November 19th, 2007
An infection is defined by the following points:
- Transmission of germs
- Penetration of germs
- A settlement of germs
- A reaction from the ‘host’ (body)
Entrance points for germs include:
- Mucous Membranes
- Urinary Tract
- Digestive Tract
An infection occurs in these 3 specific phases:
- Contact with the germ
- An incubation period
- Spreading phase
The incubation period is the time between germ contact and the actual occurrence of disease symptoms. The body’s defense and protection against this phase can be divided into two parts:
- Specific defense aid in protection of ‘fighting off’ the germs
- Nonspecific defense mechanisms carried by certain materials in the blood, mucous membranes, the fatty acid coat of the skin, skin’s flora, tears, low pH value in the stomach and its lining
The potentional of a germ to cause illness depends on the following factors:
1. How well it penetrates and settles
2. The ability the germ naturally has and what it is capable of doing
3. How well the germ can survive in certain inhospitable conditions
4. The ability to release the necessary germs to create and illness
Everbody possesses a normal flora (physiological vegetation of the skin, the intestine and the mucous membranes by micro organisms) which preform the following tasks:
1. Substitute function (Protection against the settlement of foreign germs contained in the environment)
2. Acid coating
November 19th, 2007
An inflammation can be recognized by the following symptoms:
o Redness ( Rubor )
o Heat ( Calor )
o Ache ( Dolor )
o Swelling ( Tumor )
o Disfunction ( Funktio laesa )
November 19th, 2007
Disinfection is the process of making an object free of debris and most Bacteria. Disinfection is not the same as sterilization.
November 14th, 2007
Do check threaded jewelry daily to make sure it is on tight.
Don’t play with it, or ever, touch it with unwashed hands.
Don’t rotate your jewelry while cleaning it or otherwise!
Do be conscious of your clothes they should be clean and they should not be putting any pressure on your new piercing.Do be wary of your health. Avoid drug usage, get plenty of sleep and take vitamin supplements (Vitamin C, Zinc and Iron are all good).
Don’t swim. Pools, lakes oceans etc. are all breeding grounds for bad things.
Do use a waterproof bandage, such as Tegaderm, if you must subject your piercing to getting wet.
Do feel free to use ice or Ibuprofen to help alleviate swelling and pain.
Don’t have unprotected sex with a fresh genital piercing, not even in a monogamous relationship.
Do avoid contact with others bodily fluids near your piercing until it is fully healed.
Don’t remove your jewelry if you suspect infection. It needs to remain in to allow drainage. Removing it can lead to abscess, swelling, bruising and bleeding. If you suspect an infection please call your piercer immediately.
November 13th, 2007
Behavior that promotes healing
- Revisiting the piercer for an evaluation at any time, if needed
- Practicing good hygiene
- Following the recommended aftercare guidelines
- Taking sufficient supplement tablets Iron, Zinc
Behavior that hinders healing
- Contact between the new piercing and another person’s skin
- Touching the piercing, unless cleaning it, in which case only with washed hands
- Smoking and drinking alcohol (in the case of oral piercings)
- Contact between the piercing and bodily fluids, perfume or cosmetics
- Oral sex and genital intimacy, where this could cause one of the above
- Swimming in public swimming pools, lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans as they may be too harsh to promote skin cell healing. Chlorine in swimming pool water may be an irritant. Bacteria, protozoa, and parasites found in non-chlorinated water can lead to infections.
November 12th, 2007
Each area of the body has its own unique healing period and process. Oral and oral/facial piercings tend to heal fastest, while others tend to heal a bit slower. Also, every individual body heals and reacts to piercings in an individualized manner. A general guideline for approximate healing times is as follows:
Cheek: 2-3 months
Cartilage: 2 months-1 year
Earlobe: 6-8 weeks
Eyebrow: 6-8 weeks
Genitals: 4 weeks-6 months
Labret: 6-8 weeks
Lip: 6-8 weeks
Navel: 6 months-over 1 year
Nipple: 2-6 months
Nostril: 2 months-1 year
Septum: 6-8 weeks
Tongue: 4-6 weeks