Piercing site may be tender, itchy, and/or bruised for a few weeks. Minor bleeding, swelling, redness, and warmth to the touch is normal for the first few days and periodically throughout the healing process. Secretion of white/pale yellow/clear fluid is to be expected and may form a crust on your jewelry.
Wash your hands before handling your new piercing. Clean your piercing 1-2 times a day. Clean it more often if you sweat excessively in the area or get hair products, makeup, sunscreen, or similar products on the piercing. In the shower, avoid shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. getting into your piercing. Rinse the area thoroughly after your shower.
Use ONLY sterile saline to clean your piercing. For oral piercings, use an alcohol-free antiseptic rinse OR fresh water after eating or drinking anything that is not water. DO NOT use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin, tea tree oil, crushed aspirin or any other topical products on your piercing.
Spray the saline over the entire piercing and use a paper towel to dry. Cotton swabs are unnecessary – to remove any crust or discharge around the jewelry, soak with running water in the shower.
Do not turn or rotate your jewelry. Do not submerge your piercing in water such as pools, rivers, lakes, the ocean, hot tubs, or baths for at least two weeks. Avoid tight clothing and be extra careful with masks around new facial or ear piercings. Avoid sleeping on your piercing because this can shift the placement.
Most piercings will require a jewelry downsize after 4-6 weeks. Do not change your jewelry except for this downsize until the piercing is fully healed.