How Long Should You Clean a Cartilage Piercing?
Cartilage piercings add flair and character to ears and noses alike, but require special care in order to heal properly. They tend to experience swelling and infection more frequently than other piercings.
To avoid complications, follow this straightforward aftercare plan. It includes cleaning your piercing 2-3 times each day, keeping it dry, and keeping away from dampness.
How to Clean Your Piercing
Cartilage piercings can be more hazardous than earlobe piercings because their blood supply cannot fight infections as effectively. Furthermore, healing times may take longer and bumps known as keloids may form over time if proper care and cleaning practices are neglected; nonetheless these complications can still be avoided with appropriate cleaning and aftercare procedures.
Your cartilage piercing should be thoroughly cleaned two or three times each day during its healing process, using saline solution soaking sessions of three to five minutes each time. When doing this process, be careful not to move jewelry as this could cause bumps and damage the cartilage; spraying with saline solution throughout the day can also be helpful, while any product like shampoo, lotion or sunscreen that gets on it must be quickly rinsed off and cleaned accordingly.
Use either a commercially produced saline solution designed specifically for piercings, or create your own. Simply combine equal parts salt and water until a saline solution forms; soak your piercing twice to three times daily in this solution, rinse afterwards, and pat it dry afterwards.
Soap should never be used to clean your piercing, as this can dry out the skin and lead to irritation. Instead, choose a mild saline soap that’s gentle on the skin such as Saline Solution or mild Saline Soap instead. Alcohol may kill bacteria which protects against infection while using it may actually aggravate symptoms of inflammation further.
As part of its healing process, cartilage piercing can sometimes feel tender or itchy and become red in appearance; this should not be cause for alarm; rather it indicates inflammation that must be treated.
Cartilage piercings in the nose are especially susceptible to infection as they are located close to your respiratory system. An infection could even lead to necrosis (tissue death), making the procedure both risky and painful.
To reduce infections and minimize risks associated with piercings, always keep it clean and use only high-quality hygienic jewelry pieces. It is also advisable to only seek professional piercers who know how to sanitize their tools; these professionals will be able to advise on which jewelry type will provide optimal results, thus lowering infection risks and keloids risks.
Cartilage piercings can be challenging to take care of due to their thick surface area, which traps bacteria. You must cleanse it with saline solution at least twice daily in order to stay clean and prevent infection – store-bought is often best but homemade versions also work effectively!
Saline solution is a salt water mixture used for medicinal purposes, including treating wounds and sinusitis. You can find it at most pharmacies or grocery stores in sterile bottles designed for aftercare of body piercings; buying online increases your risk of improper ingredient ratios and contamination of solution.
Homemade solutions provide the ideal way to maintain cartilage piercings. Simply combine two teaspoons of non-iodized table salt in four cups of boiled or distilled water until room temperature before using – your solution should have a clear to yellowish hue and should remain clear over time. It is best to forgo using store bought preservative-containing solutions due to possible preservatives irritants and delivery systems which may introduce bacteria into it.
When using saline, make sure to carefully clean your piercing with a cotton tip swab to avoid irritating and delaying its healing. Sleeping on it could press against jewelry causing friction that leads to pain and swelling; so always clean gently using cotton tip swabs when using this solution.
After the initial healing period has passed, gradually reduce your cleaning frequency to once or twice every other day for optimal healing results. Cartilage piercings take some time to heal fully so they require plenty of time for optimal recovery.
Your piercing will have fully healed when it no longer looks red, swollen, tender or has any clear or yellowish fluid dripping out from it. In addition, its color should have returned to normal without being painful when touched.
Cartilage piercings add an expressive, unique flair to any look, but healing them may take more time and care than with skin piercings; therefore it is vitally important that you follow the postcare steps outlined in this article.
An initial cartilage piercing may take up to six months for complete healing, making patience essential in your care routine. Do not change jewelry during this period as doing so could increase the risk of infection; infection of this nature is extremely painful so try your best to avoid it as much as possible.
Not only should you regularly clean your piercing, but it’s important to protect it from dampness – including water contact which can introduce bacteria, as well as hair products like shampoo or tea tree oil that could irritate it further. Furthermore, sleeping on it could cause it to swell or catch on something, so avoid doing this if possible!
A cartilage piercing is an ear piercing that can be done in various locations and styles, from simple studs to more intricate jewelry piercings such as rook piercings or industrial piercings. Before visiting a piercer for one of these, it is wise to have an idea of the style you wish for; this will ensure they can accommodate your request and perform it professionally.
Cost of cartilage piercings will depend on where they’re placed and which jewelry is chosen, as well as finding an experienced piercer with clean tools who can perform fast, painless procedures.
Once your piercing has healed, you’ll experience newfound freedom in choosing earrings to reflect your personal style and aesthetic. No longer do they hurt or catch on things! When selecting jewelry for delicate piercings, thinner wire should be chosen; thicker wire may put additional strain on it and cause further damage which may increase risk of infection.
Keep Your Piercing Clean
As with any piercing, keeping your cartilage clean to prevent infection is of utmost importance in order to avoid swelling, irritation and potentially life-threatening infection. Infected cartilage piercings can lead to swelling, irritation and bumps which must be surgically removed – so be sure to clean and check on it 2-3 times each day and ensure it remains dry at all times! To make the best use of this cleaning routine.
Clean jewelry is essential to helping a cartilage piercing heal properly, so wash it using an alcohol-free mouthwash diluted 50/50 with distilled or bottled water, swishing it around in your mouth for 30-60 seconds to stimulate blood flow and promote healing. This step also increases circulation to the area pierced, which aids healing.
Note that cartilage piercings often experience ups and downs during their initial healing process, with healing appearing temporary before returning back to an unhealed state. This is normal; just continue cleaning your piercing daily until it has completely healed and no red or swollen areas exist, along with clear or yellowish fluid dripping from its site.
Keep in mind that touching or moving an earring until it has fully healed can increase the chance of infection, so always wash your hands prior to touching a new piercing with dirty hands. Furthermore, do not attempt to move or twist an earring as this could compromise its healing process and even result in infection.
Cartilage piercings typically take longer to heal than lobe piercings and are more prone to infections and bumps; however, with proper aftercare and frequent visits to your piercer they should still heal safely. Always follow their advice regarding aftercare for best results; should any questions arise or any problems occur don’t hesitate to visit again; remember a good piercer is dedicated to seeing that your piercing heal as quickly and seamlessly as possible!