EAR AND BODY PIERCINGS
It is quite common for people to have ear and body piercings done. In fact, this has been practiced from centuries. While ear piercing is done in almost every female across the world, body piercing is more of a style statement that is mostly limited to teenagers and young adults. This process involves making a hole in the body that is filled by a piece of jewelry or some other decoration.
The ears and nose are the most common place, especially in females, where a piercing is done. However, many people get a piercing done at other places like the eyebrow, nipples, lip, belly button, tongue, and even the genitals. While it may look good from a fashion point of view to some, it comes with inherent medical risks and complications. Thus, it is important to discuss with your physician if you want to have a piercing done, especially in places like the genitals, tongue, or the lip, for best advice.
How Is It Done?
An ear and nose piercing is one using a sterilized piercing gun which punches a hole in the ear and nose and earring or nose ring is inserted. In case of body piercing other than the nose and ear, a hollow needle is used. The jewelry will then be inserted in the hole. If you want to have an ear or body piercing done then it is best to go for sterilized single use equipment which is thrown away after use. This reduces the likelihood of an infection to the area.
Frequently asked Questions
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Body piercing is the process of making an opening in a specific body part for insertion of jewelry. It does not require a hospital visit and is normally done by a needle or a piercing gun. However, any type of piercing within the body increases the likelihood of an infection. These infections include but are not limited to
Allergic Reactions: Certain metals used in jewelry may result in an allergic reaction that may in turn cause swelling and inflammation around the site of the piercing.
Oral Infections: If a piercing is done on the tongue, the jewelry can cause a crack in the teeth and may also inflict damage to the gums. Additionally, swelling caused due to the piercing may also result in the individual having problems with chewing and swallowing. There may also be alteration of taste in some people with tongue piercing.
Skin Infection: Some people have swelling, intense pain, and even abnormal discharge from the site of the piercing suggesting an infection of the skin. If this is not treated then the infection may spread to the surrounding areas.
Blood Infections: This is limited to those people who have piercings done with unsterilized equipment. This may cause infections in the blood like hepatitis B, tetanus, and even HIV. Thus it is extremely critical for people who go for body piercings to ensure that only sterilized or one-time use equipment is used.
A little bit of crusting after a body piercing is quite normal. It is caused during the process of healing after the piercing is done. This happens when dead blood cells come to the surface of the skin and gets exposed to the air. They then dry put and form a crust around the site of the piercing.
While completely harmless, these crusts do need to be cleaned regularly until they stop forming after complete healing of the area. It normally takes anywhere from two to five weeks for the crusting to completely go away.
The crusts are pale yellow in color. Generally, they are dry but if you notice any discharge or oozing from the area then it is better to consult with a physician at the soonest possible time for a diagnosis and treatment.
Sometimes, the metal – with which the jewelry is made – that is attached to the body after a body piercing is not accepted by the body. This results in certain signs and symptoms. The first sign of rejection of a piercing is tightness of the skin around the site of the piercing. There will be observable change of color of the skin. Some people may notice erythema and inflammation around the piercing site indicating a rejection of the jewelry.
Another telltale sign of a rejection is that the skin around the piercing comes close together. There will be development of scarring or stretch mark which is yet another sign of rejection of the jewelry for which the individual had the piercing done.