Get To Know About the Common Side Effects of Body Piercing

If you have your body piercing carried out by a professional body piercer, the possibilities of contracting a blood-borne disease like hepatitis c, are less. Though your piercer utilizes sterile jewelry and equipment, problems with your piercing would arise. Following the instructions of piercer on proper ways to clean your piercer will eliminate any prospective side effects with cure.

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Bacterial infection is the major risk related to body piercings that cause most of the side effects. A formation of pus would develop across the piercing site. When left without treatment, this would bring you to an extent of performing surgery that will give you a permanent scar.

Tongue piercings associate some risk of bacterial infection, in spite of the great amount of bacterial within the mouth. If is wiser to brush your teeth and cleanse your mouth prior to getting tongue piercing,

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The earlobe piercing is known to have less side effects and hence considered safe. But, care should still be taken in order to keep the piercing dry and clean. You can eliminate the risk of developing infection by making your piercing spot dried. Make sure washing your hands before touching it and dry them using a towel.

Discussed below are the common side effects likely to be caused due to piercing,

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Stay aware of scarring

If you get a piercing, regardless of the location on your body, you are likely to get a scar that exists once you remove the jewelry and make the piercing to close. The scarring will be nominal if your piercer makes use of a needle of proper gauge and also the proper jewelry suitable for your anatomy. Piercings carried out for large gauge, like 8 or 10 gauge will create larger scars than conventional piercings that are normally pierced at 12 or 14 gauge.

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Irritation problems

Irritated skin surrounding the piercing area is a typical side effect of piercing. Based on the duration of the healing period for your particular piercing, your aftercare regimen and immune system, your piercing will cause irritation for at least 4 weeks to 1 year. If the piercing spots give you irritation, your piercing will look red and swollen and exude a white clear or yellow fluid.


Contagious infection

Body piercing has become a trend not, but you would get shocked to know that it is more infectious to even life-threatening diseases. Since body piercing involves an organic contrivance, it sure brings upon risks to viral or bacterial infections. Metal piercing results in allergic reaction that in turn arouses contagious infections. Naval and tongue piercings, mostly can develop into micro bacterial infections that is prominent to dreadful diseases. It is found that the patients of skin disease and diabetes are likely to catch harmful bacterial infection. It is also reported that the infections are normally followed by abdominal pain, clinical fever and formation of abscess.

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Allergic retort

Body piercing deals with the use of metal piercing accessory, which results in allergic reactions to metals. Jewelry and ring piercing on different parts of body including tongue, nose, ear and belly button is bound to allergy caused by niobium, titanium, nickel and other piercing metals.


It is reported in the studies that rhinitis, contact eczema, urticarial allergy and pruritus are stimulated by nickel. One common allergic reactions of body piercing is a disease called skin lymphocyte. Body piercing also results in non-infectious complications along with infectious allergies.

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Bleeding issues main  Side Effects

After your skin piercing, bleeding in the surrounding region of piercing site is highly common. Piercings may result in bleeding complications if it experiences tear or rip from snagging on clothing while engaging in sports activities or out of pulling on piercing. When you experience a tear and rip in your body piercing, you must visit professional piercer. Also, go ahead to clean the piercing, while the tear or rip heals and clear any excess dried blood in your jewelry.

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Specific risks of piercing in different parts of the body

Any piercing that contact with the functions of the body results in a greater risk of causing issues. For example,

This piercing done at the top of ear is riskier than that of earlobe piercing. They can also result in infection as well as formation of abscess. It is because; the skin is very close to cartilage, due to which pus could become trapped. This problem cannot be treated successfully by using antibiotics. Surgery can be done to treat the affected cartilage, but this would result in deformed ear.

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  • Tongue piercing

The side effects that are common with tongue piercings includes chipped teeth and speech impediments when the jewelry wears away the enamel of tooth. There is also a more risk of bleeding and a serious condition that your airways become blocked, as a result of tongue swelling.

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  • Nose piercing

Nose piercing is troublesome than earlobe piercings, since the inner surface of nose carries bacteria that could cause infection.

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  • Nipple piercing

Redness is common with nipple piercing. The pierced spot may become sore and turn red for days and weeks and even for months. Since nipple piercings could even take 2 years to cure, extreme redness is expected that could be a sign of infection. The other signs of infection include swelling, heat and green or bright-red lymph. Treatment should be prescribed by the healthcare professional.

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Other general piercing side effects and risks

The other issues that can take place as a result of body piercing include,

  • Blood loss and bleeding- This could occur specifically in the areas of body with number of blood vessels, like the tongue.
  • Skin swelling- Swelling of skin around the spot of piercing
  • Formation of keloid and scarring- A kind of oversized scar might occur as a result of piercing. You should inform your body piercer when you know that your skin is likely to form keloid scars.

Piercings done by non-professional are more likely to cause complications. Body piercing done by a specialist is always safer.

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