Body piercing, which has become a biggest fashion trend of late, has been in practice for centuries. Simple holes in the earlobes, piercing of the nostrils are the usual body piercing that most women get done.
However the newer generation gets body piercing done almost on any part of the body – eyebrows, naval, neck, chest nipples, arms, tongue, lips and even the genitals. But before you go for it, you have got to be well aware of the possible risks and complications that body piercing can lead to.
Reaction to metals
A lot of people may be allergic to piercing and may see signs like – swelling, itching and skin rashes and even nerve damage. Many women show allergic reactions to certain types of metal jewelry.
Jewelry made from nickel, niobium, and 14-carat gold to be used in the body piercing can cause reactions. Thus the choice of metal being used to decorate the piercing is of great importance.
Damage to organs
With eyebrow piercing there is always the risks of the jewelry getting stuck in the clothing leading to skin rupture or getting infected with makeup leading to skin and vision problems. Lip and tongue Piercing can lead to chipping or breaking of teeth.
Tongue piercing can also cause the rings to get caught in the palate of your mouth or the vein web along the bottom and cause wounds. At times, the tongue can swell to such a degree that it blocks your airway, causing you to choke. Oral piercing often leads to pain, bleeding, dental infections, and even heart problems, besides leading to fatal injuries arising out of swallowing the jewelry.
Navel piercing is way more painful and way more vulnerable to infections. Moisture accumulates in this area which can lead to fungal and bacterial infections.
You may also experience irritation from clothing, belts, waistband and buttons, which can clash with the jewelry during movement or during sleep. Pus formation in the belly region because of piercing is also very common. Naval piercing must be totally avoided for pregnant ladies.
Other risks of body piercing are that when the jewelry is removed, skin dimpling and scars may become visible. Another problem is emergence of keliods, wherein scar tissues extends into normal tissue and turn problematic.
The most serious risk of body piercing is the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV. Both these infections can easily spread through blood. This usually happens when the pierces are providing their services in an un-sterilized environment – no gloves or masks, dirty instruments and unhygienic surroundings.