Healing a piercing can be quite stressful, especially if you tend to be a bit hypochondriac. The problem is that many of the symptoms of healthy healing are similar to the symptoms of larger problems. This leads to great confusion, especially in the first weeks of healing.
To alleviate some of your fears, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions about healing a piercing and their answers.
Please keep in mind that if you have any doubts about the health of your piercing you should speak to a specialist before things get out of control.
How do I know if my piercing is healing?
The hard part about healing a piercing is that everyone heals differently; There is no exact time frame you can count on. If you heal slowly, you cannot be sure that your piercing is healing at all.
However, there are some sure signs that your piercing has started to heal. It is common for piercings to swell in the hours after the piercing. This is a result of your body plunging white blood cells into the area to kill any bacteria that may have entered the piercing. It is not uncommon for this swelling to last for a few days. As soon as the swelling subsides, you can be sure that your piercing will begin to heal.
If the swelling has not subsided in about a week, you should probably contact your piercer to make sure your piercing is still healing properly. It takes a while for some swelling to go down, but it can also be a sign of complication.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your piercing for the first few days to look for signs of proper healing.
Another sign of healing is the secretion of clear fluid from your new piercing. This is called lymph fluid and is part of your body’s defense system. Lymphatic fluid mainly consists of white blood cells and is your body’s front line against infection. You will likely see part of this discharge during most of the healing process. So get used to it (and celebrate the fact that this is a sign that your body is doing its job).
If the secretion is excessive or colorful, talk to a doctor, as this could be a sign of a bigger problem.
How do I know that my piercing has healed?
Identifying a fully healed piercing is more difficult than you might think. The fistula (piercing tunnel) takes longer to heal than the outside of the piercing, so it can appear healed weeks before it actually heals. The best way to determine if your piercing is cured is to have it examined by a piercer.
If you are in a position where you cannot have a piercer, look at your piercing for some reason to see if it has healed. (Don’t just rely on healing times. They are different for everyone and some people experience much longer healing times than others.)
If your piercing no longer exudes clear liquid, the jewelry can move more freely than before. and The area around the piercing holes is smooth and free of discoloration. These are good signs that your piercing has healed. However, this cannot be guaranteed, especially if only one or two of these characters apply. It’s best to see a piercer.
Can I get my piercing healed faster?
Everybody heals differently and unfortunately, there is no way to get your piercing to heal faster. However, you can take some precautions to make sure your piercing doesn’t heal Slower.
It is easy to get impatient while waiting for your piercing to heal. The best thing you can do is practice proper aftercare throughout the healing phase.
- Make sure you clean your piercing 2-3 times a day with a piercing aftercare solution or a homemade sea salt mixture.
- Be careful not to get caught or put pressure on the healing piercing.
- Look out for signs of jewelry rejection or embedded jewelry and speak to your piercer if these things occur.
- Make sure everything that touches the healing piercing – hair, clothing, pillowcases, etc. – is clean.
- Practice basic hygiene.
The best thing you can do for your piercing is to keep it clean and safe to enjoy the shortest possible healing times. But even if you do everything right, you should know that you may still have a long healing period, depending on your body’s ability to heal itself.
Should I twist my jewelry during healing?
Short answer: a clear “No!”
Not so long ago, it was common to twist jewelry as part of aftercare piercing. This was because it was believed that twisting the jewelry prevented the skin from healing on the jewelry. Since then we have learned that this theory is not true and that twisting jewelry can actually damage sensitive, healing skin.
The best method during healing is to leave the jewelry alone and not touch the piercing as much as possible.
How can I get rid of crusts?
Because of the clear fluid we talked about earlier, crusts tend to form around the piercing. These can be itchy and uncomfortable and don’t look particularly pretty.
Your first instinct will likely be to take it away. However, picking can irritate the skin and cause further complications.
The crusts should come off on their own. However, if they become too annoying, you can soak them with warm, purified water gently Wipe them off with a clean paper towel.
What happens if I forget to clean my piercing?
It happens to the best of us. You have a busy day, come home, put on your pajamas and fall straight to bed. When you wake up the next morning, remember with a jerk that you completely forgot to clean your piercing the day before. What will happen!?
Don’t worry, a missed cleaning day is not a fate for your piercing.
Just breathe in. If you have been diligent in your aftercare, a missed day does not mean the end of your piercing. Infections occur more because of habitually poor hygiene than because of one or two lack of cleaning.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be complacent. Do your best to adhere to a cleaning schedule (many do cleaning before or after each meal to ensure they are cleaned three times a day).
For those of us who tend to worry, healing a piercing can be a stressful experience. The important thing is that although complications can occur, things like piercing infections are pretty rare as long as you follow your piercer’s follow-up instructions. All you have to do is keep your piercing clean, understand the signs of healing and not touch the jewelry, and your piercing will be fine.
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