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Apr/May 2012
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Tips for Piercing Care
Don't remove your
earrings
Just in case they don
'
t tell you this when
you have it done
(
although they should
)
, we
are saying it here
.
For the frst six weeks, do
not take out the studs
.
Tis is the primary
healing time and the hole can easily close
over
.
Clean the earring hole
every day
Before doing anything near the earring,
wash your hands with soap and water
.
Since you can
'
t remove the stud, take a
cotton ball or cotton swab and dip it in
alcohol
.
Swab the stud on both sides of
the ear
.
If you are given a specifc cleaning
solution to use, try that instead
.
When
participating in sports or other activities
that can introduce dirt around the stud,
clean it more than once per day
.
Turn your earrings daily
As the tissue heals it will try to attach to the
studs
.
Daily turning prevents this so you
don
'
t have earrings that you can
'
t remove
without pain and reopening the wound
.
Keep chemicals away from
your newly pierced ears
Hair dyes, perfumes, cosmetics and hair
oils can all introduce an infection into the
ear as it heals
.
Protect your ears from
injury
Tis can happen if you play sports
.
Any
blow to the earlobe or tugging on the stud
can reopen the healing tissue
.
Don’t play with your
earring
It
'
s an unconscious thing to twirl the
earring as you talk, but this action can also
introduce bacteria and dirt into the healing
ear
.
An infection is one thing that
you want to avoid when you
get your ears pierced. Just like
anywhere else, an infection here
can be painful and can mar your
dreams of sporting dangles from
your newly pierced earlobes.
Teenagers Ear
Piercings: How to
Avoid Infections
So, your teen wants
their ears pierced
.
It is not
the end of the world if you
allow them to have it done
.
But, teach them how to take
care of their piercings to
avoid infections
.
Ear piercing goes back millions of years
.
Today we have the beneft of sterile
technique and disposable needles
.
You can
go to any number of stores or kiosks in the
mall and have your ears pierced in seconds
.
But, what takes seconds to do can become a
nightmare if not taken care of properly
.
Piercing is a surgical procedure in which the skin
of the ear is incised by a needle to make room for
an earring. It is a small opening but still needs to
be cared for post op.
Te skin around the hole will begin to heal
.
You want to avoid the
healing from encasing the earring and also from reclosing the hole
you have just created
.
To that end, here are some tips to follow
.