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Horrible Effects Of Body Piercings



Piercing is another popular form of body art. This is a type of body modification where a needle punctures a hole in the body. Jewelry is then inserted in this hole. Ears, noses, eyebrows, tongues, lips, navels, nipples, genitals, and other body parts can be pierced. More dramatic body modification procedures include using jewelry to stretch the earlobe, implanting beads into the skin, deliberately scarring the skin (scarification), using dermal punch procedures to create a hole in cartilage, and many more.

Although piercings have grown in popularity, these procedures have health risks.

Health risks of body piercings:


Modifying your body with piercings also carries a measure of risk, such as the risk for a bacterial infection. Some people develop an abscess after getting a piercing. This pus-filled mass can develop around the piercing. This is a serious side effect. If left untreated, there’s the risk for sepsis or blood poisoning.

Sepsis is a life-threatening response to an infection that can result in organ failure and death. Symptoms of blood poisoning include a high fever, chills, a fast heartbeat, and rapid breathing. Infections are more common with mouth and nose piercings because these areas contain more bacteria.

Hepatitis
A poorly cleaned piercing gun can lead to a hepatitis infection. If blood seeps into the gun's mechanisms and is not properly cleaned, pathogens may be passed to another recipient later on. For this reason, many public health organizations warn against visiting underground or unlicensed tattoo and piercing establishments.

Is the healing time the same for all body parts?


Healing time is different depending on the part of your body that you get pierced. Some parts are more likely to get infected or have problems. Piercings on your ear lobes usually take about 6-8 weeks to heal. However, piercings on the side of your ear (cartilage) can take anywhere from 4 months to 1 year to heal. The reason for this is that the type of tissue in each area is different, and the amount of pressure placed on the pierced area while you are sleeping is different too.

Tongue piercings swell a lot at first, but heal fairly quickly if the right type of jewelry is used. However, metal jewelry in the tongue may damage your gums and chip the enamel surface of your teeth. In fact, the ADA (American Dental Association – a group of dentists that set professional standards for dentists in the United States), is against any type of oral piercings because of the possible health risks.

The popularity of genital body piercings is increasing, and there are some dangers to these particular piercings that may not occur with piercings to other parts of the body. For example, piercing can change the sensations felt during sexual contact. The jewelry used for a genital body piercing may actually injure your partner and, in some instances, men have reported an inability to perform after having received a genital piercing. Another consideration that is important to note is that some piercings may render condoms ineffective, and this opens the door to a host of potential problems including sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy.

In some cases, nipple piercings can damage some of the milk-producing glands in a young woman’s breasts. This can cause infections or problems later on if the woman decides to breast-feed her baby. Some pierced areas, such as the navel (belly button), are more likely to become infected because of irritation from tight clothing. A pierced site needs air to help the healing process.

How To Clean Infected Ear Piercing:


- Remove the Accessories from the infected area and wipe the area using a diluted solution of alcohol. Doing this not only dehydrates, but also gets rid of all the microorganisms on the skin and assists in prevention  infections. Repeat the process at least thrice a day for the initial 15 to 30 days of infected area

- Application of any antibiotic cream on pierced area regularly before bedtime and after a shower.

- The earring has to be rotated or removed from the ear at least once a day.

- Wash the hands thoroughly before touching the earrings since hands are generally dirty and may lead to ear piercing infection.

- Make sure not to get rid of the earring from the infected ear piercing. If the earring is removed and the hole closes there are high chances that the infection will get trapped and lead to further complications.

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