Making permanent changes to our bodies are becoming the new trend. From piercing to tattoos, permanent choices are being made. Beyond the obvious, our tendency to like these body alterations, we are putting ourselves at risk for diseases and infections. The medical risks we take are what I want to look at.
All piercings run the risk of getting infected at some point, but the way they are cared for determines if it will happen. Common complications include bacterial infections, blood loss, scaring and swelling. If a piercing has a bacterial infection, puss will form around and under the skin near the hole. If the liquid does not come out on its own or when cleaned by the person, it might have to be drained by a doctor. Blood loss is most common when it comes to tongue piercings. There is a vein right under the tongue, that if punctured, could lead to major blood loss and extending medical and healing complications.
When adding any piercing to the body, a person runs the risk of having scar tissue. This can result from a failed or infected piercing. When choosing a piercing and how one wants to go about getting it, looking at the procedure is crucial. One might not think that the way its performed can effect the results, but it does. The piercing pagodas and stands in numerous stores such as WalMart and Claire’s may be convenient and quick but they do their fair share of damage. They use piercing guns which can sometimes shatter the cartilage in your ear, this is why some people get hard lumps on the backs of their piercings. Because the cartilage on the middle and upper ear is thick, it can only undergo a certain amount of pressure until it breaks into a ton of little pieces.
Swelling is common on most piercing when they are new. This is because your body is not used to a foreign object and material being in place. The cells where the jewelry is now have to move around and shrink to adjust to the piercing. If swelling does not go down soon after the piercing, it may be because the body is fighting an infection and it needs medical attention. It could also be that the jewelry is of poor quality and needs to be changed to a higher quality. There are many causes to swelling, but most can be fixed.
Piercings may look eye appealing but clearly some may cause pain and discomfort. I encourage those who get piercing to keep them clean and to monitor them. Infections and diseases are possible and no one is 100% safe from them! Just take care of them and you shouldn’t have any trouble.