Piercings undoubtedly look cool and successfully grab attention. If you're thinking of getting one, go to a bonafide and a hygienic place to get it done and avoid infection. Getting a piercing done doesn't take too long but the healing process can be a little time consuming. Here's what you should follow.
Always contact an expert
Do your research well and visit someone with good credentials and experience instead of going unaware.
Remember to get as much information as you can about the type of piercing so you can ask the right questions to the person rendering the service. Make sure the instruments used by the artist are sterilised and insist on checking them beforehand. If they are rusted or dirty, it is a reason for concern.
Clear your doubts
Do not hesitate in asking any kind of doubts and questions that you have in mind. There's no need for you to feel awkward about sounding like an idiot. Familiarise yourself with the procedure before you go for it and ensure that the artist is wearing clean and new disposable gloves as and when he is about to perform the task.
It is advisable to visit the facility and get a first hand impression of the cleanliness as well as the universal precautions that must be followed. Ask the service provider whether the needles/instruments used are disposable or reusable. If they are not disposable, enquire about the methods of sterilisation and assess whether they meet established standards.
Brace yourself without fail
The area you want to be pierced will be disinfected using an antiseptic. Some minutes later, a sterilised needle will be used for the piercing. After the piercing, the area is cleaned and a piece of jewellery is inserted. Do check if you are allergic to any type of metal beforehand and then choose surgical steel since it is the safest. Even if your expert tells you exactly what you need to take care regarding your new piercing, you still need to take extra precautions on your own.
The best way to take care of a new piercing is to keep the area clean so that the newly pierced area is free of dust and germs. Sometimes, a dressing is preferable. Once the dressing is removed, it is recommended that you clean the area well with 50 per cent diluted hydrogen peroxide followed by distilled water or saline water and a thin film of an antibiotic cream.
For oral piercings
It takes over four weeks to heal if it is a lip or tongue piercing. To reduce swelling you have to ice it initially at regular intervals. Consume things that don't require much chewing and gargle with a mouthwash after every meal. Antibiotic creams are required for lip piercings daily. The piercings should not be touched often and the metal inserted should not be removed till the wound heals completely.
Tips for other piercings
Before you attempt to clean the pierced area, always wash your hands with antiseptic soap preferably. Wash it gently with lukewarm water and do not worry if pus is generated because that is a phenomenon. Clean the pierced area using a mild soap and gently. This is to be done everyday whenever possible.
Things to remember:
You should always keep your linen clean.
Preferably you should wear loose clothes to prevent sticking.
Avoid swimming for a few days.
Don't sleep on a new piercing; it might invite infections and irritation.