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The aftercare of body piercing is important to promote good healing and prevent the risk of infection. Healing times for piercing will vary with the type and position of the piercing and vary from person to person. For the first few weeks it is normal for the area to be red, tender and swollen.

 

Approximate healing times for the various piercings are:

 

Genital piercing - 4-8 weeks

 

Remember these times are approximate and will depend on how healthy you are and whether you look after the piercing properly until healed. As with all body art, infection is a risk. To reduce these risks take advice from your operator regarding aftercare.

 

The risk of infection can be greatly reduced by good general hygiene including:

 

· Hand washing before touching the piercing.

 

· Keeping the piercing clean.

 

Hand washing

 

Hand washing is the single most important method of reducing infection. Hands must be washed prior to touching the affected area, therefore reducing the risk of infection. Wash your hands in warm water and liquid soap; always dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel. This should remove most germs and prevent them being transferred to the affected area.

 

Male Genital piercing aftercare

 

With glans penis piercings such as PA, Reverse PA, Apadravya, Ampallang, Dydoe and Frenum, the easiest way to clean is to:

 

· Make a salt water solution or warm water solution in a jug and then soak the piercing for a few minutes. After soaking, dry the area. This should be done twice a day.

 

With other piercings including Hafada, Scrotum, Foreskin and Guiche you should:

 

· Clean the piercing twice a day thoroughly by submerging the piercing in a warm water or salt water solution.

 

· Never use antibacterial products as they can kill the good bacteria that are naturally present.

 

· Refrain from any sexual activity until the piercing has healed and always use protection otherwise you are at increased risk of infection.

 

Female Genital piercing aftercare

 

Including: Clitoral Hood, Inner and Outer Labia, Fourchette, Christina and Triangle.

 

· Twice daily submerge the piercing in a warm salt water solution for a few minutes after washing/bathing.

 

· Avoid soap and scented products as these may act as an irritant.

 

· Never use antibacterial products as they can kill the good bacteria that are naturally present.

 

· Refrain from any sexual activity until the piercing has healed and always use protection to reduce the risk of infection.

 

Female genital piercings are prone to swelling for up to two weeks.

 

Signs of infection

 

If appropriate aftercare is not followed infection may occur.

 

The signs of infection are:

 

· Swelling and redness that increases around the wound.

 

· A severe burning and throbbing sensation round the site.

 

· Increased tenderness and increasingly painful to touch.

 

· An unusual discharge (yellow or green) with an offensive smell.

 

If you have any concerns regarding piercing please contact us or seek medical attention.

 

The Belly Bar

GENITAL AFTERCARE