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i have a lot of piercings. i noticed there was a lot of questions about piercing so i thought i'd offer some info.

getting pierced with a gun is always a bad idea. it is very damaging to your body and piercing guns can spread infection. get it done with a needle.

piercing yourself is very rarely a good idea. chances are you have no idea what you're doing and you don't have the proper tools. go to a professional. if you really want the piercing, you should be willing to hand over some cash.

when cleaning piercings, the best thing to use is one cup warm water with a teaspoon of sea salt. soak the piercing in this. or soak some tissue in it and put it on the piercing.

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i know we've got tons of piercing threads, but i want to put all GOOD piercing info in one thread, so i'm gonna keep this open.

(if you come in saying a big safety pin and some tap water make for piercing fun, I'll delete it before you have the chance to blink)

So folks, bring out your favorite disinfectants, recommended body mod shops (city and url would be nice to have), your experiences with properly done piercings (no more "I borrowed my dad's staple gun and boy that was a bad idea!"), and links to good sites that are not age restricted.

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yep i only have my ears done. i got them done at Claires and they gave me a bottle of aniseptic(sp?) and that worked just fine.

but, if they were feeling irritated or especially crusty i would just use some Peroxide. cuts through the crust like a hot knife through butta

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hey, i hope this is considered a "good" post to add to this thread....

I just got my belly button peirced last week for my bday and i really recomend getting it professionally done if your going to do is much safer. here is a like to the place that i went and i only went there bc i heard nothing but good things about the place and how well they do with keeping everything clean and ect. i don't know exactly where ones are located but they have a "map" on the site and also links to other really acreditable places. hope i didn't say nething bad or wrong if i did u can edit or delete as need be...but i hope i was some help to people.

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From what I understand, peroxide, betadine, etc are very irritating to piercings and unnecessary. I got my nipple pierced about 2 months ago. I am leaving it alone, except to rinse off the crusties in the shower. Occasionally, I might soak it in salt water (no saltier than my tears, a very small pinch of salt in a cup of water) when it feels a bit itchy. No antibacterial soap, no gunk, no nothing. It stopped bothering me after 3 days except for the occasional irritation when I bump it. It seems to be quite far along in the healing: it doesn't crust too much anymore, and the edges are nicely rounded in. I feel fairly certain that if I had used antibac soap or other gunk, it would be pretty angry right now.
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Well, I got my nose pierced at Ink Link in Gastonia, NC. It was a very clean shop, spelt kinda likea hospital. I picked out my ring, and she got it outta the kits, all rings and equipment seperatly wrapped, and we went into the piercing room, never letting that thing outta my sight. My best advice to keep your eyes open and watch everything your piercer is doing, if they wash their hands, use gloves (change gloves also) use sterile equipment, etc.
Also research your place, you can get infor from your health department, word of mouth, check out porfolios (pictures not flash), etc. You can ask to do a sit in on someone else piercing or tat. If they don't have an autoclave (machine used to clean equipment) then MAKE DARN SURE they are using desposible needles, etc.

Edited in: WOOHOOO I actually got the link to work, go me! I'm no longer computer illeterate

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Do you have your industrial piercing?
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ELement: I want to get my industrial pierced SOOOO bad!!! (I have to wait a couple more months b4 I turn 18. I don't even care about the pain everyone claims to be put thru... I want it so bad :-)
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I have 4 holes in one ear and 3 in the other. I find rubbing alcolhol works sooo good on my ears. (the stuff from claires didnt work cause I have super sensitive ears and can only wear gold) When I get infections I use peroxide and let it stay on for a sec and bubble and clean it for a bit and then rinse it off. Usually works well!

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The problem is that alcohol and peroxide are really too harsh for piercings, and are likley contributing to your skin being so sensitive. I thought Kite's advice was pretty good, and you might find it helpful, too.


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When I got my ears pierced I had them done at Claire's and all that they gave me was a bottle of antiseptic. Here's a word of advice, DO NOT TIGHTEN YOUR EARRING! I would always tighten it, thinking it would fall off, and what would happen was my ear lobe would swell up. Well, having no place to go, my ear lobe went right up to the tip of my earring and scabbed over. WELL! I had to painfully push the earring out of its enclosed area. OUCH! Just thought I would warn you, before you make the mistake.


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