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How do I care for my new piercing?

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  • Wash your hands before cleaning the piercing.
  • Clean the pierced area with antibacterial soap.
  • Soak the piercing in salt water. This will cleanse it and loosen crusty formations.
  • Rinse with an alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash (for tongue and lip piercings).

From: Piercing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Body Piercing."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation web site: "Piercing."

Family Doctor web site: "Body Piercing."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: "Body Piercing."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation web site: "Piercing."

Family Doctor web site: "Body Piercing."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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