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Hi

I got an industrial piercing on this last Saturday and it was okay. It hurt a bit in the beginning. However, since yesterday, my ear has been swollen (not all that much).

I did send a picture to my piercer and she said it looks fine and it's normal, having in mind each body has a different reaction to this kind of thing. She also told me to clean it 3x a day with SSS and to move it a bit during the shower to be able to clean the bar.

But I was browsing the internet and most of piercing parlors said not to move the jewelry at all (not twisting, just moving up and down a bit while cleaning). To be honest I really don't want to move the piercing because the lower hole hurts considerably :/

So I'm wondering if I am really supposed to move it when cleaning or not? I'm kind of afraid that if I don't move it slightly, after the hole heals, the jewelry will be stuck in there and I won't be able to move it at all.

Thanks a lot in advance

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Hello :)
Sterile Saline Spray is what we suggested at my studio for rinsing the pierced area as needed daily. No need to move the jewelry in most cases, unless the area was in contact with some sort of contamination, and in that case, a mild liquid soap may be helpful.
http://piercingexp.com/faq/aftercare.html is our specific suggestions at my studio.

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Brian Skellie

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I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.

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Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Organizations
Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

Publications
The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

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I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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