If you follow these simple directions your healing period should go smoothly. Although not physicians, CowPok's piercers are available whenever you have questions.

 

Oral Piercings

For cleaning, we recommend using a mixture of four teaspoons of non-iodized sea salt combined with one gallon of distilled water; stronger is NOT better. For the first month, you should rinse any time you eat, drink or smoke. You should also soak the outside of the piercing twice a day for the first three months with this salt water mixture. Using a small medicine cup or shot glass, warm some of the saline solution and invert over the piercing for about three to five minutes, or until cool. Applying a warm teabag to the pierced area will also speed healing (read why on our blog!).

What to expect

Your piercing may swell for 1 to 3 weeks, depending on how well you care for it. During this time try to eat soft foods and sleep with your head elevated. To reduce swelling take an anti-inflammatory according to the packages instructions and don't play with the piercing.

What to avoid

  • Playing with the jewelry
  • Talking too much
  • Using alcoholic mouthwash
  • Engaging in oral sexual contact during healing, this includes kissing
  • Smoking
  • Aspirin, alcohol or large amounts of caffeine.

What else can I do?

  • Buy a new tooth brush and don't forget to brush your tongue
  • Once healed, brush the jewelry to avoid a buildup of plaque
  • Eat a healthy diet or take a multi-vitamin
  • Once the swelling has gone down it is very important to RETURN to downsize the jewelry. This will speed healing
  • Call us any time

Body Piercings

The best way to clean your piercing will be once a day at the end of a shower using the soap provided (Provon). After you have used your other cleaning products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) using your clean fingers, take a pea sized amount of the Provon, rub around the area pierced and rinse under the running water. You should not turn or rotate the jewelry as this will only delay healing. When drying please remember to use a clean towel and pat; don't rub.

To speed up the healing process we recommend applying a hot compress to the piercing. The easiest thing to use is a hot tea bag and the more frequently you do this the quicker your piercing will heal.

What to expect

While healing it is normal for your piercing to get crusty and itch. Don't worry, this is a part of the healing process. The skin will eventually tighten around the jewelry-do not try to move it. If you like the piercing leave it in. Even once the piercing is healed it will start to close in just minutes.

What to avoid

  • Do not pick at or play with the jewelry
  • Stay away from pools, hot tubs and lakes. These harbor large amounts of bacteria and will surely cause problems in a new piercing
  • DO NOT use alcohol, peroxide, iodine or any ointments
  • Avoid oral contact and others' bodily fluids
  • Do not change the jewelry before the healing time suggested by your piercer
  • Do not listen to your friends. If you have any questions call us anytime

Genital Piercings

The best way to clean your piercing will be once a day at the end of a shower using the soap provided (Provon). After you have used your other cleaning products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash) using your clean fingers, take a pea sized amount of the Provon, rub around the area pierced and rinse under the running water. You should not turn or rotate the jewelry, as this will only delay healing. When drying please remember to use a clean towel and pat; don't rub.

To speed up the healing process we recommend applying a hot compress to the piercing. The easiest thing to use is a hot tea bag and the more frequently you do this the quicker your piercing will heal.

What to expect

While healing it is normal for your piercing to get crusty and itch. Don't worry, this is a part of the healing process. The skin will eventually tighten around the jewelry-do not try to move it. If you like the piercing leave it in. Even once the piercing is healed it will start to close in just minutes.

What to avoid

  • Do not pick at or play with the jewelry
  • Stay away from pools, hot tubs and lakes. These harbor large amounts of bacteria and will surely cause problems in a new piercing
  • DO NOT use alcohol, peroxide, iodine or any ointments
  • Avoid oral contact and others' bodily fluids
  • Do not change the jewelry before the healing time suggested by your piercer
  • Do not listen to your friends. If you have any questions call us anytime