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Added April 10, 2014

Body Piercing: 10 Things to Consider

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So you say you’re thinking of piercing an area of your body other than your ears. Body piercing is a form of self-expression, and it’s not as big a commitment as a tattoo. But there can be permanent consequences for your piercing. Before you go for it, consider these points:


1. Body piercing has long been part of many cultures all over the world. It can signify a major part of your life. If this isn’t the case, be aware of cultural differences when it comes to body piercing. You may be saying something you’re not intending to say!


2. The mouth is full of all sorts of bacteria. Piercing any part of it can trigger some rather nasty infections. From the moment you get your tongue pierced, new bacteria are introduced into the blood.


3. There are risks anytime a needle is used. A major risk is contracting hepatitis or HIV from an unsterilized needle. Be sure there is a clean environment and the needle used is sterilized — the same as with any tattooing or piercing.


4. Piercing will leave a mark forever. If you later decide to take out your piercing, it will still leave a scar as evidence.


5. Other areas of your body can be affected. Dentists are seeing a lot of problems with patients who have their tongue pierced. This ranges from chipped teeth, nerve and gum damage, taste loss, and tooth loss. Sometimes damage is limited to the enamel and all you need is a filling, but sometimes it is more serious and you need a root canal or extraction. Likewise, your belly button has important vessels and areas surrounding it. There are risks of excessive bleeding and nerve damage.


6. You may find out you have an allergic reaction or other health risks. The wrong metal for the jewelry used can create a reaction including infections. More serious risks include blood poisoning, hemorrhaging, blood clots, nerve damage, paralysis, staph infections and toxic shock. Scary stuff!.


Piercing your body is a major decision. Be sure to consult your parents and check the laws in your state. A number of states have laws that require parental consent. It’s best to have your parents involved because sooner or later they will find out and you want to continue to build their trust.

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Posted December 05, 2012
i got my cartilage pierced for my birthday and it is taking foreEVR to heal so i cant imagine how the tounge wil heal
Posted December 02, 2012
I have pierced ears, but I DONT want to pierce my tongue! >D:
Posted January 22, 2012
my tounge has been pierced a year and its fine not painful
Posted January 05, 2012
omg my friend wants ta get hers pierced and im telling her not to kuz it sounds nasty
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Posted July 02, 2012
ikr ill maybe get my belly button pierced but thts it!!!
Posted June 11, 2012
@BlackRoselette, how bad does it hurt?? i really want one and my belly and my nose but does ur tongue hurt my mom and uncle had theirrs peirced but never talk about it but i want it done lol i just dont want to be crying like a baby lol
Posted August 24, 2011
ok holy s***. in not getting my tongue pierced now...
Posted December 13, 2011
I'm never getting my tongue pierced it sounds to pain ful
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