Which piercings are you most proud of
Your piercing, from the sting to proper care
Part 2 - what you should pay attention to after the piercing
Once you have overcome the brief pain after the piercing, it is now time to take care of your new piercing and this is almost as important as the selection of the studio and the desired body part.
As mentioned, piercings are nothing more than a wound. A very special one, however. In contrast to a cut, the piercing rod prevents that, as usual, a protective crust can form over the injury, which keeps dirt and bacteria away. Instead, the affected tissue has to form a new, thin layer of skin around the piercing. Not only does this take longer, it also leads to inflammation more easily. A few years ago it was quite common to use medical alcohol to disinfect piercings. But this dries out the area extremely and can make the healing process more difficult, in the worst case it can even be the reason for an infection - something that must be avoided at all costs.
So that our body can heal small injuries well on its own, it is important to disinfect wounds as quickly as possible. Depending on the part of the body, different antiseptic products should be used for disinfection. For piercings on the face, ears, nipples or navel, for example, use the Betadona®Liquid soap or the Betadona® Betadona is a wound gel for tongue piercings®better suited for disinfecting the mucous membranes. The one in Betadona® The active ingredient povidone iodine has a comprehensive germicidal effect against bacteria, fungi, spores, viruses and unicellular organisms (protozoa). For aftercare of genital piercings or piercings on particularly sensitive parts of the body, ask the piercer or your doctor which products are best suited for this.
And you turn so easily Betadona®at:
Moisten the affected part of the body well with water and apply Betadona® liquid soap, possibly diluted with water. Then wash off the resulting golden-yellow foam. You can of course also put a pin-head-sized portion of Betadona® wound gel on a cotton swab and carefully dab the affected area of the body with it. Or, if you belong more to the “sprayer” category, spray the area with Betadona® wound spray. No matter which form of application you prefer: in this way we can help prevent inflammation and accelerate healing. Does your job mean that you are exposed to intense sunlight, sweat profusely, deal with dirt or are massively challenged physically? These circumstances also require special, particularly careful wound management. Tip: Be sure to discuss this with the piercer.
Well-groomed first days with the piercing
When you come out of the studio with a freshly pierced piercing, you want to proudly show it to everyone right away. Understandable, but: take your time! A piercing is like a puppy in your new home - in the first few days with it, absolute rest is good. Do not press around on the piercing, do not touch it, and it is best not to be tempted to keep turning the piercing rod. In general, in the first time after piercing, it is important to cause as little movement or irritation as possible in the piercing canal - which, by the way, works better with straight jewelry than with a ring.
Redness and swelling - quite normal at first
Ouch alarm! From day two the unpleasant side effects of the open area could become noticeable, e.g. swelling, redness, feeling of pressure. Once again: don't touch! And, if you absolutely have to, use a hand disinfectant beforehand. Better: sleep a lot, eat a healthy diet and avoid excessive physical exertion, such as exercise. This will make it easier for your body to focus on healing. By the way: alcohol and cigarettes slow down the healing process - so get rid of it.
To-dos when taking care of your piercing:
- Immediately after the “sting”: gentle disinfection with Betadona® liquid soap, Betadona® wound gel, or spray
- Rest and less sport
- showering instead of bathing
- For ear piercings: hair to pin up so that the piercing cannot get caught in it, do not wear woolen beanies
- Piercings in the mouth area must initially be cleaned several times a day. Chamomile rinses or special medical solutions are suitable for this.
- For genital piercings: pay attention to breathable underwear and loose clothing
No gos when caring for your piercing:
- Take out piercing
- Fiddling around with the piercing all the time, maybe even with unwashed hands - Motto: Don't touch!
- Avoid swimming pool, sauna or solarium for the first 4 weeks
- no contact with sea or sea water
- Do not expose the jewelry to pressure or friction
- no blood-thinning medication for the first 2 days
- no contact with foreign body fluids
- do not put makeup products on the wound, especially hair dyes
- for genital piercings: sorry, but: no sex. (And yes, no oral sex either).
How long does it take for a canal to heal?
The healing time depends of course on the location of the piercing. In addition, there are individual disposition, lifestyle, environmental influences and care of the piece of jewelery. It can take up to a year for a piercing canal to heal. Important: don't be negligent when it comes to hygiene during this time. You have to expect these healing times:
- Eyebrows: 6 to 8 weeks,
- Lips: 2 to 3 months,
- Tongue: 4 weeks
- Ala: 2 to 4 months,
- Belly button: 1 to 12 months,
- Nipples: 6 to 32 weeks,
- Labia: 4 to 10 weeks,
- Penis: 4 to 6 weeks.
All right? Then it looks like your new body jewelry could be a BFF forever! In part 3 of our series, you will find out how you can promote healing and get a grip on any inflammation.
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