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If you’re thinking of having your ears pierced or those of your family, its important to know your piercing is being completed in a hygienic environment and you can access information on the best way to care for your piercing after it has been done.
Our Pharmacy teams have been providing Ear Piercing services for many years and are required to complete appropriate training. View our Pharmacy Finder here to find your local pharmacy.
You can call ahead to check trained staff will be available to do your piercing on the day you would like to have it done or simply pop in and chat to one of our Pharmacy staff. Our team will talk you through the process and help you choose from our range of earrings.
Our staff use a piercing gun specifically designed for piercing ears. These guns require the use of a stud and clasp that come in a pre-loaded, single use, sterile cartridge.
It is normal for there to be a small amount of local pain and swelling for up to 48 hours after being pierced. Continuing significant pain, swelling or redness may indicate a bacterial infection. On first sign of pain, redness or swelling:
Approximately 6 weeks for an earlobe piercing and 12 weeks for piercing of the cartilage.
The piercing earrings must be left in the ear continuously for 6 weeks.
If you remove your earrings during the healing process you may not be able to get them back in and risk traumatising the delicate piercing walls and introducing infection. Even a well-healed piercing left without jewellery for more than 24 hours in the first few years can close over. The body is quite amazing at resolving local issues!
We recommend no swimming until the ears are properly healed – about 6 weeks.