New piercings need careful aftercare – it’s essential to keep them clean and dry. Often, this can be difficult to do at work or when you’re on holiday - but it is important that you take your ear piercings seriously in the early days so that they heal properly.
You should avoid swimming for at least 24 hours after getting your ears pierced, but ideally until they have fully healed, according to NHS. This is because swimming in pools, hot tubs, lakes, and even the sea can be a risk to new piercings as they are exposed to bacteria from the water.
Ear piercings should be covered with a waterproof bandage so that the water is not able to get to your wound and cause an infection. The bandage will also help to keep the ear open so that it can fully heal and close up.
Before you swim, wash the area with a solution of soap and water. Then, dry it completely before putting the ear cover on.
During your swimming, you can use a swimming cap or hat to cover the ears and piercings. You can purchase a waterproof cap designed specifically for this purpose from a sporting goods store or online.
Alternatively, you can purchase a neoprene ear band that will provide additional protection from the water. These are available at most sports stores and can be purchased in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.