GENITAL PIERCING AFTERCARE
The purpose of cleaning a piercing is to promote proper healing. It is vital to remove any dead skin cells and discharge secreted by your body as well as external dirt and bacteria picked up during the day. Cleaning procedures are simple but must be preformed twice a day in order to heal within the average healing period. Your piercing will secrete a whitish fluid. This is not an infection; it is part of the healing process.
Twice a day in the shower allow warm water to rinse off the pierced area until the crusted material is softened. Using anti-bacterial soap (see brand names below), gently work the crusted matter off the jewelry with your fingers. Rinse thoroughly. Resoap and gently move the jewelry up and down slightly. Allow the soap to remain in and around the piercing for about one-minute. Rinse the piercing again and move your jewelry up and down slightly to remove any remaining soap from the inside of the piercing. It is very important to remove the anti bacterial soap from the piercing to avoid irritation and itching.
Warm salt water soaks can help accelerate the healing process. Salt water soaks draw out discharge, prevent infection and accelerate healing. To soak, add 1/4 teaspoon of non- iodized sea salt (not table salt) to 1 cup of warm water. Stir and invert the cup over the piercing forming a vacuum. Hold it there for 3 to 5 minutes or until water cools Repeat this process 2 to 3 times a day.
The following steps can be taken to assist the healing process. Zinc or vitamin C supplements are suggested to help speed the healing process and regeneration of tissue. Vitamin C supplements should be taken in doses of 100mg, zinc in 60mg doses. It is recommended to eat before taking zinc to avoid an upset stomach.
Please avoid the following:
Never touch your piercing with unwashed hands; this is crucial in order to ensure proper healing. The only time a piercing should be touched is when being cleaned in the shower. Avoid contact with oils, powders, creams, perfumes and suntan lotion. Avoid contact with other bodily fluids, even if you are in a monogamous relationship. Your partner has different natural bacteria than you and an infection can occur. Do not go into pools, hot tubs, lakes or oceans for at least 4 weeks.
Suggested name brands of cleaning solutions.
Neosporin, A & D Ointment, Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol
H2ocean Piercing Spray(coral reef sea salt), Dial, Lever 2000 ,Soft Soap
My Tattoo suggests you follow these steps to ensure proper healing. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us immediately. We have professionals on staff to help you.
Our number is 626-570-9224, or go to our web site at www.mytats.com.
The information provided on this care sheet is based on our experience as well as current industry standards. My Tattoo does not offer the information provided as an alternative to medical advice of any kind. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
*NOTE* If any allergy or irritation occurred, you must seek medical attention