Ear piercing requires abstaining from eating sticky rice, water spinach, seafood… In addition, what foods need to be avoided? How long does it take for a puncture wound to heal? Ear piercing is currently a very popular trend among Gen Z people, but after ear piercing, what do we need to avoid eating and how long does it take to recover from the wound? Let’s learn with BeDental a few things to note after ear piercing through the article below
Is ear piercing painful?
-Ear piercing may cause temporary pain or discomfort, in most cases the pain will subside after a few minutes. However, if you pierce your ears too hard or not cleanly, it will cause infections and other ear-related diseases.
-Therefore, if you do not know or have no experience piercing your ears, it is better to consult a doctor or relevant expert before doing the above action.
In what cases should you not pierce your ears or get earrings?
Ear piercing, also known as ear piercing for tattoos or jewelry, is not suitable for some people for the following reasons:
- People with a history of immune system diseases: When you have a weak immune system, meaning your body is not able to fight bacteria and infections, it is easy for infection to occur after ear piercing. To avoid this situation, when choosing an outside facility to pierce your ears, you must ensure that the place is always clean and the tools are sterilized to ensure hygiene and safety.
- People with a history of allergies: If you are allergic to metals or materials in jewelry or tools used to pierce your ears, it may cause an allergic reaction. These reactions may appear right at the area that was pressed, such as itching, redness and burning skin.
- People with a history of heart surgery: Ear piercing can pose a risk of infection or inflammation, especially if you already have any cardiovascular disease, surgery can create an opportunity for microorganisms to cause infection. and increases the risk of heart damage.
- People with problems with wounds or scars on the ear area: If you have any wounds or scars on the ear area, you need to rethink ear piercing. Doing this can increase the risk of infection and damage existing wounds.
- Children: Ear piercing is not suitable for children under 8 years old, as their muscles are still developing and injuries or infections can easily occur. If you want to pierce children’s ears, remember to observe carefully and ensure their safety and hygiene.
If you want to undergo this procedure, discuss it with a professional or medical practitioner first to ensure that it is suitable for you and is done properly to avoid potential health problems.
How to care after ear piercing?
After ear piercing, wound care is essential to prevent infection and ensure a smooth recovery. Here’s how to take care of yourself after getting your ears pierced:
- Always keep the ear area clean and dry. You can use earrings to clean the surrounding ear area every day. If your ear has discharge and pus, you should consult your doctor for advice on how to clean and take better care.
- Avoid putting water or any other liquid in your ears for 24 hours after getting your ears pierced. If you want to wash or wash your hair, use a wet towel or coat to prevent water from seeping into your ears.
- Avoid contact with dirt, dust, hot water or other irritants during the first days after ear piercing.
- Do not touch the ear area in the first days after ear piercing to avoid rubbing and pulling out the ear canal.
- Regularly check the ear area to ensure the wound has no symptoms of infection. If you notice symptoms of redness, swelling, pain or pus, you should consult your doctor immediately.
- Follow your doctor’s follow-up appointment to ensure that the wound is healing well and that no dangerous complications have occurred.
Note that each person may have different care after ear piercing depending on the situation and doctor’s instructions. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor for clearer advice.
What to avoid with ear piercing?
– While waiting for the wound to recover, you need to abstain from all dishes made from sticky rice such as sticky rice, banh khuc, banh day,… because according to Oriental medicine, the warmth in sticky rice can make your body hot. Due to its welding properties, the wound will become toxic, swell and pus appears, thereby causing infection and prolonging wound healing time.
-Even though it contains a lot of vitamins and proteins, the nutrients in seafood may not be compatible with some people’s bodies, thereby causing allergies, itching and inflammation of the wound, causing the ear piercing site to become painful. redness, pain.
-One of the main ingredients of spinach is madecassol, which has the ability to stimulate the growth of epidermal and skin tissue at the wound site after piercing. Therefore, to avoid leaving keloid scars in open wounds, you should avoid all dishes made from this type of food.
-Although it contains many nutrients that are good for your health, you should not eat beef after having your ears pierced because the protein in the meat can promote cell growth in the skin and mucous membranes and cause the wound to become dark. Moreover, it causes unsightly skin and can cause keloid scars.
-Similar to the above foods, although protein in chicken is very good for health, it will also cause irritation to the developing wound, causing itching, infection, and even bleeding.
-Besides having a much higher protein content than the yolk, egg whites have the ability to regenerate collagen cells and melanin pigments very strongly, causing your wound to not only leave keloid scars but also becomes white and extremely unsightly.
Foods high in sugar
-Collagen and elastin are substances that help create structure on the skin as well as keep the skin elastic. Meanwhile, foods containing a lot of sugar or refined carbohydrates have the ability to break down these two structures, causing wounds to not only heal slowly but also produce side effects such as inflammation and scar tissue.
Foods high in nitrates
Processed foods such as sausages, bacon, etc. often contain large amounts of nitrates, causing blood vessels in the body to be damaged and leading to prolonged wound recovery time. However, you can still provide nitrates from healthy vegetables and tubers such as asparagus, potatoes, carrots, etc.
Foods contain stimulants
-Foods containing many stimulants such as beer, wine, chocolate or coffee often cause the body to become dehydrated, making the skin sensitive and vulnerable. At the same time, stimulants in food can also have a negative impact on the intestines and stomach and not provide enough nutrients to the body, thereby making the injury more serious.
What to eat to heal your ear piercing quickly?
Fruits contain lots of vitamin C
-Almost all fruits are recommended for daily use to supplement many minerals that are good for the body. In particular, fruits containing a lot of vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, tangerines… will have the effect of increasing resistance, helping to stimulate metabolism and causing wounds to recover more quickly.
Vegetables and tubers
-Similar to above, most vegetables should be regularly added to the family’s daily meals, especially after ear piercing, because providing fiber from vegetables will help the process of healing. Digestion and metabolism are promoted, thereby shortening wound healing time at the piercing site.
Fish contain healthy protein
In addition to abstaining from the above types of meat, you should provide healthy protein from nutritious foods such as mackerel, small whole fish and especially salmon, to help regulate the process. produces new epidermal cells, helping the wound heal quickly without itching, discomfort or swelling.
Pork is one of the healthiest foods that people after ear piercing should eat to add protein to their daily meals. However, because pork often contains higher cholesterol than other types of meat, you should try to choose leaner pork to protect your health!
Why should you avoid piercing your ears?
Besides the foods to avoid as mentioned above, when getting ear piercings, you also need to pay attention to the following things to avoid:
- Avoid leaving your hair loose, messy and falling over your ears, as this can cause infection and scratches from too much impact.
- Avoid putting pressure on the ear piercing area (such as impact, lying on the ear where the piercing is), because this can cause severe damage to the ear and make the wound worse.
- Avoid swimming and letting chemicals come into contact with the wound (such as pool bleach, cajuput oil, ointment, etc.) because the wound can become seriously infected.
- Do not touch the piercing or change the earrings yourself, as this can cause the wound to be exposed to bacteria and cause a longer recovery time.
Some questions when getting your ears pierced
What to do if the ear is clogged?
Typically, if the piercing is clogged over a period of months or years, you will need professional help. But if you discover that the piercing hole has recently become clogged again, you can also pierce it yourself at home by disinfecting the surrounding area, manipulating gently and carefully to reduce pain and infection. With thorough and careful preparation, you will successfully re-pierce your ears and wear earrings.
How long does it take for an ear piercing to heal?
Depending on the location of the hole in the ear and each person’s constitution, the wound recovery time may vary, but usually it will last about 6 – 8 weeks or even 3 – 9 months for people with disabilities. The ear piercing has thick cartilage.
What should I do if my ear piercing leaks pus?
If the ear piercing has pus discharge, discomfort and pain, first you need to remove the earring immediately, then clean the front and back of the piercing with a cotton swab, diluted saline or antibacterial soap.
At the same time, while the wound heals completely, you need to limit things that can contact and put pressure on the wound on your ear, such as touching it, wearing headphones, placing your phone on it, or lying on it. ears, messy hair that collides with the wound, etc.
Should I put a toothpick in my piercing instead of an earring?
A toothpick is an item produced specifically for oral hygiene. Therefore, you should not insert toothpicks into piercings instead of earrings because the production and sterilization processes for toothpicks will certainly not be exactly the same as jewelry production.
At the same time, many types of toothpicks when produced may come with chemical preservatives to help keep the toothpicks for a long time and not get moldy, thereby causing the piercing site to become seriously infected, causing discomfort.
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