Handling a newly pierced nose is a delicate procedure. You need to establish a daily cleaning routine and stay healthy to facilitate faster healing. If you are still unsure on how to take care of a new piercing, outlined below are the steps you need to do.
Keep Yourself Clean and Healthy
You also have to maintain an overall good hygiene. Change your bed sheets and towels every week. Refrain from going to polluted and stressful environments. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and smoking. Take multivitamins and your daily food supplements.
Lastly, it is imperative to wash your hands before touching your piercing. Anything that you think will get into contact with your piercing should be clean and sanitized.
Steps on Cleaning
Before going into the steps of cleaning a newly pierced nose, you have to prepare the following items: paper towels, antibacterial or antimicrobial soap, additive-free saline solution, anti-inflammatory medicine, and water. Again, before you clean or touch the piercing, make sure to wash your hands. Moreover, ensure that all the materials that you will be using are clean.
- Make a square using the paper towel by folding it in half twice. Sprinkle an additive-free saline solution to the paper towel until it is fairly damp. If you cannot find a saline solution in the drugstore, you can mix one at home with sea salt and lukewarm water.
- Tilt your head with the side of the nose piercing facing upward. Gently press the damp paper towel onto the pierced area.
- Hold the damp paper towel on the piercing for a maximum of 10 minutes.
- Remove the damp towel and refrain from touching the piercing.
- Let the piercing air dry. It is important therefore that when you clean your piercing, you are in a clean and unpolluted environment.
Begin With A Plan Of Action
The procedure outlined above should be done at least thrice a week. However, you should also establish a daily cleaning routine. You can do this while you are in the shower. Rub the pierced area gently with an antibacterial or antimicrobial soap. Make sure that you clean the inside and outside portions of the piercing jewelry. When you are done, rinse the nostril jewelry with clean water.
You can also choose lukewarm water if you are more comfortable with that. Ensure that there are no soap suds or bubbles left after rinsing it. When cleaning the nose bone stud jewelry, do not twist it or move it a lot for it can cause irritation which might lead to infections. Simply go over the jewelry with your hands and delicately remove any crusts that might have formed.
If Things Take A Turn For The Worse
Pain, swelling, redness, and discharges are common during the healing period of your nose piercing. If the pain is too much for you, take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine after asking your physician for medical advice. There may be some medicine that works better for you so talk to your physician first before getting anything. Refrain from putting harsh chemicals or substances to the piercing during the healing period.
Some oils like tea tree can cause dryness which will hinder the healing of the pierced area. If you put on make up in a daily basis, make sure that these are hypoallergenic and wash them off always before going to sleep. Your bed sheets and pillowcases also have to be clean for germs and bacteria might be transferred to your nose from these items while you are sleeping.
Lastly, before considering doing or putting anything on the pierced area, visit or talk to your piercer first about which nose ring size is best for you. Consult with him/her also when you are about to do activities like swimming or exercising that will entail exposing your piercing to a new environment.