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
Claire gets her ears pierced at Claire's