Risks of Body Piercings

Body piercing is a trending body styling with both men and women. However, with many areas of the body used for piercing, various related risks have also been increased. Have a look at the risks associated with body piercing.


A body piercing is a piercing or puncture made in a specific body area by a needle. A piece of jewelry is inserted carefully into the puncture after that. Among the various body parts being pierced, the most popular ones are the ears, nostrils, brows, and the belly button.
However, the increasing trend has led to many risks associated with the piercings. Have a look.

Risks Of Body Piercing

Bacterial Infection
A build-up of abscess, what we call as pus, may form around the piercing site. This may need to be surgically drained if left untreated, and likely to cause a scar. Also, in some cases, it may grow blood poisoning or toxic shock syndrome that can be very dangerous. Blood poisoning can also occur even in the absence of an abscess.
Despite the high number of bacteria inside the mouth, tongue piercings carry a lesser risk of bacterial infection. Still, it is recommended that you brush your teeth or cleanse your mouth before getting a tongue piercing. You must know that the vein under the front of the tongue can also bleed if the piercing is done too close to it.
Earlobe piercings are usually safe, however care must still be taken to keep the piercing clean and dry. To reduce the risk of developing an infection, keep your piercing dry. Make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before touching the piercing. However, if possible try to avoid touching it.

Other General Risks
Other possible issues that can occur as a result of body piercing are:
• Bleeding and blood loss – in areas of the body with a lot of blood vessels, such as the tongue.
• Inflammation of the skin are around the piercing
• Scarring and the formation of keloid -a type of oversized scar – tell your piercer if you know that your skin has a tendency to form keloid scars.

Specific Risks
Any piercing that affects the functionalities of the body tends to carry a higher risk of causing problems. For instance:
• Tongue or oral piercings can cause speech impairments and chipped teeth if the jewelry you wear is away from tooth enamel. A higher risk of bleeding along with a risk that your airways become blocked, due to the tongue swelling also prevails greatly.
• Genital piercings can sometimes make sex and urination tough and painful. This is especially common with piercings on and around the penis.
• Ear cartilage piercings at the top of the earlobes are riskier than earlobe piercings as these can lead to infection and pus developing. Here the skin is close to the underlying cartilage and pus can get accumulated. Antibiotics don’t always successfully treat this problem. But, surgery can remove the affected cartilage. However this may lead to a deformed ear.
• Nose piercings are riskier as the inner surface of the nose, which can’t be disinfected, holds bacteria that can cause infection.

Self-piercing is very dangerous. It is unlikely that you’ll have the proper training, correct equipment, and hygiene procedures to minimize the risk of infection or scarring. Even piercings done by a non-specialist can cause serious complications for a person, which can further result in a trip to hospital.
Hence, seeking a specialist’s help if you’re considering a body piercing is a must!

Playing with the body is cool…but playing with the health, hygiene and fitness isn’t good!

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