What To Do If An Infection Persists

If your piercing infection gets worse or persists for more than a week, you should seek assistance from your piercer or a doctor.


What Happens After An Piercing Infection?

You’ll know that the piercing infection is gone when all of the symptoms have disappeared.

You should continue whichever treatment you were using for a few days after symptoms are gone, to ensure that the infection has been fully treated. Then, you can continue your usual cleaning process to prevent another infection from starting.

How To Prevent Piercing Infections In The Future

Once your piercing is free from infection, you can take a few easy steps to prevent another infection in the future.

● Don’t touch your piercing with dirty hands, and don’t twist or play with the piercing

● Continue cleaning the piercing with saline daily until the piercing is fully healed

● Sleep so that the piercing is not pressed against your pillow

I Think I Might Have An Infection, What Do I Do ?

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As long as your infection is minor, you may be able to take care of it at home. If you’ve had major problems with your piercings or infections in the past  and it seems infected, seek medical treatment. These types of infections are harder to treat and may require oral antibiotics. Significant infections of the cartilage can require hospitalization.

The first thing to know about treating an infected piercing is that you should not remove the earring. Keeping your jewelry in place actually helps the piercing to drain, which needs to happen in order for your body to get rid of the problematic bacteria and flush out the wound.

You should also continue your daily cleaning process, soaking the piercing in salt water or using a pre-made saline. Then, try one or more of the following suggestions.

Increase the number of salt water soaks

Thoroughly clean your piercing up to three times per day with salt water or saline. If you have an infection, making your own salt water for soaking can be better because using the solution while it is still warm will soothe the infected area.

Apply a warm compress

In addition to soaking with warm salt water, you can put a clean, warm cloth or gauze soaked in salt water on the infected area. Or use a chamomile tea bag that has been steeped in hot water.

Let it cool to a comfortable temperature before applying it to your piercing. Salt helps to clean, chamomile has natural healing properties, and the warmth can help with blood flow to the cartilage.

Apply a cold compress


Alternating between warm and cold being applied to the infected area will increase blood supply to the cartilage. (Cartilage tends to have less blood flow than fleshy areas of the body, so this can really make a difference.)

Better blood supply means more antibodies are delivered to the area to fight the infection.

Use an antibacterial spray

Topical antibiotics can help get rid of an infection faster. Be sure to use a spray, like Bactine. Antibiotic ointments will prevent the piercing from draining.

Try tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has natural antibacterial properties and helps to soothe inflammation. You can mix a drop or two of it with a bit of carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil, and then gently apply it to your infected cartilage piercing. Use tea tree oil two or three times per day.

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Tattoo Aftercare

Keep tattoo covered for at least one hour, and no longer than eight hours.
After removing bandage, wash tattoo and surrounding area with water and mild soap. (If bandage sticks to your tattoo, soak it in cool water until it falls off.)
Rinse away all surface blood, plasma, ointment, and remaining soap.
Always blot dry (don’t rub) until tattoo is completely healed.
Do not re-bandage tattoo.
Do not apply alcohol, peroxide, or betadine to tattoo.
Do not rub, pick or scratch your tattoo.



Piercing Aftercare 

Tongue : For the first 3 weeks rinse after anything goes into your mouth with Blue Wave Piercing aftercare solution available for sale in our shop or  watered down Listerine by 50%. Avoid hot, spicy and dairy foods as these irritate the piercings. Avoid Oral sex, kissing and solid or crunchy foods. Do not touch or play with your tongue ring. You may take Advil at your own discretion for any swelling or pain. 


Labret ; Lip : When cleaning the inside of your mouth use diluted Listerine. 
Rinse after every meal for the first 3 weeks. for the outside you can clean with Blue Wave Piercing aftercare solution available for sale in our shop and then apply Bactine or A&D on a Q-tip 2-3 times a day for the first 3 weeks.


Septum :Nostrils :Nipples :Navel :Ear :Eyebrow
Clean 2-3 times a day with Blue Wave Piercing aftercare solution or antibacterial soap around the piercing. You may use A&D to apply around the piercing for comfort.


DO NOT TOUCH PIERCING OR JEWELRY WITH SOILED FINGERS  OR WHILE HEALING IF NOT CLEANING THE AREA!


Anti Eyebrow    $50.00
Anti Tragus       $45.00
Ashley              $55.00
Austin Bar        $65.00
Belly                 $40.00
Bridge              $65.00

Cartilage          $35.00

Conch              $45.00

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Monroe            $45.00
Nipple (each)   $40.00
Nose                $40.00

Rook                $45.00
Septum            $55.00
Smiley             $45.00
Standard Lobe $20.00
Surface            $65.00
Tongue            $40.00

Tragus             $40.00

Vertical Tragus $50.00
Vertical Labret $50.00

Venom   (both)  $65.00
Webbing          $50.00

 

Apply a thin layer of After Inked tattoo moisturizer available for sale in shop or A&D Ointment. (Do not use Neosporin).
Do this 4-6 times a day to keep tattoo from drying out.
After 2 days, depending on the rate of healing, continue to use the After Ink tattoo moisturizer otherwise you can switch to a high quality fragrance free lotion (i.e. Keri, Aveeno, or Eucerin) Keep skin moist not wet. Keep pets away from healing tattoo.
Tattoo will “peel” in about one week. This is normal. It will look like color is coming off. It isn’t. It is simply dead skin shedding itself. Your fresh tattoo will be underneath.
Do not expose tattoo to sunlight for at least 2 weeks.
Do not soak in bathtub, hottub, lakes or pools for 2 weeks.
If the area around the tattoo becomes more and more red, discontinue lotion, let tattoo dry out, and wash with an antibacterial soap and water 3 times daily.
In the event of an infection of the tattoo, please consult with your physician and notify the Westchester County Dept. of Health.

 

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