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Question by Nil
Submitted on 11/29/2003
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I have had my piercing done for 2 1/2 weeks and I'm not sure what the healing process is.  The top of my piercing has dry skin, almost like a blister pealing and its red but it doesn't hurt is this the normal healing process.  I've been doing the sea salt treatment and medicated soap twice a day

Answer by Eddie
Submitted on 4/30/2004
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Here are some ways to heal
1.   Wash your hands first with soap and water before touching or cleaning the pierced area. (Don't let anyone else touch the pierced area until it is healed.)
2.   Remove any crusty skin from the site and from the jewelry with warm water.
3.   Gently wash the area around the piercing with antibacterial soap (liquid soap works the best).
4.   Gently rinse off all of the soap and crusty discharge.
5.   Gently dry the area with a paper towel or plain white napkin. (Bacteria can stay in cloth towels.)
6.   Do steps 1-5 twice a day until the skin heals. (Over-washing or over-scrubbing can irritate the area.)
7.   Do NOT use antibacterial ointments because they don't allow air to get to the area and they trap bacteria.
How can I prevent infections after I get pierced?
Preventing infections is really not hard. It shouldn't take a lot of your time to keep your piercing clean and the good news is, you won't have to worry about complications if you keep it clean.
•   Do NOT use alcohol or Peroxide to clean the area. (Both products will dry out your skin.) Other strong solutions such as Betadine will discolor gold jewelry.
•   Rinse the pierced skin after exercising since sweat may irritate the piercing.
•   Keep the pierced area from coming in contact with other people's body fluids, such as saliva and sweat. (Do not have oral sexual contact for 4-6 weeks if you have a tongue, lip, or genital piercing).
•   Keep things clean that come in contact with the body part that has been pierced. For example, keep your phone clean if you have an ear piercing, keep your glasses clean for ear and eyebrow piercings, cover your ear lobe with a tissue if you use hair spray, and try not to apply makeup close to piercing sites.
•   Wear clean clothing with soft fabric for navel piercings. Avoid wearing jeans because the material can be irritating.
•   Don't wear pantyhose, leotards, belts, or tight clothing while a navel piercing is healing.
•   Wear loose fitting clothing with a navel piercing, to let the air help with healing.
•   Check your jewelry many times during the day to see if any parts have become loose, especially if you have a tongue piercing. If a bar becomes loose, you can accidentally swallow it or damage a permanent tooth.
•   Do NOT use a hot tub or swim in public pools until your piercing has healed.
•   Use an antibacterial mouthwash (ex: Listerine® or Glyburide®) or a salt-water rinse if you have a tongue or lip piercing, especially after all meals and snacks.
•   See your dentist for regular checkups and if you think you have a problem. Studies have shown that people who have piercings in their mouth are much more likely to have injuries to their teeth and gums.
•   Eat healthy foods. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals help your body heal.
o   Be on the lookout for signs of infection that may include one or more of the following: redness, swelling, discharge, bad smell, or rash, at or around the piercing site, or a fever.
o   If you think you have an infection, DON'T try to take care of it by yourself. Make an appointment to see your health care provider.

I know this is a lot but i hope it helps you heal.IF you need more help email me at EddieLovsU@yahoo.com.


Answer by Eddie
Submitted on 4/30/2004
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oh also go here http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/body-piercing.html
it may help too.


Answer by ralphralph
Submitted on 5/6/2004
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Answer by Tiffany
Submitted on 6/20/2004
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go to tribalectic.com.  they have a healing and aftercare section.  let me know what you think.  halestorm03@hotmail.com


Answer by diamond
Submitted on 9/6/2005
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my belly itches a lot how do i avoid from scratching it? it itches so bad and i only use tha sea salt to clean it im ont sure if its infected or not..


Answer by ozzyman
Submitted on 2/3/2006
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clean the piercing 3 times a day for six weeks

do not take the piercing out

if it is in the ear keep the phoneo clean when you use it
clean w/ peroxide twice a day and w/liquiid soap once a day

don let any one touch it w/hands mouth or genitals it could get infected!


Answer by Me
Submitted on 3/7/2006
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My belly button is rele red and dry skin what do i do


Answer by rocker by boi
Submitted on 6/7/2007
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how much does it hurt gettin ur lip done im 15 but i realy want it done the first piercing i had was at datop of ma ear dat hurt a lil but can they frezze it if u dnt wanna feel it ?


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