Risks of Ear Piercing
Since ancient times, ear piercing has occurred around the world, and now millions of men, women and children have an artificial hole or two in order to place jewels. While the biggest and most common risks to ear piercing are infections and allergic reaction to the metals used, research has indicated greater risks associated with the task including infection, inflammation, toxic shock syndrome and nerve damage.
Ear piercing is extremely common and those who want the type of artistry have a myriad of methods to conduct the task themselves. Mall stores, home-piercing (like Frenchie tried on Sandy in the movie, Grease) and doctors are all ways to get the extra holes, but individuals are encouraged to choose the latter in order to minimize any health risks associated with the act.
The right doctor who is also skilled in ear piercing will have all the necessary tools of the trade; a heat sterilization machine (called an autoclave) for, new sterile needles for each piercing, gloves and hypoallergenic jewelry. By relying on their skill sets, individuals can get the pierced ears they want while lowering any risk of complications.
Risks of Navel Piercing
It has been suggested that the Egyptian Pharaohs kicked off the navel piercing trend as a sign of ritual transition from the life at the Earth to eternity (“The Piercing Subculture – A Risky Obsession Or An Obsessive Risk” Fashion Lifestyle. Retrieved 19 February 2012.) However, the gals and guys who opt to get this type of body modification now tend to ignore that theory and instead go for "cool" factor associated with piercing. While a toned tummy and a piercing can look very enticing, they are also vulnerable to risks similar to those of ear piercing.
In this case, body shops specializing in piercing are the best sources for getting a new navel piercing, as long as the venue has the tools (autoclave, gloves, etc.). The American Academy of Dermatologists, recommended that individuals longing for a navel piercing should make sure to avoid using a piercing gun as they are not always properly sterilized.
In addition to making sure the jewelry used is hypoallergenic, individuals should opt to get a piece of stud jewelry (not a hoop) for the first time round. A hoop piercing tends to stick out of the body a bit more making it prone to accidental pulling, tugging and subsequently infection. A stud piercing is closer to the body and not as vulnerable to the health risks associated with this type of body piercing.
Before taking the leap into any type of body modification, individuals are encouraged to talk to their health care providers to find out potential risks and tips on how to care for the artistry. Individuals looking for a dentist to discuss the potential effects of a tongue piercing can call 1-800-DENTIST, 24/7 to get the name of a great dental care provider up for the task.