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