Beware of the Health Perils of Body Piercing

Body Piercing, like tattoo, is a form of self-expression. This one involves modification of a particular body part, wherein the skin is punctured or cut apart to create an opening where a piece of jewelry is to be inserted. Piercing can be done in almost any part of the body, even those you probably never thought of piercing.

Common piercing sites include ear, lip, eyebrow, tongue, nose and the navel. On the less popular side, there is the piercing of the nipples, arms, legs and the genital area. Yes, genitalia area, you heard it right. If you’re the conservative type, just the thought is enough to make you shudder. Wait until you hear about the health dangers of this form of self-expression.

Common Problems Associated with Body Piercing
The most common problem that may arise after piercing a body part is infection of the site. The risk of infection varies depending on the body part. Some parts can be infected more easily than others. For example, for ear piercing, the cartilage is more likely to be infected than the earlobe.

If you are going to have piercing in any part of the mouth, this will not only cause difficulty in speaking, swallowing and chewing. An infection can also bring about blocking of the throat passage, which can be very dangerous if not treated immediately. Infection of the nipple, meanwhile, can damage the breast tissue and affect one’s ability to breastfeed in the future. Infection can be serious and life-threatening. It can spread to the entire body and affect other body parts. Risk of infection is heightened if you have other medical conditions.

Another problem that you might encounter is an allergic reaction to the jewelry used. Some types of jewelry can cause allergies on the skin, which is why it is imperative to make use only of non-allergenic jewelry as well as surgical stainless steel such as gold, platinum, niobium and titanium.

There is also the danger of splitting or tearing of the skin. This can cause formation of scar tissue, which can be unsightly on the skin. Jewelry inside the mouth can also cause various other problems such as teeth cracking, gum ailments, and irritation of mouth tissues. It is also possible for a person to swallow tongue jewelry, as it has happened many times before already.

Piercing in the genital area poses all kinds of risks from injury to the partner to infection of the genital organ to condom breakage to exposure to sexually transmitted disease. Moreover, if you’re a man and you have a piercing in the penis, this can decrease your ability to get and maintain an erection.

If equipment used for piercing is not sterile, risks of life-threating diseases are increased. Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, tuberculosis, syphilis, sepsis and HIV are just few of the many ailments that you should be wary of when it comes to body piercing.

So many perils involved with body piercing would make you think many times before going on with this. If you do decide to push through despite the warnings, see to it that you get a tetanus shot before your body piercing especially if you have not had any in the last 10 years. Also, make sure that you choose a reputable and experienced person to do the body piercing. Ensure that only sterile equipment and appropriate jewelry are used.

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