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What should I NOT do after getting a new piercing?

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Don't:

  • Pick at or touch the piercing. This can irritate it and lead to infection.
  • Use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean the piercing. This can dry out your skin and break down new tissue.
  • Use public pools or hot tubs while the piercing is healing.
  • Use antibiotic ointments on the piercing.
  • Wear makeup during the healing process (for ear or facial piercings).
  • Wear tight clothes (for body 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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