Piercings can add a personal style statement. They can be placed nearly anywhere on your body, depending on how visible or discreet you want the jewelry to be. Should your killer new piercing become sore, irritated or inflamed, multiple piercing practitioners agree on a tried-and-true solution — and you probably have the stuff you need right now.

Things You'll Need

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt with roughly 8 ounces of warm, distilled water in a small bowl or glass.

Press the glass or bowl against your skin, attempting a seal between your skin and the edge of the vessel. Soak your irritated piercing in the solution for about 15 minutes.

Repeat the soaking with a freshly mixed solution, one to three times daily.


  • A warm bag of chamomile tea is an excellent local compress.