Getting a new body piercing is fun and exciting, especially because there are so many different areas on your body that you can choose to pierce. However, a new piercing is somewhat tender and it is important that you care for it properly. If you don't, then you are at a much higher risk for infection, due to the fact that the piercing is essentially open skin at first. Here are three great tips for caring for a new body piercing.
Do Not Remove the Piece of Jewelry Placed in the Piercing
When you get your piercing, a piece of jewelry, such as a ring or stud, will be placed inside of the hole immediately. It is very important that you keep this piece of jewelry inside of it until it has had time to heal. This ensures the your new piercing won't close back up. If you were to take the piece of jewelry out before the skin heals around the hole, then it would instead heal by re-closing the skin. It generally takes around 6 weeks or so for an ear piercing to heal and around the same time for other types of piercings as well. However, if you are unsure about whether or not your piercing is ready to be removed, you can re-visit the person who gave you your piercing and have them inspect it.
Clean it With Alcohol
It is important that you keep your body piercing free of infection. A great way to sterilize your piercing each day is to clean it with alcohol. To do this, you simply need to wet a cotton ball with medical alcohol and then wet your piercing. This may burn a bit, but as soon as the alcohol dries, the burning will immediately stop. This kills all of the germs and bacteria that may be present, and allows your piercing to heal properly.
Keep it Covered if it Could Get Caught on Something
If you have a piercing in an area where it could get caught on something, such a bellybutton piercing, it is important that you have this piercing covered with a protective covering. This allows it to heal properly. The covering could be a band-aid of some sort, or even some medical tape and a cotton ball. This simply keeps the piercing out of harms way while it heals and reduces the risk of it getting caught on something and ripping out.