Be sure to wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching your piercings. Dirty hands are the number one source of infection with new piercings. This would be a good time to listen to your mother and “leave it alone if you want it heal properly.” All piercings discharge a whiteish, yellowish fluid for for the initial healing period. The whiteish fluid is blood plasma and it’s there to help fight infection. The body produces this discharge until the piercing is healed enough that it doesn’t need to protect itself from outside influences. This may take several months depending your piercing and lifestyle.
Remember that changing jewelry too soon, or bumping or irritating your piercing can lengthen your healing time.
To cleanse oral piercings, including tongue piercings, rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash, like Biotene, after you eat, drink, or smoke anything for the initial healing period. NEVER use Listerine, Dr. Tichenors, or any other mouthwash containing alcohol. Alcohol irritates the piercing and can make it swell. Ice the piercing frequently to reduce swelling for the first few days. Avoid alcohol, spicy foods, and smoking during the first week. Avoid letting anyone else’s saliva or bodily fluids come in contact with your piercings during the initial healing period.
The best way to cleanse all non-oral piercings is to mix 1/8 teaspoon of NON-IODIZED SEA SALT with 8oz of very warm water and soak the piercing for five minutes, once a day, until the initial healing period is over. The healing period will vary according to what type of piercing you get. NEVER use Hydrogen Peroxide-Rubbing Alcohol, Neosporin, or any other type of antibiotic ointments to clean your piercing. These products are actually bad for your piercing.
Avoid any bodies of water which contain harsh chemicals or bacteria including lakes, hot tubs and swimming pools. Baths are okay IF the tub is thoroughly cleaned beforehand. Showers are fine.
**These are just general guidelines for after piercing care. Contact a medical professional if there are signs of severe infection. Signs of infection include swelling, redness, heat, greenish/grayish discharge (pus) and/or fever.**