Many piercings have their ups and downs, resolving without assistance. Mostly caused by improper cleaning routines and minor irritating daily habits. Over cleaning can irritate the wound and keep it open longer. Under cleaning can lead to infection. Alcohol, Iodene, Surgical spirits, Dettol, TCP and Hydrogen peroxide are all considered to be too harsh to use on a small wound too regularly. Ointments tend to be sticky and attract dirt and can limit oxygen to the wound. We advise two forms of cleaning, firstly gentle but thorough drying after bathing and second using a fine sterile saline mist as instructed by your piercer.
We urge you to call in for a consultation to overhaul all your aftercare routine, discuss your lifestyle and ensure your jewellery is fitting properly.
When first suspecting an infection, the most immediate action would be to call your GP or arrange a visit to your local walk in centre. As antibiotics may be required. Between now and the appointment clean thoroughly with sterile saline every 3/4 hours. Use sterile gauze to dry the area. Call or message the studio for further advice.
Healed bumps have become scars, refered to as keloids. The best method of treatment appears to be compression and massage with a natural oil such as jojoba oil. However this does not require the permanent removal of the jewellery. Treatment can only begin if the wound itself is healed, in many cases this is months after the initial piercing (see healing times) and it therefore becomes a priority to heal the piercing before treating the scarring or the further irritation will likely make it worse. The jewellery must again be large enough to comfortably allow for the extra tissue growth associated with scarring so therefore may require changing at a piercing studio. Keloids are most commonly caused by excessive movement of the jewellery, for example: sleeping against the piercing, cleaning to vigorously or too often, touching the piercing during the initial healing, changing to soon or to ill fitting jewellery.
In cases where the growth tissue has an open wound top (hyper-granulation) it is considered still unhealed a substance to dry out the lymph can dramatically reduce the size and discomfort involved until further treatment can commence. (After wound closure and full healing) Tea tree and witch hazel work well for some when applied 3 – 4 times a day for a week but can cause allergic reaction. We advise speaking to your piercer before beginning and treatments.
Bleeding, although unsightly, is completely normal within the initial few days for any piercing. As we heal a scab covers the wound almost immediately. A scab is formed when proteins from white blood cells that help coagulate blood come out of the blood stream to protect the wound-and actually accelerate the healing process. However when a scab is knocked off or your piercing is caught or picked at; the site may begin to bleed.
- Apply direct pressure on wound with a clean cloth, tissue, or piece of gauze until bleeding stops.
- If blood soaks through the material, don’t remove it. Put more cloth or gauze on top of it and continue to apply pressure.
- Only clean the surrounding area and not the actual scab off the piercing for 12-24 hours.
Repeat this process as often as is required and contact the studio if you would like extra reassurance.
Upon occasion we see allergy’s to cleaning solutions. With the appearance of burnt/orange or weeping surrounding skin. We advise our clientele to clean when needed with a mild sterile saline solution. When a stronger solution has burnt the skin switching to saline should rectify the problem. Jewellery removal should only be needed if the effected area has blistered or if the jewellery is visible through the skin.