Body piercing is gaining more and more popularity these days. It is a favourite among teenagers. It is becoming so popular that somebody around us is having their body pierced. It seems like almost any body part can be pierced. The most common ones to undergo piercing are ears, lips, nostrils, belly buttons, eyebrows, tongues and even cheeks.
However, body piercing also involves certain health risks if not done properly. Read on to find out more about body piercing and the precautions that you can take to avoid any health risk.
Precautions that you must take when body piercing
It is important to maintain cleanliness when your body is getting pierced so that you can avoid any undue infections. You must wash the area to be pierced thoroughly with an antibacterial soap.
The needle that the person uses to pierce you should also be clean and sterilised, or preferably new.
The jewellery that you will insert in the pierced part should also be clean, and make sure that it is rust free.
Avoid using strong cleaning agents if the area is infection-free. Alcohol or peroxide can dry out your skin while betadine may remove the colour of gold.
During the healing process, make sure you never touch the area without washing your hands with soap and water first. Ensure that no one else does either.
Use clean clothing and change your bed sheets regularly during healing.
If you have an ear piercing, you may want to clean your telephone also. Clean the part of eyeglasses that is exposed to your ear.
If you have a tongue piercing then use an antibacterial mouthwash that does not have any alcohol. Make sure that you rinse your mouth after all meals and even snacks.
You should check if you are up to date with your immunizations, hepatitis and tetanus in particular.
You should have the proper address of the doctor who you consult. Do not wait for long if symptoms like prolonged bleeding, pus or change in your skin colour around the piercing area occurs. See your doctor immediately.
For oral piercing, your gums and teeth should be healthy.
Ensure that your pierced area remains dry because usually, bodily fluids can cause infection.
You will need to avoid makeup and powders around your face if you have ear or cartilage piercing. Wrap the pierced part with a tissue so that it is not affected by hair spray.