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- 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, and 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.

- WASH your hands thoroughly prior to cleaning or touching your piercing for any reason.

- SALINE rinse up to 4 times a day (adjust according to your body and how you heal) for 1 month. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or q tip saturated with saline solution.

- DRY by gently patting with clean, disposable paper products. Cloth towels can harbor bacteria and snag on jewelry causing injury.

- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.

- Exercise during healing is fine; listen to your body.

- Make sure your bedding is washed and changed regularly.

- 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.

- 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.1 If you don’t, consider taking nutritional supplements daily.

- Avoid cleaning with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or any harsh products, as these can damage cells. Also avoid ointments as they prevent necessary air circulation.

- Avoid Bactine®, 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 submerging the piercing in unhygienic bodies of water such as lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc.

- 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.

- 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.

- Leave jewelry in at all times. Even healed piercings that you have had for years can shrink or close in 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 (“righty- tighty, lefty-loosey”).

- 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 an infection is suspected, 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. Until an infection is cleared up, leave in quality jewelry or an appropriate substitute.

- This can be a little bit of a grey area as every body heals differently. A piercing physically can’t be healed before 3 months. Downsizing your jewelry (The length of the bar, initial bar is to accommodate swelling) is super essential in this time. First downsize can be anywhere from 2 weeks to 8 weeks, pay attention to your piercing and don’t be afraid to ask your piercer for regular check ups during healing.

- Timing to follow by (Always pop into your piercer to check beforehand)

- Lobes: 3-4 months

- Cartilage: 4-9 months