Healing at Warp Factor 9

November 19, 2008
Cassiopeia A in Many Colors

Cassiopeia A: Cassiopeia A in Many Colors,
originally uploaded by Smithsonian Institution.

Ever notice that some piercings heal slower than others, some heal not at all? That your piercings can act up when you’re stressed or ill? A nice, calm, nose ring or nipple piercing will suddenly give you trouble, for no reason?

Piercings can be a pretty good barometer of your overall health, so it makes sense to think about them in terms of your whole body and its systems.  I’m not a medical professional, so this is not advice, just common sense.  We are all guardians of our own health.

On with the damn factors, woman!

  • Health and habits: Illness, stress, menstrual cycles, medications, smoking, substance abuse, poor nutrition; poor hygiene, improper or neglectful aftercare
  • Climate and environment:  extremes of temperature, humidity, cold, dirt
  • Physical stress: occupational stress, physical movement, athletic training, trauma, seatbelts, clothing, any kind of pressure, accident, or trauma; soap, grooming products, overcleaning, “messing with it”
  • Jewelry: placement, shape, weight, material, finish, removing or changing it prematurely

Yep! Lots of factors, and I’m sure there are more I haven’t listed.  You can see why piercings are so much more complicated to heal than tattoos, because they take much longer and you have to deal with a lot more living.   Figure out which of these things is slowing your healing, and engage!

another pretty photo from The Commons

How do thee heal? Let me count the ways

November 18, 2008
Supernova Portrait Gallery

E0102-72.3: Supernova Portrait Gallery,
originally uploaded by Smithsonian Institution.

Factors in Healing

I’ve heard so many questions from people on how to troubleshoot and heal their piercings.  Piercees are faced with bumps, pain, irritation, infection, migration, up to and including serious infection or loss of the piercing.

Yet there are always some piercees, like the waitress I ran into, who seem to have trouble-free piercings with minimal or abysmal care.


‘Tis a mystery. Well, I’m not Dr. Weil, and I don’t have all the answers.

Really, there are so many variables, the causes of speedy and happy healing can be hard to pin down. So let me talk about about the factors to think about.  Factors are things to take into consideration when reaching a decision.  If you are trying to self-diagnose and improve a troubled piercing or ensure a happy piercing, you have a lot of things to think about, for instance, health, sensitivity, and environment.  I’ll give you a few things to think about in upcoming posts.

By the way, the pic is from an awesome set of photo from the The Commons at Flickr via the Smithsonian Institution.