General Care for Body Piercings
Always wash hands thoroughly before contact with piercing. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. (Both slow the healing of pierced area by drying and killing new healthy cells.)
Regarding this, does hydrogen peroxide help infected piercings?
Clean the piercing with warm water and soap twice a day. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. These solutions will dry the skin, which can prevent the piercing from healing quickly and properly. With proper care and hygiene, a pierced ear infection will disappear in one to two weeks.
Likewise, when peroxide bubbles does it mean infection?
When you dab hydrogen peroxide on a cut, that white, fizzling foam is actually a sign that that the solution is killing bacteria as well as healthy cells.
Which is better rubbing alcohol or peroxide?
In general, rubbing alcohol is better at killing germs on your hands, as it’s gentler on your skin than hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is most effective when it’s allowed to sit on surfaces for at least 10 minutes at room temperature.
Whenever the skin’s protective barrier is broken, local skin infections from staph or strep bacteria are a risk. Of all the body sites commonly pierced, the navel is the most likely to become infected because of its shape. Infections can often be treated with good skin hygiene and antibiotic medications.
Gently pat dry the affected area with clean gauze or a tissue. Then apply a small amount of an over-the-counter antibiotic cream (Neosporin, bacitracin, others), as directed on the product label. Turn the piercing jewelry a few times to prevent it from sticking to the skin.
You want to avoid spinning or moving the piercing as much as possible. Do not use hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or neosporin on the piercing as this can damage the healing process.
Symptoms of piercing rejection
- more of the jewelry becoming visible on the outside of the piercing.
- the piercing remaining sore, red, irritated, or dry after the first few days.
- the jewelry becoming visible under the skin.
- the piercing hole appearing to be getting larger.
- the jewelry looking like it is hanging differently.
It can take up to 9 months for a daith piercing to heal. That’s a long time, especially compared to an earlobe piercing which takes only 1 to 2 months. You may notice a bit of redness, bruising, or tenderness during the healing period, and that’s normal. Your daith piercing will hurt less over time.
I’d say that for the daith, as with any piercing, you should wait until it is fully healed. Daith piercings, as any other cartilage piercing, can take as little as 3 months to as long as 12 months to fully heal.
After cleaning the site for a few weeks, you will see less and less crusting until, eventually, it all disappears. This is not a process of one-size-fits-all. For some people the crusting goes away in two or three weeks–for others, it can take four or five weeks.