Do New Piercings Heal Quickly?

Mickey | General | Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The process of getting a new piercing to heal can take some time, depending on where exactly you get the piercing. Earrings usually take only a few weeks or so, but if you’ve gotten a tongue piercing for your new collection of clear tongue rings be prepared to wait for it to heal for awhile. It’s important to give your body the time it needs though, as you need to watch for infection and allergic reactions, to make sure it heals clean and you can wear jewelry without problems.

When you first get your new piercing your job is going to be to make sure you don’t get an infection while it heals. The difficult part is that it can easily take weeks for piercings to heal, so you have to be cautious for awhile. It should be able to close up on its own in the first week, but if at any time it starts to hurt, or you see symptoms like redness, swelling, or pus around the piercing, you probably have an infection and should see a doctor right away.

Even after the piercing has initially healed, your piercer is probably going to want you to try on another piece, designed to check for allergic reactions. This jewelry is usually made of a non-allergenic substance like sterling silver, and is meant to make sure the body can handle the introduction of a new piece of jewelry. If it doesn’t react at all, you’re going to be given the okay.

Now you’re free to wear all the cute belly button rings and dangling earrings that you want. You will always need to watch for signs of infection, but you’re not as exposed as you were during healing, and pain should let you know if you’re having any problems around your body. Be patient, and give it the time it needs to heal well.

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