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Tips on Body Piercing

Body piercing is considered a self expressive art form for some people. The numerous types and places for piercing are astonishing. The most common body piercing areas are the ears, mouth and nose. Piercings on the nipples and genitals are not unheard of, however, it is important to note that these are more painful and are also more susceptible to infection.
If you are considering on how to do body piercing, then you need to do your study on the same, to find out the effects it would have on you. You need to be at least eighteen years of age for most places or have a parent or guardian’s permission. You need to investigate the place where you choose to have the body piercing done. Do they practice clean habits? Do they wash their hands with germicidal soap? Wear fresh gloves? Are the instruments sterile? Is the needle new and disposed of properly after the piercing? If you feel uncomfortable about the establishment, then it may not be the right place for you.
It would be best to consult your family physician before you undertake body piercings if you suffer from any of the following conditions – heart problems, skin allergies, diabetes, metal allergies. You should also make sure that your immune system is at its best while considering piercing, as there is a risk of getting infections, sometimes. Pregnant women are advised to wait until sometime after the baby is born if they are contemplating on getting a body piercing done at this time.
Body piercing information, just before you have a body piercing done:

  • Make sure all your shots are up to date, especially tetanus and hepatitis B.
  • Plan for possible problems. Know where you are going to get medical treatment if the piercing becomes infected. Signs of infection can include, but are not limited to excessive redness and/ or tenderness around the site, bleeding that seems to last too long, pus comes from the wound and a change in your skin color around the piercing site).
  • Decide where you want your piercing to be, what piercing you want (style), and what piercing retainer style you want to use.
  • You need to decide what kind of jewelry you want to use. Each shop may have a different selection of choices. Surgical steel, titanium, platinum, niobium, solid 14-kt or 18-kt gold, are some of the options.
Once you have your piercing you need to make sure you take care of pierced body properly. The establishment should have given you instructions for proper care of your pierced site. Follow these rules explicitly. If you do not, then you boost your chances for getting an body piercing infection. Infections can be mild or they get very serious quickly. If you notice any changes in the area- color, tenderness, pus, tingling, lack of feeling in the area, seek medical help immediately. The piercing site could be infected or you could have suffered an injury to the nerves at the site. Educate yourself and protect yourself from dangers of body piercing, so that you can enjoy your new found form of self expression.