At the end of a shower, rinse the piercing to remove any crusty matter from around the jewelry.  Put a dime-sized drop of clear, anti-bacterial soap (or use unscented bar soap) in the palm of your hand.  Make a lather using the soap and surround the pierced area with the lather, making sure to wash the jewelry, entry, and exit holes.  Gently move the jewelry back and forth while washing for 20-30 seconds.  When out of the shower, pat dry with a clean paper towel.  It is important to leave your piercing alone when you are not cleaning it.  Follow these cleaning instructions once a day for 6 to 8 weeks.  Wash your new piercing twice a day only if necessary, such as after swimming, sweaty, or dirty activities.  At the end of the 6-8 week period, STOP using anti-bacterial soap and only use normal soap products for day-to-day cleaning.  If your piercing becomes irritated, or you are having any issues, come by the shop to have the piercer look at it. One of our piercers can recommend alternative care for you piercing.

 

If needed, you may use SALINE to soak the piercing for five to ten minutes once or twice a day.  Invert a cup of warm saline solution over the area to form a vacuum.  For certain piercings, it may be easier to soak using clean gauze or paper towels saturated with saline solution.  A brief rinse after a saline soak will remove any residue, then pat dry with a clean paper towel.  This can be done during the entire 6-8 weeks in conjunction with washing, or for 2 weeks at a time, as needed.

 

For Oral Piercings Only: After eating, drinking, smoking, kissing, etc., rinse with Alcohol Free mouthwash for 20 to 30 seconds Do so for 2-3 weeks You may also take an anti-inflammatory (if you are able to) twice a day for the first 3-5 days to help keep swelling to a minimum.

 

NEVER: Wash a new piercing more than twice a day, only once is needed, but a second cleaning may be warranted if you go swimming or participate in sweaty or dirty activities.  DO NOT pick at or touch the piercing between cleanings, especially with dirty hands.  DO NOT use peroxide, alcohol, or triple antibiotic ointment (i.e. Neosporin) on piercings.  These products are for cuts and scrapes, not puncture wounds.  For Oral piercings, NEVER use mouthwash, containing Alcohol.

 

At the first sign of infection or allergic reaction, the client shall consult a healthcare practitioner and report any diagnosed infection, allergic reaction, or adverse reaction resulting from the tattoo to the artist and to the Texas Department of State Health Services, Drugs and Medical Devices Group at 1-888-839-6676.

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