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    I got a helix piercing a week ago, at a proper tattoo/piercing shop, with a needle, everything was very sterile no problems. It's not given me much bother at all, but I think I may have accidentally slept on it a bit last night. Noticed today it's swollen up at the back, so a lot less of the stud is sticking out than normal. It's not hurting or itchy at all just swollen and sore if it gets touched or knocked. I know they take ages to heal so it's probably fine but I'm a little paranoid!

    Also the info my piercer gave me said to clean it just with warm water and a cotton bud twice a day, and distinctly said not to use salt water. Everything I see online says to use saline and sea salt soaks. I don't really want to ignore what I was told by my piercer but I also don't want to risk it getting infected if I'm cleaning it wrong? Any advice?


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    (Original post by EmmaD1997)
    I got a helix piercing a week ago, at a proper tattoo/piercing shop, with a needle, everything was very sterile no problems. It's not given me much bother at all, but I think I may have accidentally slept on it a bit last night. Noticed today it's swollen up at the back, so a lot less of the stud is sticking out than normal. It's not hurting or itchy at all just swollen and sore if it gets touched or knocked. I know they take ages to heal so it's probably fine but I'm a little paranoid!

    Also the info my piercer gave me said to clean it just with warm water and a cotton bud twice a day, and distinctly said not to use salt water. Everything I see online says to use saline and sea salt soaks. I don't really want to ignore what I was told by my piercer but I also don't want to risk it getting infected if I'm cleaning it wrong? Any advice?


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    Keep an eye on it, and if you notice the stud getting too short because of the swelling then go back to the piercer. They should replace it with a longer one until the swelling goes down. I personally use saline to clean my new piercings, as that's what I've always been told to do. I was also told by my surgeon to do this when I had minor surgery on my tongue years ago. It doesn't sound like it's infected, but just keep an eye out just in case. Some piercers argue that salt water can increase the risk of infection, especially if the solution isn't strong enough. It's up to you who you want to go with, really. If you've been pierced before, go with what has worked for you in the past. If you try warm water and feel like it's not working for you, give the salt water solution a try and vice versa
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    (Original post by chelseadagg3r)
    Keep an eye on it, and if you notice the stud getting too short because of the swelling then go back to the piercer. They should replace it with a longer one until the swelling goes down. I personally use saline to clean my new piercings, as that's what I've always been told to do. I was also told by my surgeon to do this when I had minor surgery on my tongue years ago. It doesn't sound like it's infected, but just keep an eye out just in case. Some piercers argue that salt water can increase the risk of infection, especially if the solution isn't strong enough. It's up to you who you want to go with, really. If you've been pierced before, go with what has worked for you in the past. If you try warm water and feel like it's not working for you, give the salt water solution a try and vice versa
    Thank you! It's my first piercing (other than my earlobes which I had so long ago I don't even remember!) so I think I'm just a little over cautious about it all. I'm just gonna keep an eye on it, take some anti-inflammatories and just see if it calms down, I really want to avoid having to go and have the jewellery changed because that sounds pretty painful 🙈
    I'm gonna stick with the warm water for now, other than this swelling it's been really good, no bleeding or crustiness or leaking or anything like that, just a little tender as expected seeing as it's so new!


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    (Original post by EmmaD1997)
    Thank you! It's my first piercing (other than my earlobes which I had so long ago I don't even remember!) so I think I'm just a little over cautious about it all. I'm just gonna keep an eye on it, take some anti-inflammatories and just see if it calms down, I really want to avoid having to go and have the jewellery changed because that sounds pretty painful 🙈
    I'm gonna stick with the warm water for now, other than this swelling it's been really good, no bleeding or crustiness or leaking or anything like that, just a little tender as expected seeing as it's so new!


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    Sounds good! When I had my lip pierced, I had to have the bar changed. Surprisingly, it didn't really hurt at all. The relief after was so nice though because the short stud felt awful. I'm always extra cautious about mine as well. I had a bad experience with my ear lobes the first couple of times around, because it turns out I have an allergy to nickel which I didn't know about at the time haha so I always keep a super close eye on things to make sure it's not going horribly wrong
 
 
 
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