Should I twist my cartilage piercing?
No, you should not twist your cartilage piercing as this can prevent healing. Just wiping the cleaning solution over the front and back of the piercing should be enough.
How long does it take for a cartilage piercing to heal over?
Cartilage piercings typically take anywhere from 4 to 12 months to heal completely. They heal from the outside in, which means that it may look healed on the outside long before the healing process is actually complete.
What helps cartilage piercings heal faster?
Do not clean your piercing more often than is suggested, as over-cleaning can slow the healing process and cause more harm than good. Taking a multivitamin containing zinc and vitamin C can boost your body’s healing abilities.
What should I clean my cartilage piercing with?
Clean the piercing with either a saline solution, a fragrance-free antimicrobial soap, or both once or twice per day. Rinse any soap from the piercing. Gently dry the piercing with a clean, disposable paper towel or tissue. Avoid drying with cloth since it may carry germs or catch on the jewelry.
Do cartilage piercings get infected easily?
Even with meticulous care, cartilage piercings become infected about 30% of the time. One study followed a more than 450 nurses who pierced their ears. About 30% of “high” ear piercings, or piercings of the cartilage of the pinna/upper ear, become infected.
When can I stop cleaning my cartilage piercing?
It is vital that you do not over-clean the piercing. If it has been longer than four months, do not clean the piercing anymore. Even if there is still crusting or signs of healing, you can remove any debris at the end of the shower. Excessive and prolonged cleaning and moisture can cause complications.
Can I leave my cartilage piercing out overnight?
‘Piercings don’t heal overnight. Ear lobes may take 8-10 weeks but cartilage takes 3-5 months to full heal. ‘Even if it looks good, it’s still healing. Cartilage heals from the outside in, making a tunnel all the way through your ear which takes time.
Should I twist my ear piercing?
Don’t fiddle with your piercings. Don’t touch a new piercing or twist the jewelry unless you’re cleaning it. Keep clothing away from the piercing, too. Excessive rubbing or friction can irritate your skin and delay healing.
Should I remove crust from piercing?
Due to the type of puncture wound a piercing is, it’s important to remove the crust that develops around your earring or on the outside of your piercing. This is because air needs to hit the punctured tissue to properly heal your piercing.
What are the dangers of cartilage piercing?
Piercing the cartilage can cause significant bleeding and lead to septal hematoma formation that often is accompanied by infection. Other potential complications that may result in cosmetic deformity include perichondritis and necrosis of the cartilaginous nasal wall.