Proper Care for Piercings: A guide to shortening the Healing Time of your Piercings

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Proper Care for Piercings: A guide to shortening the Healing Time of your Piercings

It is no doubt that piercings are now a fashion trend and going with the number of celebrities that have been seen adorning them it is glaring that they have come to stay. It is expected that in the future, this style statement will inspire even greater acceptance and adoption.

While Piercings are relatively easy to get and often painless procedure, proper aftercare is essential to prevent the development of complications that could cause unnecessary pain and discomfort. Congenial care of piercings is also necessary to facilitate and ultimately accelerate the healing process, as an unattended piercing serves as a breeding ground for bacteria and other microbes that are detrimental not only to the piercing but the body as a whole.

When it comes to nurturing your piercings a summation of the best practices is often not holistic enough as there are quite a number of aftercare procedures that may be piercing specific or not. This guide attempts to enumerate the basic caring techniques that are commonplace for the vast array/different kinds of piercings.

 

Cleaning/ Decontamination

After a piercing as individual go about their daily activities, it is certain that foreign elements and particles will deposit on the body and surrounding of the piercing.

One of the best ways to successful sterilize a healing piercing, and its surrounding from pathogens is to saturate it with a saline solution.  The solution could either be an over the counter saline of which there are many options or more preferably a homemade sea salt solution (prepared by mixing ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt with one cup or approx. 250ml of water). It is important that the ratio of sea salt to water is moderated as a highly concentrated solution is sure to irritate the piercing. Apart from its mild sterilizing capability salt water functions to induce an increase in the blood flow to the piercing area; facilitating a hastened healing process.

For some piercings, aside from this routine salt water swabbing and saturation, it is advised to clean once a day, every day, throughout the healing period. Inasmuch as repeated cleaning seems like a good idea, there is such a thing as over cleaning. Unnecessary repeated cleaning sessions can cause irritation of the piercing and slow the pace of the healing process.

Before undertaking this procedure, it is important that the practitioner thoroughly washes his/her hand as it is usually laced with a host of microbial life. Another option would be to wear protective gear such as latex gloves or disinfect using hand sanitizers.

Using a cleaning solution or soap lather gently wash the piercing, surrounding areas and the jewelry itself without moving it. After which you can rinse thoroughly with water.  Avoid using soaps/cleansing agents that have Triclosan as an active ingredient as these tend to be unsparing to skin cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Shortening the Healing time

 

One imperative thing to note is that your body is the one responsible for the healing process and although cleaning and disinfecting the piercing better conditions your body to hasten up this process, it is not the rate limiting factor of the healing procedure.

That said, certain practices ensure that your body is unhindered by external factors as it goes about completing the healing task, these include;

Staying Healthy; this is perhaps the strongest factor that potentiates the healing process. A healthy lifestyle that imbibes healthy habits like getting enough rest, eating right and exercising makes certain that the body is sufficiently primed to carry out its normal physiological processes of which wound healing is a part.  During the healing process, individuals can cultivate the habit of eating a lot of fruits and vegetables as these are known to house essential vitamins and minerals that are known to accelerate the healing process

 

An individual with a poor hygiene is a literal bunker for pathogens and microbes alike. The abundance of pathogens in the immediate environment increases the chances of them coming in contact with your piercing which might lead to an infection. This effectively backtracks the healing process as the body now has to deal with the infection before the healing process can continue. Ensure that you regularly wash your clothes, beddings and any clothing that you know comes in contact with your piercing. Your choice of clothing materials is also important, do well to stay off silken and woollen clothes at least until the piercing is completely healed, it is advisable to adorn simple, free and breathable fabrics like cotton

Stay clear of recreational drugs and stress; as these are known to weaken the body’s defences against foreign microbes whilst inhibiting formation of new cells that are critical to the healing process.

Minimize contact and exposure of your piercing to external elements; Places like lakes, swimming pools, hot tubs are havens for harmful pathogens that could cause an infection in your piercing. It is essential that you stay clear of this kind of areas during the healing process and if you must patronize them, you should use a wound-sealant bandage to shield the piercing from direct contact with microbes.

Avoid inflicting undue trauma on the piercing; during the healing process, the piercing and its surroundings are very vulnerable to damage resultant from trauma in the form of friction from clothing, over cleaning, unnecessary movement of the pierced area. This sort of trauma is sure to bruise the fragile healing tissue effectively restarting the healing procedure thus prolonging healing time.

In conclusion, if you can fastidiously adhere to the cleaning and care regimen highlighted above, you are on the right path to ensuring your piercing heals completely and on time.

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