Health & Medical Skin Conditions & Dermatology

How to Soothe an Itchy Body Piercing

Most body piercings need sea salt soaks to keep them healthy and infection free.
The side effect of these soaks is drier skin around the piercing.
Dry skin, combined with hot or cold weather, can result in an itchy body piercing.
Eventually, whether you realize it or not, you will scratch it, which will damage the tissue more.
It's a vicious cycle, but it's not unstoppable.
Purchase some vitamin E, either in the pump top bottle or capsule version.
The pump top bottle is sometimes more messy and is not easy to transport.
Smear vitamin E gel evenly around a cotton swab tip.
Spread the vitamin E thinly around the piercing exits using the cotton swab.
Getting the gel into the openings can block drainage so be careful as you spread it around.
Remove any excess vitamin E with a clean paper towel.
This includes any gel that got into the piercing holes.
Throw away the used materials.
If you have to wear something over the body piercing, wear loose-fitting clothing.
It's preferable to leave it uncovered if possible.
Be aware that vitamin E can cause stains on clothing so wear something old.
Notes: Most people have no problems with vitamin E, but you should still do a spot test to be sure.
An infection can cause itching as well.
If this doesn't soothe the itch see your piercing professional or a doctor for advice.
Itching in a surface piercing can be caused by the body piercing rejecting.
If this is happening, go to your piercing professional.

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