Packaged sterile saline solution with no additives (9%)
Wash your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning; leave your piercing alone except when cleaning.
Use an antibacterial soap while showering, rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the soap from the piercing. It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing. Showers tend to be safer than taking baths, as bathtubs can harbor bacteria. If you bathe in a tub, clean it well before each use and rinse off your piercing when you get out.
Saline soak for five to ten minutes once or more per day. Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using Q-Tips saturated with saline solution. A brief rinse will remove any residue.
Gently clean away any "crusties" with saline solution applied on a Q-Tip 3 times a day.
Dry by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry causing injury.
WHAT IS NORMAL?
Initially: Some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness and/or bruising.
During healing: Some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
Once healed: The jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
A piercing might seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire initial healing period.
Even healed piercings that you have had for years can shrink or close in minutes! This varies from person to person if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in -- Do not leave the hole empty.
Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body, make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly. Wear clean, comfortable, breathable clothing that protects your piercing while you are sleeping.
The healthier your lifestyle, the easier it will be for your piercing to heal.
Get enough sleep.
To help healing and bolster your ability to fight infection eat a nutritious diet. If you don't, consider taking nutritional supplements daily.
Avoid emotional stress, which can increase healing times by up to 40%
WHAT TO AVOID:
Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, soaps containing triclosan, odine, or any harsh products, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.
Avoid pierced ear care solutions, and other products containing Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK). These can be irritating and are not intended for long-term wound care.
Avoid over-cleaning. This can delay your healing and irritate your piercing.
Avoid undue trauma such as friction from clothing, excessive motion of the area, playing with the jewelry, and vigorous cleaning. These activities can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, prolonged healing, and other complications.
Avoid all oral contact, rough play, and contact with others' bodily fluids on or near your piercing during healing.
Avoid stress and recreational drug use, including excessive caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
Avoid submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, ETC. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof wound-sealant bandage (such as 3M, NEXCARE, CLEAN SEALS or TEGADERM). These are available at most drug stores.
Avoid all beauty and personal care products on or around the piercing including cosmetics, lotions, and sprays, ETC.
Don't hang charms or any object from your jewelry until the piercing is fully healed.
NAVAL: A hard, vented eye eye patch (sold at pharmacies) can be applied under tight clothing (such as nylon stockings) or secured using a length of elastic bandage around the body (to avoid irritation from adhesive). This can protect the area from restrictive clothing, excess irritation, and impact during physical activities such as contact sports.
EAR/EAR CARTILIDGE AND FACIAL: Maintain cleanliness of phones, headphones, eyeglasses, helmets, hats, and anything that contacts the pierced area.
Use caution when styling your hair and advise your stylist of a new or healing piercing.
DERMAL ANCHORS: These piercings require maintenance during their entire lifetime because matter can build up underneath the threaded top causing the piercing to become irritated.
Saline soaks are suggested at least weekly, even after the piercing is fully healed.
Avoid putting make up on these piercings even after healing.
ORAL PIERCINGS: For tongue and other oral piercings, rinsing with LISTERINE mouthwash after putting anything in your mouth except bottle water for at least 2 weeks is recommended 2-3 times per day for the third and fourth weeks.
JEWELRY: Unless there is a problem with the size, style or material of the initial jewelry, leave it in the place for the entire healing period. See a qualified piercer to perform any jewelry change that becomes necessary during healing.
Contact your piercer for a non-metallic jewelry alternative if your metal jewelry must be temporarily removed (such as for a medical procedure)
Leave jewelry in at all times. Even healed piercings that you have had for years can shrink or close within minutes. If removed, reinsertion can be difficult or impossible.
With clean hands or paper product, be sure to regularly check threaded ends on your jewelry for tightness.
Should you decide you no longer want the piercing, simply remove the jewelry (or have a professional piercer remove it) and continue cleaning the piercing until the hole closes. In most cases only a small mark should remain.
In the event of an infection is suspected, quality jewelry should be left in place to allow for drainage of the infection. If the jewelry is removed, the surface cells can close up, which can seal the infection inside the piercing channel and result in an abscess.