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My nape (neck) piercing and my wetsuit are the worst enemies, but I don't want to give up the piercing. For some reason, that particular piercing on me heals up crazy fast - often hard to push the jewelry back through after having it out for more than 5 hours, and then it ends up being very sore for the next few days, borderline infected. I've had it for 4 years now, so its not like its a new piercing.
Two suggestions - you could replace the current jewelry with a flexible retainer during the longer volumes of your training. They're cheap ($3-4?), and you can get them in a variety of gauges and lengths. If you don't want to change it right away, it doesn't matter. Change it back to steel/acrylic whenever you feel the need to ... ahem.. show it off. Also, check into Tygon body jewelry. Some love it, some hate it. As a more permanent jewelry selection, it has a bad rep - it's a very flexible surgical tubing, but is also slightly porous... after being in for a long time, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Its great for more "custom" body piercings.. I can't buy a retainer for a piercing staple, and the odds of it being bent to the exact length my bar was is slim to none. For my olys, halfs, and Placid, I plan to pick up some tygon to feed through and just leave it in for the weekend.