You just got your first piercing, and like most people, is now googling to know more about the piercing/healing process/etc. Below is a list of what can happen during your healing process, so don’t be alarmed. Please note: Go see your local piercer or a doctor if you do not see any improvements on the area you have gotten pierced.
- Initially: some bleeding, localized swelling, tenderness, or bruising.
- During healing: some discoloration, itching, secretion of a whitish-yellow fluid (not pus) that will form some crust on the jewelry. The tissue may tighten around the jewelry as it heals.
- Once healed: the jewelry may not move freely in the piercing; do not force it. If you fail to include cleaning your piercing as part of your daily hygiene routine, normal but smelly bodily secretions may accumulate.
- A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.
- Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person: if you like your piercing, keep jewelry in–do not leave it empty.
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