How to make your salt solution:
Add 1/4 of a teaspoon of rock salt or sea salt to 1/2 pint of boiling water. Make sure the salt has disolved and the water has cooled before using a clean cotton bud to dip into the water and then clean around the piercing. Use one end of the cotton bud around one side and the other end around the other side to stop any cross contamination.
The solution is very weak when you think about it.
The average mug is just under half a pint at 350ml
DON'T USE TABLE SALT! Its full of "yummy" chemicals that isn't so yummy for your piercing.
You may think adding more salt to your water will help the piercing heal better/ quicker? This is most NOT the case! Too much salt will "burn" your piercing, leaving it very red, sore, dry and itchy, nobody wants that
Over cleaning is just as bad as under cleaning. if you over clean you will remove any good bacteria trying to help your new piercing heal.
Also, dont play with or touch your new piercing! We know its tempting and you want to care for it but.... it wont do it any good! Not only does it make it dirty but it could even make it move/migrate!
Put the oils down and step away just for the moment. Coconut, Alo Vera, Bio Oil... Just step away. You can always use these later when its healed but a little dry.
Choosing your mouthwash for oral piercings:
Choose a mouthwash that is ANTI BACTERIAL and is ALCOHOL FREE. The alcohol in mouthwash will irritate your new piercing and leave it very unhappy. You can pick these up everywhere! Even poundland! Just make sure you check the bottle for the "alcohol free" line. Even Corsodyl has alcohol in it!!!
I have lumps! whats going on?!
Lumps can be 1 of 2 things. The most common reason for lumps is irritation. Something may have gotten in the hole, it could be dust, makeup, hair products, ANYTHING. It will be irritating it from the inside. How can you make this horrible monster of a lump go away? You can use a hot compress.
A what i hear you say?!
Step 1: Grab a flannel or kitchen roll (rolled up), a mug and water.... and something to boil the water with
Step 2: Boil water
Step 3: Put said boiling water into the mug (or a bowl, a bowl works just as well). Let it chill for a bit
Step 4: while its still hot but not skin meltingly boiling, dip your flannel/tissue/towel into the water and place over your new lumpy enemy and hold for a few minutes.
Step 5: Do this for a few nights in a row and you should see it go down or banished forever but you need to keep with it!
If it doesn't go away there is a chance it maybe a keloid. These are actually not as common as people think. If it is a keloid you can either see a doctor about it or just keep an eye on it. There isn't a lot to make them go away. But do the hot compress first (and properly, it wont go away in a night or two)
REMEMBER! These are just guide lines/suggestions and things we have picked up from our own personal experiences. If you have any questions or problems do not hesitate to ask us about it, you can come and see us, give us a call, drop us an email OR send us a Facebook message (we use facebook too!)