9 years ago xKYLIExKABOOMx

I just pierced my cartilage last week. I heard somewhere that you should use diluted alcohol to clean it, but somewhere else said that you shouldn't use alcohol. For the past week I have been using alcohol to clean my ear and all seems well, but should I still use it?

9 years ago listennnheree


no don't haha lol Did you know that... You CAN get and/or spread a serious infection including HIV, if the piercing equipment hasn't been sterilized properly. Infections caused by bacteria getting into the puncture of the piercing may also happen later, even after the piercing has healed. If the studio uses a piercing "gun" to do body piercings, LEAVE!! Piercing guns cannot be sterilized and should NOT be used for body piercing. Healing time. Ear lobe 6 to 8 weeks Ear cartilage 4 months to 1 year Eyebrow 6 to 8 weeks Nostril 2 to 4 months Nasal septum 6 to 8 months Nasal bridge 8 to 10 weeks Tongue 4 weeks Lip 2 to 3 months Nipple 3 to 6 months Navel 4 months to 1 year Female genitalia 4 to 10 weeks Male genitalia 4 weeks to 6 months Cleaning It. Wash your hands first with soap and water before touching or cleaning the pierced area. (Don't let anyone else touch the pierced area until it is healed.) Remove any crusty material from the site and from the jewelry with warm water. Gently wash the area around the piercing with antibacterial soap (liquid soap works the best). Gently rinse off all of the soap and crusty discharge. Gently dry the area with a paper towel or plain white napkin. (Bacteria can stay in cloth towels.) Do steps 1-5 twice a day until the skin heals. (Over-washing or over-scrubbing can irritate the area.) Do NOT use antibacterial ointments because they don't allow air to get to the area and they trap bacteria. Do's and Don'ts. Do NOT use alcohol or Peroxide to clean the area. (Both products will dry out your skin.) Other strong solutions such as Betadine will discolor gold jewelry. Rinse the pierced skin after exercising since sweat may irritate the piercing. Keep the pierced area from coming in contact with other people's body fluids, such as saliva and sweat. (Do not have oral sexual contact for 4-6 weeks if you have a tongue, lip, or genital piercing). Keep things clean that come in contact with the body part that has been pierced. For example, keep your phone clean if you have an ear piercing, keep your glasses clean for ear and eyebrow piercings, cover your ear lobe with a tissue if you use hair spray, and try not to apply makeup close to piercing sites. Wear clean clothing with soft fabric for navel piercings. Avoid wearing jeans because the material can be irritating. Don't wear pantyhose, leotards, belts, or tight clothing while a navel piercing is healing. Wear loose fitting clothing with a navel piercing, to let the air help with healing. Check your jewelry many times during the day to see if any parts have become loose, especially if you have a tongue piercing. If a bar becomes loose, you can accidentally swallow it or damage a permanent tooth. Do NOT use a hot tub or swim in public pools until your piercing has healed. Rinse tongue or lip piercings after every meal or snack. Rinse for 30 to 60 seconds after eating with an antibacterial, alcohol-free mouthwash, or a warm salt water rinse. Or, alternately, make a mix with one part water, and one part hydrogen-peroxide, and apply it directly to the piercing site with a cotton swab. The bubbling peroxide can help remove food stuck in the site. Throw out your old toothbrush and get a new, soft-bristled toothbrush if you have a tongue or lip piercing. This is to avoid exposure to bacteria from your old toothbrush. See your dentist for regular checkups and if you think you have a problem. Studies have shown that people who have piercings in their mouth are much more likely to have injuries to their teeth and gums. Eat healthy foods. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals help your body heal. What are the health risks of body piercing? Infection. Without proper care, infection can lead to scarring and even blood poisoning. Infections of piercings are unattractive and can be very dangerous. Allergic Reaction. Some people are sensitive to certain metals and only discover this when they are pierced and have a severe reaction to the jewelry. The rash, swelling, and difficulty breathing can lead to shock and hospitalization. Nerve Damage. If a piercing isn’t placed carefully, it can be pushed through a nerve, severing it and making the surrounding area permanently deadened to any feeling. Excessive Bleeding. This is just what it sounds like. If you get pierced and happen to hit a large blood vessel, you could have difficulty stopping the bleeding and may end up in the emergency room getting it cauterized. Not pretty. Risk of Cross-Contamination. You may become cross-contaminated by Hepatitis, the HIV virus, or another blood-borne pathogen is you are pierced by improperly sterilized needles. Keloids. These are toughened knots of scar tissue that look like cysts at the base of a piercing that sometimes form for no reason at the site of a piercing. Can’t donate blood. Is it important for you to be a blood donor? Is there someone in your family who is ill and may need blood donations in the near future? Don’t get pierced. You cannot donate blood for one year after getting pierced –- no exceptions. Dental Risks. There are several problems that can arise from oral piercings, including chipped teeth, worn tooth enamel, damage to the gums and jaw line from wear, and even aspiration (inhaling) of a loose piece of jewelry into the lungs. Infection and swelling of the tongue is also a possibility, and is very unpleasant. Other things to consider. Pain. If you can’t tolerate pain, you may be risking suffering more than you like for your vanity. Some piercings hardly hurt at all, others can be pretty rough for a few weeks. Cost. Do you have the money to pay not only for the piercing and jewelry, but for the aftercare products, such as Provon® or Satin® and H2Ocean®? Commitment. You are putting yourself at risk if you can’t clean your piercing every day, twice a day. Period. End of discussion. And you have to do your sea salt soaks or H2Ocean® treatments without fail. Judgment of Others. You may not want to hear this one, but face it; others may judge you based on your piercings, so really think this one through. Will it bother you if others stare as though they are afraid of you? Do you want to have to explain yourself or remove your piercing for job interviews? Will you feel badly if your piercing upsets your grandparents or family friends? Also getting headaches after a piercing is normal.