Once Healed: Your jewelry may not always move freely in the piercing -- especially in the nipples or septum. DO NOT try and force it (once HEALED, olive oil or another natural oil may be applied to ease the movement of tight jewelry). If you fail to clean the piercing as part of your daily hygiene ritual after it is healed, normal but "smelly" body secretions will accumulate in the piercing. A piercing will seem healed long before it is actually fully healed. This is due to the bodys process of new skin cells growing inward from the incision points -- BE PATIENT -- and continue to clean your piercing through the entire healing period recommended below. Even healted piercings after being there for many years can still shrink and possibly close in a very short period of time.

AVOID: Hot Tubs, Lakes, Pools, Soaking Baths -- all have bacteria and/or chemicals that can infect or irritate your piercing while it heals. And use COMMON SENSE. If a piercing is likely to be exposed to dirt or debris, wear protective covering. Do not let pets lick a new or healing piercing. Do not "clean-out" your piercing with anti-biotics or products made for cleaning wounds (NO hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alchol, Bactine, Neosporin or petroleum-based ointment) or bandage your piercing like a wound.

NOSTRIL: Do not use makeup and hard or abrasive facial cleansers around the site. Always pat your face dry; loose or "looped" towel fibers can easily get caught on a piercing and even tear it out.

NAVEL: Avoid tight clothing on your navel area - this is the most common cause of irritation.

NIPPLES: Again avoid tight fitting clothing. Women report that wearing a bra or A-Shirt for support helps with the soreness, especially in bed and during exercise.

ALL ORAL PIERCINGS: Tongue, Labret, etc. Avoid spicy foods, high grain alcohols, smoking and making out. AVOID ALCOHOL BASED moutwashes (Use, e.g., Biotene).

TONGUE: For swelling or soreness take Aleve or Advil. Eat slowly and think about how you are chewing. NO KISSING OR SEXUAL CONTACT until completely healed. Gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush -- it will help remove mucus and dead skin cells.

LIP/MONROE: Do not play with it! If you leave it alone it will heal faster. Remember to clean the outside too, it is not sufficient to just rinse your mouth with a mouthwash, etc. Consult with your piercer after it has healed about shortening the length of the piercing's post to avoid damage to teeth and gums.

GENITAL: REMEMBER -- ALL PIERCINGS ARE AN OPEN CHANNEL INTO YOUR BLOOD STREAM. Sexual contact during the healing phase could b dangerous to you and your partner. Exercise safe sex protocol and be gentle with your new piercing - it will heal faster.
MALE: Follow general aftercare and absatin for 4 weeks or as long as possible. On piercings through the head of the penis or urethra expect bleeding for the first few days. If bleeding continued pat this time or an unexpected amount of bleeding is occuring, please contact your piercer. FEMALE: Femal geneital piercings typically heal fast and easily. It is typical for labia and hood piercings to bleed for the first few days. If bleeding continues past this time or an unexpected amount of bleeding is occurring, please contact your piercer. It is highly advised to abstain from sex for the first few weeks.

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