- Avoid alcohol for a few weeks, as this can destroy cells whilst the piercing is trying to heal.
- Avoid tobacco and drugs until the piercing is completely healed.
- Avoid eating, smoking, and drinking anything other than water for the first three hours of getting a piercing.
- Avoid kissing for a while to reduce the risk of infection.
- Always keep your mouth clean for the first few weeks after a piercing, for example, rinse after eating to remove food particles.
- Avoid sharing cups, plates and eating utensils, as this can increase the risk of infection from others.
- Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush to limit the amount of bacteria which may enter the wound.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the area effected by the piercing, and wash hands frequently throughout the day. This will reduce the chances of infection.
- Avoid submerging the piercing in bodies of water, such as swimming pools, lakes, the bath tub, etc.
- Do not over-clean the piercing as this can irritate it and it will take longer to heal.
Anti-inflammatory lozenges and tablets can be used to keep the swelling down.
- If you are a vegetarian or have a poor diet, it is advisable to take zinc and calcium supplements for 2 weeks before a piercing procedure and for 4 weeks after. This will boost the immune system to help fight infections. Make sure not to take zinc supplements for longer than 6 weeks. Vitamin B may also help in the healing process.
- Cold foods, such as ice cream, will help to reduce swelling and will help healing.
- Avoid removing or replacing the jewelery whilst it is healing, as the wound can close is very quickly, and interference with the wound can lengthen the healing process.