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Nipple Piercing Healing Stages, Pictures, Cleaning, Fast Healing and Infection

Nipple piercing, tragus piercing, navel piercing and eyebrow piercing are among the most popular body piercing in the world today regardless of your age.

Nipple piercing, belly button piercing and tongue piercing usually takes long to heal, that is for men it takes four months while for women six months.

According to studies, nipple piercing healing process is too long than any other body piercing and they require diligent aftercare to heal properly.

Nipple piercing healing stages

Understanding how nipple piercing heals will help you customize your aftercare and know when it’s healed enough to change the jewelry. A piercing is healed when it’s not red, sore, bleeding, or exuding lymph, and has generally calmed down after the recommended healing time.

Here are the main three stages involved in nipple piercing healing:

Open wound stage

For the first week after piercing the area pierced is characterized by bleeding, redness, soreness, and discharge. At this stage, the wound is said to be fresh.

Also, it may itch at this stage, or it may just be sore.  Be extra careful to guard against infection at this stage.   Regular soaking and showering are suggested.

Healing stage

This is where the main healing takes place, and represents a time period of anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on your piercing, your health, and other variables.

This also the stage where the nipple piercing crust tend to appear and the wound will exude and expel dead skin cells and lymph cells or plasma.

Proper care is required since if left in place, it will dry to a whitish, crusty, or crystalline substance on your jewelry, where it may attract bacteria or get dragged through your piercing.

Healing stage of the nipple piercing is marked by itching, flare ups and soreness or irritation. Also, there is a noticeable improvement and it is easier to change the jewelry if you are gently.

Toughening stage

This is the stage where the skin cells become smooth and tough, the inside of the channel is sealed, the jewelry moves easily through the piercing, and changes of jewelry don’t bother it.

Note: Some piercings will continue to get crusty through their lives and still be well-healed; others may just exude sebum, a smelly skin wax.  All piercings, when healed, still need regular cleaning with soap and water as part of a piercing routine.

How to daily clean a nipple piercing that is healing

Here are some generally accepted guidelines about washing or cleaning pierced nipple to enhance proper healing process:

  1. Wash your hands with hot water and antimicrobial cleanser or Castile soap before touching the piercing site.
  2. Rinse your nipple piercing with hot water in order to loosen any dried and crusty material around the ring.
  3. Place a few drops of antimicrobial cleanser or Castile soap on either side of the piercing jewelry. Wash both the exposed parts of the jewelry and the entrance and exit holes carefully.
  4. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of soap residue then dab dry with a paper towel.

Note: Sea salt soaks are the best thing to draw out nipple discharge or exudate and keep your piercing free of foreign matter. Therefore, the following instructions are essential after cleaning:

  • Combine 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt and 1 cup hot water in a small cup.
  • Place the cup against the piercing so that the jewelry and entrance/exit holes are completely submerged.
  • Soak for three to five minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly with tepid water.
  • Air dry or dab dry with a paper towel.

Pictures of nipple piercing healing

Nipple piercing is a form of body art. It is painful but it looks cool after healing. Nipple piercing requires a professional to do so in order to experience minimal pain, how to get it right and to reduce the chances of getting harm.

The pictures in the article provide the best points and ways on how nipple piercing should be done. It is commendable to be done cautiously in case of young women who have not yet given birth and are planning to do so.

How to ensure nipple piercing heals fast

The following are the tips that will help to heal nipple piercing faster:

  1. Have adequate good quality sleep, eat nutritiously, stay hydrated, and practice good hygiene. These things will bolster your immune system and allow it to focus its full attention on healing your nipple piercings.
  2. Prevent traumatizing your nipple piercings to the best of your ability. Dress carefully to avoid snagging your barbells, which could tear your fistulas, because bleeding, and make you more susceptible to infection.
  3. In case of women, they are expected to wear sports bras at night and padded bras during the day to protect their healing nipple piercings. Men should consider wearing thick cotton undershirts day and night as an added layer of protection.
  4. Keep your nipple clean by rinsing them 3-6 times per day with a sea salt-based piercing aftercare product like Recovery Piercing Aftercare Spray.

Nipple piercing infection during healing

Unlike cartilage piercing, nipple piercing is risky since it punctures sensitive skin that’s also connected to a system of ducts. Piercing the skin cuts through your body’s first layer of infection defense.

A nipple piercing places a foreign object close to complex deeper structures within the breast. This increases your risk of complications.

Here are some of the signs and symptoms of an infected nipple after piercing;

  • piercing is hot to the touch
  • the area is extremely sensitive or painful when touched
  • green, yellow, or brown discharge
  • swelling of the piercing site
  • bad odor near the piercing site
  • rash
  • body aches
  • fatigue
  • fever

Frequent or regular touching with dirty hands or cloths can introduce bacteria to the delicate tissue, which increases your risk for infection.  Also, tight clothing can easily catch onto or irritate the piercing. Exposing your piercing to saliva or other bodily fluids may also cause infection.

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References
  1. NIPPLE PIERCING: http://www.thecrystalball.co.nz/Piercing/Nipple+piercing+FAQ.html
  2. How to Care for a Nipple Piercing: http://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-a-Nipple-Piercing
  3. How to Recognize and Treat a Nipple Piercing Infection: http://www.healthline.com/health/nipple-piercing-infection
  4. Things People With Nipple Piercings Understand, Including How Worth It They Are: https://www.bustle.com/articles/91778-9-things-people-with-nipple-piercings-understand-including-how-worth-it-they-are
  5. NIPPLE PIERCING HEALING: http://www.piercingbible.com/blog/tag/nipple-piercing-healing

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