Fresh piercing and dirt
When you have a fresh piercing, or an irritated or inflamed one, it’s very important to protect yourself from bacteria. Protect yourself against anything dirty that is.
So hygiene is a must. But some things are harder to control.
Such as with work or hobbies that bring you or your piercing in contact with less than clean particles. Activities like outdoor sports, horseback-riding, soccer, gardening, working construction, painting, working in the kitchen of a snack-bar… These activities bring you and your piercing in contact with dirt and this can result in healing complications, especially when it’s not full healed yet or already irritated or inflamed. It can set back your healing time.
It’s in any case very important for you to regularly wash your hands, and you must surely pay extra attention to this during these activities. You should also keep your piercing extra clean by rinsing it more often with clean running water and patting it dry with paper towels for instance.
It’s even better to rinse or spray it often with saline solution. These are available in the form of baby nose-drops. Daro is a brand I trust. Ask for it at your local drugstore.
Use it on both sides of your piercing and do this twice to rinse the first pass off. If you are within reach of a sink/faucet or other supply of fresh and clean running water, it’s even better to rinse it off as well, and pat the spot dry with paper towels. But this is not always available. Also, make sure that when you’re done with these activities that you clean you piercing the way you should do twice a day during healing.
It could be that your piercing is already very irritated by these activities. This can cause pain and swelling. Sometimes the swelling is so severe that the piercing becomes too tight. You can cool the swelling and help it come down by holding a sandwich bag with ice cubes against it and taking paracetamol or another anti-inflammatory. This will help against the pain, swelling and will reduce the chances of an infection.
This is not a substitute for a good daily piercing cleaning routine. Soak your piercing twice daily in warm saline solution and keep it away from dirt as much as possible.
If you have any questions you can either comment below or send me an e-mail, text or phone-call.