Before you freak out: it is normal for a small amount of bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness and/or bruising with a new piercing. Also some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may also tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
- Wash your hands prior to touching the piercing; leave it alone except when cleaning. During healing it is not necessary to rotate your jewelry.
- 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.
- Use aftercare, we recommend our own Aftercare solution available at ATS to clean your piercing. Please try to avoid over cleaning it may irritate your piercing.
- Leave jewelry in at all times. Even healed piercings that you have had for years can shrink or close in minutes! If removed, re-insertion can be difficult or impossible.
What NOT To Do:
- 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 like lakes, pools, hot tubs, etc. Or, protect your piercing using a waterproof bandage.
- Avoid using soaps with fragrances or additives, they can irritate the piercing.