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Basic Aftercare Instructions


Axiom Body Piercing Studio Aftercare Instructions

Thanks for choosing the Axiom for your piercing. Here at the Axiom we believe that our job is not done until the piercing is completely healed and that’s why we encourage follow ups and questions. If you turn this sheet over you will find all our contact information including: the studio number, Davo’s cell number, our e-mail and web site address. If you have any question, please contact us or stop by the studio. We do Guarantee our piercing up to a year within normal uses but only if you follow the following aftercare instructions & have the receipt.

Here’s what you will need to heal the piercing:
  1. A  mild, fragrance-free liquid soap  anti-microbial or germicidal with an active ingredient of Chloroxylenol or Triclosan. Satin, Porvon(which can be ordered online or found at  a medical supply company), Dial Gold Antibacterial or Soft Soap Basic, In recent years there has been a number of questions about the over uses of Triclosan and the harness of these product when healing a piercing It is DaVo’s expierience that if the product is deluted by lathering the soap well and rinsed well, there are limited side effects..

  2. Sea Salt(non-iodized is often suggested but there is such a minor amount of iodine that it is speculative whether there is really any need for the add expense)

  3. Disposable medicine or shot glass size cups or an easy to clean shot glass.

  4. Paper Towels.

  5. With Nostril piercings done with a nostril screw you will need cotton tipped applicators like Q-Tips.

  6. With Genital piercings where the piercing may bleed for up to 5 days, a Panty Liners or Sanitation Pads maybe need for the first week of healing..

Healing Stages & Normal Reactions:  Healing can be divided into three stages:
  1. The first stage of is the acceptance period in which the body accepts the piercing and stops trying to reject the jewelry. this can last up to two weeks. During this period it is not uncommon to notice redness/discoloration, heat, swelling, slight bruising and for the piercing to be tenderness to the touch. Also it’s not uncommon to notice slight bleeding in the first five days.  

  2. The second stage is the healing stage. This is the period of time that it takes the body to encase the jewelry in new tissue. In the first two stages the piercing is an open wound and at risk to infection and removing the jewelry may cause the piercing to close. During this stage of healing it is not uncommon for the body to produce a secretion of a yellowish/whitish fluid that hardens on the ring throughout the healing time called lymph Discharge or the piercing to tighten and loosen on and off during this stage. A majority of these care instructions covers the first two stages of healing which can vary greatly from person to person based on the person’s health;. Your piercer has supplied an average healing time based on DaVo’s experience. However, you shouldn’t consider the piercing healed until the piercing stops producing discharge and the piercing holes will pull inward as the tissue connects in the center of the piercing. If you feel the piecing is heal but are unsure, please stop by the studio and have us take a look.

  3. The Third stage is called the seasoning or toughening period. during this stage your body adds layer upon layer of tissue to the tunnel to make the piercing permanent. This stage can take from I year to 3 years to complete and removing the jewelry for long periods of time can resulting the loss or closing of the piercing. Regardless of the age of the piercing anytime you remove the jewelry, your body will try to reconnect the tissue and close the piercing.

Sea Salt Soaks Or Compresses:

Begin the morning after your piercing was done. Hot soaks or compresses with sea salt and warm water (1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon) of sea salt per cup of warm water.(Should taste as salty as your own tears.) One to two times daily. Soaks should be done using an inverted cup over the piercing creating a vacuum. Compresses  should be done using a clean paper towel. This should be done before doing the basic cleaning not only because it will make cleaning easier but the piercing needs to be rinsed after a soak or compress.

BASIC CLEANING:

You may begin cleaning the piercing the morning after the piercing was done and should be done twice daily.

  1. Wash your hands with an antibacterial soap.

  2. Remove the Lymph discharge by spraying warm water onto the piercing and the jewelry. This is best done under running water in the shower. With nostril piercings uses a cotton tip applicator and warm water for the inside of the piercing

  3. Once the jewelry and piercing holes are free of discharge on both sides take a pearl sized drop of the soap and lather up the piercing area and jewelry. DaVo no longer suggests rotating the jewelry.

  4. After 30 seconds rinse the piercing and jewelry making sure that all of the soap is completely rinsed from the piercing.

  5. Pat piercing area dry with a clean single uses paper towel.  With genital piercing, after cleaning urinate to avoid causing a bacterial imbalance in the area.

 

CROSS CONTAMINATION PREVENTION:

While the piercing is going through it's first 2 stage of healing it is like a portal into the body, so its important that the following steps be taken until the First stage of healing is complete:

  1. No oral contact (including your own saliva) or exchanging of bodily fluids in/on or around the piercing. With genital piercings sexual contact should be gentle. Also for the first six months a latex barrier (condoms, dental damns. gloves and/or finger clots)should be used even if you are in a monogamous relationship.

  2. Handle the jewelry only during cleaning and then only after washing your hands with an antibacterial soap and then only by the bead or ball. Avoid handling the piercing or jewelry after touching surfaces because it will increase the chances of cross contamination. You should wash hands then rinse and touch only the piercing.

  3. Make sure that everything (clothing. towels. sheets. pillow cases. hats, telephones  etc...) that may come into contact with the piercing are clean. Also avoid contact with shampoos. cosmetics, hair sprays etc....

  4. Do not submerge the piercing during the first 2 stage of healing into any body of water (natural waters. hot tubs. swimming pools., etc....) other than your own clean bathtub. With Swimming pools there is a reduced risk, however there is risk to reactions to the harsh chemicals used to treat pools and it’s best to stay completely out. Also wearing a waterproof bandage over the piercing while swimming and cleaning the piercing after getting out of the water can reduce the risks. This does not insure that cross contamination will not happen, but it does reduce the chances.

REMOVING JEWELRY:

Until the first stage of healing is complete do not remove the jewelry for any reason. Once the first stage of healing is complete, remove the jewelry only to replace it. Do this for up to 2 to 3 years. I suggest for the first year that you have a professional change the jewelry. It can be a little tricky and often forcing the jewelry can tear or dislodge the piercing tunnel. The Axiom and most studios will change & sterilize the jewelry for free, regardless of where it was bought.. We strongly suggest that even with a healed piercings you have it auto calved before inserting the jewelry. Often other studios and retailers will display their jewelry open in a case and allow the general public to handle the jewelry. This makes the jewelry prone to collecting bacteria amid other contaminants.

ABUSE AND IRRITATION:

A good rule is, the more you baby it and the less contact with the piercing, the faster it will heal and the less problems you will have. During the first stage of healing avoid:

  • Clothing that is too tight. abrasive irritating and/or may limit oxygen flow to the piercing that are in contact with the piercing.

  • Sleeping on the piercing or other abusive or long term contact.

  • Using harsh cleaning agents like Alcohol. Witch Hazel. Hydrogen Peroxide. Hibiclens. Betadine. Listerine(or other alcohol bases mouthwashes), etc...

  • Using antibacterial and other ointments. They tend to block the flow of oxygen to the piercings, block the natural discharge and/or provide a place for contaminants to collect and breed.

 

INFECTIONS CAUSES: Infections are caused by contact with bacteria, fungi and/or other pathogen. This can be caused by contact with dirty hands,. oral contact (including your own saliva). Exchanging of bodily fluids, hair, cosmetics, oils, unwashed clothing/towels/bedding and/or submerging the piercing into Natural waters. hot tubs. swimming pools and/or unclean bathtubs.

 

SIGNS OF INFECTIONS: Redness, discoloration, swelling, heat/fever, on or around the piercing, pain the is throbbing and/or shooting/travels, pus and/or discharge that is unnatural in color like grayish. yellowish and/or greenish.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? First off contact your piercer or a medical professional so they can take a look at it. The two worst things that you can do are put off getting it taken care of and/or removing the jewelry. Both can cause the infection to spread if not taken care of and/or other problems. Whenever in doubt see your doctor.

 

You Jewelry is __________ gauge and __________/__________  wide made of _______________ and _______________ Style.

 

 

Your piercing was done by DaVo on _________________ _____, 201_____ The Average Healing time is ___________Months/weeks.

 

 

The Axiom @ SKT/2706 Douglas Ave./Ste C/Des Moines, Iowa 50310

 

515-255-4430 / Mobile / Google # 515-966-4814

E-mail davo@axiompiercing.com/web site http://www.axiompiercing.com

Basic Aftercare Instructions version 10

Copyright 1994-2013 The Axiom/David “DaVo” Wilkins

 

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