One piercing which has become increasingly popular over recent years is the Monroe (or Madonna) piercing.
You may have seen it before, in fact you probably have! You know Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot above her top lip, off to the left hand side, yeah, that’s where this piercing lives. On the flip side of the top lip, you have the Madonna piercing.
Being that these piercings are oral (on the mouth) they need to be very well cared for as they are a slightly higher risk of infection than some other piercings. For this reason I have decided to write a guide on Madonna and Monroe piercing aftercare for you guys.
Cleansing Your Monroe Piercing
Keeping your piercing clean is the most important step you can take to helping your piercing heal up quickly and painlessly. You should cleanse your piercing twice daily using one of the methods I will list below.
Use a Piercing Aftercare Solution
There is a massive plethora of high quality professional piercing cleansing products you can buy either at your piercing studio or online. Choosing the right one for you can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be!
You could either buy a single product or a complete kit. If you have got multiple piercings or intend to get pierced again in the future some time, I would personally recommend you get a kit such as the EasyPiercing Care Kit.
No matter what solution you are using, the method is pretty much the same. You just need to make sure to completely soak the piercing in the solution. Depending on the type of bottle, you could either use a cotton pad to do this or you could apply the solution directly if you are using an aftercare spray or similar.
Use Saline Solution
If you are not able to get hold of a body piercing aftercare product of any kind, the next best thing you could use would be saline solution. There’s a mighty good reason it is so commonly used in hospitals!
This is very simple and convenient as it can be made from just two ingredients that are very easy to get your hands on; rock salt and warm water!
You can do this in 3 stupidly easy steps:
- Make a saline solution by mixing a quarter of a teaspoon into a cup of warm water.
- Soak a cotton pad in the solution. Make sure the cotton pad is completely drenched.
- Use the cotton pad to apply the salty water to your monroe or madonna piercing.
- You could also swish the remainder of the solution around your mouth to keep the inside of the piercing clean and kill off any bacteria that may be breeding in your mouth.
Alternately you could buy a specially formulated saline solution designed for use on body piercings. Check it out:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
This should involve brushing your teeth a minimum of twice a day and using alcohol free mouthwash such as Listerine Zero. The mouthwash absolutely must be alcohol free. Alcohol is a strong chemical which can cause severe irritation to new piercings. If you cannot get hold of mouthwash, swish and gargle saline solution (see recipe above).
Be very gentle when you brush the teeth around the area where the piercing is, you don’t want the toothbrush to knock and bash your piercing, this would definitely cause you some pain and discomfort!
More Tips for a Easy Pain Free Healing Period
Besides keeping your piercing and mouth extremely clean, there are certain other actions you can take to really ensure that your piercing heals up well.
Here are some of my top tips to help you heal:
- Avoid spicy food and alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid swimming in public pools.
- No kissing or oral sexing.
- Eat healthy, exercise and stay hydrated. A healthy body can heal up much quicker. You’de be surprised how much difference this can make!
- Do not use household towels or washcloths to clean or dry your piercings as they can harbour bacteria.
- Refrain from removing or changing your jewelry until your piercing is completely healed. This should take between 6 and 12 weeks.
How to Recognise and Treat Infection
If you get your piercing done professionally and follow all my advice above, your chances of getting an infection are significantly lowered. Although you should always err on the side of caution and keep a close eye on your piercing while it is healing, just to be on the safe side!
Some of the symptoms of infections you should be looking out for are severe redness or swelling, excessive bleeding, severe soreness or funky smelling, off colour discharge.
If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as you possibly can! Infection is not something that should be taken lightly. Long-term damage can be done to your face and if the infection spreads, it could make you very sick and even end up fatal if you get blood poisoning (septicaemia).
So if you have got or plan on getting a Madonna or Monroe piercing, there are certain things you need to remember in order to prevent infection and heal up as quickly as possible.
The main ones being to keep your piercing clean by thoroughly cleansing it at least twice a day, practising impeccable oral hygiene, not using alcohol to cleanse your piercing and avoiding kissing and oral sex (contact or exchange of bodily fluids).
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