming, sweating etc.
Dry the area after rinsing using clean tissue, q-tip or cool blow dryer.
Warm Saline Soaks: By doing at least one of these a day you can cut your healing time significantly.
Soak a piece of tissue with saline, then warm it by placing it on a clean plate in the microwave for approx. 10 seconds.
Once the soaked tissue is warm hold it to your piercing and let it soak for a few minutes until it cools.
Hold it to both sides of your piercing, so for nose piercings be sure to get the warm tissue right up inside your nostril. If you find that the tissue cools too quickly you can place a clean, hot face cloth on top of the tissue.
The heat will draw out anything that may have gotten into your piercing (dust, soap, etc.) and will increase the circulation to the area , giving your cells more nutrients.By letting your piercing soak for a few minutes any crusting can be easily wiped away, and you won't need to move your jewellery.
Cleaning on the Go: Pre prepare some cleaning packets: wash your hands and soak a tissue with saline, then put it in a zip-lock baggie. Make a whole bunch of these, then whenever you go to the gym, for an over-night, or whatever you can just grab a couple.To use your cleaning packet: take your sealed bag and run it under hot water for a few minutes until the tissue is warm. (If you're at the beach or camping you can leave it in the sun to warm) Then open the bag, and always holding the outside of the bag hold the warmed tissue to your piercing and do your warm soak.
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Your piercing is a direct line to your bloodstream while healing:
KEEP OTHER PEOPLE'S BODILY FLUIDS-AWAY FROM YOUR FRESH PIERCING
Never share used jewellery!
For oral piercings this also includes no kissing, no sharing lip balm, no sharing drinks, etc.
For all piercings, please remember.DO NOT REMOVE YOUR JEWELLERY FOR CLEANING.
If you remove your jewellery you may lose your piercing-
If your jewellery does come out during the healing period please return to Instinct as soon as possible so that we can help Do not force the jewellery in or try to re pierce your piercing. Call us! 250 377 3877, FB message or email.
See Trouble Shooting for more information
Downsizing:Many piercings must be performed with oversized jewellery in order to accommodate swelling and cleaning.
Wearing oversized jewellery in the mouth for more than a few weeks can cause serious tooth/gum damage.
Trouble Shooting: If you are having a problem or think you have an infection, call, message or drop in immediately!
We want to see your piercing successfully healed, so come in as soon as possible and let us help you completely free of charge.
If you can't connect with us or are in any doubt whatsoever, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Jewellery keeps a piercing open and lets the wound drain, do not remove any jewellery unless you have an extremely swollen tongue, flat-back labret or nostril screw piercing. (see swelling below)
Extreme swelling is rare, but must be dealt with immediately. If a piercing swells so much that the ends of the jewellery are being sucked inside your piecing and no shaft of the jewellery can be pushed out call us- longer jewellery is needed right away. You could try taking ibuprofen and icing the piercing.If you are unable to control the swelling, see a medical professional or contact us, you may need to take the jewellery out and continue with your cleaning.
Bleeding a piercing's initial swelling can restrict bleeding. When this swelling goes down you may bleed a little. This is rare, but normal especially for tongues- try not to worry. If you bleed a lot call us and see a doctor immediately. If a piercing is bleeding uncontrollably the most common treatment is to remove the jewellery and apply direct pressure.Some bruising near the piercing site is not uncommon and will often occur several days after the initial piercing. The most common cause of bruising is a client moving their jewellery too much.