Piercings: How to prevent complications

Ears, lips, navels, eyebrows, genitals, piercing is very popular, especially among teenagers and young adults. But piercings can cause complications. Find out how certain precautions and how you care for your piercing can affect your risk of infection or promote healthy, rapid healing.

The risks of piercing to know

A piercing is the creation of an opening in a part of the body for the insertion of jewelry. It is rarely done with anesthesia.

Any type of piercing has a risk of complications, including:

– Allergic reactions: some jewelry, especially nickel, can cause allergic reactions.

– Oral complications: jewelry worn on your tongue can break your teeth or damage your gums. Tongue swelling after a new piercing can interfere with chewing and swallowing, and in rare cases, breathing.

– Skin infections: this can cause redness, pain or swelling. Additionally, piercing the skin can lead to highly visible scars caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue.

– Tear or trauma. Jewelry can be accidentally ripped off, potentially requiring stitches.

Make sure you are prepared before you get a piercing

Before opting for a piercing, think carefully, consider the location of the piercing and whether you will be able to conceal it if necessary, such as at work.

If you are unsure of the piercing or think you will regret it one day, wait until you are sure. If you’re sure you want a piercing, talk to friends who have them. Find out if they have any suggestions or regrets.

Getting a piercing: safety precautions

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To make sure your piercing is done safely, ask yourself the following questions:

Who does the piercings? Don’t try to drill yourself or allow an untrained friend to do it.

Does the professional wear gloves? Make sure the “piercer” washes their hands and wears a fresh pair of disposable gloves for each piercing.

Does the piercer use proper equipment? A new, sterile, disposable needle to create a hole?

Does the piercer sterilize non-disposable equipment? Make sure the piercer uses a heat sterilization machine to sterilize all non-disposable equipment after each piercing.

For your jewelry, look for surgical stainless steel, titanium, or 14 or 18 karat gold.

Next, take good care of your piercing

The skin around a new piercing may be swollen and red for a few days. She might bleed a little. If swelling, redness, and bleeding last more than a few days, see your doctor. Prompt treatment can help prevent potentially serious complications.

To prevent infection and encourage healing:

– Clean oral piercings with mouthwash. If you get one in your tongue, lip, or cheek, rinse it out with an alcohol-free antiseptic mouthwash after every meal and before going to bed. After your piercing, use a new, soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid introducing bacteria into your mouth. Once the area has healed, remove the piercing at night and brush it out. Consider taking it out when eating or during strenuous activity.

– Clean skin piercings. If you’ve had your skin pierced, clean the site twice a day with soap and water. Be sure to wash your hands before cleaning your piercing site.

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– Avoid swimming. Stay away from swimming pools, hot tubs, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water while your skin heals.

– Do not play with your piercings. Do not constantly touch a new piercing to avoid maintaining local irritation. Keep clothing away from the piercing, too. Excessive rubbing can irritate your skin and delay healing.

– Keep jewelry in place. Most piercings heal within about six weeks. To maintain the piercing, leave the jewelry in place during this time, even overnight, to prevent the hole from closing.


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