7 Ways to heal the piercing faster

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Everyone has a unique style statement. Some people like being simple and sober, while some like being fashionable and up to date. Along with this fashion, there is a lot of struggle that comes along.

Today we will discuss a style statement which is in fashion since the 9th century BC- Piercing. Piercing style and jewelry have evolved a lot. Now, there is soo much variety that one might get confused with which one to go.

Getting pierced can be a part of someone’s pleasure and someone’s aesthetics. 

It looks good, but undoubtedly it is very painful. So, let’s see how we can make them heal faster and decrease your painful time.

Ways to make piercing heal faster

No one wants to suffer the pain, but everyone wants to enjoy the result. So, if you are about to get pierced, you should know how much time your piercing will take to heal.

Body partHealing time
Ear Cartilage3-4 months
Earlobe6-8 weeks
Eyebrow2-3month
Nostril3-4months
High Nostril4-6months
Inverse Lip2-3 months
Lip6-8 weeks
Navel4-6months
Philtrum6-8 weeks
Septum6-8 weeks
Single Point Piercing3-4months
Surface piercing6-9months
Tongue4-6weeks
Vagina6-8weeks
Female nipple6-9months
Male nipple3-4months
Inner Labia4-6weeks
Tragus8 weeks or more
Scrotum6-8weeks
Prince Albert/ Penis6-8weeks
Princess Albertina/ Female Genital 4-6 weeks
Clitoral Hood 4-6 weeks
Helix6-9 months
Average time required to heal

Few factors that affect the speed of healing wound:

  • Age
  • Sex hormone
  • Medication
  • Diet
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Alcoholism

These factors impact the healing time. Let’s see what else we can do to heal faster.

Vitamin C and Zinc

Your doctor might prescribe you to go with a multi-vitamin with zinc and vitamin C. If consumed by oral nutritional supplementation, then a combination of both helps heal the damaged tissues and skin/pressure ulcer.

zinc and vitamin c tablets

They play a vital role in nutrition, immune defense, and maintaining our health. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant that protects proteins, lipids, nucleic acids from the free radicals generated through exposure to toxins and pollutants.

Lack of vitamin C deteriorates the bone growth rate and leads to poor wound healing. On the other hand, zinc deficiency might lead to growth retardation, skin changes, increased chances of infections, impaired fertility, poor wound healing, etc.

Water

Water has such a long list of benefits, and the healing process is one of them. We are 60% water.

Even a slight change in the water intake can help thin the blood and allows nutrients and oxygen to reach every part of the body.

This feature of water makes it easier for cell-repairing nutrients to reach the recovering area. Inadequate water in the body might slow the process of reducing swelling.

Switching to water alternatives like sports drinks or sugary drinks might not be a great option as that might spike and fall your blood sugar level.

water

Symptoms of inadequate water

  • Dark color urine
  • Dry mouth and skin
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Alovera

Alovera is widely used due to its rich vitamins and minerals nature. Glucomannan present in aloe vera helps the body produce collagen.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, which helps promote wound healing and getting a piercing to heal quickly.

aloe vera

Alovera is also effective on first and second-degree burns.

Apply aloe vera twice in the piercing for better results.

Turmeric Paste

Turmeric is a famous Indian spice with antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infective, anti-coagulant, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It gives a soothing effect and can be effective in healing faster as it promotes the production of the growth factors that help in healing.

turmeric

Turmeric promotes the production of granulation tissue, collagen deposition, tissue remodeling, and wound contraction. It also reduces the body’s response to cutaneous wounds.

Apply curcumin as an optimized formula to best work on skin wounds.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a highly concentrated oil that is extracted from raw coconuts/ dry coconuts kernels. It is used in cooking, and one can directly apply it to skin and hair.

Coconut oil may help in healing wounds due to its high concentration of monolaurin.

Monolaurin is a chemical made from lauric acid (fatty acid) with antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil also reduces the risk of infection.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking does not have even a single benefit; still, people smoke. The carbon monoxide in cigarettes lowers blood vessels’ oxygen levels, leading to limited blood flow to the required wound area. A single cigarette can slow down the process as it takes three days to get rid of carbon monoxide present in the body.

Reduced oxygen also makes it difficult for the body to stand against infections and generate new tissues.

smoking

The nicotine decreases nourishment to injured areas. Nicotine also narrows the blood vessels that bring oxygen; this slows down the process and may increase the duration of your pain.

Nicotine causes platelets to form clots that block small blood vessels and spike blood pressure and adrenaline.

Make bed, your new friend

Good sleep is more important than good nutrition in speeding up wound healing. Good nutrition improves and makes the immune system strong, but it does not speed up the process.

As per research done by the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, sleep-deprived people took five days to heal the wound, even after being on a nutrition-rich diet. 

On the other end, people with proper sleep of 8-9 hours and a normal diet recovered from the wound within 4.2 days.

Taking proper sleep will make the process faster as our immune system consumes a lot of energy when the body is repairing tissues. Therefore, inadequate sleep will make your body struggle to heal consistently.

Overview: Places to get pierced

Things to care off change along with the area you get pierced. Hence, here is just an overview of commonly pierced areas.

Nose

We did a quick survey and found that the nose is the most preferred place where people want to get pierced followed by nipple and tongue.

Where you can get pierced on the nose:

  • Nares- The fleshy skin around your nostrils
  • Septum- The cartilage between your nostrils
  • The soft flesh at the bottom of the septum below the cartilage

Nose piercing has risks as the veins are connected to the sinus cavity. Any procedure in this area can lead to severe infection. Viruses like HIV, hepatitis B, or C from poorly sterilized equipment could get into your bloodstream.

Tips

  • Use sterilized needles as a gun can not be appropriately sterilized.
  • Make sure the needle has not been used before.
  • Get your nose cleansed with antiseptic or alcohol.
  • Wash your hands before you touch your jewelry.
  • After a bath, don’t use the towel to dry as your jewelry might get stuck. Use a paper towel.
  • Don’t get into lakes, rivers, and pools until your wound doesn’t get healed because the water can be dirty.
  • Don’t move your jewelry till it’s healed.
  • Change your bedsheets and pillow covers regularly.

Ear

Ear piercings have been around for ages and are common among many cultures. An individual can get pierced in the lobe, outer ear, and inner ear.

An ear can be pierced with the gun (in non- cartilage area) and needle, but the needle is preferred as those are less messy and painful.

An individual might, after being very careful might develop an infection. It can be because you might be allergic to metals, or perhaps the body’s healing process is slow to accommodate it.

nose and ear piercing

Tips

  • Be careful while pulling clothes over.
  • Avoid headphones till the time wound doesn’t get healed.
  • Avoid public telephones and clean even your home telephone with a disinfectant.
  • Make sure that you do not apply hair spray or makeup on the wound.
  • Do not rotate your piercing as that might push the bacteria to the open wound.
  • Try, if possible, sleeping on your back as it will avoid putting pressure on your ears.
  • Stay hydrated as it helps to calm your nerves.

Eyebrow

The face is the first thing someone notices and getting a piercing there is a big deal. You might feel that it looks cool, but after few years, you might regret that.

Choose wisely the shape, size, and type of metal before getting pierced. The piercing will leave a mark on the face, which will be very expensive afterward to get removed.

In metal, go for implant grade titanium or gold 14/18 carat. Do not go for gold-plated jewelry.

Tips

  • Avoid getting waxed or threading in that area.
  • Avoid things that might irritate the skin like lotions, creams, face wash, etc.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you observe green/brown pus, which is not getting better even after days.
  • Avoid moving the stud until completely healed.

Oral piercing

Getting an oral piercing is a bit dangerous, and as you might bite on your piercing while having food, which can cost you your teeth.

Moreover, if the jewelry is loose, then one may swallow, which might choke that individual.

Maintaining your oral hygiene is essential. We believe that just brushing can maintain our oral hygiene. Well, there are many things you need to avoid and control to maintain it.

Tips

  • Avoid having spicy and solid food.
  • Consuming clean ice and rinsing with ice water may bring some relief.
  • If you face difficulty in speaking and if the stud irritates your mouth, then consider shortening it.
  • Rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash.
  • Avoid kissing as it will lead to an exchange of saliva.
  • Be gentle while talking and chewing.

Nipple

Like any other area, nipple tissues are not dense. They are next to many essential ducts and blood vessels. Hence, you need to pay extra attention if you are planning/ have got your nipple pierced.

Let’s see some good practices one should follow if they got pierced.

Tips

  • Wear loose clothes as tight-fitting clothes might lead to irritation, and it will also stop getting fresh air.
  • Rinse your piercing several times and soak it with a paper towel.
  • Wear thick cotton clothes/ padded bras during any activity. It will protect piercing from getting hit and move around vigorously.
  • When wearing or taking off your upper/top, ensure that it does not get stuck in your clothes.
  • Avoid consuming blood thinners, alcohol, and caffeine as that will delay the clotting procedure.
  • Avoid using antibacterial soaps, bar soaps, or any harsh fluid that might dry and crack the jewelry.
  • Do not use any ointment or cream without consulting a doctor.

Genetics

Getting pierced in the genital area leads to boosted pleasure. During orgasm, the movement of piercing leads to more satisfying orgasms and sex.

If we see the other side, it can be dangerous as there are possibilities that piercing might get ripped off during sex, and this can lead to bleeding, scarring, and might lead to infection.

Tips

  • Avoid getting in pools, jacuzzis, and seas till the time wound is not healed.
  • Wash your hands before touching down.
  • Wear loose lowers to avoid friction as much as possible.
  • Do not apply soap directly to the piercing.
  • Clean the area properly after urinating.
  • There are chances that the tissues might reject the piercing.
  • Gently remove if any crust gets formed.
  • Use protection until the area is fully healed.

Conclusion

Piercing healing depends upon several factors and how well you take care of it. If you feel that the pain or the swelling is not going off even after the average healing time, then check with your doctor once.