By Caitlyn Gillinger and Jacqueline Nowlin

Good Piercing Hygiene

  • Procedures that involve skin opening can carry a grater risk of getting different diseases such as hepatitis B and C.
  • You should always wash your hands before and after taking out your piercings.
  • Anytime the skin is broken there is a risk of infection, so to prevent that from happening, make sure you clean the area of the broken skin daily.
  • There is a deadly condition called Septic Shock. The risk of the infection is greater when the ear cartilage has less of a chance from getting the condition rather than your ear lobe.
  • The cartilage has less blood flow and infection fighting white blood cells
  • Usually, when the earring is removed from a piercing hole it will heal, but will occasionally will leave a scar.
  • You can tell if you have an infection if your piercing hole is red and irritated at the sight of the piercing, or its oozing pus.
  • The best place to get your ears pierced is at your Pediatricians office.
  • The most common type of piercing is an ear piercing
  • If you don't keep the starter earrings in all the time, the hole will eventually close

What not to do when you've recently have gotten your ears pierced

  • Don't take out your starter earrings.
  • Don't mess with your earrings, it can cause infection.
  • Don't sleep on your side. Try to sleep on your back while your ears are healing.
  • Don't wear things that can bother your ears.
  • Try not to get shampoo, conditioner, or any other substance on your ears.

Ways to prevent infection

  • Clean your earlobes twice a day with antibacterial soap, rinse away all soapy residue and pat dry with a towel
  • If you move your earrings and rotate them two or three times a day it can prevent infection
  • Salt-water soaks are good to loosen up crusty formations.
  • Avoid make-up powders when you have a piercing on your face
  • Avoid swimming in public pools and hot tubs

5 Products for Ears

  1. Starter Earrings
  2. Blue Wave Saline Cleansing Solution Piercing
  3. Piercing Gun
  4. Rubbing Alcohol Wipes
  5. Cotton Swabs
Claire gets her ears pierced at Claire's