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How long do I wait before I can swim after a piercing?

We advise you not to swim, sit in a hot tub or take hot baths until your piercing is healed (usually around 12 weeks).

Piercings heal on the outside first and then on the inside.

A piercing may look healed externally, when it’s actually not.

Swimming surrounds the opening of the piercing with bacteria which can cause infection by entering the opening in your skin.

Pools:

Many people assume swimming in a pool will not cause a bacterial infection due to chlorination.

Chlorine does not kill the germs and bacteria immediately. Germs can survive in a chlorinated pool for days and contaminated water can enter the body causing infection.

Further, chlorinated water can ruin your earrings and other jewellery because there is such a thing as caustic chlorine.

Streams, lakes and the ocean:

There are many bacterial types in water and these can enter causing a threatening infection with sensitivity, swelling, redness and pain.

Swimming in stagnant water such as a lake contributes to contracting infectious micro-organisms.

So in summary – get pierced but stay out of the water until your piercing is healed and always follow the aftercare advice or speak to our experts in-salon.

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