After care advice for your new piercing
Your new piercing has involved breaking the surface of the skin and there is a possibility that, if not cared for properly, your piercing may become infected. By following the advice provided here you will be reducing the chance of anything going wrong with your piercing.
What to expect from your piercing
It is normal for most piercings to bleed slightly at first, but this should last no more than a few minutes – this may happen a few times over the first few days but should not be continuous and should not be heavy – if this happens you should seek medical advice immediately.
Everyone heals at different rates and some piercings take longer than others to heal. The following list gives an idea of the estimated healing times for different piercings but yours may take more or less time to heal completely.
Your new piercing may be itchy, tender and slightly red for some time – in some cases, a clear, odourless fluid may come from the site and form a crust. This is part of the natural healing process.
General rules about your piercing
Minimise the chance of germs getting into your piercing:
Try not to aggravate your piercing:
For tongue piercings:
Keeping your piercing clean:
As your piercer will already have advised you, there are a number of things that could go wrong with your new piercing if it is not cared for properly.
- If aftercare advice is not followed correctly, infection may occur on the site of your piercing.
- If you suffer from any of the following after having your piercing you should speak to your piercer, or seek medical assistance in an emergency: Swelling and redness that increases or lasts more that a week or so after the piercing – A burning or throbbing sensation at the site
- Increased tenderness, painful to touch
- An unusual discharge (yellow or green) with an offensive smell