Body Piercing: 10 Things to Consider
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:
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!
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.
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 will leave a mark forever. If you later decide to
take out your piercing, it will still leave a scar as evidence.
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.
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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