Pain is your bodies way of telling you that something isn't right and should be addressed as soon as possible. Pain with healing piercings (and sometimes even healed piercings) will vary and can be caused by a HUGE number of things.
Is the jewellery moving a lot or is it too tight? Longer jewellery may be needed
Have you knocked or caught the piercing? Have you slept on the piercing? Have you been playing with it / touching it? The best way to help that is to avoid doing the above things.
Have you changed the jewellery before the proper healing times? Have you recently changed over from a straight bar to a ring? Changing the jewellery to soon can cause issues, reverting back to the original jewellery may help solve the problem but seeing a piercer in person is suggested.
Have you stopped cleaning the piercing before the healing time has ended or are you cleaning the piercing more than twice a day? Many piercings do not need a large amount of cleaning during the healing time. If the piercing is irritated you can try using saline soaks instead of warm running water. If you are doing salt baths during healing, check the type of salt, the mixture you are using and how often. Many people end up over cleaning a piercing and doing more harm than good. check out the aftercare sections for more information
Have you been sick? Have you been stressed? Have you become injured in another location recently? (eg broken bones, a rash, a new tattoo or piercing) Piercings can act up if the body is sick or stressed, please see below on some ways to help calm a piercing down.
Is the quality of your jewellery implant grade? Is the jewellery suited to your anatomy? Not all jewellery is created equal and its amazing how often upgrading to high quality jewellery can solve an issue. Check out jewellery brands and jewellery information to see what jewellery Modify suggests for new or old piercings and check with your piercer to see if the jewellery is from those brands. If it isn't, then an upgrade could be in order!
Have you changed medications / shampoos / body washes / aftercare products? Have you been applying make-up in the same location as the piercing? Have you recently consumed alcohol or eaten spicy foods? Have someone else’s bodily fluids come into contact with the piercing? Getting chemicals in the piercing may cause irritation.
Do you work in a dirty environment? If you do a little excess cleaning may be needed. Modify would suggest Saline wash in the situation where there is no way to prevent a piercing getting dirty.
Have you been traveling or has the water quality changed? Have you been swimming in pools, spas or rivers? Water quality will play a big part in wound healing and this may effect a new piercing.
Have you gotten sun burn in the area? This can certainly cause issues with a piercing, suggested to see a piercer if this is the situation you are in
Things that can cause pain in healed or healing piercings - Sleeping on your piercing - Touching the piercing - Catching or tearing the piercing - Becoming sick or becoming stressed - Wrong anatomy eg. A navel piercing getting pushed downwards a lot when you sit or not placed in the navel at all - Irritants (body washes, swimming in pools, spas or rivers, hair sprays, shampoos, tanning lotion, makeup )- this is usually for fresh piercings but can also effect healed piercings - Clothing - wearing super tight fitting clothing on a fresh piercing can lead to issues - Aftercare - improper aftercare and harsh cleaning agents - Removing jewellery before proper healing times - Rigorous activity
This will always be an incomplete list as there will be many factors to why your piercing may be painful. Reading on ways to reduce irritation in piercings (above) can help remove the cause of the pain, however this is something to see your piercer about as soon as you can - an in person consultation is always best! If you would like suggestions on what pain medications to take - we suggest talking to a doctor or even a pharmacist.
So how do you help pain? There is no perfect answer.
Somethings will be an easy solve, others will need more details that an online help page can offer. Most the time pain will reduce by itself if the issue is resolved asap. If you are cleared from your local GP to take pain medication that is fine.