How to Care for a Rook Piercing

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How to Care for a Rook Piercing
It is best to keep cotton wool in a sealed jar to keep bacteria out. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A rook piercing is a piercing of the anti-helix. When pierced, the needle passes through quite a thick piece of cartilage; therefore the healing process will take between 10 and 12 weeks. This part of the ear is sensitive and bacteria can cross from things like using a telephone. It is really important to keep the area clean at all times during, and preferably after, the piercing has healed in order to lower the risk of infection.

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Things you need

  • Cup
  • Spoon
  • Sea Salt
  • Water
  • Cotton wool or gauze pads

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  1. 1

    Boil a cup of water and mix with 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt.

  2. 2

    Leave the sea salt solution until it is cool enough to touch. It should still be warm when you apply it to the piercing.

  3. 3

    Wash your hands thoroughly, then dip a small piece of cotton wool or gauze pad in the salt water solution. Soak the piercing and gently wipe off any blood or puss which may have leaked from the area.

    How to Care for a Rook Piercing
    The piercing will be sensitive, so be as gentle as possible. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Valueline/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Repeat three to five times a day until the piercing has fully healed.

Tips and warnings

  • You can buy specialised antibacterial fluid for piercings. Many stores sell these, but making your own sea salt solution is much cheaper and just as effective.
  • If you have any other piercings, treat them the same as this one, but remember that cartilage takes a few weeks longer to heal.
  • Do not be tempted to twist, turn or otherwise play with your piercing before it is fully healed as this can increase the risk of infection.
  • Do not use ordinary table salt as an alternative to sea salt as the iodine is too harsh to use on such sensitive areas.
  • Refrain from taking part in physical activities and sports until the piercing is fully healed.

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