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Health risks in Piercing -Know All about Piercing

Updated on September 30, 2010

Know All about Piercing - Guide to Safe Body Piercing

Piercing body parts for aesthetic purposes is a procedure that gained coin ages before. It holds values like spirituality, religion, piety, religious set up and fashion. People opt to pierce ears, nose, lips, tongue, cheeks, eyebrows, nipples, navel, and even the genital organs. Ear rings and nose rings are typical. The ear piercing ceremony was observed as a ritual in our region, once.

Piercing should be done with utmost precision. Otherwise it can bring about hazards. Suppurate cuts, nerve damage, allergy, infections, keloid etc. can happen as a result of piercing. The cuts that piercing leaves behind, take a while to heal.

Piercing in ears takes 3 to 4 months, tongue and navel 1 to 2 months and nose takes 2 to 3 months to heal. If not properly cared, the thing did for fashion can turn out to be fatal. These consequences can be avoided to a certain extend by employing some one who is an expert in the field of piercing. Make sure that the tools used for the purpose are properly cleansed.


Things to remember while piercing body parts:


Some people are allergic to some metals; especially metals having Nickel content. Body parts may redden, swell and the cut may start to discharge fluids. It is always advisable to pierce body parts with metals that won’t cause any allergy. The important part is to wear ornaments made of superior quality metals.


One of the most unpleasant consequences of piercing is that the pierced parts are likely to get infected. The part may get swollen and suppurated. If not taken care of properly, the infection may affect the blood as well which can even lead to death. Infection can be avoided if clinically cleansed tools are used to pierce the body.

Other diseases:

Diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, H.I.V, Tetanus etc. can easily spread through piercing tools that are not properly cleansed. Piercing genital organs can seriously damage their functionality. It may make it hard to urinate and to engage in sex. It can even lead to genital infections.

Nerve damage:

Careless piercing can bring about nerve damage which can further result in the numbness of corresponding organs or body parts. When you pierce inside your mouth, it can damage teeth  and gums.


Keloid is a tough heaped-up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin, at the site of a healed skin injury. Keloid brings about body deformities, pain and mental sufferings. The most popular treatment for keloid is injecting steroids inside keloids and there by diminishing that scar. If the scar has grown out beyond repair, it should be removed through operation then. But the limitation is that the keloid may appear again.

Nowadays, the keloid can be removed using laser operation and then the steroid is injected in. This refrains the keloid from growing out again. If it appears again, then radiation treatment is the single option left out.

Scientific and infection-free laser piercing is a solution to all these major risks. The latest treatment methods make it possible for people to pierce their body parts without any fear.

Ear piercing: the right procedure

We have discussed the perils of piercing using nail and such objects. It is always advisable to carry out piercing using an infection-free means. Ear piercing and nose piercing can easily be done by an ENT specialist at his clinic. Two methods can be engaged for this:

1. Using germ-free needles
2. Using ‘use and throw’ stapler guns.

Ear piercing using stapler gun is in vogue, these days. The gun is gem free and the doctor wears sterile gloves on his hands while doing the piercing. At these clinics, the spot to be pierced will be cleansed with betacin and will be marked with a germ-free marker pen before piercing.  When you are wearing ornaments for the first time, ornaments made of less allergic metals like titanium and stainless steel are preferable. This considerably reduces possibilities of allergy and infection. To heal the wound quickly, apply antibiotic ointment on the scar before and after bath . The cut will be healed in three weeks and the hole will be there. You can wear gold ornaments then.

While piercing the nose, the spot to be pierced must be cleansed and medicines should be injected to make the spot numb. The nose ring must be of good quality and should be free of germs. The antibiotic should be used for around 3 weeks.

Laser is the latest technology to pierce nose and ears. Laser piercing can be done only inside an operation theatre. So it is very expensive. Even though ear piercing using laser beam too is very secure and safe, it is not sought after much, because of the expense.


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    • LensMan999 profile image

      LensMan999 4 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region

      Hi H P Roychoudhury,

      Though they are beliefs and custome the health hazards caused due to such actions muct be considered seriously.

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is the belief and custom. No body dares to say against it. Only time will tell the truth.