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Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 08:36 AM

So yesterday I got my lip pierced. I am starting to freak out and googled it and everything. I been cleaning it with soap, rinsing with mouth wash like im supposed to but around the piercing seems a little red. Is this normal? Google said it was normal but I wanted to ask myself? so is it normal to hurt and be a little red? am I getting an infection? and I have the urge to itch my piercing
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 09:29 AM

Soap will dry it out, use salt water instead, this is what I was told. It is also possible to over clean it, stick to 2-3 times a day and extra if it needs it (like if you ate and food got around it).

My ear cartilage was purple when first done and then red for a few days, at first my whole ear was red then it was just red around the piercing. Then the red went like a bruise.

Itching is a sign it is healing but do not scratch it.

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Your piercing should be cleaned and inspected 2-3 times daily for at least the first month even if it seems healed. It is recommended to use a saline solution made with boiled water and around 5ml (1 teaspoon) of salt per 50ml of water. The solution should be left to cool until luke warm before you use it. Antiseptics are generally not recommended as they can irritate the wound and/or cause it to dry out and obviously neither is desirable. Irritating a wound can prolong the healing time hugely. Mouth piercings can be treated with saline solution and should be done after after eating and smoking.
Any irritation to the piercing can prolong the healing process hugely. Try not to tug on the piercing or to wear clothing that catches the piercing as you move about. With oral piercings try to keep away from kissing deeply for the first 6 weeks. Avoid soaking the piercing for at least the first 3-4 weeks. This means avoid swimming and where possible take a shower rather than a bath.
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 10:58 AM

Hey there!

Like it's already been said, you're far better using salt water. Salt water also helps prevent infection far better, even though it may sting a little. You can buy this in most piercing places. Itching is a good sign, it means that it's healing, just do your best not to play with it or cause any damage to it now!

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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 11:59 AM

Dooooon't itch!
Itching = healing, so that's a good thing.

I had my rook done a few months ago, and it was healing very slowly because it would get pulled on when I was sleeping, so I had to change how I sleep. It feels much better now. So basically, don't move it around any more than necessary to clean it. Playing with it will delay the healing process.
   
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 03:37 PM

Redness, pain, and swelling are normal for the first couple days. Take some ibuprofen and it will help! And as the others said use sea salt solution instead of soap.
   
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 04:36 PM

Soap probably isn't good for it. Get some anti septic liquid and put it on as often as you want. It's going to be slightly red, you have just stabbed a hole in your skin



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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 04:47 PM

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Soap probably isn't good for it. Get some anti septic liquid and put it on as often as you want. It's going to be slightly red, you have just stabbed a hole in your skin
Antiseptic lotions/liquids/creams will also dry it out and slows the healing process. Salt water is the best thing for piercings.
   
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 05:03 PM

I was told no to use salt water tho but should I just go to where I got it peirced and buy a little container of sea salt anyway?
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 05:10 PM

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I was told no to use salt water tho but should I just go to where I got it peirced and buy a little container of sea salt anyway?
If you are going to where you got pierced to buy it try asking them, or ask around other piercing parlours as they might suggest different.

I have been told you clean the inside with mouthwash and the outside with salt water and cotton wool.
   
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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 05:10 PM

i would say using a sea salt and water mix is the best. that's what i was told when i got mine done in august. and you can typically get sea salt at a grocery store. mine was also red for about week to week and a half.


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Re: Body piercing.... - October 31st 2010, 06:52 PM

Hey there,

There's actually a really good guide to keeping your lip clean here. This should help you out a little, it's pretty accurate and helpful information, too.Click.
   
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 1st 2010, 05:59 AM

@Alixthetree yeah mine is super red and puffy and then my cousin was talking to me about how her body rejected hers.....I like my piercing I dont want that to happen :/
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 1st 2010, 04:33 PM

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yeah mine is super red and puffy and then my cousin was talking to me about how her body rejected hers.....I like my piercing I dont want that to happen :/
the redness should go down and also the swelling (puffiness). i'm just saying what mine did, yours might react a little differently. but for like the first 2 weeks or so it was swollen and then swelled off and on after that (i think i had acidentally bitten it though)


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Re: Body piercing.... - November 3rd 2010, 02:58 AM

@alixthetree yeah I bought sea salt and started cleaning it with that and started taking ibprohine for the pain and swelling and it seems to help a bit....and I did go in and talk to the person who did my piercing and she said it looked like it was healing normally so im just over panicking
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 04:16 AM

OKAY! So my peircing is seriously pissing me off. Is it supposed to be like oozing clear discharge? because its pissing me off. I keep cleaning it and trying to keep up with it and it wont stop!
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 04:44 AM

When I got my rook pierced I was told to use Tersaseptic soap/shampoo. It seems a little odd, because it's shampoo, but it actually works very well. This is what it is right here: http://www.77canadapharmacy.com/tersaseptic.php
Like everyone else has said, sea salt soaks are great as well. You should make sure that it isn't too salt, however. I remember reading somewhere that the water should only taste as salty as a tear, otherwise it may dry the piercing out.
You should avoid things like polysporin, they make it hard for the piercing to breath.
Also, sometimes the best thing to do is leave a piercing alone. I am not saying not clean it, but if you are fiddling with it a lot you are going to irritate it.
It doesn't sound like it's that bad, but if it gets a lot worse you can always go to the doctor. They can prescribe you antibiotics, which will get rid of the infection if you have one.
   
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 04:54 AM

Well I didnt get it pierced that long ago. Friday so a week a go tomorrow, but its just annoying me how this clear discharge like stuff wont stop. I am trying to stop fiddling with it but its so hard....idk what to do or if its just normal.
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 05:01 AM

http://www.prizmtattoo.net/Prizm_Tat...Aftercare.html

check out the link, it says what is normal. there will be some discharge it's part of the healing.


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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 05:08 AM

well the fluid forming crust on the jewlery is happening to me. But its so annoying
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 05:13 AM

but it is a normal thing, and not something you really have to worry about. there are things that my piercing did as it healed that seemed odd but it has turned out completly fine. as long as you keep it clean and don't play with it things will be alright.


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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 05:17 AM

I think my main thing is that I do keep playing with it and im trying not to
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Re: Body piercing.... - November 5th 2010, 05:32 AM

did they put in a ring or a stud?


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Re: Body piercing.... - November 6th 2010, 06:43 AM

I have a stud...I didnt want to get a hoop because of my job
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